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Heir to Sevenwaters

(Sevenwaters #4)

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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
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Hardcover, 395 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Roc
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Keertana
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
Angie
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
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Sarahm
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
G.
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, I did like Heir to Sevenwaters better than the last book. Juliet Marillier's writing is lovely and dreamy, but it's also what frustrates me about this series. It's so lovely and dreamy, in fact, that it takes a while to get anywhere.
Allison
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?
Justine
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
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Mousuke
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: diehard Marillier fans
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
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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
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
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
Suzanne
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.
Lata
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Dyanna
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Daughters of Sevenwaters

Sevenwaters Couples

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
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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
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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
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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.
Jo
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Talltree
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-fantasy
4;5 stars!
Petra
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.
Malum
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.
Ângela
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.”
Amalie
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
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
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Kristen
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Jalilah
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
Mindy
Feb 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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Katie Mcsweeney
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, disappointing
Not anywhere near as good as the other three Sevenwaters books...

I was very disappointed by Clodagh's character she wasn't the sort of heroine that I was expecting. She said that she was only suited to housework but then she outdid herself and succeeded on her quest... perfect start for a heroine!

...But then she found a boy she fancied and became 100% self-sacrificing for her love... she went so far as to suggest that she could have come up with a way to get out of the Otherworld but that she
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Liz
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
AHHHHHH......another sevenwaters book.....I don't think many things in life have made me so happy. If I could I'd give the whole series 6 stars. Anyway, the only thing that was weird was that Johnny turned out to be gay, but it does tie up loose ends rather neatly with the whole heir thing and I was very glad the whole gay thing was just a passing comment and not in any way part of the story. Once again, I loved the characters....old and new. I'm not sure how she has managed so many different lo ...more
Jessica
This was an enjoyable read, but it just didn't have the same magic as the original Sevenwaters trilogy. I found Clodagh a bit boring and the romance element in this book wasn't that believable and felt forced. I'd recommend this book to fans of the original Sevenwaters trilogy and Juliet Marillier, but if you haven't read anything by her before definitely start with Daughter of the Forest.
Amaryllis
I did not think this day would come. For the first time ever, I am not completely en amore with Juliet Marillier's hero. It is such a sad, tragic day in my life.

(Juliet's storytelling skills are as amazing as ever, though.)
Diana Stormblessed
I'm going to make this a compliment sandwich so this book doesn't feel bad about me not loving it enough.

It was WAY better than the last book.

But the plot is getting stale. Girl meets boy. You're supposed to think they're going to end up together, but they won't. She's end up with the other guy who she butts heads with at the beginning of the book. This is basically the plot of books 1, 2, and 4 (so far). 3 was a little different with less romance. It's getting boring. Also, (view spoiler)
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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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