Day 11: Book from your favourite author
I’ve already mentioned her works several times so really it should come as no surprise who my favourite author is. Juliet Marillier.
And here are the books that lead me to her, and the many amazing journeys I have lived with her characters since the first time I picked up one of her books, way back in April 2003.
The Sevenwaters Trilogy – Juliet Marillier
I have loved Marillier’s work pretty much since the first page of the first book of hers that I read. I was captivated by the way that she constructs her stories and her characters, and every page left me wanting more. Her style has changed so much since her first work, Daughter of the Forest, and I still enjoy every adventure she takes me along, and always eagerly await the upcoming ones (Shadowfell out in July, Flame of Sevenwaters in November!!!!).
From her young adult fiction to her books for older readers, Juliet’s work has captivated my imagination, and my heart. I challenge you to read one of her novels and not aspire to be just like Sorcha, Liadan, Caitlin, Paula, Deirdre or Nessa. I challenge you not to fall for Red, Bran, Darragh, Faolan, Keeper, Stoyan or Anluan. Because I have wished to be as strong, smart and brave as each of these women. I have fallen for every single one of these amazing men. See my rant regarding why Red is the character I would wish to marry.
I guess the easy answer is that I can read each one of Juliet’s books and feel like she wrote it with me in mind. She may not be the best author out there. There may be others whose work is of greater literary value, whose style is considered somehow ‘better’. But she is the one author whose work I am guaranteed to enjoy, and that is enough for me.