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This book is the final volume in the Sevenwaters-trilogy. It follows 'Daughter of the forest' and 'Son of the shadows' and is set a generation after 'Son'. It should be read after the first two books since it isn't a stand-alone novel. All three books are high-quality historical fantasy... This book is the final volume in the Sevenwaters-trilogy. It follows 'Daughter of the forest' and 'Son of the shadows' and is set a generation after 'Son'. It should be read after the first two books since it isn't a stand-alone novel. All three books are high-quality historical fantasy novels with a romantic element. Niamh and Ciaran from 'Son of the shadows' have a daughter, Fainne. After her mother's death she is raised in a cave at the Irish coast by her druid-sorcerer father. She is soon an accomplished sorceress, but she is also very shy and isolated. Her only friend is a young travelling horse trader and musician, Darragh. But one day her father gives her into the hands of her evil grandmother, the sorceress Oonagh, who teaches her evil spells and forces her to do her will by going to Sevenwaters and doing her best to destroy the alliance that is supposed to win back the islands sacred to the Irish, the Fae and all the other supernatural creatures of old times. Fainne is faced with the terrible choice to destroy the hopes of her new-found family and friends by following Oonagh's bidding, or to resist her. But then the evil sorceress threatens to kill all the people Fainne cares about... On the positive side, this book has a lot of the strengths of the first two (beautiful language, an intelligent plot, well-developed characters, a believable historical and cultural background). On the negative side, I just couldn't get to really enjoy it because the heroine keeps letting herself be pushed into deeds that are simply evil and do terrible harm to others. The love story is up until the very end one in which Darragh is nothing but caring and supportive while Fainne is abrasive and arrogant, trying to push him away. Yes, she does a lot of these things to protect her loved ones from Oonagh by keeping them away or at least giving the impression that she doesn't care, but this still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. So while this is a well-written book and an intelligent conclusion to the trilogy, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the others.