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Twixt Firelight and Water

(Sevenwaters #5.5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,947 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Long ago, the sorceress Lady Oonagh cast a curse over her own child. Now a druid, an ill-tempered raven and an adventurous young woman are drawn together as the time approaches for the evil magic to be undone. Fans of the Sevenwaters series will love this new episode, which fleshes out the history of druid Ciaran and his constant companion Fiacha.
Kindle Edition, 56 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Voyager
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
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As someone who loves the first four Sevenwaters stories, it pains me to say this, but these two short stories felt really subpar when compared to those novels.
I didn't feel anything reading this.
The writing felt wish-wash, completely deprived of that overflowing emotion that would keep me up almost all night reading, just so I could find out if the characters were going to make it or not.
And it's too bad, because Fiacha's story deserved so much more than what it got here.
Also, no woman would ag
Sotiris Karaiskos
A nice short story that adds a few things to the story of Sevenwaters. We learn the story of one of the characters we do not pay much attention to, but it makes a significant contribution to the defeat of the enemies and we do a little exploration of a forgotten branch of our story. Of course somewhere there comes love and the puzzle is completed.

Ένα ωραίο διήγημα που προσθέτει μερικά πράγματα στην ιστορία της σειράς Sevenwaters. Μαθαίνουμε την ιστορία ενός από τους χαρακτήρες στον οποίο δεν δίν
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Lovely short story/novella that sheds light on a couple mysteries from the Sevenwaters series.
Nadine Jones
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Day 23 in my 24 Days of Shorts

‘In a vision. If you are open to it, I can reveal the story to you in the water of this pool. Indeed, that would be entirely apt, since the tale begins between firelight and water.’

This was a delight! It was longer than most short stories, but I wished it was longer still. (And I never say that!) It had the right amount of Conri, but not enough Aisha.

It had been a long time since I read the Sevenwaters books, and I did have to brush up on the family tree a bit,
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-edition
A sweet companion story to answer all those questions I always had about Fiacha the raven. He and Ciaran are arguably two of my all time favorite characters in the Sevenwaters series, and I'm happy to have his history along with a suitable open future for him.
Other familiar characters are touched upon as well, so we have a bit of clarification on what happened to those who ventured away from Sevenwaters.
As merely a digital companion story, this does not have the depth or development I'm used t
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely little story! Now I know Fiacha's wonderous story and what happened to Padriac. :)
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read/devoured the Sevenwaters Saga years and years ago before I was on Goodreads and this series remains on my all-time fav series’ shelf! So this was a nice little re-visit for me back to Sevenwaters. It provides a nice explanation on how Fiacha became a raven and links to Ciaran’s story. Written after book 5, I would recommend you read all this series in order and not read this as a stand alone. Juliet is an absolute treasure and I just love all her books and the worlds she takes me to.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-adult
3.5 Stars

Short, bittersweet, and very Juliet. I’ve read all the Sevenwaters books and somehow missed that this one even existed. This is the story of Ciaran’s raven Fiache and also features one of Padriac’s offspring.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ok! As far as I will EVER be concerned Juliet Marillier can never do wrong when she puts her imagination to paper! I finally got my paws on this Sevenwaters short, and I tell you, it was beyond worth the wait for me! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! I loved how it answered questions I really had, particularly "what did happen to Padriac after his sister's funeral and what is up with that darn raven?" Well this short answered both those questions for me! Did I mention that I loved it and the author for he ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a novella in the Sevenwaters saga. It provides an explanation for Fiacha the raven's identity and links in to Ciaran and Padraic's story. It was written after book 5 but I read it after book 3 Child of the Prophecy. It feels more like a standalone tale than a spoiler for books 4 and 5. If you have not read the series, do not start here gt a sample chapter of Daughter of the Forest instead.

For fans of the series it is a nice little 'filler' however it suffers due to the nature of the narr
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
The writing, as usual, is beautiful and quite satisfying. I loved learning more about the backstory of certain sevenwater's characters. Marillier tied things together nicely.
However, being a short story, there was only so much time for events to unfold; and unfortunately I felt that the inevitable end was quite rushed and stretched my suspension of belief just a tad beyond it's limits. (I'll buy transfiguration and Fair Folk mischief, if that means anything) I'd love to see it fleshed out a bit
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the story of Fiacha's background. It was incredibly poignant and brought to mind Juliet Marillier's older stories, that were so incredibly moving and tragic. I loved Conri immediately.

I did not feel as much care was taken with Aisha. I didn't really get a good feel for her as a character. I would have liked to, but there just wasn't enough there for a short story. I know because I'm told, rather than shown, that she is a formidable, strong woman. Exactly like pretty much every o
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Considering Juliet Marillier is probably one of my favorite authors of all-time, I really enjoyed this shorter story. As with all of her books, her writing is brilliant and while I wished it had been full-length (what can I say, I love reading her books!), I thought the telling of Fiacha's story, tying in other characters from the extensive Sevenwaters family was very well-done. Because it was short, I felt like some elements of the story (don't want to give away the details) were a little rushe ...more
I have had this sitting on my kindle for some time now but only today decided to read it. I don't know why I didn't tear into this before. The tale is rather short, but has all the charm of a full-length Sevenwaters novel. I loved finding out Fiacha's true nature and also getting a further insight into Ciaran's past. I also loved seeing Padriac again, however briefly. The only criticism I would have is that I wish there was more of a chance to get to know Aisha a bit better, but due to the lengt ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent little addition to the world of Sevenwaters and it answered questions long left hanging since Son of the Shadows. I was pleasantly surprised to see the momentary return of a character that I thought long gone as well as the introduction of a new one I think I could come to adore. I only wish it was longer and fully developed. I want to know more about these new characters, I want to see them grow and (I hope) fall in love.

Hey. Hey, Juliet. Hint, hint?
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading the story of Fiacha. I was always curious about him. A few reviews have seemed overly critical of this story. Twixt firelight and water is not meant to be a life-changing, epic adventure. This lovely short story was meant to tie up loose ends and bring hope to the reader. I for one, will take any opportunity to wander again through the forests of Sevenwaters.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Awh, what a sweet side story. It was so awesome to find out what happened to Padriac and what was up with Fiacha/Conri. I hope Conri & Aisha are in the last book. :) I would love to find out what happens. Wish this book was longer. ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A short, entertaining tale. I love her gorgeous writing and I love the Sevenwaters family. Getting a glimpse of Padraic satisfied my continued curiosity about what the youngest brother had been up to all these years.
Eskay Wolfersperger
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A short story really. I do not usually like short stories. But as part of Sevenwaters, this was a very interesting journey into a corner with the raven Fiacha and Padriac the youngest of the swan boys.
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
This story takes me back to Daughter of the Forest. It's every bit as beautiful as the first Sevenwaters book(which will always be my favorite Sevenwaters).

I can't wait for her collection of short stories!
I had hoped that the author would write something about Fiacha. He did deserve his own story and it was a good one, by that matter. I am glad that in this short-story we get to know about what happened to Padriac and what exactly was Fiacha and the role he had throughout the series.
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I loved the first three Sevenwaters books. ADORED them. They weren’t just beautifully written in an incredible mythical world but they were populated with people who loved and suffered and hurt others on purpose or not. These books followed three strong-willed women on journeys of sacrifice and self-growth in this lovely world Marillier created. Heir to Sevenwaters focused more heavily on the romance but the heroine still drove the plot. The last two books, however, took a turn for the worse and ...more
Honestly, I only liked the first part of the short story. It was interesting and it hed light on a mysterious character in the Sevenwaters series I was curious about.

But the rest? It was completely unbelievable, even for a fantasy book. (view spoiler)
Mel Campbell
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this should have been longer. It was too short to really feel anything for the characters. I think Conri/Fiacha needed a longer tale, would have like to have seen him learn to love again, and not feel guilt for what happened. yes, it would be a long journey indeed but I think it would have had more of an impact than what we got unfortunately
D Lynn
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book that answers questions

When I bought the novella, I thought it would be the story of Lady Oonagh. I am glad I was wrong. These stories were much better. I like how elements of the seven waters saga have been tied up.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweetly moving. It was well worth the time.

I read a less than glowing review of this before I purchased it, but since Mdm. Juliet has never let me down, I ignored it. I thought it was a lovely tale honoring what resonates with me of love and family. Well worth it.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-copy
Of course I love it. I love this series too much not to. Plus, the two big question marks (Fiacha? Padriac?) have been answered to satisfying conclusion.

Now, I could do with more, of course. Marillier should never stop writing. Please and thanks!
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lovely short story that taps into two untouched parts of the Sevenwaters story - Padriac's life after Sevenwaters, and Ciaran's mysterious raven.

I read it as part of the Legends of Australian Fantasy collection.
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Juliet Marillier was born 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 Bachelor of Music (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a majo ...more

Other books in the series

Sevenwaters (6 books)
  • Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)
  • Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2)
  • Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters, #3)
  • Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #4)
  • Seer of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #5)
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