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Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
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Mar 01, 13

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Read in February, 2013

*potential spoilers*
Right. I guess I'm giving this a three in comparison to J.M's other books. I did enjoy this book, don't get me wrong, but I found Maeve really hard to like. I found her to be super self pitying and a bit weak really. I didn't see her as this amazingly strong women that the written characters seemed to see. She seemed bitter and a little self-absorbed. Rhian on the other hand was a wonderfully selfless character and i really liked her.

Back to the overall story. It was slow, but as usual, J.M has this wonderful ability to build worlds and make the reading experience incredibly visual. You can almost smell the forest, she does such a great job.
I think the story progressed ok.. but i figured out the "twist" SO early on...that may have been cos Wildwood dancing is one of my faves, so it almost seemed obvious that bear had been changed, especially because Maeve's connection to him was SO strong. How could he not be destined to be her true love?

I get SO annoyed that she refused to listen to Finbar, but i guess she hasn't had as much experience with seers as all us dedicated readers have, so i'll forgive her that.

I think the biggest flaw to the story in my opinion was that we didn't have enough time to really love Artagan in the way i think we have fallen in love with say Red, darragh, cathal etc Yeah he was a great dog, but WHO is he? He's just not a deep enough character to get the heart racing as the other books do. The sheer wonder of the love in the other books far surpasses this one.

I'm glad to finally have Maeve's story, but i am a little bummed that she was so unlikable. I would say read it, but this one is definitely not J.Ms best, but it's also not her worst, and even at her worst she still will always be my #1 author!! Even at her worst she is better than so many others :)

Love you J.M. Look forward to your next book!


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