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Sibeal sempre soube que estava destinada a uma vida espiritual e entregou-se de corpo e alma à sua vocação. Antes de cumprir os últimos votos para se tornar uma druidesa, Ciarán, o seu mestre, envia-a numa viagem de recreio à ilha de Inis Eala, para passar o Verão com as irmãs, Muirrin e Clodagh.Sibeal ainda mal chegou a Inis Eala, quando uma insólita tempestade rebenta noSibeal sempre soube que estava destinada a uma vida espiritual e entregou-se de corpo e alma à sua vocação. Antes de cumprir os últimos votos para se tornar uma druidesa, Ciarán, o seu mestre, envia-a numa viagem de recreio à ilha de Inis Eala, para passar o Verão com as irmãs, Muirrin e Clodagh.Sibeal ainda mal chegou a Inis Eala, quando uma insólita tempestade rebenta no mar, afundando um barco nórdico mesmo diante dos seus olhos. Apesar dos esforços, apenas dois sobreviventes são recolhidos da água. O dom da Visão conduz Sibeal ao terceiro náufrago, um homem a quem dá o nome de Ardal e cuja vida se sustém por um fio. Enquanto Ardal trava a sua dura batalha com a morte, um laço capaz de desafiar todas as convenções forma-se entre Sibeal e o jovem desconhecido.A comunidade da ilha suspeita que algo de errado se passa com os três náufragos. A bela Svala é muda e perturbada. O vigoroso guerreiro Knut parece ter vergonha da sua enlutada mulher.E Ardal tem um segredo de que não consegue lembrar-se - ou prefere não contar. Quando a incrível verdade vem à superfície, Sibeal vê-se envolvida numa perigosa demanda.O desafio será uma viagem às profundezas do saber druídico, mas, também, aos abismos insondáveis do crescimento e da paixão. No fim, Sibeal terá de escolher - e essa escolha mudará a sua vida para sempre....

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A Vidente de Sevenwaters Reviews

  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    2019-04-15 21:24

    Like many others, I am a huge fan of the original Sevenwaters trilogy. I've re-read each of those first three books many times, loving the touching romances, the strong heroines, the atmosphere, the way the whole Sevenwaters family came to life--basically everything. I was even delighted with Heir to Sevenwaters on the first couple of reads, and while nothing else Marillier has written quite stands up to the original Sevenwaters trilogy, I've found several of her other books to be enjoyable and wonderfully romantic. So I'm disappointed with this book, although Marillier's writing has been headed this way for some time; I noticed re-reading Heir to Sevenwaters, and later with Heart's Blood, that there was something missing. Here though, it really comes to a head. To start with the plot: Sibeal (the child seer from Child of the Prophecy and Heir to Sevenwaters) is now 16, and is visiting her family on the island of Inis Eala before taking her final vows as a druid. She meets a young man, and things progress exactly the way you think they do. That's part of the problem: that this book is so predictable. The leads and their relationship are very similar to previous leads and relationships. Sibeal even has a narrative voice virtually identical to that of her sister Clodagh in the previous book--although the two are supposed to be polar opposites. This book is narrated alternately by Sibeal and her love interest, Felix, and I'm not convinced this was a good choice; his voice isn't distinct either, and to be honest he doesn't sound much like a man. Which brings me to another point: all the characters in this book are ridiculously sensitive. When strangers die in a shipwreck nearby, everyone speaks in hushed voices and loses their appetites for days; there's a constantly voiced concern about whether people are "ready" to talk about traumatic events; characters are forever telling each other how wonderful or brave they are, and showing open admiration for anyone who does anything remotely challenging. Wait a minute. We're talking about a warrior-based community in 9th century Ireland here. Few people in real life are anywhere near as sensitive or thoughtful as every single "good" character in this book. It didn't ring true to me at all. And this was before the inhabitants of Inis Eala decided to take an extremely perilous voyage to parts unknown to save three strangers--almost without discussion, because this seemed to them the obvious choice. Marillier's writing has always been idealized in at least some aspects, and I've enjoyed it, but here the selflessness was taken to such extremes that I didn't feel like I was reading about real people. Add the problem that far too little is at stake in this book. Previous books featured serious threats to the main characters and everything they held dear. There's nothing of that sort here. Instead there's a random, voluntary escapade to save some strangers; but it's a one-off unrelated to anything in the larger series, and it never really feels dangerous despite its perils. Problems are quickly solved and the leads remain confident of their success throughout. The only real challenge Sibeal faces is the conflict between her goal to become a druid and her feelings for Felix, and even that is easily and predictably resolved. (Oh, and the insistence that no woman can possibly be happy without a husband and children and freely showing all her emotions has gotten gratuitous. It's one thing for many of the characters to believe it, but another when the author utterly changes the heroine to fit that mold and then calls it "growing up.") Stripped of genuine suspense or loss, but left with lots of recycled sentiments and metaphor-heavy speeches (is it really necessary for Sibeal to explain to all of her relatives individually that she loves Felix like a tree loves the sun, and so on? Maybe she could simply say she loves him, especially since she's meant to be reserved?), the book felt rather sterile. I can see why the reviewers so far have liked the book: it's cool to see beloved characters again, and it entertains well enough. It's not terribly written, and I also liked the subplot dealing with the shipwrecked woman Svala, which was clever. Ultimately my reaction might be as much as result of my tastes changing as of the changes in her style. But at this point I would suggest to new readers that they read the original trilogy and leave it at that.

  • Anna
    2019-03-27 04:20

    UPDATED REVIEW: April 14, 2016It's been a little over 5 years since I read Seer, and I have been working my way back through the series. After reading the story again, with time and years to my advantage, I feel looking back that I was too critical of Seer. I said it lacked feeling and adventure. This time around, without the burden of expectation, I throughly loved it. The love story unfolded beautifully and moved deeply. Our heroes were brave and selfless and so unlike their series predecessors, that it was captivating in a new unique way. Though the love was never denied, there was more passion in the words left unspoken and embraces unshared than if it were blatantly expressed. The quest was noble and courageous and our characters perfectly flawed. The great mystery was still a bit transparent, but I am decently versed in Irish folklore, so you'll have that. The first time I read the Sevenwaters Series, I read the books as they came out. So the stories didn't connect for me. Reading the series one book right after the other has been enlightening and more engaging. I feel more invested in the Sevenwaters family as opposed to the individual love stories. I think I've also learned to stop comparing each book. Now I can embrace every story as a unique part of a grand whole. I loved hearing more about Cathal this time and Ciarian even more so. From 3 stars to 5! Forgive my youth and inexperience Juliet! You are a master at your craft. It was lovingly done and beautifully written. ORIGINAL REVIEW: December 13, 2010About a year ago I pre-ordered this book, and with everything but patience, I waited. Marillier, my favorite author of all time, had written a new book. A Sevenwaters book nonetheless! After reading the story, I searched for a word meaning ‘not quite disappointed but less than satisfied.’ Seer of Sevenwaters was a good book. I mean it. The characters were strong, the imagery was stunning, and the language was delightful. Unfortunately I was left wanting. Seer of Sevenwaters had a Marillier feel to it, but it did not feel like a Sevenwaters story. There was truly no comparison between the original trilogy and the latest book. Where the first books laden with family devotion, perilous quests, and gut-wrenching emotion, Seer, I felt, had none. I enjoyed the story very much, but I would describe it as a light read. When I read Daughter of the Forest I wept for the characters and my heart pounded in my chest with uncertainty. I was deeply moved by selfless acts. I felt nothing of these great emotions when reading Seer. It seemed there were no surprises and little passion. Even the mission seemed less than adventurous. However, I enjoyed following up on the ageing Painted Men very much, and I liked learning about the mysterious Inis Eala. I think too many pages were spent on Cathal, pages that could have been used as character development for Sibeal. Being that it was her story, I would have loved to know more about her. I fell in love with Felix though, a great character. As I have said before, this was a good story, one that I am sure to read over again. I hope that if my beloved author continues with the Sevenwaters Series, she will take us back to the forest where it all began. I miss those woods. But I know that if I’m in the mood for a Marillier story, and instead of getting my heart torn I want a light enjoyable read, I’ll turn back to Seer of Sevenwaters.

  • Lata
    2019-04-07 23:27

    I find it hard to believe I've finished book 5 in this series, and I'll be leaving this big family behind soon (with book 6). I really enjoyed this book. Sibeal is wonderful, so calm and strong, and so sure of herself and her vocation as a Druid, not really imagining that she could be missing out on the pleasures of making her own little family. She's been sent tomInis Eala to contemplate, help out, and really consider the next step of her life.Of course, stuff happens, in the form of a shipwreck at the island, and Sibeal ends up having her faith repeatedly called on to aid the others, while she finds herself gradually wondering whether her vocation is really to be a Druid, thanks to forming relationships with a couple of the survivors.Juliet Marillier's writing is sensitive and thoughtful, with Sibeal testing herself, all the while insisting she doesn't need the usual life of a family. Sibeal struggles even while she appears outwardly so calm, gradually growing closer to two of the survivors, each of whom appear quite damaged. I found myself tearing up at the novel's close, as Sibeal realizes how much she has matured over her time at Inis Eala, and how much her family loves her.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-04-16 04:16

    I absolutely love this author and the Sevenwaters books, but this one wasn't quite as strong for me. The plot was mostly Sibeal figuring out whether she wants to be a druid or start a different life with a guy she saved from a mysterious shipwreck. He has amnesia and his own POV in the story, so that was new. The whole mystery behind the shipwreck and the sketchy other survivors wasn't terribly enthralling, though... I pretty much just kept reading because I cared about the other characters from previous books. Cathal & Clodagh were there! However, the story kind of assumed you either hadn't read the other books (or had forgotten them) and spent a lot of page time covering old events and who everyone was. So that got old. I still really liked the setting of Inis Eala and the writing even if I wasn't too into the actual story. And I did like Sibeal in the last book, but thought she was kind of a distant and dull main character. It was hard to connect with her (but I still cared enough to keep reading). I was definitely not into the romance, though. That seemed like the weakest relationship so far... all of a sudden they're both just SUPER intense about their love that came out of nowhere:"What is between us is as deep as the earth, as wide as the sky, as boundless as the great ocean. To deny it is to deny the turning of the seasons, the ebb and flow of the tide, the journeys of sun and moon.""I am the man who loves her more than life itself."So I was more invested in previous books in this series, but still loved the setting here and the whole world of connected stories this author created!! If you really liked the first 3 books then it's worth it to finish the series.

  • Ariel
    2019-03-23 23:24

    Before :Holy fuck there is going to be a fifth one ?! Well obviously there is , but yeah now I am superr crazy happy ! This is one of my very favorite series , I hope it's more like the first two .. and not the other ones .After:I was in no way disappointed in this , it was beyond amazing !! Sibeal got annoying at times , especially towards the end when she was actually going to give Felix up .. But it didn't take away from my love of it in any way ! Lmao . It was great seeing all the characters from previous stories and how their lives have turned out . I don't think I'll love any of her books as much as Daughter of the Forest or Son of the Shadows they're all very necessary and beloved reading though <3 hah . & I would lovee if she wrote more Sevenwaters books !!

  • Magrat Ajostiernos
    2019-03-24 03:21

    3,5/5Más o menos similares impresiones al cuarto libro de la saga, como siempre disfruto un montón de estos libros, especialmente de la ambientación y la atmósfera tan genial, pero esta segunda trilogía le da una importancia exagerada al romance que me carga un poco.Aún así es una pequeña pega que no impide que siga disfrutando de las historias de la señora Marillier ampliamente

  • Josie
    2019-04-18 04:32

    Have I outgrown Marillier? Have I become tired of each Sevenwaters female relation finding the love of her life at sixteen? Or has Marillier lost her story-telling ability? She is certainly churning out books much faster than she has in the past, which doesn't bode well, and I think her recent books suffer from a lack of time and effort put into their plots. The original Sevenwaters books, whilst, yes, love stories at their core, still had plenty of subplots, danger, misfortune and magic to make them more than simply romances. This latest in the Sevenwaters series is much less complex than those, with really only one plot-line, and what problems there are never seem to threaten. I believe I said this of the last one, but it was simply all too easy. I also felt with this story that it had the terrible tendency to slide into sentimentality. I don't think I can handle another Sevenwaters novel where every married couple is just so blissfully in love and producing millions of children. I found myself literally rolling my eyes at a point towards the end, where Sibeal is declaring her love for Felix to her uncle. I mean, please - just say 'I love him', and that should be enough, don't you think?

  • Kelly
    2019-04-22 22:34

    Quiet, intuitive Sibeal has always known she was destined to become a druid. Just when she is on the verge of completing her training, however, her mentor Ciaran bids her spend a summer on Inis Eala, where two of her sisters live and where her cousin Johnny runs a warriors’ school. When a Viking ship is wrecked on Inis Eala’s shores, the resulting events change Sibeal’s life and the lives of everyone on Inis Eala.There are three survivors of the wreck of Freyja: Knut, a sturdy Norseman who quickly wins friends on the island; Svala, Knut’s wife, who does not speak and behaves most strangely; and Felix, a young scholar with amnesia, whose elusive memories harbor a deadly secret. Sibeal helps nurse Felix back to health and finds herself drawn to him, and for the first time in her life she questions her spiritual vocation.One can always depend upon a Juliet Marillier book to provide lovely writing, haunting magic, and a sweet, slow-building romance. Longtime fans will also enjoy the reappearance of characters from earlier in the SEVENWATERS series; at this point some of them feel almost like members of the reader’s own family! Marillier makes great use of recurring motifs, both from earlier in Seer of Sevenwaters (e.g. someone being tied up on the ship) and from previous books in the series (Svala, a mute foreigner adrift in a strange land, can’t help but remind one of Daughter of the Forest’s Sorcha — except this time we see the character from the outside, and her secret is a different one). Roughly the second half of Seer of Sevenwaters is taken up with a dangerous quest. As the need for the quest becomes apparent, Marillier shows us the conflict within the characters of Inis Eala. The central characters are wonderfully honorable people, and it’s that very honor that causes the conflict; they want to do “the right thing,” but what does that mean when there seem to be two “right things?” The men are torn between the necessity of the quest and their desire to stay home and protect their wives and children. The women want to keep their men safely at home, but at the same time, they want their husbands to be the kind of men who will face danger for a good cause. Sibeal knows she too must undertake the journey, and that a difficult choice lies ahead for her as well. The eventual resolution of the adventure is beautiful and in keeping with Celtic mythology. The resolution of Sibeal’s dilemma works well too. After finishing Seer of Sevenwaters, I wanted to jog my memory about a few plot points from the original SEVENWATERS trilogy, and thumbed back through two of those books. What struck me then was how much less grim Seer of Sevenwaters is. I remembered the beauty and magic of the first three books, but what I had forgotten was how many misfortunes are heaped upon those first three heroines (and other innocents) and how much they suffer before they eventually triumph. While bad things do happen in Seer of Sevenwaters, there is more of a pervasive sense of hope throughout the story. I’m not sure if this reflects a change in me or a change in Marillier’s writing — or if it’s intentional, meant to show that the actions of Sorcha, Liadan, and Fainne gave Sibeal’s generation a better world to live in.Review originally published on Fantasy Literature's Juliet Marillier page

  • Amy Norris
    2019-04-23 00:36

    This is the first Juliet Marillier book that I have given less than 5 stars. It was still fantastic like all her others - great characters, action packed with the beautiful setting of Celtic lore (and this one included Norse mythology as well). The only reason it lost a star was because I found the pacing in this one a little slow for the first two thirds of the book. It’s also the first time I wasn’t 100% invested in the romance. It was still an amazing story and I look forward to reading the next instalment which will finish off this series.

  • Carla *Jen7waters*
    2019-04-16 23:09

    **english review**And Marillier does it again. Writes to sweep her readers off their feet, and crave for more. (Moooore. Moooooore.) Seer was a lovely comeback to Sevenwaters, or shall I say, to its characters, because this time the Sevenwaters forest will be present only in Sibeal’s thoughts and tales to help Felix get better. Does the story loses its magic because of it? Not at all. It is my deepest belief Juliet could send any of these characters to the most exotic places and the Sevenwaters magic would still be there, because it lives in them, in the love that clearly shows when a character thinks or speaks of the forest, tells the story of the brothers turned into swans, or that one about the girl who saved the Painted Man (and so on). But Sibeal doesn’t even go that far, and Inis Eala with Johnny, Clodagh, Muirrin, Cathal, Gull, and so many others, can surely be called home.Seer’s tale starts in the island, with Sibeal managing between her druid’s tasks, and –to the reader’s rejoice– helping Felix restore his health; but later there’s a rescue mission that requires a group to get on a ship, sail through unknown waters, reach an unknown place, home of a legendary seamonster, and save a few of Felix’s comrades. I won’t say the boat trip was my favorite part (because my favorite part was the WHOLE book), but it was the one that kept me reading all night, until morning. I loved Juliet’s take on the seamonster myth (I can’t say more or I’ll spoil it, and I don’t want to) and how she portrayed the creature. Sometimes I seem to forget that it’s so like her to make the reader see the other side of a story, a character, and even of a terrifying, men-eating beast.Prior to my reading, with only the synopsis for support –Sibeal+Viking shipwreck– I often thought Seer sounded like a cross between Sevenwaters and The Light Isles. Now if someone asks me, I’ll probably be a little more specific and say it’s kind of a cross between Son of the Shadows and Wolfskin, first because there is a man in need of rescue from a dark place, this time called loss of memory/physical limitations/feeling guilty/am I brave enough?/can I do this?; second, because besides the fact that for obvious reasons the couple kept reminding me of Nessa and Eyvind -when he’s sick and she takes care of him, Sibeal also sent me the Nessa vibe when she goes through a inner war to make the choice between her religious call and her heart. But that’s not all, I also think Seer has a very mysterious storyline, from beginning to end, which at times, reminded me of some thrilling (chilling *scary*) Wolfskin moments.Still about the couple: as always, it was delicious (really, this is the word for it) to witness their relationship grow, slowly, tenderly, and this particular set amused me greatly because they are the “nerdiest” of Juliet’s couples until date, with Sibeal being a druid, and Felix a scholar (and a poet!) – and don’t I love nerds and geeks so. (I really do :D )About everyone else: it was delightful to meet those beloved characters from previous books again, but I’ll admit some reencounters were quite, quite painful; on the other hand, almost everyone provided me with laughing out loud scenes, being Gull, Cathal and Clodagh clearly in the leadership – I wasn’t expecting for them to be so active in this one, so it was a good surprise.I say this all the time, and I’ll say it again: I’ll never be capable to put into words just how much I love this author and every single sentence she writes. Never. No praise is or will ever seem enough, simply because she’s beyond it. Her stories and writing go further than everything I have in high esteem. Her books, to me, are prized treasures I keep both on my bookshelf and in my heart. I do believe she knows, and at the same time doesn’t (fully), the precious gift she presents me -and I presume, all of the other fans- with, when a new book comes out, and everytime I look at my Marillier collection I immediately feel the need to somehow tell her thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. So, to finish, and as I gaze upon my Seer, I’ll just say this: thank you master storyteller, thank you queen of historical fantasy, thank you beautiful, kind, and much cherished lady, thank you for sharing your wisdom, your craft and your heart, once again, with all of us.Review also at Cuidado com o Dálmata - Seer of Sevenwaters

  • Adrienne
    2019-04-02 03:35

    I literally just screamed in delight. It being 2:30, my parents are less then amused. I can't help it though. Her books are amazing; I will never tire of them. But December! How can I stand it!------Looking back on this comment makes me wish I could go back and just forever fantasize about this book. After reading it, I was left a bit stunned. It wasn't that this book was bad..it just wasn't what I expected from the author of Daughter of the Forest and Wildwood Dancing. The series was intended to be a trilogy. And it was an amazing trilogy! Then the fourth book came, and it was fantastic! This book was almost like fanfiction. It didn't have much of a plot. And the romance, though sweet, wasn't believable. Oh well. This is still my favourite series, I just wish it had ended with the fourth.

  • Keertana
    2019-04-19 05:31

    Seer of Sevenwaters is a novel that seems deceptively easy to love on the outside, but the novel that lies within the pages of the cover and its synopsis is harder to form an attachment to. Now, that isn't to say that this story isn't beautiful and gripping, as every Sevenwaters tale is, for it is. And yet, at the same time, despite its sea monsters and memory loss, despite its strangers and sea tides, Seer of Sevenwaters leaves something to be desired in the wake of its predecessors, each more stunning than the next. Sibeal, unlike the past heroines, is not someone I found myself very attached to or interested in. On one hand, her journey is perhaps the most interesting. Sibeal finds herself with her elder sister, Clodagh, on the island where her cousin, Johnny, trains his men. It is her last summer before she becomes a druid and although her faith is strong and she is prepared, Ciaran sends her to spend the summer on the island nevertheless. Within the first week she arrives, though, a ship is wrecked on the shore with only a few survivors. As Sibeal helps to care for the man she names Ardal, she begins to realize that the man has lost his memory. When he does finally regain it, though, the tale he has to tale is one so fantastical it is nearly impossible to believe. And the journey Sibeal will take because of it will change her life, and her calling, forever. Seer of Sevenwaters is, in some ways, one of the best novels Marillier has written. In the Sevenwaters Saga, it is the only novel – so far – that features a male perspective and seeing Ardal’s narration definitely helped the novel. At the same time, though, it is probably the only book in the series that needs another narrator. Sibeal is a strong character, fierce in her devotion to the gods and unwavering in her loyalty and love. Yet, as a druid, she is forced to be calm, to keep her emotions in check, and that shows through the dullness of her narration at times. Furthermore, it is impossible to feel anything but distant and apart from Sibeal. While I sympathized with her warring feelings as she battled through an inner struggle between a life of physical love and a life of spiritual love, I cannot claim to have felt one with her as I did with each of the Sevenwaters women before. Still, that hardly says much for this book is still stunning in every way. Ardal and Sibeal’s romance broke my heart, mostly because it is based on the most simple of human virtues. Kindness. Comfort. Peace. Understanding. Ardal and Sibeal hardly know one another, but through nursing him, Sibeal begins to realize that this is a man she can trust, one who will lend her his ear instead of his voice. Ardal, too, begins to see Sibeal as a savior, of sorts, as a light during his dark times. In every way, they are a perfect complement to one another and their path to love is bittersweet, but rewarding. It is with Ardal that Sibeal breaks from her stoic druid shell and in those scenes I felt a greater connection with her. If only it was that Sibeal we saw throughout the entirety of the novel. Sibeal aside, the strangers who are shipwrecked onto the island bring a story of their own and the eventual journey that occurs in the novel as a result of them is incredible. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that Seer of Sevenwaters is more plot-based than character-driven. A little like Son of the Shadows was, though not quite. Every scene in this novel builds to an eventual climax and the unraveling of a mystery is most unusual to see in a Marillier novel, but still extremely interesting and, as always, well-written. I cannot deny, though, my favorite parts of this novel were the glimpses of Cathal. (I almost feel guilty for falling in love with someone else's husband, but then I remember they're all fictional and all my guilt disappears...). From Heir to Sevenwaters, it was clear Cathal would play a large role in the rest of the series and his continued importance is a source of joy, for me at least. I cannot wait to see how his character keeps growing and changing, especially in preparation for – what I assume will be – the final showdown with his father in the concluding novel of this series.Sadly, I have to admit that Seer of Sevenwaters is perhaps the weakest, for me, of the series yet. I enjoyed this novel immensely; there is no denying that, but not as much as its predecessors. It was a chore to get through some chapters and, honestly, it was the secondary characters that shone in this. Perhaps I am so harsh on Sibeal and her journey because I have seen Nessa, from Marillier’s Wolfskin, undergo a similar inner battle and face that struggle with more depth than Sibeal was allotted. Whatever it is, Seer of Sevenwaters is an essential novel for the series as a whole and its glimpses into important secondary characters – Ciaran, especially – make it an essential and worthy read. It is hard to believe that I am nearly finished with this series, but I suppose that, at some point, all good things really must come to an end.

  • Ângela
    2019-04-17 01:10

    “You thought you’d never give up your vocation, a voice whispered inside me. You thought you’d never even consider it. But you’ve met the one man who could change your mind. He is your perfect complement. He is Cathal to your Clodagh; he is Bran to your Liadan. No wonder you conjured up those images. No wonder they make you weep.”

  • Masako Lin
    2019-04-14 00:27

    Wow I don't even know where to begin with this one... First of all I'm really sorry to have rate a Marillier book a 1 star. I didn't think it was possible but Seer definitely changed my mind on this so much so I'm not looking forward to the last Sevenwaters book and instead am more excited for her other series Shadowfell.First of all the premise Seer of Sevenwaters isn't exactly very interesting. I know Marillier has a tendency to start her books very slow but seriously the quest that Felix and her embark on only starts in the last 1/4 of the book. Most of the time the entire book is set in Inis Eala with Sibeal taking care of Felix and that's where the next problem lies, the romance between Sibeal and Felix is very strange, abrupt and not believable. I like reading Marillier's romance so I was very disappointed to see how she developed their romance. It's almost insta-love on Felix's part while I just couldn't understand what exactly Sibeal saw in Felix to fall in love with him to the point that she questioned her vocation. The interactions in between the two just didn't make this believable (he was comatose half the time!) which lead me to the other problem was the two POV's were so similar that I couldn't tell whether it was Felix or Sibeal. It's very tricky writing different first person POVs and trying to make them different people. Also while Sibeal as a character is interesting enough to hold her own book, Felix on the other hand is just boring. Unlike Darragh who was missing a great deal from the 3rd book but charming personality and ferocious tenacity made him a strong enough character despite having lack of scenes, Felix on the other hand is just not strong enough to be a romantic lead at all. Absolutely forgettable. Seer is overall a very disappointing sequel to the Sevenwaters series. In fact my favorite parts of the book involved seeing Cathal (who plays a fairly large role) and also seeing the old characters. If you love Cathal and Clodagh (well mostly Cathal), you may want to read Seer because it features him pretty heavily.This book should have been re-named the book of Cathal emoing about his heritage with some romance between Sibeal and Felix somewhere out there.

  • Jenna
    2019-04-15 22:15

    Having been a fan of Juliet Marillier for many years, and absolutely loving the Sevenwaters books, I wasn't as excited about this one as I have been in the past. The ending was a little pat and predictable; there wasn't that sense of danger and desperation throughout the book that makes a triumphant ending all the more of a relief; this read more like a romance, minus the sex, than anything. The characters this book centered around were bland. Even their situations weren't that interesting. None of it was a surprise- not Knut, not Svala, not anything or anyone. It was disappointing. And really? I felt like she used so. many. words. to get the most basic points across. "I love her" became half a page of overly sappy declaratives, like "we are as timeless as the moon is to the sea and the sun with the birds flying and unicorns with glitter and the ocean! our love is as boundless as the restless sea and as verdant as the big green forest and all of its creatures and stuff!" or something like that. It was almost TOO pretty. PLEASE don't let the Sevenwaters stories end with this one, on this note. Please let it go back to being awesome. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.

  • Susana
    2019-04-15 03:13

    (review in english below)Mais uma aventura muito bem contada, cheia de pequenas espreitadelas ao que poderá acontecer mais para a frente, à conta da personagem principal ser uma vidente, e que, longe de funcionarem como "spoilers", criam um sentimento de antecipação que só nos faz querer não parar de ler até ao fim. A autora é realmente muito boa a transmitir sensações e sentimentos e a transportar-nos para os mundos que cria. Parece que o próximo já está quase aí... Another well crafted adventure, full of brief glimpses into what may lie ahead - the main character is a "seer". Interestingly enough, these glimpses, that might be viewed as spoilers, make for a sense of anticipation that carries us through the story and a need to continue reading right until the end.This author really excels at conveying feelings and emotions and transporting us to the worlds that she creates. The next one is coming soon...

  • Maria
    2019-03-27 23:14

    Custou-me um pouco a entrar na história pois já tinha lido os livros anteriores a algum tempo mas depois de o conseguir fazer, mais uma vez me rendi a escrita desta autora. Os mundos que ela crias e os respectivos personagens são fabulosos e damos por nós a querer que tudo corra bem. Uma boa leitura, sem duvida

  • Mayim De Vries
    2019-03-27 04:29

    I am on Marillier reading spree. -----Other Sevenwaters books: 1. Daughter of the Forest2. Son of the Shadows 3. Child of the Prophecy 4. Heir to Sevenwaters6. Flame of Sevenwaters RTC

  • Obsidian
    2019-04-04 22:12

    Seer of Sevenwaters did not capture me as the previous Sevenwaters books did. I didn't feel swept away; caught up in the story. There was no overwhelming emotion. My heart did not pound of excitement or fear. I found that Sibeal reminded me of previous characters, with bits and pieces of traits taken from others. The plot was fine, however I did not find myself drawn to the book. I also felt that the romance between Felix and Sibeal a bit lack luster. It was unbelievable how quickly Felix fell in love with Sibeal. It was almost at first sighting. And I think that this made me not believe in the chemistry between the two. The relationship was not well developed as in previous books. Furthermore, I felt that the book was not as focused on the two protagonists of the story. Many side characters were introduced, which may have drawn away from feeling the connection to both Sibeal and Felix. At times I even became confused as to who was talking. Yes, I love romance, however I found it a bit frustrating how characters would continually remark upon Sibeal not having a man in her life. And how by becoming a druid, she was giving up a lot. There are many references to this. It's as if she will live a life unfulfilled unless she is married. I found this to be a bit unfair. There were also similarities in situations between this book and another. For example, Cathal warning Felix to not harm his family, vs Liadan warning Fainne. The ending also seemed to be wrapped up a little bit too neatly. There were also things that I did like about the novel. I really enjoyed reading about the other family members, and seeing the Painted Men again. I loved seeing the camaraderie of Inis Eala. It seems that there will be more books to come, and I do hope that it returns to the world of Sevenwaters that I have come to love.

  • Sílvia
    2019-03-30 03:06

    Afinal são 3,5 estrelas! Inicialmente ponderei dar 4 estrelas porque, tal como aconteceu com os restantes livros da autora, tenho sempre vontade de ler mais um bocadinho, mesmo quando a história avança mais lentamente do que eu gostaria. Uma dessas partes é aquilo que se relaciona com a recuperação de Felix. Dei por mim a desejar que o homem recuperasse de vez, para a história desenvolver e se tornar mais emocionante...Dois pontos surpreendentes e positivos deste livro: o facto de ser escrito através de duas personagens (Sibeal e Felix) e a introdução da mitologia Selkie (tal como o ponto anterior, penso ser a primeira vez que aparece nesta série).No fim da leitura, decidi-me pelas 3,5 estrelas porque o final não "me encheu as medidas"...Gostei, acho que faz sentido mas, comparativamente com livros anteriores, fica a perder, esperava algo mais intenso (não consigo explicar melhor)...Por fim, é um livro de leitura fácil, com uma bonita história de amor e que consegue manter até ao final o suspense sobre a forma como vai ser tomada a decisão de Sibeal, dividida entre o dever e os seus sentimentos.

  • Kate Forsyth
    2019-03-30 23:15

    Another wonderful historical fantasy from one of my all-time favourite writers. I was a little disappointed – given the title - that the book wasn’t actually set at Sevenwaters (the location of many of Juliet’s books), but it was lovely to meet some old friends and the story had me guessing almost to the very end. And the love story was quite beautiful.

  • Dakota★Magic in Every Book
    2019-04-10 01:29

    I love these books so very much. The lore, myth, and magic feels so beautiful and real. I was a bit iffy with the switching points of view, since I've come to associate these books with strong female voices, but it didn't take away from the story. Can't wait to read the last one!

  • Morgan F
    2019-04-17 22:35

    A FIFTH Sevenwaters book? Do my eyes deceive me? OMGAs long as its better than the 4th one....

  • Elle
    2019-04-15 21:17

    If there's even a chance Ms. Marillier reads her Goodreads reviews, I pray she doesn't read this one. What's below is my honest opinion, but I don't know how constructive it is, and I do actually feel concern that in this particular case, it would hurt the author.As with the previous four, I had read this one before. Perhaps it's not fair to judge this work in my previous state of mind, having read the last four in the past two weeks, just as it wasn't fair to judge it the first time I read it, when it initially came out, as I was feeling harried and out of time at college (maybe it was during summer classes?). Either way, it struck the wrong chord both times, and I think it's time to give up and say this is the weakest of those five books. That the series is in decline. That this is a second trilogy, and as many second trilogies and second books, it's simply not as good as the first.I can nod respectfully to Ms. Marillier, whom I know to be a fantastic author at her best. She wrote this when she was incredibly sick, and that it's a great story in itself shows her to be a master of novels, period.But I have two major criticisms, and they're undoubtedly related. In a broader sense, this book, and probably the last as well, has lost the poetic quality of the original trilogy, something that elevated the books above mere novels and made them important and beautiful. Perhaps if you try to continually tell the same story in the same way, it loses its beauty. I could theorize about it all afternoon, but as I seem to have no tea nearby, that seems like an exercise in misery. The second problem I have is that I cannot summon a single care for Sibeal, whom I adored in the previous two books. Had I cared for her, I might have cared for her story with Felix a little more, but I simply didn't. Once the story with Svala is resolved, I no longer had any fixed drive to finish the novel, but obviously did so out of politeness. Normally I don't need to like characters to care about a novel. (As a side note: I was moderately horrified by what this whole book seemed to say about women's choices regarding domesticity, or that being a mother was the highest calling a woman could aspire to. Even wanting a children and a family, that was appalling. These books have lifted my eyebrows before, but never has it been so disturbingly parochial in its depiction of women past and present, especially given that the societies she details tend to be somewhat open to the idea of women walking in "traditionally" manly shoes.)And this brings me full circle as I say, my need to like her in order to enjoy the novel, and my strong feeling of dislike were partially because I felt the last two chapters, and indeed much of the book, were *drowning* in meritless sentimentality. And that, I feel, is where the story lost its potent storytelling, magical style. Throw in a couple cliches, banalities, and "Say what?" sentences (could someone please tell me what new applications for her ability Sibeal learned on the trip to the island that hadn't already been revealed?) and I left the novel either utterly perplexed or apathetic. I need only add that I wish the story had been well carried out, because as I felt with the novela about Fiacha, there is a great story crying to get out. I've heard that the next book is the conclusion and it's about Maeve. This is all well and good, but I feel Sibeal's story could have easily been supplanted for a story about Eilis, who would hopefully have been a less lacklustre heroine than Sibeal, whom I desperately wanted to love as much as her predecessors. I didn't mean for this review to go on quite so long. Thanks for sticking with me.

  • Quigui
    2019-04-05 05:29

    Seer of Sevenwaters is the new instalment of the the once-trilogy-and-now-series of Sevenwaters. Even if I feel that nothing really compares to the first books on the series (which were the start of my love for Juliet Marillier's books), this book managed to surprise me in how much I loved it!And now for a disclaimer: I love the books of Juliet Marillier, and in my eyes she can never do wrong. I read her books knowing that I'll love them. This one was no different.Seer of Sevenwaters is the story of Sibeal, and what is basically her last summer holidays. Sent to the Isle of Inis Eala, where her cousin has his school of warriors, she can hardly wait before going back to the Forest, and begin her training in Druidic matters. But when a shipwreck occurs near the shores of Inis Eala, and the few survivors come ashore, she'll have to put her knowledge and abilities to the test, as well as her certainty in regard to her future.Seer of Sevenwaters is told from two points of view, Sibeal's and Felix's. Felix is one of the survivors of the shipwreck and the book follows his recovery at the hands of Sibeal, and the amazing trio of healers: Muirrin, Evan and Gull. This was one of the things I loved the most about Seer of Sevenwaters. Multiple points of view is not a new thing, but it usually is done for characters not occupying the same space/time. Here we had two sides of the same story, and this is a bit harder to accomplish without repeating oneself. Juliet has done it beautifully! I never had the feeling that I was reading the same thing over and over again.Returning to Felix, one of the new characters in this book, I have to say that I really liked him. I've always liked the name Felix, so I was instantly drawn to him (and instantly means right from the prologue! - the first word that is his name indicating it's his POV). But as I read along I couldn't help but love him more. He is not your usual hero, although brave, he is not a warrior. And it is refreshing to read a romance from the perspective of the male part. Of course that in this case, Felix is waaay more romantic than knowledge and duty oriented Sibeal.Another thing that I loved, and that I believe is a treat to everyone who liked the original series (especially Son of Shadows, like me), was the inclusion of a lot of characters that were important then, and see how they have aged, how their life has changed. And it was so good to hear a story so well known to me (from Son of Shadows), but told from another point of view. It took me back to the feeling I had when I first read that book.To me, it's a book of dualities. Two points of view, and also two parts on the story. The first one is recovery and getting to know oneself again. It's mostly character driven, but not without some action. The second part is about adventure and setting wrongs right. It's full of action and excitement. And all this dualities are so well woven one into each other, they complement each other, and you wouldn't want to have one without the other!I loved this book, and even if I'm biased, I have to say that if you like historical fantasy, I really recommend Seer of Sevenwaters (or any other Sevenwaters book).Also at Spoilers and Nuts

  • Amanda
    2019-03-25 05:24

    After reading several of the earlier books in the Sevenwaters series, I had high expectations of this book. I was left disappointed throughout most of the book. It started slow and it seemed like nothing interesting happened until a little over halfway through the story, and even then it barely held my attention.My main problem other than the very slow pace was Sibeal's character. She was supposed to be a druid, months away from taking vows, but I couldn't believe it of her. For someone who was supposed to be a wise woman, she wasn't very wise at all. I know she was only sixteen, but at that period in time sixteen year old women were often wives and mothers, and mature in their own way. She was emotionally stunted(intentional on the author's part) and pretty one-dimensional(probably not intentional). My main problem with her was that she just did not listen. When I think of druids, I think of people who always observed and listened closely to what people were saying, and what they were not. Instead, when someone was trying to tell her something, most of the time she would just shrug when she couldn't figure it out and believe whatever her mind told her was most likely. (view spoiler)[Svala is obviously disturbed and unhappy. Here comes Knut and now she is terrified. Huh. She's obviously as crazy as he says. (hide spoiler)] I just wanted to slap her and tell her to open her eyes! Felix/Ardal was slightly more interesting, though not by much. It seemed to me that the secondary characters were actually stronger and more interesting than Sibeal or Felix. I'd rather hear about Gull or Svala than either of them.Now I'm just disappointed that I was disappointed...It's all quite irritating.

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-04-07 21:36

    I think I must be one of those devoted fans who cannot countenance anything less than perfect of the source of fandom. I lose any ability to think critically - I've come to the conclusion that it's because I'm at home with certain series, and when we're at home we accept everything, warts and all, and simply don't bother to notice faults.I say this because quite a number of readers of this book found themselves disappointed (not all, by any means). But not me. I found this as gripping and beautiful as the first four Sevenwaters books. I love the world they're set in, I love the way Marillier takes me right into that world. I love the dedication and heroism and journeys into mind and heart as well as the physical journeys into danger - the deep meaning within so many mythologies and religions is of the journey that must be undertaken in order to find truth and in order to grow.This book is set on the island where Johnny (heir to Sevenwaters) and his men train others in fighting and fitness skills. A batch of men is due to arrive, but before that a huge storm casts the crew and passengers of a wrecked ship onto their shores. Only three of this strangely small number are alive - a Norseman, his mute wife, and an unknown barely alive man who has lost his memory. Sibeal is on the island for a while prior to taking her final druidic vows. It was she who found the third person cast up on the shore after the others, and she participates in his healing, becoming deeply committed to his recovery.Each Sevenwaters story is a love story as well as adventure. This one has mystery as well, and a great story around the mute wife.Excellent reading.

  • Analisa
    2019-03-25 22:16

    I didn't realize when I first picked up this book that it was part of a series. Nevertheless, I did not find it difficult to pick up on the characters and the thread of the storyline. It is likely that if I had read the books in order, I may have had a little bit more insight into the characters and their background (especially Sibeal's intense devotion to her druidic calling), but I enjoyed this book immensely even without that background.It is a beautifully-written, lyrical fantasy book that follows a young woman, Sibeal, as she spends the last summer before taking her vows as a druid on the island of Inis Eala. She is there to spend time with her family and contemplate the life she would be leaving behind to pursue her calling as a druid (namely, the domestic/family life). She finds this delay to be somewhat unnecessary until she rescues a man that has washed ashore from a shipwreck. He is barely alive, and Sibeal assists in trying to nurse him back to health. From the point of the rescue, both of their stories become intertwined, illustrating a growing emotional bond between them that tests Sibeal's as-yet-unshaken commitment to her druidic calling.Full of complex and interesting characters, as well as mystery and adventure, Seer of Sevenwaters is a fantastic read. I am usually uninterested in reading books from a series, but after reading this one, I am placing the rest of the books from this series on my To-Read list.

  • Phoebe
    2019-03-30 03:19

    As much as I enjoyed revisiting the Sevenwaters' family and the adventures in the book, I found myself constantly rolling my eyes whenever Sibeal's family talks to her. I get it- this series centers around romance and familial relationships. But I was disappointed by the way Sibeal's family seems to think she can't possibly be happy unless she gets married and has children. Her sisters drop condescending little comments like "oh, you could never understand what love is ~really~ like" or "how could you have a fulfilling life without children?". It's a bit unpleasant to see that kind of attitude persist throughout the novel. Followed with what I felt like was an utter lack of chemistry between Sibeal and Felix, the romance and relationships aspect of this book disappointed me. The adventure plot in the background, with the ship crash, the lost memories, Svala, etc was the usual great fun that I came to expect from these books.

  • Natalia
    2019-03-31 00:18

    For someone who has loved all of the previous books (apart from 3), this one has been extremely disappointing.