CHILD OF THE PROPHECY
Tor, Mar 2002, 26.95, 528 pp.
Fainne enjoys her quiet life though the death of her mother hurts. However, her idyllic existence ends when her grandmother Oonagh, whom she has never seen before, visits her. Oonagh expects Fainne to undercut the prophecy of the Irish regaining their isle by destroying Sevenwaters.
Fainne is a powerful sorceress in her own right who has already been trained to stop the Irish from regaining the Sacred Isles by killing the Sevenwaters' CHILD OF THE PROPHECY. Now is the time for Fainne to act, but she is also the granddaughter of Sorcha of Sevenwaters. Not only does she observe a different side to her heritage, but as Sorcha's blood she potentially is the CHILD OF THE PROPHECY.
The third and final Sevenwaters tale is an incredible story that is must reading for those fans who relish a deep fantasy tale. Like the award winning first two novels (see DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST and SON OF THE SHADOWS), CHILD OF THE PROPHECY contains a rich exciting story line with a strong cast especially the star. Because of the lead protagonist's objective to destroy Sevenwaters, the plot seems darker than it predecessors, but Juliet Marillier turns that into a positive spin as the heroine struggles with her dilemma. Fans of powerfully intelligent fantasy novels with strong characterization that deserves awards will want to read this book and its two previous tales because it is some of the genre's best in recent years.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner