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Flame of Sevenwaters
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2012
Flame of Sevenwaters is the (probable) conclusion to the Sevenwaters saga and focuses on Lord Seán's fourth daughter, Maeve, and her return to Sevenwaters after spending ten years with her Aunt Liadan in Britain, convalescing after being badly injured in a fire.

If you liked Marillier's other books you'll like this one too. While not as breath-taking as Daughter of the Forest or Son of the Shadows, the books is pleasantly written, engaging and well-paced, and I found the heroine Maeve more realistic, confident and more likeable than her sisters Sibeal and Clodagh from the previous books. I would probably put it as my 3rd or 4th favourite in the series, roughly on a par with Heir to Sevenwaters, and better than Seer of Sevenwaters or Child of the Prophecy. Overall the book was very enjoyable, although I found the climax a bit of a let-down which was dragged out for too long with too much talk and too little action. Also, if you are hoping for the grand romance of some of the earlier books this is not the book for you, as the romantic plot plays back-seat to the main story-line, which while disappointing in some ways, also makes this book stand out from the others. So, overall an enjoyable book and a fairly satisfying conclusion to the series, if you enjoy Marillier's books it's definitely worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2012
I love Juliet Marillier's books and I was eagerly looking forward to reading her latest, Flame Of Sevenwaters,feeling quite sure that my long wait would be more than amply rewarded. Maybe,of course, that was the trouble -my expectations were just too great. I was hoping for something with the drama , the romance and the magic of the earlier books and instead I found a rather tired facsimile.Oh, don't get me wrong, its a good read - Juliet is incapable of writing anything merely mediocre. But at the same time, for me at least, it was a disappointment. The familiar ingredients are all there,which is great, but there are differences too, maybe because Juliet has either become a little bored with her setting and her characters or, alternatively, determined not to repeat too assiduously the elements and patterns of her most loved and most successful novels. To start with,I don't much like Maeve. She is courageous,honest and resourceful but so were her sisters and THEY, for all their admirable qualities, were not boring!Maeve lacks charm or charisma and it has nothing to do with her physical disabilities, which she copes with very well. As for the love interest - well, Maeve's prospective husband is hardly fashioned from the stuff of romantic heroes like Red, Bran, Cathal and Ciaran!I cannot say more without giving away the story's twist (though its fairly obvious anyway} butIhave to confess that I found it almost impossible to suspend total disbelief.Shape-shifting is a favourite ploy of Juliet's but I can't help feeling that this time she has simply overstepped the mark. Oh, and to make matters worse (or better, depending on your point of view) Ciaran just outshines everyne else : the book really only springs to life when he appears upon the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2013
Surely the Faery folk (and Juliet M.) will find a way - and this will be only the latest of this fantastic series, and not the last?

My own favourites of the series may be "Daughter of the Forest" and "Heir to Sevenwaters" but I love all these books, and there's scope for them to go on - and on!

Let yourself feel the magic of this wonderful storytelling.
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on 4 March 2013
I am so very happy with this book as not only was it a special offer but it remained intact during postage and packaging and the story did not disappoint. I definitely recommend both writer and sender. The sender because I did not have to wait long once the release date had passed and the writer because I am a firm admirer. I should say that at first I tried too quickly to read it and the gist of the story passed me by but afterwards I took the time to read it properly and thought it was terrific. My favourite character is Ciarran and after finishing it I felt there could still be a future story for him but I understand that Juliet Marillier has, for the time being, put aside the Sevenwaters saga to work on other stories so who knows---- perhaps in the future.
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on 18 March 2014
The Sevenwaters series is truly excellent!
It is filled with Celtic magic (and well understood, since Juliet Marillier is actually a druid)
and heartfilled emotions - I've read all 6 books in less then 3 months which is
really quick for me - I just could not put them down!
A must read for all who love magic (and Ireland!!!)
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on 21 December 2012
Other reviews have been mixed, Love or hate.
It is as compelling as most of the other Marillier books. I for one am a fan of this one. The heroine has as much behind her, and we see as much of the internal struggles as with the other severnwater books. The twist in who is bad, and who is the love interest was good.
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on 22 June 2013
Again, Juliet Marillier does not let her fans down. I loved reading about Maeve, the "forgotten daughter" of Sevenwaters. All the usual ingredients are here: fairy folk, spirituality, courage, true love. And a dramatic moment in the ongoing history of Sevenwaters. I would recommend it to all Marillier fans.
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on 15 July 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Sevenwaters books and found Flame of Sevenwaters to be an excellent ending to a lovely series. Highly recommended, but read the other books first as each character has their own story and it makes more sense when you know the journey each character has been on in the previous books.
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on 9 January 2015
last? of the sevenwaters series? hope not, for i enjoy very much reading about the sorrows and tribulations, pleasures and victories of the sevenwaters family. many a good read. well done, juliet marillier.
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on 10 June 2014
Really good read as they have all been in this genre,wish it could go on forever I.Marillier such a good author.Thank You Juliet
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