The Sevenwaters Trilogy is a series of Historical Fantasy novels written by Juliet Marillier. It is still commonly referred to as a trilogy, despite having more than three books, because the first books actually form a trilogy. The rest of the books are sequels.The books are set in a fictional version of 9th century Ireland and focus on the Sevenwaters family, the lords and custodians of a mystical forest. The books are written in first person from the perspective of young female protagonists and emphasize romance and family relationships.The original three books skipped a generation between each book, with the overarching political story dealing with a feud between Sevenwaters and a British family, Northwoods, over the control of a group of mystical islands. While Marillier did not originally intend to write any further books in the series, they proved to be so popular that she eventually agreed to return to Sevenwaters for another three books. The later books begin shortly after the ending of the original trilogy, and are shorter and lighter in tone.Books in the series include:
In Son Of The ShadowsDog admits to having feelings for Liadan who gently rebuffs him and falls for Bran instead. Dog is slain in battle almost immediately thereafter, preventing his feelings from becoming an issue.
Genre Savvy: Sorcha's brothers use this to figure out why she can't speak. At one point, they compare their own situation to The Children of Lir, which the plot of the novel is actually based off of...
Good Shepherd: interestingly both Pagan and Christian religious leaders often come off well. Conor, Sorcha's brother is studying to be a Druid, Father Brien is Sorcha's mentor and fellow healer and when Hugh returns after finding Sorcha in a pitiful state, some nuns care for her and give Hugh sage advice about the difficulties of dealing with a Shell Shocked rape victim(that is only one of her problems but that is the one they recognize). When Richard tries to Burn the Witch!, a local bishop is one of the ones more skeptical of his charge.
Infant Immortality: Baby Johnny in Daughter of the Forest is rescued from a fire, and between books survives an outlaw attack and living with a man who had no qualms about killing his own wife. In Son of the Shadows, the guards make clear that they'd take care of baby Johnny after they murdered his parents. And in Heir to Sevenwaters, the villain actually tries to kill Becan, but he's brought back to life.
This trope is subverted with Sean and Aisling's twin sons, first mentioned in Child of the Prophecy, who were likely born quite premature and were said to have lived less than a day.
Law of Inverse Fertility: In Son of the Shadows, Liadan gets pregnant with Bran's child during her first time having sex, and gives birth later in the book. On the opposite side of the spectrum we have, for instance, Muirrin and her husband Evan. Both fairly young, both wanted children, but she only got pregnant as of Seer of Sevenwaters, after six years of marriage.
Parental Abandonment: In Daughter of the Forest, Lord Colum's wife is dead and he allows the household staff to bring up his children. Disappeared parents are the reason for Bran's dark past and Cathal's angst. Also happens with Ciaran, although he was probably better off that way...
Parental Marriage Veto: Since the books are set in the Middle Ages, this one is always a hurdle. Actually exercised by Richard when Elaine wants to marry Simon, and by Niamh's whole family when she wants to marry Ciaran.