Desert Isle Keeper
Child Of The Prophecy
The third and final book in the Sevenwaters trilogy, Child Of The Prophecy is full of the same lush and beautiful poetry that characterized the first two volumes and will leave readers wanting more from this talented new author.
This enthralling and bittersweet story focuses on Fainne, daughter of the sorcerer Ciaran, a seventh son of a seventh son of the Sevenwaters clan. Once destined to be a Druid, he gave up his claim to the higher path when he discovered that his mother was of an old and evil race of mortals, a fact that he believed barred him forever from the Druid way. Cutting all ties with his relations upon discovering that his chosen mate and love was the daughter of his own half-sister, Ciaran now lives in seclusion with their daughter, training her both in the path of the Druids and in the darker magic of his mother’s people. But soon it is time for Fainne to go out into the world on a mission of vengeance for her grandmother, from whom her father cannot protect her.
Fainne finds herself at Sevenwaters, bound to a mission she cannot bear to perform, yet forced to it by threats to her father and to all those she loves. Her task is to sabotage the Child Of The Prophecy, her cousin Johnny, a golden warrior and leader of men. He in turn has a mission to complete: to take back the ancestral isles that Sevenwaters has long guarded and to secure the soul of Ireland against the destruction to come. It is this that Fainne has been sent to prevent, and this over which she wars with herself. But there are secrets that even her grandmother does not know, secrets that will be the salvation – or the destruction – of everything that Fainne and her Sevenwaters kin have ever known.
This book is in many ways darker than those that preceded it as we watch Fainne do things that she hates herself for and that should – but don’t – make her unlikable. And yet, this book is the most touched by romance of the three in the form of Fainne’s love Darragh, the tinker’s son who has always been there to watch over her – even when, for his own sake, she wishes him elsewhere. Like the two preceding books, this novel focuses on the power and strength of family, both good and bad, and the lengths to which a strong woman will go to protect those she loves.
The rich tapestry of this story is no less complex than its predecessors, and the colors are as bright and beautiful as ever. The characters are real enough to touch, their emotions vibrant and immediate. The sheer poetry of the storytelling is enthralling to the point where the reader loses herself in the very heart of the story. The only complaint I can make about this author’s work is that there is not enough of it. Even though this trilogy finds its end in this book, I am not yet ready to let go of the Sevenwaters tribe.
If you love faerie tales, folklore, fantasy and love, than you need look no further than the Sevenwaters trilogy. These are stories that will last a lifetime, they are keepers that never grow old, and another world just a page away. And isn’t that the reason we read?