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Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters #3)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  14,341 ratings  ·  604 reviews
Child of the Prophecy is the thrilling conclusion to Juliet Marillier's award-winning Sevenwaters Trilogy.

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 preve
Paperback, 596 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by Tor Books (first published August 1st 2001)
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I think this book was at least as good as Daughter of the Forest, although in a somewhat different way. DotF was, as I've noted in that review, a tale of the strength of love for family, of good overcoming evil even when it is at great cost, and of love found along the way. Child of the Prophecy is, I think, a book about learning to love oneself, that it doesn't matter how many people might love you because it is all lost if you don't have that inner core of strength and self-love.

CotP is most d
This is such a hard review to write because I loved this book so much. There is something about Marillier’s writing that is completely absorbing. I’ve only read her original Sevenwaters Trilogy so far, but each of those books has succeeded in captivating me with a full range of real emotion. The characters are so real, and their trials so heartbreaking and rewarding that I can’t turn away. She combines tragedy and desperation with hope and love - romantic and familial love, love of the forest or ...more
Carmo Santos
Este terceiro livro da Trilogia de Sevenwaters devia ter sido o coroar de glória da história, contudo, na minha opinião ficou aquém dos anteriores. Nem as personagens tiveram o carisma a que estávamos habituados, nem o final foi o que esperava.
Impunha-se o fechar do círculo; a resolução de todas as questões pendentes nos dois últimos. É verdade que se resolveu a questão das ilhas e eliminou-se de vez a ameaça de Lady Oonagh, no entanto, achei a bruxa pouco convincente; os diálogos com Fainne mu
Feb 29, 2012 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sufferers of growing pains
Recommended to Kay by: the other Sevenwaters books
Reading this book made me realize how perfect the protagonists of the previous Sevenwaters books were.

Sorcha and Liadan were model women in their community and among their peers. They were sure of their identities and the decisions they made. They had the uncanny ability to see beyond the actions of their decisions and fully realize the consequences even before they were faced with the choices. They were strong women who were able to grab fate in a chokehold, stare it down, and proceed to calml
Ironically enough, I wound up loving Child of the Prophecy more than its predecessor, Son of the Shadows. For many, this original concluding foray into Sevenwaters was a disappointment, sadly lacking in comparison to the beauty that was Daughter of the Forest and the epic that was Son of the Shadows. As someone who left the latter feeling more than a little disappointed and was prepared to feel the same way from this installment, Child of the Prophecy proved to be a pleasant surprise. A very ple ...more
This conclusion of the Sevenwaters trilogy is a bit different from the other two. It's still narrated by a young woman, Fainne, who is a member of the family of Sevenwaters. However, it's a bit different in that Fainne's rather scandalous parentage (scandalous even by today's standards), her rather withdrawn personality, and her very powerful magical talents make her an outsider and an object of mistrust to many of the characters we know and trust from the first two novels. This sets up a suitab ...more
Depois de ter lido os dois volumes anteriores durante o ano passado, foi com grande entusiasmo que peguei no terceiro volume desta fantástica história sobre a família de Sevenwaters. Não é novidade o meu apreço pela autora e pelas suas histórias, por isso era difícil eu não gostar deste livro.

Não sei se não será um dos livros mais belos que li da autora. Não é tão grandioso como o primeiro (A Filha da Floresta), talvez porque há uma doçura e uma ingenuidade enormes nesse livro, mas gostei muito
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I admit to not being entirely rational about the Sevenwaters Trilogy. I first read these books as a teenager and they resonated with me such that I read them all many times. While I'm not sure I would give this book five stars if I came to it with fresh eyes today, I do so anyway because a) an author who can inspire these kinds of feelings in me is doing something very well and b) this book is certainly on par with the first two in the trilogy and does not deserve its lower Goodreads rating.

A great conclusion to the Sevenwaters trilogy. Marillier builds tension not only within the book, but across a three-book arc. The woman is a master of her craft. I use the word "craft" specifically, because her writing reminds me less of a splashy Jackson Pollack painting and more of a Hudson River landscape. A sort of back to basics, solid foundation feeling. These books are not necessarily part of the contemporary literary tradition. Marillier ponders the value and purpose of storytelling in ...more
Jul 01, 2008 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Third book in the Sevenwaters trilogy.

Unlike the heroines in the first two books, Sorcha and Liadan, Fianne is not perfect and completely self-sacrificing. While some other reviewers thought this detracted from the story, I found her a more interesting and complex character. Fianne is the daughter of Ciaran and Niamh, with a heritage that includes the strength and goodness of the Sevenwaters clan as well as the darkness of Lady Oonagh. She was raised in solitude by her father after her mother's
Quem lê os anteriores, repara de imediato que este tem um início lento. Mas que tem de ser, de modo a mais tarde compreendermos o turbilhão de acontecimentos do fim.

Mesmo assim, este livro é uma obra excelente. Só uma grande autora consegue retratar e construir personagens tão carismáticas e realistas.

Uma série das melhores que alguma vez li.
I really liked the premise of this (a flawed, villianously conflicted MC) and loved being back in the Sevenwaters world. However, this took me forever to read. At times I just felt it dragged on and not much at all happened, then suddenly major! exciting! events would unfold and then it would fall back into a lull again. Maybe it's just me not being that great at fantasy (I can be an impatient reader at times and this book requires settling in for the long haul). Or maybe this book needed a good ...more

Bah, this book was just irritating. I skimmed through all the nonsense and repetition, which was basically the whole book and i kept waiting for something or anything unexpected and interesting to happen. I was disappointed.

The ending scenes were badly written. I wanted more magic since the story was based on Fainne's powers but instead, the final 'battle' was a fight of words.

Seriously? These are 3 powerful sorcerer's and thats the best we get?

It was just not well done and it had s
Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
I haven't read past this book in the Sevenwaters series or trilogy or whatever (so only apply what I say to the original three.)

These books seem to take place every generation. This book's MC is Fianne, Niamh's daughter. If you haven't read book two, Niamh is sent away in an effort to keep her away from her love because (view spoiler) Her new husband is
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Depois de ter ficado rendida à saga, com a leitura dos dois primeiros livros, iniciei este com grande expectativa, no entanto, decididamente não me apaixonou como os restantes e o ritmo de leitura foi bem mais lento. Talvez isso tenha acontecido essencialmente porque não fiquei fã da personagem “Fainne “ para além de ter achado que a vertente romântica aqui é pouco abordada (sou uma romântica incurável). Na minha opinião acho que a história se centra muito nos medos da personagem principal, bem ...more
this would've been such a fun ride if only seven people didn't jump into the story in front of the protagonist every time she thought about maybe doing something that could affect the narrative. like "don't u worry yr pretty lil character constructs about it, missy, we got this."
And another great book! Again I warmed up to the narrator, another strong female character, Fainne. The storyline is charming. The ending is fascinating. Great!

I found that when I got to the end of the book, I didn't want it to end. After three novels, I had become so enthralled with these characters that I had a need to know what was ahead of them. It was hard to let go. The imagery created in these book still enter my dreams.

It was inspiring to read a set of novels with strong female character
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
[UPDATE] I have read this book twice and just listened to the audio. I listen to audios only when driving, but at Chapter 14 I could not leave it and go in the house so brought it in and spent the entire evening listening to it to the end. It had been awhile since I read it, and so many little details I had forgotten. Beautiful wonderful story of centuries long past, superstition, Druids, Sorcerers, and the incredible people of Sevenwaters. The only negative to the audio for me is the narrator h ...more
Neide Parafitas
Depois de Sorcha e Liadan, surge-nos a terceira "heroína" nas histórias da saga de Sevenwaters: Fainne. Contudo, ao contrário das duas primeiras que são verdadeiramente as "boas da fita", Fainne traz consigo uma herança de maldade que provém da sua avó, uma poderosíssima feiticeira de nome Lady Oonagh, que a obriga a executar uma tarefa terrível, a de impedir o cumprimento de uma profecia!

Descendente de quatro raças, Fainne traz consigo o sangue maldito proveniente da avó, mas também o da sua fa
Morgan F
I thoroughly enjoyed the Sevenwaters trilogy. The books were well-written and the stories were complex and intriguing. The fantasy elements were topnotch, and I loved all the romantic bits.
I don't have really any favorites thus far, for each book brought something I found interesting. I thought the first one had the best plot, the second one the best characters, and the third one to have the best narrator.
These novels were nearly perfect to me, but I understand that they are not for everyone.
Magrat Ajostiernos

Me ha gustado mucho (aunque no tantísimo como los anteriores), el final sobretodo me ha sorprendido para bien.
Solo me queda proclamar una vez más mi amor por Sieteaguas y con el tiempo espero continuar la saga, aunque tenga que ser en inglés…

pd. ¡Adoro a los selkies!
I have to say I was pretty dissapointed with this final book. It dragged and dragged. The romance was almost non-existent, which wouldn't usually bother me except that she wrote such touching romances in the first two books so I was expecting her to continue on in the same vein. The main character is whiny and selfish. The real mystery is why the guy is even interested in her. The ending wasn't bad, but it seemed like a symphony that lost half of its players before the end - like something that ...more
This series isn't without its flaws, but it's still one of the best reading experiences I've had in a long time. Over the course of six books, I fell in love with these characters and their world. I've already bought more of Marillier's books, and I have no doubt I'll be talking them this year on my blog. But until then, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Daughter of the Forest. Then, be prepared to binge them all.

See my full review on So Obsessed With!
Really more of a 3.5 stars out of 5, or a B-.

Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors, and I have read almost all of her books. And have loved them all. She is a superb storyteller, and in the Sevenwaters books she creates a mystical, magical early medieval Ireland that is breathtaking and beautiful. Her language is so rich and lyrical that I often find myself re-reading passages just to relive them. And, in addition to her heroines and heroes, she gives us a crowded canvas of characters,
 Abril Sol
This book was so (SO) frustrating! First of all I have to say that I was -badly- surprised of how much I disliked the main protagonist, Fianne. She was such a weak character. I've always admired how strong female characters were on the Sevenwaters Series but she was a big NO to me. Even though this book was way to slow and almost anything happened, I consider it a good conclusion to this kind of trilogy. It wasn't my favourite at all but I do admit that J.M. is a pretty awesome writer. This
It's been a while since I read this, so I am disappointed that I can't say which pages I had to skip, but there were too many scenes that I had to skip over that really were appalling to me. Having read the whole Sevenwaters series, this is the one I liked the least. I would definitely not recommend it to others. I absolutely love Marillier's writing style, but, once again, her need to include sexually explicit content is beyond me. She really managed to paint a general perspective of males as o ...more
Nádia Batista
Ler A Filha da Profecia, mesmo sendo uma re-leitura, era algo que ansiava há imenso tempo. O facto de, durante esta leitura, ter tido noção que chegava ao fim da trilogia que até hoje mais me marcou e sabendo que afinal há uma continuação, tornou-a de certo modo tensa, pois apesar de adorar cada página, a verdade é que tenho algum receio de ler os restantes volumes da agora saga.

Neste livro de Sevenwaters, sem dúvida o mais obscuro até agora, Fainne é-nos apresentada como uma heroína trágica e a

Juliet Marillier is skilled writer, as she has written Fainne as a villain, and still manages to keep her as the protagonist of the novel. Readers aren't meant to love her, it seems. We don't hate her because she has qualities with which one can sympathize. She's about 17 years old – only a child still, and being coerced into committing crimes. She's been physically, mentally and emotionally abused. At what point is she responsible for her actions, though? This novel makes you question
OK now this book wasn't great. The first chapter started off with me confused with whose point of view I was reading in. Since each chapter is almost 50 pages long I spent the first chapter trying to figure out who father was and how this child fit in with the main characters. Maybe I missed something or just slow at figuring this out but that was my first impression of the book.

The next few chapter talked alot of sorcery and at one point I considered putting it down since I really hate reading
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Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Sevenwaters (6 books)
  • Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)
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sailor on my doorstep, so I can make convenient use of him?”
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