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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Book Review: Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

Flame of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #6)Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Pan Macmillan Australia, November 2012: ISBN 9781742611624
This is the sixth Sevenwaters book from the pen of prolific author Juliet Marillier. This author has produced fifteen books in all, and every one of them is eminently enjoyable.

For Maeve, daughter of Sean and Aisling of Sevenwaters, going home is a hard journey. Brought up by her aunt and uncle in England, she has not wanted to return to Sevenwaters, the place where, at the age of ten, she lost her beloved dog in a fire and lost the use of her hands in trying to save him.

Now twenty, Maeve has spent her formative years in quiet pursuits. She cannot even feed herself, let alone help with the household tasks. All that keeps her sane, we suspect, is her love of animals and her remarkable ability to calm them.

She is surprised when her Uncle Bran suggests that she might travel to Ireland with a valuable yearling horse that he is sending to her father’s stables. The animal will be a gift for a local chieftain, for Sevenwaters is beset by strife and local leaders need placating. With some trepidation, Maeve agrees, only to find her fears are realised – she cannot settle at Sevenwaters because of the tragic memories it holds for her. What’s more, she finds the reason for the strife – Mac Dara, ruler of the Otherworld, is causing men from surrounding estates to disappear. Most of them have turned up dead, and their families and employers are restive, blaming Maeve’s family for the troubles.

Maeve achieves a measure of equanimity, however, when she finds that her parents have planted a beautiful garden on the site of the fire, a garden containing all her favourite flowers and other plants that are meaningful to her, What’s more, she has a new young brother, Finbar, who at only seven years old already displays signs of being a seer, like his older sister Sibeal. Finbar’s tutor, the druid Luachan, also befriends Maeve. Further, she earns the respect of the household because of her way with animals. When she finds two stray dogs she quickly adopts and trains them, and this act is the start of a great adventure: one in which Maeve and her companions must face Mac Dara himself.

This book is, perhaps, a tad darker than the last one in the series, Seer of Sevenwaters. Marillier has a great gift for building tension, and we are on tenterhooks when confronted by what is surely the most duplicitous villain Marillier has created – worse, even, than Mac Dara himself. We also meet old friends – Ciaran the druid leader is one – and make new ones. Fans of the series will no doubt want little Finbar to have his own story eventually and who knows? Maybe that will come to pass, for even after six books, fans still cry out for more Sevenwaters. The stories have a charm that is usually lacking in long series, the characters draw us back again and again, and the forests and rivers of Sevenwaters continue to beckon us long after the book is closed. And in Flame of Sevenwaters we once again have a lovely cover based on a painting by Waterhouse, this time his delightful work The Soul of the Rose.

Check out www.julietmarillier.com for more on this popular author and her work. Be sure to check out the artwork, too!



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8 comments:

Sue Bursztynski said...

I haven't read this one, but I've read some of her other work, including te first Sevenwaters novel, which was a version of the fairytale The Six Swans. I guess this series works well because it's a generational saga and you can read the books pretty much standalone.

I'm waiting for the third Shadowfell novel, which will be available in print in the next couple of months, and I've been offered a review copy. Juliet has done two interviews on my blog, one with me and another with my student Thando, a Sevenwaters fan. :-)

Satima Flavell said...

Juliet is one of my top fave authors, and I have all her books. I've just finished the last Shadowfell book on my Kindle and wish there were more! However, I think Wildwood Dancing is my top fave of all her books.

This is an old review - it was up on The Specusphere, which is no more, so I've uploaded it to Goodreads instead and had it fed through to here.

Juliet is going to be one of the guests-of-honour at my book launch on Easter Sunday. I'm hoping she and Glenda Larke and Michele Drouart - my three main mentors - will cut the marvellous cake that Carol Ryles is creating!

Jo said...

Gawd I'd like to be there too with those authors around. Glenda and I got real close to one another in Virginia one time but still didn't meet.

Sounds like an excellent book, never read any of them, must see if I can find them in the library.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Have a good time at your launch! Of course, Juliet is a local, but I didn't realise Glenda Larke was in town. I think she lives in - Malaysia? Though I met her at breakfast at a Swancon, so maybe she's there for Swancon. Is that where your launch is?

Satima Flavell said...

Yes, the launch is at Swancon. Should be great fun! Glenda Larke lives in Perth now, and it's great to have her here! Like Juliet, she's one of my top ten authors and I buy all her books.

We are incredibly well-served for talented authors in Perth,and indeed, in Oz in general, when you consider the size of the population!

Jo said...

I know, it's amazing that some of my favourite authors are from Oz. Just started your book, not in to it very far yet. Princesses just arriving.

Satima Flavell said...

I hope you find it a good read, Jo!

Satima Flavell said...

You would enjoy Wolfborn, Sue's book, too. Jo. It's YA so an easy read, and very enjoyable.

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