I’ve followed Juliet Marillier’s work since I was in high school, so when I found out about Flame of Sevenwaters, I was beyond excited. …Until I found it was the last Sevenwaters book.
Fortunately, Marillier knows how to craft a story, and it was a happy and bittersweet ending.
Book Review: Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
Title & Author: Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
Genre: YA – Fantasy, Epic
Release Date: November 6, 2011
Series: #6 in Sevenwaters series
How I Got the Book: Bought
Sevenwaters is in turmoil. The fey prince Mac Dara has become desperate to see his only son, who is married to Maeve’s sister, return to the Otherworld. To force Lord Sean’s hand, Mac Dara has caused a party of innocent travelers on the Sevenwaters border to vanish.
When Maeve finds one of the missing travelers murdered in the woods, she and her brother Finbar embark on a journey that may bring about the end of Mac Dara’s reign — or lead to a hideous death. But if she is successful, Maeve may open a door to a future she has not dared to believe possible…”
Best Traditional Fantasy
Flame of Sevenwaters was amazing. Not only because it was the epic conclusion to the amazing Sevenwaters fantasy series, but because it has serious heart. Marillier puts her characters through heck, so it’s amazing to see them flourish nonetheless.
A few elements stay true in every Marillier book I’ve read to date. They are: stories told from strong heroine perspectives and expect the unexpected. Just like the ancient druids and gifted seers in her books, Marillier is a masterful storyteller. I often marvel at how deftly she weaves in the characters and their struggles together in a seamless way.
In Flame of Sevenwaters, Maeve returns to Sevenwaters where 10 years earlier she was burned and disfigured. She was sent away to her Aunt Liadan and Uncle Bran’s holdings to heal and recover. Although Maeve thinks she’s ready to face her demons, she cannot imagine what’s in store for her at her ancestral home.
Meave is an unlikely heroine – the burn scars on her hands have made them immobile and she must have her faithful maid at her side constantly. Despite her physical limitations, Maeve harbors no pity for herself and has fortified her mind against all who would tear her down.
Like many of my favorite fantasy and YA characters, Maeve’s fierce spirit and strong, stubborn drive her to uphold the morals and values she treasures.
Mixed in with Maeve’s story is the continuing tell of Ciarin, the son of the evil sorceress from Daughter of the Forest. Agh the heartbreak and sacrifice! Typical Marillier.
End of Series Slump
The only complaint I have with Flame of Sevenwaters is simply that it’s over. What am I going to read now?! Ok, I’ll be fine, and there are no shortage of books to read, but I’m sad. :/
This series is a treasure, and I look forward to re-reading it often.
Without a doubt, this final book of Sevenwaters (plus all of the other books) is a must-read. Lovers of classic fantasy and YA alike can find something to love in Flame of Sevenwaters.