What IS it with these Sevenwaters girls? Sorcha marries the wrong Briton (this is set in Old Ireland and back then, Irish and Britons were enemies), Niamh falls for his uncle and Liadan decides that an outlaw is the one for her.
Indeed they do. Or rather, they end up FALLING for the, erm … wrong people? Or not so much as wrong people but … just … UGH. I am talking about, of course, the girls from the Sevenwaters trilogy. So far I am on the second book, almost done with it, and GOOD LORD do these girls keep falling in love with the wrong people. What I mean is: Why must you wreck my ships? Why must you make me fall in love with a certain character and wish that said character would be with the girl since he clearly cares for her, and then have the girl go and fall for someone else? Like, Sorcha and Simon at first; it was painful to read how damaged Simon was and how Sorcha was healing him and how later she was forced to leave his side. But, you know, I had hope that they would find each other again and be together. Because Simon loved her. But NO, Sorcha went off and almost got herself drowned to only be saved by Red aka Lord Hugh of Harrowfield aka Simon’s BROTHER. Yes, BROTHER. And, of course, he fell for him. And viceversa. Now, now, I love Red as I think he’s great, and I loved how Sorcha’s love for him was not instant and how the process of falling in love was in fact very real, but SERIOUSLY? SERIOUSLY? You make me ship ship Simon/Sorcha to then WRECK my ship by having Sorcha fall for Red? And then, worst of all, have SIMON return (Thanks, Lord Hugh), basically tell her that he loves her and asking why had she not waited for him, only for Sorcha to REJECT him and chose his brother instead? SERIOUSLY?
Deep breath, Angie.
And now, now … Liadan. Liadan and Eamonn. Eamonn the brooding boy who was forced to grow up early. Eamonn who loved her and was willing to wait for her, and was sweet and awkward and serious and just precious and Liadan was actually WILLING to think about it. She was actually considering it, thinking that he was in fact good for her. But noooo, of course she had to get kidnapped and she had to fall (and had sex with it, mind you) BRAN aka John of Harrowfield’s troubled kid who happened to be a serial killer. GOOD LORD. I do love Bran, don’t get me wrong since Bad Boys and Brooding Boys are my favourite kind of male (I have issues, I know) and was this man sexy! But I wanted Liadan/Eamonn. Of course, by the time Liadan was back in Sevenwaters, she was pregnant and refused to take anyone else for husband even though there was no future for her and Bran. Yes, I cannot fault her for that the same way I cannot fault Sorcha for falling for Red, but … seriously? Why must you DO this to me? Making me ship and fall for characters that will have no future for the other.
Yes, I am talking to you, Juliet Marillier.
Of course, Precious Eamonn did not care that Liadan was no longer a virgin and that she expected someone else’s child. He didn’t care and he was willing to take her and make her his wife because he loved her that much. And he proposed to her several times. Of course, I know the Sevenwaters girls well enough to KNOW that Liadan would not take him. Still, I had hope. Eamonn, however, had no hope, not anymore and therefore, seeked for revenge.
My sweet, awkward, precious, serious, loyal Eamonn took revenge by betraying the Sevenwaters, killing Liam and torturing Bran.
Great. My Eamonn is horrible, apparently, because he cannot stand to lose.
When it comes to Niamh falling for Ciaran, her uncle, I guess I don’t have much to say on the matter except, heck - Poor kids. They didn’t KNOW they were related and went off and fell in love, had sex and then were forced to be separated by the Sevenwaters males because they knew they were related. Still, they did not give Niamh an explanation and just told her that Ciaran was forbidden (they did tell Ciaran - poor kid, I do feel bad for him) and that she had to marry that Fionn fellow. Who abused her in every possible way. How tragic. I cried a lot.
… Why am I still reading these books again?
Oh, right. Because they are brilliantly reading and in spite of how much they have managed to frustrate and make me cry, they are BRILLIANT, and quite possibly the best books I have ever read before. Including Harry Potter and all the Isabel Allende books I have read so far.
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