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Child of the Prophecy

(Sevenwaters #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  19,320 ratings  ·  880 reviews
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
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published March 20th 2002 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
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
Mayim de Vries
“There were patterns to everything, if you knew how to look. My father taught me that. The real skill lay in staying outside them, in not letting yourself be caught up in them.”

Sevenwaters is a family saga telling the tales of the women from the Sevenwaters family. The series started with the wild swans fairy-tale retelling featuring the Daughter of the Forest, Sorcha and continued with Sorcha’s daughter, Liadan in Son of the Shadows. Child of the Prophecy tells the story of Fainne, daughter of
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*** 3 ***

A buddy read with the good folks at FBR.

This is not and easy review to write because I really enjoyed the first two books and very much wanted to love this one... However, I have to admit I was let down. Which is a shame, since I find Marillier’s writing very enchanting and absorbing. I am new to her as an author and I was pleased to discover an author who is obviously well versed in Celtic Folklore and has a beautiful sensibility, possessing a rare ability to involve the reader
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
In some ways I wish I hadn’t read this book. Ever since I read Daughter of the Forest years ago, I have been in love with this series. I was so in love with the first book, that I refused to read the second one for years afterwards, afraid that it was not going to be as good and ruin the first book for me. Thankfully the second one was just as beautiful – so I didn’t wait quite as long to read the third one. So I must admit that I was disappointed with this one. Although I loved revisiting the ...more
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
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 ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
I don't think that Juliet Marillier is actually capable of writing a bad book. This third book in the Sevenwaters series, while not my favourite of the first three, is nevertheless excellent.

Marillier nicely ties up the various threads that have built up over the three generations that span the first three books in the series. Whereas in both Daughter of the Forest and in Son of the Shadows the main characters were both strong and self-assured young women, in Child of the Prophecy Fainne is
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful writing, bringing all the threads of joy, grief, anger and love found in the Sevenwaters family from books 1 and 2 together to fulfil the prophecy needed to save the islands of Erin. A new generation of the family is shown in Fainne, Niamh's daughter, who must infiltrate her Sevenwaters' family, who are strangers to her, as ordered by her grandmother Lady Oonagh. Fainne has grown up on her grandmother's hate and her father's pain, and in relative isolation far from Sevenwaters. Fainne ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Sotiris Karaiskos
In the third part of the series that completes the original trilogy we again have a different approach. From a second book where the metaphysical element had a secondary role and so it was more a historical novel than a work of fantasy, we go to a book where the element of magic and fantasy are predominant, so I can say that we are returning to the realm of fairy-tale. Also something else that differentiates this book is the smaller role of the element of romance, which of course exists but ...more
2.5 to 3 stars

Buddy read with the romantasy fans from FBR.

I really liked the first book of this series and truly loved the second. This one however was a big let down.

The MC lacks a spine as well as sound moral values and makes you wonder more than once: "How dumb can someone really be!?". The plot is lacking, to say the least and some of the paths and decisions taken simply don't make sense.
There aren't any proper explanations given in the end and even though the Oonagh story thread is over
Maggie K
Wow. I already knew that Juliet Marillier has absolutely beautiful writing that creates a strong sense of place, but I still found myself in awe while reading this of how immersed I was into old Erin.

This story follows Fianne, the daughter of Niamh of Sevenwaters and Ciaran, the son of Oonagh the sorceress who bespelled the family in the trilogy. Fianne has been living an isolated life with her father, learning her craft, with her only source of friendship coming from Darragh, the tinker boy
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
After an underwhelming second volume, I was nervous about finishing this series (well, the original trilogy, anyway). Luckily, Marillier pulled the nose of the plane up and, instead of crashing and burning, she ended this trilogy strong.

This volume is good because she goes back to the original formula that made the first book so good. She focuses on witches, gods, and magic and puts romance in as a side plot rather than letting it consume and bog down the entire story. Reading book 3, it
I have thoughts, but mostly: I have ***finally*** read the "last" book in the Sevenwaters series! I've been putting this off for so long, for ~reasons~ but it was lovely, as it was bound to be. Full review to come at some point, probably.
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.

In the conclusion to the Seven Waters trilogy Fianne, finds herself the puppet of her grandmother, Oonagh in her plot to destroy the Fair Folk. Despite Fianne's inherent goodness Oonagh uses magic to poison her mind and twist her. She must find the strength to fight Oonagh's evil influence and end a war that has been waged for generations.

Another good instalment to the Seven Waters series and the end of the first trilogy. I'm not sure if I'll continue. I mean is it worth walking away while I
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
I didn't love this one quite as much as the first two books (it took me a long time to get into it, one aspect really creeped me out, and I guessed the ending), but I still really enjoyed it! Now I have to decide whether I want to read the second trilogy...
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars that I’m rounding up because overall this series is fantastic. This one was my least favorite of the first three and the only one where I had a lot of trouble with empathy for the MC but it’s still a solid entry in the series and I will be happily moving on to the next book.
What to say about this marvelous book?
This book was the one of all the books in this series that had the REAL magic in it, once, Fainne, the protagonist is a REAL sorceress.

Fainne is a very complex character, but she is also amazingly simple about her values and about what she wants.
At first, she is introduced to us as a dark character, what makes us think that she will be the Villain of the story, but as the story unfolds we realise that she is the hero, a really strong, generous and
So long, but so good.
This series has taken me longer than I care to admit, to get through.
The books are so incredibly detailed and the characters so fully whole that there's a lot going on.
This is the kind of series one really needs a lot of time on their hands to devote to it.
It's the kind of series that deserves that kind of devotion to reading it.
Such a great series, I find I can completely lose myself in it.
I love this series, I wish I had more time for it.
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many 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
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars.

A fitting end to a fantastic trilogy. I loved the ending. Funnily enough, the second book was my favourite but Fainne had the most character growth out of all three women.

Brought up in isolation by her father, Fainne is the daughter of a sorcerer and has powers most people couldn’t dream of. Yet despite this, you never feel that she is at an advantage due to these powers. You always feel that she is at a disadvantage.

I really liked Darragh, the tinkers boy. Less of an action man than
Sarah Marie
5 stars. I'll be honest this is my least favorite of the original trilogy, but it's still an amazing novel and a great conclusion to the original arc. Review to come.
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
6/22 reading for fourth time. Finished early July as I took my time and savored it. Every read and this was the fourth, I like this one better each time. I can pick up any book in this series any time and love reading it.

[UPDATE] I have read this book twice and just listened to the audio. I listen to audios only when driving, but at Chapter 14 I could not leave it and go in the house so brought it in and spent the entire evening listening to it to the end. It had been awhile since I read it, and
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daughters of Sevenwaters

Sevenwaters Couples

Actually rating 4.5 stars
Fainne & Darragh

This book made me cry so much because half the time I was sorry for Fainne and the other half I was broken because of Darragh and Fainne's relationship!

I rarely cry for a couple but this two made me shed tears like never before but lets start with the beginning!

Warning there may be spoilers!

The story is told from the point of view of Fainne, the daughter of Ciaran and Niamh. Now if you read the previous book
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm repeating myself, but the writing's still beautiful and yet the book could be shorter. This time around, though, the romantic plotline was weak, the Big Evil of the trilogy seemed at times almost caricaturish, and by the end of the book I was more than ready for the overarching plot to wrap itself up because I was kind of over it. I still plan to read the other three books, but I need a breather.
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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 ...more

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)
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