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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:
9781440632228
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/04/2008
Series:
Sevenwaters , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
52,903
File size:
826 KB
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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