SEER OF SEVENWATERS
This starts out very slowly, with way too much emphasis placed on the backstory of other characters from the Sevenwaters series, even though this novel could really stand alone. However, the remainder of the tale is satisfying. The young protagonist Sibeal is smart and capable, while still facing the choices of any young woman, she is also trained as a druid and mature beyond her years. Felix is a well-drawn character who manages to avoid becoming a cliché with deft strokes of realism. Although Marillier sometimes overdoes the florid language, this novel is definitely worth a read.