Inspired by Kate over at The Never Ending Shelf's short reviews called Book Views, Peek-a-Boo Reviews are short reviews (mostly just my thoughts) on books that are piling up on my night stand waiting to have their reviews written up. This Peek-a-Boo review covers all four books
Sevenwaters Series BY: Juliet Marrilier
So I have just discovered the lovely Juliet Marrilier and her awesome Sevenwaters series. AMAZING I tell you, truly amazing. (I don't know why I'm doing my Peek-a-Boo reviews on books that so obviously deserve their own full post--if not blog. I'll probably end up doing a full post later on) I keep asking myself why, why did I deny myself of such goodness for so long? These books quickly won place in my Best of 2010 reads hands down. Daughter of The Forest pulled me down and drowned me in it's awesomeness. Sorcha was such a beautiful character, she had such a hard task to fulfill, but she stuck with it with her quiet steadfast way. It was this first book that started the spell and kept me enraptured with this close knit Sevenwaters family and their fabled forest. The second installment, Son of The Shadows brought the story of Sorcha's daughter, Liadan. Liadan is much like her mother, quiet and attentive. She acquired her mother's skill of healing and even some of her own, becoming a seer. Liadan's story stole my heart away hook line and sinker. Liadan's strength to defy the fair folk and the prophecy, choosing to make her own life's decisions made my heart sing. This one was definitely a passionate read. Juliet Marrillier just keeps on getting better!
The third installment Child of the Prophecy started out rocky--- I didn't warm up to the main character Fainne until the wee last pages of the book, and even then, hmmmm. Her endless lament of "And if they die/ If things don't work out---it'll all be my fault" ground on my nerves, "Then Do something!" I found myself saying. Fainne's inaction at every turn made me want to pull my eyebrows out. (scary thought, me eyebrowless) Every time she lamented "I didn't have a choice" I always felt she did, I felt she could've took more action, stood taller, refused longer. While the protagonists was harder to warm up to, the story itself did not falter one bit, Juliet Marillier's talent shines through. Even when the main character ground on my nerves I still had to keep reading because never once did the writing and the story fail me, it was just that good, now if that isn't good writing you tell me what is.
The fourth installment Heir of Sevenwaters put me back into good spirits. Clodagh, daughter of Sean of Sevenwaters is put to a task. The fair folk that made a pact with the family of Sevenwaters have now left, no one knowing where they went and leaving the forest open for others to come in their place. Clodagh knows that her path will eventually cross with these new comers and she doesn't know how she'll deal with them. I loved Clodagh, unlike Fainne, Sorcha, or Liadan, she has no "special" talents other than being good at running a house hold. Often being told she'd "make a good wife for someone someday". I relished the journey I took with Clodagh. Marillier's writing will have you spell-bound, and this family of Sevenwaters stole my heart from the very first book like a thief in the night. (You guys picking up on all the cliche's in this post yet?) Seer of Sevenwaters, the next installment to this beautiful series is due out in December! *yippeeee*