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.
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.
Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry
Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marillier
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.
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…
That is exactly what my mind is screaming at me… In an excited, fan-girly way, naturally. It is the National Year of Reading, and there are so many books awaiting publication that I am looking forward to getting my hands and my eyes on!