The second book of The Sevenwaters Trilogy
. Written by Juliet Marillier
Set almost twenty years after Daughter of the Forest
, the story centers on Liadan, the second daughter of Red and Sorcha. During a religious gathering, she begins to feel uneasy and has disturbing visions of the future. In the midst of trying to figure out what her sister is up to, why her friend Eamonn is courting her and how to keep her mother alive, she is abducted by a group of mercenaries. She is charged with healing a fallen member of their group under the watchful eye of their leader, the Painted Man. Despite constantly arguing and insulting each other, they come to depend on each other for help and comfort.
After she returns home, she finds the noose of an ancient prophesy tightening itself around her neck and that of her unborn child. She also discovers a sinister plot that threatens to destroy her family and friends. Liadan must walk a fine line between right and wrong to save those she holds dear. But it will not be easy. Loyalties will be tested, risks must be taken, and the prophesy looms large over her head.
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