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Flame of Sevenwaters

(Sevenwaters #6)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  6,968 ratings  ·  591 reviews
Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, was badly burned as a child and carries the legacy of that fire in her crippled hands. After ten years she’s returning home, a courageous, forthright woman. But while her body’s scars have healed, her spirit remains fragile, fearing the shadows of her past.

Sevenwaters is in turmoil. The fey prince Mac Dara is desperate to see h
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Roc
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Merit They don't have to be read in order but it is very useful to read them in order, as there are many references to previous events, people and their adv…moreThey don't have to be read in order but it is very useful to read them in order, as there are many references to previous events, people and their adventures from the other books. Besides, the whole series is worth reading.
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Carla *Jen7waters*
Before reading it:

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After reading it:

My goodness, everything is Sevenwaters and everything hurts.

I mean, the last Sevenwaters book---
… okay, maybe it’s not the last one—who knows---, but I can’t help but feel like it’s the end of the world somehow.

Without a surprise, Flame was an emotional journey for me, 20% because of Maeve, 70% because of other characters and references to previous books in the series, and 10% just because... you know... I was in possession of a
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I can't tell you how much I've loved the original Sevenwaters trilogy, all of which are still among my favorite books. For that reason I've read most of Marillier's other works, which range from good to mediocre. Seer of Sevenwaters was disappointing, but I hoped it was an outlier: after all, Seer is a middle book and Marillier wrote it during cancer treatment. And I'd been hoping for years for a book about Maeve. As it turns out, Flame is a lot like Seer.

In Flame of Sevenwaters, Maeve--the sist
Mar 27, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Ms. Marillier, I only have one thing to say to you:

No, it's not the same caliber as the original Sevenwaters trilogy, but that's a pretty high standard to live up to. The later three books are more along the lines of YA Fantasy, not as complex or deeply emotional, but still superior to others in their class. I ate all three of them up, and I still hope she'll come back to this world again at some point because it will be like coming home again.
Mayim de Vries
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
“If I were telling a story of Sevenwaters - and it would be a grand epic told over the nights of a long winter - I would surely end with a triumph. Happy ending, all well, puzzles solved, enemies defeated, the future stretching ahead bright and true. With new challenges and new adventures, certainly, because that’s the way things always are. But overall it would be a very satisfying story, one to give the listener heart.”

Flame of Sevenwaters finalises the Sevenwaters series. As far as the ending
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing finish to one of my favourite fantasy series. I don't even know what I was expecting, but this book really made me sorry to be done with the Sevenwaters family.

Marillier continues to be one of my favourite authors. This book, like so many of her others, hit such an emotional place for me. Maeve was a strong heroine, and the portrayal of living with a disability was done so well. Maeve's attitude towards her family, her circumstances, and her injuries rang so true and made her a deeply

I would just like to preface this review by briefly saying how much I love Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows, and how much I respect both Ms. Marillier and the writing she gave us in both of those books, which remain, easily, two of my favorites of all time.

I approached Flame of Sevenwaters uneasily. The last two or three (I remain unconvinced about Child of the Prophecy) books I have read from Ms. Marillier have left me unsatisfied. I truly believe that somet
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good. SO good. No other words. Except that I hope there will continue to be more. Really, if this series went on forever, I'll be beyond happy. Thank you, Ms. Marillier, from the bottom of my heart, for your wonderful, magical, beautiful, sweeping tales of Sevenwaters.
Inês Ferreira
May 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book would be fine if it wasn't for the weird romance that happened.
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Maeve, the fourth daughter of Lord Sean and Lady Aisling of Sevenwaters, has lived apart from her immediate family for ten years. As a child Maeve fell victim to a terrible fire, scarring her face and body and costing her the use of her hands. For ten years since, Maeve has lived with her Aunt Liadan and Uncle Bran in Britain - sent away by her parents at first in the hopes that Liadan would be able to find a salve or poultice that could help Maeve heal a
4.5 stars

Fair warning to all before reading this book or my review on it!!!

This read is not for the no-nonsense, down to earth people who like practical and sensible stuff! Those of you will probably want to roll your eyes or even gag at times while reading it.
This read is for sappy ‘romantasy’ lovers (like myself) who love dreamy fairy tales and mushy romantic stuff, scarred heroes/heroines and trusted animal friends, sacrifices made out of love and happy ever afters! Those of you will probably
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Despite the... kind of weird romance, I liked Flame as much as the first book, which is not a bad way to wrap a series. Also, I would not mind a standalone about Finbar, if that's even a possibility.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice miss mash of fairy tales, Irish mythology and historical fiction! It is the last book of the series and I will miss the characters!
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read quite a few of Juliet Marillier's books and enjoyed them a lot. She is a gifted writer. This one took me a lot longer to finish and although I found it worth the read, I did not think it was as good as the books I previously really liked. The central character is Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters. Badly burned in her childhood her hands remain crippled. Physically scarred by the traumas of her past, Maeve is also emotionally scarred by the traumas of her past. She embarks o ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for this to come out November 6th!

Update- Wow, what a whirlwind ending to the Sevenwaters series! Loved this story, although I predicted too much for there to be much surprise at the end. I still had doubts about my guesses though, so it wasn't COMPLETELY predictable. I loved the dogs and the time spent in the Otherworld. I feel like I got to know the Fair Folk better than ever. I really enjoyed the descriptions of their halls and appearances. Mark Maeve down as another strong, brave
Kate Forsyth
Yippee! As far as I’m concerned, Juliet Marillier could bring out a new book every week and I’d be happy. I (like many, many other people) particularly love her books set at Sevenwaters. This new novel is number six. Each can be read alone, but they are definitely best read in order.
The heroine of this book is Maeve, who in an earlier book was badly burned while trying to rescue her dog from a fire. She was crippled as a result, her hands twisted into stiff and useless claws. For me, this gave t
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Updated - Nov 7, 2012
Another solid book from Marillier! I enjoyed this more than the last Sevenwaters book featuring Sibeal. It didn't quite capture all the magic of some of the earlier books, but I still found myself enchanted with the Sevenwaters clan and eagerly staying up late to drink in the latest saga.

I liked Maeve, as we've heard brief asides from her since book 3 but never really knew how she fared. I enjoyed her relationship with Finbar, and did not see (view spoiler)
Dakota★Magic in Every Book
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I managed to get all the Sevenwaters books in hardcover. I sincerely adored each and every one of the six books, and I'm definitely glad Marillier didn't stop after the first trilogy, because the second trilogy was also supremely excellent, and I love how everything ends.
Sotiris Karaiskos
In our last visit to the world of Sevenwater the author seems to have somehow run out of ideas, so he resorts to the easy solution of recycling. There are, of course, some different things, such as the heroine of the book that is quite different from the protagonists of the previous ones, but they are not enough to make a substantial difference.

Our heroine is a woman whose body has been deformed by fire, so she needs help even in the simplest of things. She has accepted her condition, but her di
Karen Brooks
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Oh. Wow. Talk about conjuring mixed emotions in the reader. I feel like either donning black and keening or dancing wildly through the room. I want to do the former because Flame of Sevenwaters is, I believe, the final book in this sublime series, and kick my heels up because it was so exquisitely beautiful.
This novel tells the story of Maeve, one of Lord Sean’s daughters who, in an earlier novel, Child of the Prophecy, was badly disfigured as the consequence of a fire ten years
I picked up Flame of Sevenwaters as a last-ditch effort to pull myself out of a reading slump.

What a disappointment.

Quite simply put, this novel was boring. It took a significant amount of time to find its stride and, even then, the tell-tale qualities I look for in a Sevenwaters novel were absent.

Maeve is a delightful heroine, her narration starkly realistic and bold. We met Maeve in Child of the Prophecy but now, nearly ten years later in Flame of Sevenwaters, Maeve has learned to survive d
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers! I hate that I'm rating this as a 3. well... okay. it was good, kind of. and probably would have been a four... but..usually in Marillier's books you get to know both your strong female as well as the strong male she falls for. there was very little of that this time around...the love interest just...appears. both times. and I know nothing about him aside from he is loyal, in another form.. so he must be in reality?.. that left me wanting. majorly. the climax in the otherworld was also ...more
Afton Nelson
This review will contain spoilers.

I love this author and will continue to pick up any book that she writes. She does character like no one else. She lets me get inside and understand their hopes and fears and dreams. I love it. However, in this instance, I was a little tired of Maeve's continual whining about her useless hands. It seemed to be all she ever thought about. Until she ran off after Swift/Finbar/Bear/Badger. Once she began her heroic journey, her hands became much less of an issue. I
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, ebook
I have to confess I was a little unsure if it was a good idea to plunge into this Juliet Marillier book. The last one I had read, Seer of Sevenwaters, felt a bit of a letdown when compared to what Marillier got her readers used to in the first three books of the Sevenwaters trilogy. So, it was a pleasant surprise to see that the author was able to capture the essence of those books. Even if the formula is pretty much de same: a daughter of the house of Sevenwaters must overcome her fears in some ...more
I love the Sevenwaters world, although, as others have pointed out, the sequels featuring Sean and Aisling's daughters have been far more bland than the original trilogy. Sorcha, Liadan and Fainne, and for that matter Niamh, were clearly drawn individuals with very different characters. In the later books, the characters are looking rather like blurred copies of each other. I found Maeve's rejection of any sort of healing for her hands hard to believe; rejecting it as a bribe was a nice touch, b ...more
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Flame of Sevenwaters is very similar to the previous two books in that it takes a long time to get going. The last quarter however, is full of all the wonderful I expect from a Juliet Marillier book.

Even though the last three books of the Sevenwaters series are no where near as amazing as the first three, they are still beautiful stories, and it is bittersweet to finally reach the end. Juliet Marillier is such a great writer. I highly recommend her books.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches-magic, travel
“Our family has survived a long time. We’ve weathered battles and transformations, enchantments and floods and fires. We’ve endured being sent away, and we’ve coped with evildoers in our midst. If I were telling a story of Sevenwaters – and it would be a grand epic told over all the nights of a long winter – I would surely end it with a triumph. A happy ending, all well, puzzles solved, enemies defeated, the future stretching ahead bright and true. With new challenges and new adventures, certain ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful way to complete the Sevenwaters stories. Maeve, who was injured in a fire years before, has been living in England at Harrowfield with Aunt Liadan and Uncle Bran. She has not has the use of her hands for years, and has learned to be as self-sufficient as possible, while also requiring the constant help of a handmaiden, with whom she has a necessarily close and warm relationship. Maeve has a gift of working with horses, and her hard work with a young and excitable horse is where ...more
Gillian Brownlee
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great ending to the series! It didn’t follow quite the same formula as the others, which made it slightly more difficult to predict. The ending was satisfying, and Maeve was a delight to read about. I almost wish there were more books in this series! I’d love to stick with Sevenwaters for as long as possible!
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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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