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Fantasy Book Review: Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

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

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Title & Author: Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

Genre: YA – Fantasy, Epic

Release Date: November 6, 2011

Series: #6 in Sevenwaters series

Publisher: Roc

How I Got the Book: Bought


“Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, was badly burned as a child and carries the legacy of that fire in her crippled hands. After ten years she’s returning home as a courageous, forthright woman with a special gift for taming difficult animals. But while her body’s scars have healed, her spirit remains fragile, as she fears the shadows of her past.

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.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I read Daughter of the Forest a few months ago and have been in love with Juliet Marillier’s books ever since. I’m really looking forward to reading Flame of Sevenwaters, but I’m waiting on the translation in my native language, wich will be published March 2013. Can’t wait!

  • It’s time I read this series. I mean really. I just started the Alanna series (I KNOW) and I’m on a rampage. This will be perfect!