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Child of the Prophecy, the third and concluding volume of Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters trilogy, is a historical fantasy set in ninth-century Ireland that chronicles three generations of women who are called to stand up against enormous odds to preserve the old magic of their homeland.
In Marillier's debut novel, Daughter of the Forest, Sorcha -- the only daughter in a family with six sons -- must sacrifice everything to save her brothers from the evil sorceress Oonagh. Son of the Shadows takes place years later, when a prolonged peace has finally come to Sevenwaters. But when Sorcha's daughter Liadan fatefully meets Bran, the enigmatic leader of a band of mercenary warriors, she must choose between her own happiness and the safety of her family -- and her heritage.
Child of the Prophecy focuses on Fianne, Liadan's shy niece, who has grown up far away from Sevenwaters. Raised by her reclusive sorcerer father, Fianne lives an idyllic life -- that is, until her grandmother Oonagh arrives and informs her of her supposed role in a prophecy that has yet to be fulfilled. Marillier's Sevenwaters saga has it all -- folklore, mystery, romance, intrigue -- and is reminiscent of Marion Zimmer Bradley's classic retelling of the Arthurian legend, The Mists of Avalon. This trilogy is highly recommended, especially for young female readers who enjoy historical fantasy because of the courageous women protagonists who must draw upon their inner strength to protect themselves and their families. Paul Goat Allen