Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

Heir to Sevenwaters is the fourth installment in the lovely Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. Read my reviews of the rest of the books in the series in these links: Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, Child of the Prophecy.

Here’s the summary from Juliet Marillier’s website:

The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast forest, one of the last refuges of the Tuatha De Danann, the Fair Folk of ancient story. Human and Otherworld dwellers have existed there side by side, separated by a thin veil between worlds and sharing a wary trust. Until the spring when Lady Aisling of Sevenwaters finds herself expecting another child, and everything changes.

With her mother pregnant, Clodagh fears the worst since Aisling is well past the safe age for childbearing. Clodagh’s father, Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, faces his own difficulties as warring factions threaten his borders. When the baby is born the unthinkable happens, and Clodagh’s world is turned upside down.

To set things to rights for her family and for all the people of Sevenwaters, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who now rules there. Accompanied on her quest by a warrior of uncertain allegiance, she will have her courage tested to breaking point. The reward may be far greater than she ever dreamed.

Another excellent installment in what has become one of my favorite series: the Sevenwaters books by Juliet Marillier. I’m so happy that Ms. Marillier decided to write more books in this series! Like I said, I had a pretty lukewarm reaction to Child of the Prophecy but that’s okay because I knew that I could look forward to more adventures in the Sevenwaters world with this one and Seer of Sevenwaters, due out later this year. This one is different from the rest because it occurs only a couple of years after Child of the Prophecy, unlike the other Sevenwaters books which occur one generation after the one before it.

As always, the main character of this book is a daughter of Sevenwaters, Clodagh. What I like about Clodagh is she doesn’t have special powers like the other Sevenwaters heroines. She’s not the healer nor the seer in her generation. At the start of the book, it is even emphasized that Clodagh’s main skills lie in managing the household and she’ll become a nice little wife some day. However, Clodagh shows an exceptional capacity to love, which I think comes from her upbringing. The Sevenwaters clan is a close-knit one and the children of this remarkable family all exhibit their warmth and inner strength each in their own way. I love that even though Clodagh was terrified to journey to the Otherworld, she knows she must do it to get her brother back.

I know that the main characters in the Sevenwaters books are females but since all of them have their respective romantic interests, I thought I’d take a moment to praise Ms. Marillier’s heroes because they are just as amazing as their female counterparts. Red, Bran, Cathal. Very strong men and convinced of what they want in life until they meet our heroines and they become conflicted because they know that nothing will ever be the same. *sigh* I love these men! I love that they’re all so different too. In Cathal’s case, he was rude and arrogant because he wanted to push Clodagh away. He believed that she’ll be in danger if she comes near him but at the same time, he’s drawn to her like a moth to a flame.

As always, beautiful writing in a lush and vivid world that’s a blend of historical fiction and fantasy involving the fey. However, the Lady of the Forest and her flame-haired lord, those who personally watched over generations of the Sevenwaters family have moved on and a different breed took their place in the forest. Mac Dara and his kind are the fey that are common in the books that I’ve seen around – they’re tricksters and do not understand human emotions such as love so they’re bound to be cruel. These characters present a different kind of problem from the previous books because the prophecy has already been fulfilled. I like that there’s something unique in this book to keep things lively. I keep saying this but if you guys haven’t realized, I highly recommend this series and I look forward to more of Ms. Marillier’s work. 🙂

I found the artwork for the UK cover (which is the one I have) and it’s so lovely that I had to post it. I found it in the artist’s site:

Click to embiggen or click the link of the source to see an even bigger version. Isn’t it amazing? You couldn’t see all of the details on the actual cover. Like at the back, I didn’t even notice that Cathal was there because they had to reduce the opacity of the artwork to put in the text of the summary. When I saw the artwork, I thought to myself, “Why helloooo, Cathal. Didn’t realize you were there! So glad to see you.”

So excited for Seer of Sevenwaters, which is about Clodagh’s sister, Sibeal. Check out the summary on Goodreads. Due out December 7, 2010.

12 thoughts on “Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

  1. Excellent (and non-spoilery since I haven’t read past the first book) review. Now really looking forward to continuing this series. And yes – wow that is an amazing cover. I am in love.

    • I always try to post non-spoilery reviews to encourage people to read the books that I talk about. 🙂 If I do mention a spoiler, I put up a warning before I go ahead. Yes, I hope you’ll continue to read the rest of the series because it’s really good! It really is a lovely cover, isn’t it? Makes you want to go exploring in a forest.

  2. Oh, geez. I love this one. I was amazed that she could write such an awesome installment so many years after the last one came out. But it was top notch, IMO. Clodagh and Cathal were such great, strong, different characters. And I loved them.

    I just gave this series to my co-worker and she absolutely blew through them. And she says this one is her favorite so far. Can’t wait for SEER!

    • I know! I can’t believe it has been several years since she wrote the first three books. It doesn’t feel like it, the story just flows so naturally. I love both Clodagh and Cathal, they’re both great characters.

      Oooh so happy that your co-worker loved this series! I’ve been recommending this left and right as well. One friend just said “Done. Lovely.” after finishing Daughter of the Forest.

  3. I definitely need to pick up the fourth book. I enjoyed the first two so much, then my interest fizzled a bit after the third. But I do love Juliet Marillier’s beautiful world-building so much that I really should have given the fourth book a try already. Now that I’ve read your excellent review and heard about the fifth book coming out in December, my interest in revisiting Sevenwaters is renewed. 🙂

    Oh, and that artwork is GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing the large image! I definitely have cover-envy now because the US cover is not nearly as stunning,

    • Yay Violet, go read the fourth one! Like a friend on Goodreads said, we didn’t like the third one because we were comparing it to the greatness of the first two. It doesn’t mean it isn’t good, it’s just not as good as the others. Still, the storytelling is beautiful so it’s worth reading. 🙂

      I’m lucky I got the UK cover, I was actually quite surprised to see it available here. I find it a bit weird that we don’t have the US edition because bookstores here usually order from US publishers.

  4. Oh my goodness! I just found that UK cover last week and loved it! Hello Cathal is right! hehe I do love the US one too. That’s one thing (among MANY) why I love this series. Things progress, arcs are completed, prophecy is fulfilled and new problems arise—we’re not playing mud pies in the same corner of the sandbox all the time and I love it. love love LOVE.

    • It really is weird that the American edition isn’t available here. That’s the edition that I have for the others so this one doesn’t match the copies that I have of the rest of the series. Mud pies in the sandbox, LOL. Love the analogy. It’s amazing how well Juliet Marillier was able to come back to this world considering that the third book concluded the story arc of the first three. And I like that she also set this one only a couple of years after Child of the Prophecy, unlike the others which were one generation apart. Yay for more Marillier fans!

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