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Heir to Sevenwaters

(Sevenwaters #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  14,576 ratings  ·  771 reviews
A brand new novel in the beloved world of Sevenwaters, a fantasy series that should appeal to "Lord of the Rings" fans (VOYA).
The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest. Human and Otherworld dwellers have existed there side by side, sharing a wary trust. Until the spring when Lady Aisling of Sevenwaters finds herself expecting
Hardcover, 395 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Roc
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One of my English teachers once told my class that instead of telling her daughter the fairy tales of Disney legend, the classic Snow White and Sleeping Beauty that had the gallant princes arriving to save the day, she'd always change the ending so that the princess saved herself or, better yet, saved the prince too. When her daughter, only a mere seven years old, got cancer, we all visited her - and still do visit her - in the hospital and would help tell stories; stories of women strong enough ...more
Nov 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I couldn't believe it when I heard that Juliet Marillier was writing another Sevenwaters book. It's been eight years since Daughter of the Forest was first published and six since Child of the Prophecy and I honestly thought that ship had sailed. I had accustomed myself to the notion that all I would ever have would be the original trilogy to keep me warm on those cold nights when only the Sevenwaters magic will do. And then the unbelievable happened and she announced a fourth volume. And ins ...more
Mayim de Vries
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
“Cross the river left then right
Mortal world fades out of sight
Step into the field of time
Fall so far you cannot climb
Sorrow’s pathway tread in tears
Paved with sadness, doubts and fears
At the gate of thorn entwined
Say farewell to humankind
Set your foot inside the door
You’ll be mine forever more…”

If you made it that far in the Sevenwaters series, surely you what you are after: a family saga rich with Irish folklore and romance-heavy plot. If you stumbled here by accident, you need to be aware tha
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Beware, readers, for spoilers lie ahead. I give this book 3 stars simply because I can't bring myself to give it a lower score. (Sort of like a reverse Will Smith on the Men in Black ride; rather than "I give you an F just because I can't give you a G," it's "I give you a C just because I can't give you a D.") And, for what it's worth, it managed to not only hold my attention, but keep me on the edge of my seat until the bitter end. Which, I suppose, it the basic thing an author wants for a read ...more
This was not quite as good as the books of the original trilogy, but that's such a high standard to meet. I still couldn't put it down. Sevenwaters is the same magical place, but this time a new foe appears, and another daughter of Sevenwaters rises to the challenge of defending her family and loves. I can't wait to see where the next one takes it all.

4.5 stars?
h o l l i s
This rating might change as we continue on through the remaining two Sevenwaters instalments but. If you've made it this far, you know you are getting a very Marillier-experience which means heartbreak, love that conquers all, and stories. Stories that come with lessons, and clues, in how to survive what is to come and what is expected of our main character.

For Clodagh, she herself is a bit of a departure from our original trilogy heroines, particularly the first two. She's not adventurous, or a
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This was a nice change in for a heroine in the Sevenwaters series. Clodagh is not a healer, or a seer, touched by magic, or possessed of any special ability. She is exceptionally good at the ordinary skills expected of a woman of her status, and on top of that she is kind, loving, and a person of strong character.

I loved this story of a young woman who needs to call on all her strength to save her family and the man she loves, and never stops to think that she might not be good enough
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Marillier disappointed me with this one.

I’ve been a fan of her works for a long time. Daughter of the Forest remains one of my favorite books ever, the remaining Sevenwaters Trilogy was fun to read, and the Bridei Chronicles fully engaged me. I am so used to loving Marillier’s books that, when Heir to Sevenwaters fell flat for me, I felt robbed.

The story had a promising start. Clodagh felt somewhat recycled from the previous Sevenwaters heroines, but at least she wasn’t an herbalist. (My biggest
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Roller coaster-y on steroids
Nefarious side of magic

I couldn’t be happier that the Sevenwaters ‘dip’ was fleeting and is over (Child of the Prophecy). The struggles of book three are but a memory and the band of buddy readers gobbled Heir of Sevenwaters up.

In Clodagh we found a worthy heroine, made of true Sevenwaters heritage. She thought herself lacking in some worth, masterful with running the house and little else. BUT Clodagh was much more, she had a steely determinatio
Sotiris Karaiskos
The fourth book of the series is the most Celtic and the darkest of all until now. Our new heroine is called upon to confront the most malicious supernatural forces, plunging us into the darkest side of Irish mythology. Of course, as in the previous books, the heroine is called upon to overcome her weaknesses and find the courage to be able to help the good to prevail and earn her own happiness next to her beloved. All this in an atmosphere full of romance created by the writer's particularly be ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've said it before, but each time I re-read a book of Sevenwaters it feels just like coming home for me. Heir starts a new arc for this series and though I've never fallen as deeply in love with a novel as I did for Daughter of the Forest or Son of the Shadows, Heir to Sevenwaters is still beloved by me. I love it differently than the first 3 novels of this series, but I love it all the same. Clodagh is strong in a very different way than the daughters of Sevenwaters who came before her, but sh ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I love this books so much that I really want them each to have a movie!

We read Sorcha's, Liadan's & Fainne's story and now in Heir to Sevenwaters we read about Clodagh, the daughter of Sean. This book is full of adventures and the true meaning of love and because of this I read this book in a few days.

Clodagh is the type of girl that is raised to become a perfect housewife. Because her mother is pregnant and her twin sister will marry soon, Clod
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this one MUCH more than book 3. Cathal is a great hero, and I love the strong female main character and her quest. I also loved Becon.
Autumn Doughton
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Finding this book at Books-A-Million two weeks before the US release date was one of the more thrilling moments in my life (sad, I know)!
Marillier is one of my favorite authors and specifically the Sevenwaters trilogy is one of her best. This fourth novel in the series recaptured the magic of the family that I felt was lost in book 3. I also liked that it followed only 4 years after book 3 instead of an entire generation later, which is the precedent set in the other books. Another departure fro
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Karina Webster
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series, so much and Heir to Sevenwaters is another excellent instalment.I was disappointed with the third in the series, Child of the Prophecy, but maybe that's because i loved Son of the Shadows so much. This novel shows Marillier back on top form and is an excellent addition to the life and legacy of the Sevenwaters family.

I love knowing a history of the characters and what motivates them from reading the previous books, but what impresses me the most is how unique and addictive M
Gabriela Pop
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is only further proof that I am absolute and utter trash for anything Juliet Marillier writes. Love the characters, love the added layers to the world, love the strange path the story is turning to, love the romance, love love love.
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Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-fantasy
4;5 stars!
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Juliet Marillier did it again and I am all OK about that. A perfect way to end 2019.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was hesitant to start this since the last trilogy wrapped up so nicely, but here she continues to prove that she is one of the best writers of historical fantasy novels.
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Extended one-on-one time, adventure love stories are my kryptonite, so yeah. Safe to say I have (thankfully) re-found that loving feeling with this series.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches-magic

“I should have realized, when Cathal kissed me in the hallway, that my response was the first raindrop heralding a storm.”
Oct 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars round to 5 because I'm feeling generous and I love a story when true love wins 🥰 ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
I love Juliet Marillier's novels. Her writing is really good, and her imagination is just incredible. Her characters are wonderful people that you would actually like to meet in the 'real' world.

The protagonist of Heir to Sevenwaters is Clogaugh. She is the great granddaughter of Sorcha (the protagonist of Daughter of the Forest). Reading Sorcha's tale was a like drug as Marillier's stories are nearly impossible to put down. However, I was a bit disappointed with Heir to Sevenwaters because I d
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Orinally posted here.

Another excellent installment in what has become one of my favorite series: the Sevenwaters books by Juliet Marillier. I'm so happy that Ms. Marillier decided to write more books in this series! Like I said, I had a pretty lukewarm reaction to Child of the Prophecy but that's okay because I knew that I could look forward to more adventures in the Sevenwaters world with this one and Seer of Sevenwaters, due out later this year. This one is different from the rest because it o
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My thoughts on this book have changed quite a bit since I first read it more than two years ago. Heir to Sevenwaters is a fun book, and on the first couple of reads I loved it and considered it just as good as the original Sevenwaters books, mostly because the romance is fantastic. But while this book has its strengths, compared to the original trilogy it's still a bit shallow (and things have only gotten worse with the latest installment, Seer of Sevenwaters).

Heir to Sevenwaters is much less d
Although I did not find it quite as good as Son of the Shadows and Child of the Prophecy, Heir to Sevenwaters was still a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read. I still plan to read all the books in this series. ...more
Jill Myles
Nov 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I went in to this one a little wary - Marillier has broken my heart before, especially in Book 3 of the Sevenwaters trilogy. But, I should have trusted her! HEIR TO SEVENWATERS is a beautiful, gorgeous, romantic return to the Sevenwaters setting and I devoured the book in one sitting.

Clodagh is the boring twin, left behind at home to care for her splintering family while turmoil attacks the Sevenwaters lands. Also at home are two soldiers - Aidan and Cathal. One charming, and one rude and booris
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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)
  • Seer of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #5)
  • Flame of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #6)

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