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Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters #3)

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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
ebook, 528 pages
Published April 1st 2007 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Ich hätte es nicht für möglich gehalten, doch im Vergleich zum zweiten Band hat das „Kind der Stürme“ nochmal eine Steigerung erfahren. Nach zwei heldenhaften Märtyrinnen als Protagonistinnen wird einem mit der Zauberin Fainne endlich einmal charakterliche Abwechslung geboten.
Fainne wird sich wohl nicht in das Herz jeden Lesers einschleichen können, da sie durch ihren zwielichtigen Charakter antagonistische Züge aufweist, doch bei mir hat sie damit voll ins Schwarze getroffen. Sie ist stark, oh
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
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.
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
 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
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
I must say say, it took me much longer to read this book than the last. The second book really grabbed me - I had to tear myself away to deal with real life every hour or so. This book, not so much. I still liked it but the fun, page turning moments in this book were fewer than the last book and far between. The story was still enjoyable and darker than the preceding books. The darker aspect I enjoyed but was not quite expecting. I was surprised the main character was so different than the other ...more
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This book (along with the previous two of the Sevenwaters trilogy) really has taken me places. It has been a strange, beautiful, romantic, and moving journey.
In 'Child of the Prophecy', we see the world of Sevenwaters through the eyes of Fianne. She's not as morally unshakable as Sorcha or Liadan. Because she is not only a daughter of the forest but also the grandchild of the evil Oonagh. Her uncertainties can get annoying or depressing, to an extent. But that is what makes Fianne so interesting
i liked the struggle in Fianne of what she is and what she felt is right , she's torn between the two until the very end when she finally decide. she is like the untamed power that only needed a small firefly to light it's path , even though she has made mistakes and bad choices i think mistakes in the path of learning should be forgiven , at some points i hated how weak she was when it came to her grandmother's wishes but i think it wast fear that bound her to act against it but rather the igno ...more
I did not know it was possible to get as annoyed with characters I once loved as I did in this book.

I really, really wanted to like it at least as much as the second, although I figured there was no way I'd love it as much as the first...and I was right.

The protagonist seems to have been created for the soul purpose of giving the author someone to punish and torment. I absolutely hate that. "Hey, look at how much I can make this person suffer! Isn't her life tragic? Don't you want to read abou
Originally posted here.

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
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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)
  • Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2)
  • Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #4)
  • Seer of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters #5)
  • Flame of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #6)
Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1) Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2) Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #4) Cybele's Secret (Wildwood, #2)

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