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Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
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Oct 06, 2009

really liked it
Read in October, 2009

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 everday life, but her books are not self-reflexive meditations on narration as a device, per se. Her stories are like a spiderweb: everything comes together perfectly, naturally, and you can't imagine it turning out any other way. Gives me the same feeling I get when I finish a Neil Gaiman book.

The only reason I didn't give this five stars is there is a bit too much should-I-or-shouldn't-I angst from the main character. Marillier almost wrote herself into a corner with the free will vs. fate cage match that's been building for three books. In the end she pulled it off, though.
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Anna Interesting review

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