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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier

This book is the third in the Sevenwaters Trilogy. It was quite different from the other two and yet it still completed the story. One of my favourite things about Juliet Marillier is her ability to create these wonderful diverse female characters. Fainne was different to Sorcha and Liadan, she didn't know or understand the inner strength she possessed, she was the most complex of the characters, and didn't think she was motivated by love, rather by fear. She did things that made you think her evil and at times I wondered how the author would make me like this character. In the end I did, more so because of the struggle she had to go through to find herself, a struggle many women would relate to.

Fainne was raised alone by her father and grew up hating the idea of love and the pain and suffering it caused. She learnt the ways of the Druids and Sorcerers, both, part of her heritage. One of the best parts of this book is that you find out what happened to the Lady Oonagh and the author wraps up this ongoing mystery.

I thought this was a good conclusion to the trilogy but also think it lacked the romantic element that made the other books so enjoyable but still a wonderful wrap up of the trilogy.

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