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Book Review: Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

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The U.S. cover

For it has been many years since she left the place where her hands were crippled by a fire – years in which she has nurtured her special talent with animals.

Sevenwaters is also much changed. It is now enslaved by the fey prince Mac Dara, a force of malignant magic who is responsible for a party of travellers disappearing. When Maeve discovers the body of one of the missing men, she and her brother Finbar are lured to the Otherworld on a journey that may save Sevenwaters… or lead to catastrophe.

If Maeve is ever to dream of a future, she must confront the darkness of her past.

The first thing I have to say about this book is that I don’t love the blurb… This is truly a fantastic novel, and I just don’t think that the blurb does it justice. Personally, if I was unsure of Juliet Marillier, if I didn’t already know that I have loved every single one of her books, I might not have picked this up. As it was, I pre-ordered the American edition, just because I couldn’t didn’t want to wait the extra month for the Australian edition. And I’m glad that I didn’t wait.

Flame of Sevenwaters was everything I expected, and so much more.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite.

First off, I have reaf far too many books over the years to be able to quote and recite any single one. While I’ve re-read several of my favourites over the years, I am no where near being able to recite them! My good friend is able to recite whole passages from pretty much every Terry Pratchett novel… but I just don’t have that much dedication.

Having said that though… I can think of a few books that have particular lines/passages that I love and can recite if need be.

From Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier:

“…it matters not if you are here, or there, for I see you before me every moment. I see you in the light on the water, in the swaying of the young trees in the spring wind. I see you in the shadows of the great oaks, I hear your voice in the cry of the owl at night. You are the blood in my veins, and the beating of my heart. You are my first waking thought, and my last sigh before sleeping. You are – you are bone of my bone, and breath of my breath.”

 

From Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier:

“If a man truly loves… He gives no heed to what others may think. His heart has no room for that, for it is filled to the brim with
the unutterable truth of his feelings.”

 

  Several scenes from assorted Harry Potter books, particularly the earlier ones. (Quite a few, really!)

Mostly I remember some of the amazing one liners from the books. For instance, Hermione claiming she can’t make a fire without wood in the first book. To which Ron promptly responds: “Are you a witch or aren’t you?”
Also, Ron refering to the first years in Order of the Phoenix as ‘midgets’, and – after being told off by Hermione – replying with “What? They’re titchy.” Gold. Always gold.
Ooh! And Fred and George in the first book, saying that they don’t know why their mother bothers putting their initals on their jumpers, as “We know our names are Gred and Forge.” So many great moments and one liners in those books! I’ll stop now, as otherwise I’ll just keep going! 😛

 

And this gem from Page by Tamora Pierce:

“What was that about?” Neal demanded.
Kel turned. All of her friends were arrayed at her back. “He says he’s changed.”
“I suppose he could have changed,” Neal said dryly. “I myself have noticed my growing resemblance to a daffodil.” The other pages snorted.
Kel eyed her friend. “You do look yellow around the edges,” she told him, her face quite serious. “I hadn’t wanted to bring it up.”
“We daffodils like to have things brought up,” Neal said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “It reminds us of spring.”
“Does dung remind you of spring, too, Princess Flower?” Cleon demanded irritably.

 

Really, makes me laugh every time! I’m certain that there are many more that I am forgetting, but these are the ones that come immediately to mind. And I did catch myself reciting the scene from Page just the other day. More soon!

 

 

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 11

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.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 14

Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry

Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marillier

Daughter of the Forest

The answer to this challenge actually came down to two Juliet Marillier books: this one, and the third in the series Child of the Prophecy. Both books have amazingly strong, dedicated and loving men as the love interests – it was hard to choose!

But I guess you could say that Red was one of the first fictional men I fell in love with. And so the challenge goes to him. 🙂

Daughter of the Forest is partly based off of the traditional story ‘The Six Swans’. After her evil (and she is purely evil) stepmother turns her six elder brothers into swans, Sorcha is forced to flee into the forest. There, she embarks on a mission to save her brothers, a mission that causes her extreme pain and heartache. Forbidden to make a sound, Sorcha’s life is endangered on several occasions – men, fever, rain and fire all prove dangerous to Sorcha, but one man takes her under his protection, waiting (for his own reasons) for the day when she can speak again. That man is Red (or Hugh of Harrowfield – his full name).

It’s hard to explain how amazing the character of Red is. He has all of the characteristics of your typical hero – strong, brave, caring. But he also has a harsh temper, is proud and can appear cold. And that is part of the reason I love and admire his character so much. Even knowing that he is a character, his attributes (even the not-so-good ones) make him that much more real. I feel like I could reach out and touch him.

Really, it’s too hard to explain just how awesome Red is. And Sorcha, too. So I highly recommend that you just go on and read it. Give it time, as you get to know not just Red and Sorcha but all of Sorcha’s wonderful brothers, too. But trust me, this book is worth it.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 20

Day 20: Book you’ve read the most number of times

This one really was a challenge. I’m a book re-reader. If I find something I love, I will keep on reading it, and find something to enjoy every single time. But, luckily, I am also slightly OCD and have kept a record of every single book I have read (title, author, number of pages, date started and date finished) since October 11, 2000. That’s a lot of books. But it also means that I can tell you exactly how many times I have read certain books. And I’m doing a count down. Because I can.

In third place…

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. The first Juliet Marillier book I ever read, and six times later I still love it. I would have read it more times, but the four (nearly five!) books that follow make that a little bit hard! Still, a beautiful and amazing book! – More on it later!

In second place…

First Test by Tamora Pierce. This one was a present from my sister for my 13th birthday – it still has the inscription in it, though the book’s started to fall apart. This one I’ve read seven times, but my mum’s read it a few as well, and my sister. Great adventure books, with young female role models – what more could a girl want? Other then all of the other Tortall books, naturally.

In first place…

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Sleepless nights…

I’ve been thinking about love. Love the way it is shown in so many of the films and novels that I see and read every year. The kind of love that is all-encompassing, that far surpasses everything else in its breathtaking beauty. The kind of love that it seems every girl or woman dreams of having. Doesn’t she? Whether she is six, twenty-six, fifty-six or any age in between, every one of us seems to have this deep desire for a love that can survive anything. Well, that’s what popular culture tells us, anyway.

I thought that I was somehow immune to this desire. I dismissed this type of passionate love as something that only happens in stories and films and told myself that I was content with what the real world could give me. But over several recent sleepless nights I began to wonder.

Rome and Juliet 1996

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