Heir to Sevenwaters

Heir to Sevenwaters

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Overview

The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest and a new heir has been born. But the family's joy turns to despair when the baby is taken, and something unnatural is left in his place. To reclaim her newborn brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781522675846
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Series: Sevenwaters Series , #4
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Juliet Marillier lives in a hundred-year-old cottage near the river in Perth, Western Australia, where she writes full-time. She is a member of the druid order OBOD and of the Australian Greens Party.

Customer Reviews

Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Sevenwaters and Glencarnagh that contain the forest where the Tuatha De Danann Fair Folks dwell, Chieftain Sean is excited and frightened as his wife Aisling carries what he prays is the HEIR TO SEVENWATERS and his beloved survivies as she is on the wrong side of age for childbearing. With his oldest daughter Muirrin the healer married to Evan the healer and his second offspring Deirdre about to marry Southern clan chieftain Illann, Sean depends on his third oldest daughter Deirdre¿s younger twin capable Clodagh to maintain the household and to to care for her mother.------------- Sean¿s twin sister, her chieftain husband and their son Johnny, the current heir to Sevenwaters, attend Dierdre¿s wedding. At the gala Clodagh meets Johnny¿s personal guardsand she takes a dislike for the uncouth Cathal. Soon after the vows are exchanged, Aisling gives birth to the new heir but the Fair Folk abduct the newborn and replace him with a changeling. Clodagh and Cathal team up to try to save her brother by entering the insane to humans Otherworld where Prince Mac Dara has begun a dangerous ploy.--------------- The fourth Sevenwaters romantic fantasy (see DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST, SON OF SHADOWS and CHILD OF PROPHECY) is a strong entry in a magnificent saga. Juliet Marillier once again shows her skill in writing an exciting ¿border¿ thriller that enable readers to believe in the Tuatha De Danann mostly because of how the humans behave towards the Fair Folk. Sub-genre fans will want to accompany the heroic duo as they enter hostile territory on a quest that challenges their lives and minds as their senses cannot be trusted with a different perception than on their side of the thin separating veil.--------- Harriet Klausner
believeinpossibilities More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of the sevenwaters trilogy, have read them several times, when I picked up this book I expected the same feeling. It was a good book, but it missed the mark that the others leave when I finish them, the desire to instantly pick them up again. I was a little disappointed in the fast finish up and several of the character developments.
Reader12 More than 1 year ago
Good. But not fantasic. Usually after one of the sevenwaters books I feel as though I know the characters front to back.I feel there pains, and there happiness with them. That was not true in this story. Instead the characters seemed distant, and the story line lacked the emotional charge that was present in the other books. Dispite this, I enjoyed the heir to sevenwaters. Juliet Marillier is a great writer, and I would recommend this series to anyone.
Eilantha_Le_Fay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The only bad thing about this book is its short size. I read it so fast that I had to make myself stop and give it a break so it would last a bit longer.As usual, Juliet did it. She grasped my attention and imagination, transporting me to a paralel universe, making me forget everything that was going around me. Fantastic storytelling.This is a story about Clodagh, a practical red haired girl, grandaughter to Sorcha of Sevenwaters herself. Clodagh is caught in the mischief of otherworldly creatures, leaving everything behind to go on a crazy quest when nobody believes her. Except for Cathal, our hero and love this time. As always there¿s a love story, a beautiful amazing one as only Juliet can tell.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book appealed to me for many of the same reasons the other Sevenwaters books have appealed to me, but it had new connections to faeries. The other books have touched on both older and newer faery type creatures, and this one went deeper with an actual trip into the Otherworld. Clodagh is more than she seems, as is Cathal, and it was exciting to find who they were. I definitely messed up my sleep schedule with this one, but it was worth it.
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With Heir of Sevenwaters, Juliet Marillier turns her Sevenwaters trilogy into a quartet that is open-ended enough to spawn an indefinite number of sequels. She would have done better to stop while she was ahead and leave it at three books. This story is told by Clodagh, one of the daughters of Sevenwaters who was much younger in the third book. Clodagh's mother Aisling is about to have another child, long after her safe childbearing years are over. After six girls, everyone is hoping it will be a boy, an heir. They know this will cause complications with the family succession, but no one guesses that young Finbar will bring the family into contact with tricky Fair Folk who don't exactly play fair. Clodagh must travel into their realm to save her brother... but she is soon to learn that it isn't just her brother who is in danger. Compared to the more sophisticated books preceding it, this one falls flat. It feels as though it was written for a much younger audience. Perhaps that is why it's full of forbidden, pulsing teenage hormones that get full descriptions every couple of pages. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy YA fiction. Just not the inane kind. At one point I wondered if I'd picked up Twilight by mistake. There certainly are a lot of similarities, come to think of it: ¿ Rather predictable and utterly besotted girl narrates the story¿ Skilled supernatural dude is head over heels for the narrator¿ Their wild teenage passion intensified by restraint (if you can call it that)¿ Jealous ordinary guy vies for the narrator's attention but just can't compare to the Skilled Supernatural Dude¿ Narrator bargains with supernatural beings on behalf of the Skilled Supernatural Dude*sigh*Heir to Sevenwaters is a weak effort and feels very much like an author trying to cash in on an established series. It is poorly plotted and peopled with Marillier's stock characters who were great the first time, okay the second, a bit blah the third, and just plain boring the fourth. It's the same with Marillier's other books after the initial three; they are all very predictable. It seems she only has one story to tell. I also didn't care for the sly agenda-pushing Marillier tries to slip in there. It's a sad comedown for an author I once enjoyed. Can't recommend this one.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good. Clodagh's twin sister is marrying, and men from her cousin's band of warriors are returning to Sevenwaters for the ceremony. Along with the band comes a man in whom Clodagh has been interested since the previous year, Aidan, and his friend, Cathal, an intriguingly snarly man.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good book.Juliette is such a good writer, although it was a bit predictable but was still a good read !I do have a feeling there is alot more to this story she left it pretty open.Makes me want to go back and refresh my memory of the first Sevenwaters Trilogy since its been awhile since I read them!
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kearsten says: This was pretty good. Clodagh's twin sister is marrying, and men from her cousin's band of warriors are returning to Sevenwaters for the ceremony. Along with the band comes a man in whom Clodagh has been interested since the previous year, Aidan, and his friend, Cathal, an intriguingly snarly man.The trouble begins after Clodagh's mother gives birth to a much anticipated son - the first son, after seven daughters - the new heir to Sevenwaters. However, just days after he is born, he's stolen, and only Clodagh can see the changeling that has been left in his place. As no one else believes Clodagh's story of a changeling, she travels alone with the child into the forest, hoping to cross into faerie to trade the changeling for her brother.Magical and romantic and little bit creepy - recommended.
thetometraveller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"It was best to keep on the good side of the Fair Folk, whatever one's opinion of them. The forest of Sevenwaters was as much their home as it was ours. Long ago, our family had been entrusted with the task of keeping the place safe for them. This was one of the last refuges of the ancient races anywhere in Erin, for the great forests were being felled for grazing and the Christian religion had spread widely, displacing druids and wise women. The old faith was practiced only in the most protected and secret pockets of the land. Sevenwaters was one of those."In ancient Ireland there came a time when the fairy folk, the Old Ones, could no longer inhabit the land. Clodagh's family have protected the forest of Sevenwaters for generations, it is one of the last refuges for the Fair Folk and there has always been an fragile peace. Clodagh is one of six daughters and at long, long last the baby boy that has been so hoped for is born to her parents. Baby Finbar is only a few days old when he disappears and a doll made of twigs is left in his place. To Clodagh's dismay, she can see that the twig-baby is alive. She can see it breathe and move and hear its hungry cries. No one else can see this, only Clodagh, and she cannot bear to see the little stick baby die. It seems to her that the Fair Folk must want an exchange. While her father and his men search for a missing man that they suspect in the kidnapping, she packs a bag and the twig-baby and sets out to find her tiny brother.Before long Clodagh meets the fugitive that her farther is looking for, Cathal, in the forest. He claims not to know anything about the baby's disappearance and Clodagh desperately wants to trust him. He becomes her companion in a quest that will require every ounce of their strength and courage if they are going to venture into the fairy realm and return home once again.Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors. She takes ancient folklore tales from Ireland and Britain and breathes life into them. Her books are full of complex and interesting characters who always have a quest or task to complete or a mission to fulfill. The old landscapes and fairy realms are vividly described. This one is no exception. I'm always anxiously awaiting her latest book and have never been disappointed, they are wonderful.This is the fourth book she has written about Sevenwaters but it is not necessary to have read the others before reading this one. Earlier characters do occur, but only peripherally, and this story stands easily on its own. If you like historical fiction with a little bit of magic thrown in, give these a try!
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picking up this last (or most recent) book in Juliet Marillier's fantastic Sevenwaters series, I was totally geared up for a much desired in-depth look at Laiden and Bran's son (from Son of the Shadows), Johnny. As I started reading and found out, no this is his cousin's Clodagh story, I sorta scratched my head and felt a little cheated. Boy howdy, was I ever wrong about being disappointed. (Of course) Clodagh's story was sublime, beautiful and probably my favorite so far. I should simply be grateful for any story Marillier tells and stop having expectations becuase frankly, any story she writes comes out magic.In the midst of her six sisters, Clodagh is happy to be known as the 'domestic' one, usually to be found helping her mother organize and run the Sevenwaters household. So it's natural that she fills this role as her mother becomes ill with an unexpected pregnancy late in life. Her mother, Aisling, is convinced she carries the long awaited male heir she has previously failed to deliver. Clodagh and her family are anxious for their mother's health but when the baby is born and is taken suddenly from their home while Clodagh was keeping watch, suspicion and hurt abound as everyone is devastated by his disappearance. Clodagh alone is convinced that the baby was not stolen by a rival clansmen for political gain but by the Fair Folk and so she sets off on a perilous journey to bring him back. Not alone, Clodagh is accompanied by the prickly Cathal, one of Johnny's painted men, who she is stumped as to why he would 1) not only believe her tale but 2) be willing to help her accomplish her goal as he has been nothing but rude to her. Cathal has his own secrets (more than your average painted man's) and it quickly becomes apparent to Clodagh that she can't succeed without his help.Clodagh and Cathal's story was exactly what I wanted even though I wasn't expecting it. Clodagh is resourceful, stubbornly loyal, and so compassionate I couldn't help but love her as she faced impossible challenges. At one point even her own family distrusts her and she never stops loving or trusting them even though their coldness has devastated her. After reading this unexpected book I find myself hoping Marillier has plans to revisit Sevenwaters again. In the near future, that is. Please hurry.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the third "Sevenwaters" trilogy, I didn't think new installments in this series could continue to hold my interest. After all, let's face it -- the first two books are beyond exceptional, and book 3 just couldn't measure up. Still, I love Marillier's writing, and I optimistically and nostalgically gave this latest story a go. And I'm very happy that I did.No, this isn't as good as "Daughter of the Forest" or "Son of the Shadows" -- two very difficult acts to follow. This is, however, a very good book, with the same beautiful language and rich mythology that characterizes Marillier's work. Clodagh is a wonderful heroine, both strong and believable. Every now and again, it's nice to read a book like this that illustrates the extraordinary potential that lies within ordinary people. And Cathal, I found, is a different sort of male lead than what we've previously seen in this series. Sharper than Red, more volatile than Bran, and definitely more tangible than Darragh. He is, in short, the perfect match for Clodagh, and I greatly enjoyed the connection that sparked, sizzled, then blossomed between them.I know some other reviewers were disappointed by the formulaic trend in this series, saying this book in particular held no surprises or breaks from patterns. Honestly, I consider that formula one of the high points of this series. Marillier recreates the traditional method of storytelling, in which patterns enrich a story rather than detract from it. Yes, there is predictability, but that's rather beside the point. A fantastical adventure is no less magical when you know it will end back at home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u have read any of the Sevenwater Series u certainly wont b disappointed with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be classed as YA book: i loved the first 3 in the series but found this one very dissapointing! Characters and story rather silly and unrealistic! Not at all engaging! P ve ry dissapointing
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Ive lost interest in this series
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Ihavesomethingtosay More than 1 year ago
Juillet keeps true to her formula. In her fourth book, she still shares an exciting story with us that includes finding love. If youre on book four, then youre already in love with Sevenwaters anyway! Stop reading reviews and read the book! You'll love it!
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anniew1921 More than 1 year ago
I love this book, I love all her books but tend to find myself having to put them down for a bit and come back. That is not at all the cast with Heir, I keep reading until my dog whines enough to make me realize we are an hour behind on her walk :) I love Clodagh and Cathal's love story. I think it has a perfect sweetness to it that  the other books in the Sevenwater's series are missing. I wish it were longer and wished they had a couple sequels of just them. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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