Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters Series #4)

Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters Series #4)

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by Juliet Marillier
     
 

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The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest?and a new heir has been born. But the family?s joy turns to despair when the baby is taken, and something unnatural is left in his place. To reclaim her newborn brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there?

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The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest?and a new heir has been born. But the family?s joy turns to despair when the baby is taken, and something unnatural is left in his place. To reclaim her newborn brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Returning to the land of the Sevenwaters trilogy (Daughter of the Forest, etc.), Marillier deftly weaves a fey story of human interaction with the Fair Folk. Clodagh, the third daughter of the lord of Sevenwaters, is the practical one who keeps things running while her aging mother awaits the birth of a male heir. At her sister's wedding, she meets rude, closed-off Cathal, one of her cousin Johnny's personal guards. Shortly after, when the Fair Folk replace the newborn heir with a changeling creature, Clodagh and Cathal put their lives and sanity on the line to rescue the child. Marillier's gripping tale of adventure and enduring love bobbles slightly at the start, mostly due to Clodagh's modern attitude and cadence, but slides quickly and assuredly into a grand tale of ancient Erin. (Nov.)

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VOYA - Rachelle Bilz
Marillier again invites readers into the entrancing world of Sevenwaters, a place where Celtic mythology, realistic characters, and exhilarating plot lines are woven together to mesmerizing effect. An addition to the Sevenwaters Trilogy, this book is narrated by teenaged Clodagh, granddaughter of Sorcha, daughter of Sean, Lord of Sevenwaters. The story's beginning finds Clodagh preoccupied with the preparations for her twin sister's wedding and the impending birth of her mother's seventh child. When her cousin Johnny arrives for the wedding with guards Aidan and Cathal, Clodagh struggles with her feelings for the young men. After the wedding, baby Finbar is born and soon stolen while Cathal distracts Clodagh and a bizarre changeling is left in Finbar's place. Clodagh, consumed with guilt, decides to visit the Otherworld, land of the Fair Folk, to exchange the changeling for her brother. Long connected to both Fair Folk and druids through ancestry, Clodagh believes herself strong enough to undertake this quest. Seeking a portal to the Otherworld, Clodagh is joined by Cathal. Grudging partners, they aid each other and form a tenuous bond. Once in the land of Fair Folk, the pair battle malevolent magic, meet strange allies, and fall in love. Cathal's secret past and unusual lineage is revealed, and Clodagh learns to be a hero. A heady blend of adventure, romance, and magic, this book is sure to appeal to high school and adult fantasy fans. Although knowledge of the Sevenwaters Trilogy would deepen a reader's appreciation for the tale, this book ably stands alone. Reviewer: Rachelle Bilz
Library Journal

As Chieftain of Sevenwaters, Lord Sean cares for one of the last havens of the ancient Fair Folk. When his wife, Lady Aisling, gives birth to a son and heir, their joy soon turns to grief when the child disappears and a grotesque changeling is left in his place. Daughter Clodagh, who had been the baby's caretaker during Aisling's recovery from a difficult labor, seeks to reclaim her brother by traveling deep into the Otherworld accompanied by a warrior who may hold the key to their success. The Australian author of the Celtic inspired "Sevenwaters Trilogy" and "Bridei Chronicles" brings to life a favorite theme of classic storytelling: the plight of the changeling child. Vividly detailed with strong characters and a firm grounding in Celtic myth, Marillier's latest saga of a young woman's quest belongs in most libraries.


—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451462633
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Series:
Sevenwaters Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
161,986
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, a town with strong Scottish roots. She graduated from the University of Otago with degrees in languages and music, and has had a varied career that includes teaching and performing music as well as working in government agencies. Juliet now lives in a hundred-year-old cottage near the river in Perth, Western Australia, where she writes full-time. She is a member of the druid order OBOD. Juliet shares her home with two dogs and a cat. Juliet's historical fantasy novels are published internationally and have won a number of awards.

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Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 102 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Sevenwaters and Glencarnagh that contain the forest where the Tuatha De Danann Fair Folks dwell, Chieftain Sean is excited and frightened as his wife Aisling carries what he prays is the HEIR TO SEVENWATERS and his beloved survivies as she is on the wrong side of age for childbearing. With his oldest daughter Muirrin the healer married to Evan the healer and his second offspring Deirdre about to marry Southern clan chieftain Illann, Sean depends on his third oldest daughter Deirdre¿s younger twin capable Clodagh to maintain the household and to to care for her mother.------------- Sean¿s twin sister, her chieftain husband and their son Johnny, the current heir to Sevenwaters, attend Dierdre¿s wedding. At the gala Clodagh meets Johnny¿s personal guardsand she takes a dislike for the uncouth Cathal. Soon after the vows are exchanged, Aisling gives birth to the new heir but the Fair Folk abduct the newborn and replace him with a changeling. Clodagh and Cathal team up to try to save her brother by entering the insane to humans Otherworld where Prince Mac Dara has begun a dangerous ploy.--------------- The fourth Sevenwaters romantic fantasy (see DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST, SON OF SHADOWS and CHILD OF PROPHECY) is a strong entry in a magnificent saga. Juliet Marillier once again shows her skill in writing an exciting ¿border¿ thriller that enable readers to believe in the Tuatha De Danann mostly because of how the humans behave towards the Fair Folk. Sub-genre fans will want to accompany the heroic duo as they enter hostile territory on a quest that challenges their lives and minds as their senses cannot be trusted with a different perception than on their side of the thin separating veil.--------- Harriet Klausner
believeinpossibilities More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of the sevenwaters trilogy, have read them several times, when I picked up this book I expected the same feeling. It was a good book, but it missed the mark that the others leave when I finish them, the desire to instantly pick them up again. I was a little disappointed in the fast finish up and several of the character developments.
Reader12 More than 1 year ago
Good. But not fantasic. Usually after one of the sevenwaters books I feel as though I know the characters front to back.I feel there pains, and there happiness with them. That was not true in this story. Instead the characters seemed distant, and the story line lacked the emotional charge that was present in the other books. Dispite this, I enjoyed the heir to sevenwaters. Juliet Marillier is a great writer, and I would recommend this series to anyone.
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Ive lost interest in this series
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Ihavesomethingtosay More than 1 year ago
Juillet keeps true to her formula. In her fourth book, she still shares an exciting story with us that includes finding love. If youre on book four, then youre already in love with Sevenwaters anyway! Stop reading reviews and read the book! You'll love it!
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anniew1921 More than 1 year ago
I love this book, I love all her books but tend to find myself having to put them down for a bit and come back. That is not at all the cast with Heir, I keep reading until my dog whines enough to make me realize we are an hour behind on her walk :) I love Clodagh and Cathal's love story. I think it has a perfect sweetness to it that  the other books in the Sevenwater's series are missing. I wish it were longer and wished they had a couple sequels of just them. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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Love the series this one was a bit more drawn out for my taste but all in all it was a good read
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This book had a great story of adventure, love within family and a growing love between unlikely lead characters, and the wonderful old folk tales & mystic world lore all wrapped up in a book i couldnt put down! I would read the first 3 in the series before this one. The tale of the Sevenwaters family does build from one book to the next. This author does a great job of quickly getting me hooked right into the story. Shes such a good story teller, and i love 1st person books! And this series has been in the voice of a different character for each book. The women are powerful, yet real and have such love. No whining feel sorry for themself love story here!
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Juliet Marillier has a gift for painting a picture of folklore, fantasy, and magic. I wasn't a fan of fantasy fiction until I read her. Heir to Sevenwaters was a good story. Not my favorite by Marillier, but not bad either. Clodagh, daughter of Chieftain Sean of Sevenwaters, leaves the protection of her home to journey into the realm of the Fairfolk to retrieve her newborn baby, the true male heir to the Sevenwaters throne. The story starts off slow, picks up when the baby is abducted, then slows again. But the ending is filled with twists, turns, surprises, and does not disappoint. I recommend the previous 3 novels to bring one up to date if you haven't read them all ready. My favorites are Daughter of the Forest, #1, and Child of the Prophecy, #3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seris is one of the best i have ever read. I can never put these books down once I start.
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