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Heir to Sevenwaters [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Juliet Marillier
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Book Description

7 Nov 2008

The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest, one of the last refuges of the Tuatha De Danann, the Fair Folk of ancient story. Human and Otherworld dwellers have existed there side by side, separated by a thin veil between worlds and sharing a wary trust. Until the spring when Lady Aisling of Sevenwaters finds herself expecting another child, and everything changes.

With her mother pregnant, Clodagh fears the worst as Aisling is well past the safe age for childbearing. Her father, Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, faces his own difficulties as warring factions threaten his borders. When Aisling gives birth to a son—a new heir to Sevenwaters—the responsibility of caring for the infant falls to Clodagh while her mother recovers.

Then the family’s joy turns to despair when the baby is taken from his room and something . . . unnatural is left in his place. To reclaim her brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there. Accompanied on her quest by a warrior who may prove to be more than he seems, Clodagh will have her courage tested to breaking point. The reward may be far greater than she ever dreamed . . .

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (7 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230017894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230017894
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juliet Marillier holds advanced degrees in music and languages, and has had a lifelong passion for both Celtic music and Irish folklore. She lives with her family in Perth, Western Australia.

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'Marillier's gripping tale of adventure and enduring love...slides quickly and assuredly into a grand tale of ancient Erin.' -- Publishers Weekly

`A heady blend of romance, adventure, mythical creatures and heroic rescues...Enchanting.' -- SFX


`A heady blend of romance, adventure, mythical creatures and heroic rescues...Enchanting.'

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By M. K. Burton VINE VOICE
Clodagh's twin sister Deirdre is getting married, her mother is heavily pregnant with a child later in life than expected, and she herself must take charge of the house, try to comfort her worried father, and give up her marital prospects for the foreseeable future. At first, luckily, all this goes off without a hitch, except perhaps for the irritating warrior Cathal who has accompanied Clodagh's cousin Johnny to the wedding and seems determined to rain on Clodagh's parade every chance he gets. In the meanwhile, she meets again a man she likes very much and successfully gets through her sister's wedding with the household intact. Clodagh's mother Aisling even survives the delivery of a healthy baby boy, but then the unthinkable happens and Clodagh is the only one who can save her family from destruction.

I knew I loved the Sevenwaters trilogy, and I wasn't surprised at all when I loved this, too. Juliet Marillier's prose is astonishingly beautiful, weaving a fantasy world that exists side-by-side with a historical portrait of early Ireland. It's so easy to get swept away into this world and Marillier has lost none of its magic. I knew absolutely nothing about the book going into it - not even the main character's name - but I quickly realized that trouble was imminent. Once the main "trouble" occurred and I couldn't put it off any longer, I absolutely sped through the book, as I'm sure I was intended to. I had to know what happened and this book is only predictable in some respects. I figured I knew what the ending was, but I needed to know how they got there. I particularly adored the tension between Cathal and Clodagh. That part of the story was beautifully done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively "simple"! 30 Aug 2009
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For anyone who has never before read one of this Marillier series "Heir" may at fist deceive you into thinking it's a "children's story" to be dismissed, lightly.

Think twice, my friend, for "Heir" is perhaps the deepest book of this series!

Anyone who reads J.M.'s work must be at least tolerant of the idea of Nature spirits/magic etc for her other works are also thick with this belief, making them fantastic, mind-opening "reads"... perfect for getting away from worldly stresses.

The principal behind spiritual beliefs is that everything we deal with in the material world ("our" world) is symbolic - a "message" from Spirit (or God) which we can read like a code, if we are open to the idea. So don't dismiss "Heir" as rubbish.

For instance - Trees symbolise wisdom - the changling chld is made from branches of a tree - and left in the care of a human being, who could have thrown him onto a bonfire - or done the "humane and wise" thing, and taken him back to the place he belonged, to be rewarded with the return of her little brother. She did the latter.

One of the messages of this lovely story is "honour and care for Nature, and she'll look after you." Mother Nature doesn't need us - the world would continue without the human race being here - but we need her.

Then of course - you could just read the story as it appears - and enjoy that, too!

I love this wonderful series, and I'd suggest that you start back at "Sevenwaters" (the first book) and follow this family through it's development ... it's fascinating stuff - on any level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Story 27 Sep 2009
By Anna <3
After reading the Sevenwaters trilogy, I couldn't wait to get back to the characters whom I have grown to love so much. Although shorter and somewhat simpler than the books in the trilogy, I was just as caught up in the plot and characters of Heir to Sevenwaters.

The book follows the story of Clodagh, Daughter of Sean and Aisling, who is, like all of Juliet Marilier's main characters, instantly very likeable. Cathal has to be one of my favourite characters across the series (he seemed to me rather like Somerled from the Light Isles books), The darkness in him, and the way he fights it, makes him very interesting. I would have liked to have seen more of my other favourite characters - Liadan & Ciaran in the book, but i guess that wasnt to be.

I agree with the various others who have said this book feels slightly unfinished in some ways, but I hear Juliet is writing another Sevenwaters novel - Seer of Sevenwaters, so i look forward to that, and hope it rounds off what was left unfinished in this book.

All in all, an excellent read, if you have been following the sevenwaters trilogy, you wont be disappointed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Having read the Sevenwaters Trilogy, I really looked forward to another part of it. When I started to read this book, I hoped that it would be give me some clue as to which direction that it may be going in, but it was to prove me wrong! Instead of running like the others, with the Fair Folk and Old Ones beside the characters, this time the characters entered their world. I found it engaging to read but sometimes felt that the story was not as sophisticated as the Sevenwater Trilogy. However do not let this put you off! The book has a fantastic and different story line that leads you into thinking completely different ideas which are not what is actually happening, that only after you've read got further into the book, you fully see them! Juliet Mariller is a fantastic author and I highly recommend her books!
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The fourth in the series and worth waiting for. Continues the storyline and an addictive read
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I bought this book as ive read the sevenwaters trylogy. I just love to read these books, they keep me spellbound.
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I just finished reading this book and I found it breath-taking, dramatic with up and down emotional rollercoaster that gets your heart pumping and you feel something for the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another family members story
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Published 11 months ago by A. Flinders
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down!
I was worried that this book wouldn't be as good as the trilogy but it met all my expectations, i loved it and couldn't put it down
Published 14 months ago by katka
5.0 out of 5 stars Next installment in a great saga
Great continuation of the Sevenwaters saga - this one focuses on Clodagh, on of the daughters. Would have loved to hear more about Deirdre's story
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3.0 out of 5 stars Expected
Nothing new in this book. Juliet Marillier presents the usual story of the girl, an adventure, dangers and love that wins all. It's always a good reading, though.
Published 18 months ago by Anuska
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is so compulsive
Juliet Marillier's imagination is astounding in this book, which makes the events feel so real. An exciting and spellbinding read.
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