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Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters #3)

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Child of the Prophecy is the thrilling conclusion to Juliet Marillier's award-winning Sevenwaters Trilogy.

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 preve
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ebook, 528 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Tor Books (first published August 1st 2001)
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Kristen
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 d
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Allison
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
Keertana
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 ple ...more
Kay
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 calml
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Carmo
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este terceiro livro da Trilogia de Sevenwaters devia ter sido o coroar de glória da história, contudo, na minha opinião ficou aquém dos anteriores. Nem as personagens tiveram o carisma a que estávamos habituados, nem o final foi o que esperava.
Impunha-se o fechar do círculo; a resolução de todas as questões pendentes nos dois últimos. É verdade que se resolveu a questão das ilhas e eliminou-se de vez a ameaça de Lady Oonagh, no entanto, achei a bruxa pouco convincente; os diálogos com Fainne mu
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Meredith
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 suitab ...more
Lata
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
Justine
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 plag
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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 who
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Ângela
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 unbelieva
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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.

Whi
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Ian
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 st
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Liliana Rio
Pode não ser tão grandioso e entusiasmante como os anteriores, mas não deixa igualmente de me encantar e de me tocar na alma :)
...........5****
Nita
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 s
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Debbie
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
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Erin
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
Sandra
Quem lê os anteriores, repara de imediato que este tem um início lento. Mas que tem de ser, de modo a mais tarde compreendermos o turbilhão de acontecimentos do fim.

Mesmo assim, este livro é uma obra excelente. Só uma grande autora consegue retratar e construir personagens tão carismáticas e realistas.

Uma série das melhores que alguma vez li.
Molly
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Depois de ter lido os dois volumes anteriores durante o ano passado, foi com grande entusiasmo que peguei no terceiro volume desta fantástica história sobre a família de Sevenwaters. Não é novidade o meu apreço pela autora e pelas suas histórias, por isso era difícil eu não gostar deste livro.

Não sei se não será um dos livros mais belos que li da autora. Não é tão grandioso como o primeiro (A Filha da Floresta), talvez porque há uma doçura e uma ingenuidade enormes nesse livro, mas gostei muito
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Katy
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually a reread for me. I love this series and Ms. Marillier's work in general. I loved this book except I really wanted to slap Fainne when she just won't trust those she loves.
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
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Lila
Child of the Prophecy is the third book in Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters series. Originally the series was intended as a trilogy. I loved all 3 books, but this one is my favourite. It's difficult to explain why exactly because it is the most painful of the three to read.
Perhaps the very things that make it difficult to read also make it the most endearing.
Fianne is very different from the other two protagonists, Sorcha of Daughter of the Forest and Liadan of Son of The Shadows. Fianne is the
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Sara Jesus
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Terminei mesmo agora de ler " A filha da profecia", e já estou cheia de saudades desta maravilhosa trilogia. Não só das personagens, mas também do seu ambiente mítico. Todos os livros me encantaram. Não houve um que eu achei mais fraco. Apesar de muitos leitores dizerem que este último não prende tanto como os anteriores, eu achei que ele estava ao mesmo nível.
Fainne é a protagonista. Ela é filha de Ciarán e Niamah, e neta de Lady Oonag. É normal ela parecer mais frágil do que a sua avó e tia.
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Violet
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book (along with the previous two of the Sevenwaters trilogy) really has taken me places. It has been a strange, beautiful, romantic, and moving journey.
In 'Child of the Prophecy', we see the world of Sevenwaters through the eyes of Fianne. She's not as morally unshakable as Sorcha or Liadan. Because she is not only a daughter of the forest but also the grandchild of the evil Oonagh. Her uncertainties can get annoying or depressing, to an extent. But that is what makes Fianne so interesting
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Neide Parafitas
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depois de Sorcha e Liadan, surge-nos a terceira "heroína" nas histórias da saga de Sevenwaters: Fainne. Contudo, ao contrário das duas primeiras que são verdadeiramente as "boas da fita", Fainne traz consigo uma herança de maldade que provém da sua avó, uma poderosíssima feiticeira de nome Lady Oonagh, que a obriga a executar uma tarefa terrível, a de impedir o cumprimento de uma profecia!

Descendente de quatro raças, Fainne traz consigo o sangue maldito proveniente da avó, mas também o da sua fa
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Gricel
Sep 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Susana
(review in English below)

Gostei bastante, como dizem as 4 estrelas, mas não me senti tão envolvida como quando li os dois primeiros volumes.
A tradução desta trilogia, apesar de agradável em geral, tem erros graves que, por vezes, chegam a alterar o sentido das frases. E porque alguns nomes estão traduzidos e outros não?
De qualquer modo, recomendo a leitura desta história em 3 actos que, pelos vistos, tem continuação.

I liked it a lot, as stated by the 4 star rating, but I didn't feel so engrosse
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Nomes
I really liked the premise of this (a flawed, villianously conflicted MC) and loved being back in the Sevenwaters world. However, this took me forever to read. At times I just felt it dragged on and not much at all happened, then suddenly major! exciting! events would unfold and then it would fall back into a lull again. Maybe it's just me not being that great at fantasy (I can be an impatient reader at times and this book requires settling in for the long haul). Or maybe this book needed a good ...more
Arttemizza
Depois de ter ficado rendida à saga, com a leitura dos dois primeiros livros, iniciei este com grande expectativa, no entanto, decididamente não me apaixonou como os restantes e o ritmo de leitura foi bem mais lento. Talvez isso tenha acontecido essencialmente porque não fiquei fã da personagem “Fainne “ para além de ter achado que a vertente romântica aqui é pouco abordada (sou uma romântica incurável). Na minha opinião acho que a história se centra muito nos medos da personagem principal, bem ...more
Viv JM
OK, so there is magic and a prophecy and Fair Folk...but to me, this story is a very sensitively told tale about what it means to feel an outsider, and about courage in the face of overwhelming pressure. I love this trilogy and this is my favourite of the three. Beautiful, touching, gripping - a recommended read.
electrise
this would've been such a fun ride if only seven people didn't jump into the story in front of the protagonist every time she thought about maybe doing something that could affect the narrative. like "don't u worry yr pretty lil character constructs about it, missy, we got this."
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Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 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 a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a ...more
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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)
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