The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest. Human and Otherworld dwellers have existed there side by side, sharing a wary trust. Until the spring when Lady Aisling of Sevenwaters finds herself expecting another child—a new heir to Sevenwaters. Then the family’s joy turns to despair when the baby is taken from his room 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.The summary and Thea's amazing review of Heir to Sevenwaters had me completely hooked, and the book was promptly added to my TBR list, where, I'm embarrassed to admit, it languished until Saturday...yes, the Saturday just been. The great thing about my TBR list (which to all intents and purposes is my library hold list) is that eventually each book on it arrives at the top (or else the hold expires [the down side]). So, I picked up the book on Saturday and started reading...and kept reading...and kept reading. This book has everything - ancient Irish history and mythology, adventure, emotional introspection and romance! I found the following statement on Juliet Marillier's writing on Wikipedia that struck a chord:
[Marillier] also says that she usually bases a story on two elements: what the main character learns about herself and her world that makes this adventure personally significant; and the bigger picture, showing this character's role in something outside herself, such as saving a community or forging a peace between two warring tribes. The first idea reinforces the second, making the writing both personal and realistic.And even better, I discovered that Juliet Marillier was born and raised in New Zealand (although I believe she is currently living in Perth, Australia), so by reading her book I've done my good deed for New Zealand Book Month (because I can't really count Blaze of Memory as it isn't being released until next week *grin*).
So, have you read any of Julliet Marillier's books and, if so, which one of her books should I read next? I was thinking of reading the first book in the Sevenwaters series - Daughter of the Forest (I know, I'm evil for reading out of order - please don't shoot me :) but, luckily, there are so many books to gloom *happy dance* Now, back to the book *grin*