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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Returning to the land of the Sevenwaters trilogy (Daughter of the Forest, etc.), Marillier deftly weaves a fey story of. Juliet Marillier’s manificient return to the realm of Sevenwaters – a glorious stand- alone novel set in the world which became an instant Fantasy classic. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Nov 03, Pages Buy. Nov 04, Pages Buy. Nov 03, Pages. Nov 04, Pages. The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest? To reclaim her newborn brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there?

She graduated from the University of Otago with degrees in languages and music, and has had a varied career that includes teaching and performing music as… More about Juliet Marillier. Your most recent book, Heir to Sevenwaters, takes place in the world of Sevenwaters. The last novel in this universe was published in —what was it like to return to those characters after such a long time? I expected it to be difficult, because my writing style has changed and developed a lot since I wrote those earlier books.

But in fact I slipped right back into it with no trouble, picking up the action a few years after the events of Child of the Prophecy. Heir to Sevenwaters is a fully stand-alone novel rather than the extension of a trilogy.

While I did need to remember the story and characters of the earlier Sevenwaters books, my protagonists are either completely new characters, or characters who had very small roles in the earlier books.

I had to let the old reader know what had happened to their favorite characters, while not including so much information about the past that the new reader got bored. Many of your books seem influenced by fairytales and folklore.

How have those stories inspired your writing and style? I love the way traditional stories get right to the heart of matters and are unafraid to show big themes: I have a strong awareness of the magical quality of the natural world, so that tends to show in my writing very strongly.

Your books are noted for the fact that despite their fantastical elements, the characters and motivations are very realistic. Is it ever tempting to overcome a plot hurdle by throwing in a deux ex machina The wizard fixed it!

Magic solves the day! What do you focus on to keep your characters relatable? My primary focus is always on the characters and their relationships. The fact that the world of my books is the real world, though in a slightly fantastic version, makes it easier to keep things realistic.


What do you think the most important factor is for making sequels accessible in this way? My advice to aspiring writers of fantasy trilogies or series is that each book needs two main plots.

Provided each novel has its own satisfying beginning, middle and end, it should work as a stand-alone as well as fitting into a series. I prefer whichever suits a particular story. It allows the reader to identify more fully with the protagonist and to share her world quite intimately. However, first person shuts out insights into other characters.

It does not allow male and female psychology to be explored alongside each other, and it limits the mode of storytelling quite considerably. So, for books where I want to include battles, voyages, and an insight into the masculine world of, say, Viking warriors or Pictish assassins, I use third person.

Third person allows a deeper exploration of the relationships between characters. We can see their misunderstandings and hear what they think about each other. We can create a more complex structure with various story threads running parallel. I find that kind of writing more challenging and more rewarding, but I find a first person narrative easier to write.

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Please tell us about your writing process. For example, do you research? Do you conceive of stories as you write them, or plot them out beforehand? Do you revise as you write, or afterwards? Does the process change from book to book? Once I conceive the idea for a new novel, I do masses of research, not just history, but the mythology of the time and culture, plant and animal lore, geography, language, clothing, weaponry and so on.

My books are set in the real world, not an invented secondary world—their fantasy element lies in the interaction of the human characters with the Otherworld, which takes whatever form fits the common beliefs of their time and culture.

After the preliminary research, I draft a couple of outlines, then a synopsis, which my publisher sees and hopefully approves. After that I write a detailed chapter plan.

Then I get started on the book. The process is a bit like this:. And so on to the end, so the earlier chapters get extensive revision before I actually write the last chapter.

And plans are made to be altered, of course—characters go their own ways, brilliant ideas occur mid-novel, and what seemed brilliant at fo planning stage often turns out to be rubbish. When I get to the end, I put the manuscript aside for about a month and then come back to it with fresh eyes for more revision. I use the same process for every book. Jiliet write for both young adults and adult readers. How do you make the switch between the two? When you start a story, do marililer have in mind whether it will be best for young adults or adult audiences, or does that develop as the book does?


I wrote Wildwood Dancing after I had seven adult novels in print. I generally work on only one project at a time, and I think that helps. I had to wait until the circumstances were right, and it was a long marillieg. But during those years of not writing, I was learning about human behavior and relationships, which gave more depth to the books I eventually wrote.

Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

I read it when I was tl a very low ebb emotionally, and it really inspired me. Make sure you have the tools of the trade. You need to be able to write grammatically correct English and understand the essentials of style. Be prepared for setbacks and knock-backs.

Keep working at your craft.

Getting published is a bonus. Be realistic and enjoy writing for its own sake. I think I learn most by reading great novels, those that combine writerly craft with good storytelling. Hdir much-admired author is the Portuguese writer Jose Saramago. Your stories often combine many various elements and genres—fantasy, historical, romance. About Heir to Sevenwaters The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest?

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. Do you prefer writing in the first person or the third person?

The process is a bit like this: Write Chapters Revise Chapters and tweak the plan Write Chapters Revise Chapters and tweak the plan And heor on to the end, so the earlier chapters get extensive revision before I actually write the last chapter.

What advice do you have for people trying to break into writing? Which of your characters would you most like to be friends with? Deord from Blade of Fortriu. I love those strong, silent warrior types.

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