Title: ‘Twixt Firelight and Water
Author: Juliet Marillier
Series: Sevenwaters #5.5
In: Legends of Australian Fantasy (Jack Dann & Jonathan Strahan)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Fae, Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
5th sentence, 74th page: Likely the whole forest was ringed by them.
Long ago, the sorceress Lady Oonagh cast a curse over her own child. Now a druid, an ill-tempered raven and an adventurous young woman are drawn together as the time approaches for the evil magic to be undone. Fans of the Sevenwaters series will love this new episode, which fleshes out the history of druid Ciaran and his constant companion Fiacha.
I am madly in love with this novella. It combines Celtic and druidic knowledge, the dangers of the Fair Folk, an evil curse and a story of love. Honestly, it is impossible not to fall in love with this novella. After all, it is a tale of two brothers who support each other and understand the ties of family. The evil mother that bound them together just makes their love for one another all the more impressive and admirable. It is the sibling relationship that everyone dreams about – total acceptance and equality in everything they do.
Telling this tale from the two different points of view was a great tactic. After all, it allowed for Conri’s past to be told and his current feelings about the geis to be understood. Yet, the saviour of the day, Aisha, is also able to show her gumption and power throughout the story. This might be the first story that I have read in the Sevenwaters series, but it was definitely a great start and insight into a series that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into!
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