Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier

Child of the Prophecy is the third book in the Sevenwaters series, following Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows. I loved both books so I decided to finish reading the other ones in the series. This one occurs a generation after Son of the Shadows. Fainne is Sorcha’s granddaughter.

Here’s the summary from Macmillan’s website:

Magic is fading… and the ways of Man are driving the Old Ones to the West, beyond the ken of humankind. The ancient groves are being destroyed, and if nothing is done, Ireland will lose its essential mystic core.

The prophecies of long ago have foretold a way to prevent this horror, and it is the Sevenwaters clan that the Spirits of Eire look to for salvation. They are a family bound into the lifeblood of the land, and their promise to preserve the magic has been the cause of great joy to them… as well as great sorrow.

It is up to Fainne, daughter of Niamh, the lost sister of Sevenwaters, to solve the riddles of power. She is the shy child of a reclusive sorcerer, and her way is hard, for her father is the son of the wicked sorceress Oonagh, who has emerged from the shadows and seeks to destroy all that Sevenwaters has striven for. Oonagh will use her granddaughter Fainne most cruelly to accomplish her ends, and stops at nothing to see her will done.

Will Fainne be strong enough to battle this evil and save those she has come to love?

I have expressed my love for the first two books in the series multiple times here on the blog and I even included Liadan in my list of Characters I’d Set Up With My Friends, that’s how much I love her. So I had high hopes for the third installment in this series, which unfortunately, fell short of my expectations. I wanted to love Fainne as much as I loved Sorcha and Liadan but I just couldn’t. She has just as much strength of character as her grandmother and aunt but she’s more confused in terms of the path that she should follow and the things that she wants in life. Add to that the fact that the love story in this one is more muted that those in the first two. Also, Fainne was raised in seclusion by her father and in her childhood, she lacked the warmth and love provided by the Sevenwaters clan, which I think is a significant aspect of the first two books.

I think that at first, this series was meant to be a trilogy but Juliet Marillier came up with a new installment – Heir to Sevenwaters – and there’s another one coming out later this year. That said, I think that Child of the Prophecy is a necessary part of the whole arc. The storytelling is just as beautiful as with the other books, it’s just that I wasn’t able to connect with the main character. I know I mentioned that the first two books weren’t easy to read because of everything the main characters had to go through and the same goes for this one but since I didn’t connect with Fainne, I wasn’t really rooting for her as much as I’d want to. Still, I highly recommend this series to all epic fantasy fans out there. It’s a lovely, lovely story and it has made me curious about the rest of Juliet Marillier’s novels.

I’m currently reading Heir to Sevenwaters and I have to say that I like it much better than Child of the Prophecy. Go Clodagh!

13 thoughts on “Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier

  1. I wished Fainne was more like Sorcha and Liadan, too. You’re right – it’s still great storytelling. So glad you’re liking Heir to Sevenwaters. I cannot wait for Seer of Sevenwaters!

    • I really wanted to like her. Just finished reading Heir to Sevenwaters and I loved it! Just like you, I’m eagerly anticipating the release of Seer of Sevenwaters.

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  3. Yep. I just couldn’t love Fainne like I wanted to. Which makes me so glad that Marillier has published even more books from the series so we didn’t have to end on that one.

    • I know! I’m really glad that this one wasn’t really the last in the series. Heir to Sevenwaters is just as good as the first two and I have a feeling that Seer of Sevenwaters will be amazing as well.

  4. Fainne is difficult to love. There’s no doubt about that. And the first time I read it I was not as enthused as with the other two. Though I did feel it wrapped up the overall arc awfully well. And tears were shed at a few key points.

    But, you know, it’s improved a lot upon re-reading. So maybe sometime down the road you’ll come back to it. In the meantime, bring on Sibeal and SEER!

    • I know, it really did wrap up the arc in a good way. I love that we knew what happened to the other characters and we weren’t left hanging. Really? I’m hopeful then. Maybe it will get better when I re-read it. Yes to Sibeal and her book! šŸ™‚ Really excited for that!

  5. Oh Fainne. Yes she was harder to take a liking to and I still felt she wasn’t held responsible enough for some of the things she did. But I did like her more towards the end. While this wasn’t my favorite, Marillier’s writing was still flawless and the story beautiful. On to the next one! šŸ˜€

    • Exactly! I didn’t feel like there was explanation for the bad things that she did. I didn’t even feel enough remorse coming from her. But yes, the writing is still beautiful and I’m happy I read it even though I had a harder time finishing it.

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  7. I loved the first two books but my favourite is actually Child of the Prophecy. I guess I’m in the minority. I liked how Fainne was different, to me her weaknesses and confusions made her seem more human than Sorcha and Liadan. It was this that she was the character that experienced the most personal growth and it was only towards the end where she finds herself. How hard it would have been to be constantly threatened and misleaded by Oonagh with no support from family whatsoever. The only support she had was from Darragh and everyone else doubted her (I don’t blame them from what she did). The toned down love story between Darragh and Fainne made it more sweet in my opinion.

    But I loved all three of the books – they’re my favourite books of all time! They made such an impression on me when I first read them that I don’t think Juliet’s later books can compare with this trilogy – a reason why I didn’t really like Heir to Sevenwaters as much. The other was due to the huge time lapse – 5 or 6 years I think – between when I read the trilogy and the latest sevenwaters book…in my mind there’s like a holy halo sorrounding the three books.

    Have you read her other books – the Light Isles and the Bridei Chronicles? They’re not as beautiful as the Sevenwaters Trilogy, but my favourtie male character of all time comes from the Bridei Chronicles =)

    • Hi tango400, thanks for dropping by! I love hearing about other people’s opinions on the books that I read, even if they are different from mine. Everything that you said makes sense, I guess I just wasn’t able to connect with Fainne like I did with Sorcha and Liadan.

      I love the whole series and I’m glad I finally gave in to everyone who has been recommending this! Maybe I would’ve felt the same if I read the trilogy a couple of years ago? As it is, I read them one right after the other so I still loved Heir to Sevenwaters.

      I haven’t read them but I really want to! I haven’t seen the first Bridei book around here.

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