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Clara dos anjos. He expected the same familial path, but instead, he had six sons and one youngest daughter. They are never really in the main part of the book, they just happen to always be in the background. It's a long story, but basically young Sorcha's brothers are turned into swans and she has to remain silent for years as she spins a thorny plant into shirts so they can be human again. Desentranhado de uma prosa. What she faces is heart wrenching and difficult to read at times, but she does not waver on her path.
This is one of those books that kept me on the edge of my seat with several wet handkerchiefs in my wake, and all that goes back to Marillier's writing. It is descriptive , lovely, and evocative. You could lose yourself in her words! The pace is on the slower side, but it just gives you a chance to truly appreciate the author's talent. This book is meant to be savored, to be cherished, and to be read again and again. Feb 22, Robin Bridge Four rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Melina Marchetta.
Recommended to Robin by: I was not familiar at all with the original version of this story so I cannot comment on how closely it follows but I will say this is not a Disney version of a fairytale.
It is dark, painful and horrifying at times but it is also balanced with extreme love, devotion and hope. So even though it breaks your heart DoF will do its best to patch it up again. This hurts, I know. But you have been strong before, and you will be now. What is burned can be replaced; what is destroyed can be made again. In time you will win back your voice. In time—in time, you will find your path back home This is not a watered down version of a legend.
DoF follows Sorcha over years first chronicling the time she spent growing up with her brothers to the events that led to the curse. It laid the foundation very well for how close Sorcha was to all of her brothers and the strife between the Irish and the English.
I really believed how much she loved her brothers and why she would undertake such a large task in an attempt to save them.
Sorcha is not the normal kick-butt heroine that you see in a lot of new fantasy. She has a solid heart, kindness in abundance and a quite determination that she uses to complete her task. She also has a type of subdued magic, not in the sense that she makes spells and such but more natural from a time when people cared about the forest and treated it and the spirits within it with reverence. A time when the realm of Fae was just a wrong turn away and you could easily be caught up in one of their schemes and games.
I really enjoyed that and thought it fit well with the task that was given to Sorcha to save her brothers from the curse that turned them into swans. I connected with Sorcha right away and saw how she grew from an innocent giving child who knew nothing about the true dangers of the world into a resilient young woman who sacrificed much of her childhood to save the brothers that she was so close to.
The Fae had a plan set into motion for her and although not all of the pieces clicked together right away you could see how each obstacle set in her path shifted and changed her into the woman she was destined to become. For part of the story she is completely isolated and the story was a little slower for me through this section as I felt all the loneliness that Sorcha was feeling.
I liked the story much more once she found a companion and protector in Red. Maybe you will not need to be so strong, now. She turned to the Briton. Red made this story for me.
He is the epitome of a quixotic character. He is noble, kind and stoic. When he found Sorcha she had been beaten down and broken possibly even close to giving up, but Red is patient and so respectful to her even though she is technically one of the enemy. He takes the time to really get to know her and even though she cannot speak he learns to hear her.
The story of their time together is beautiful, frustrating, hopeful and probably every other emotion in-between. Here I am telling tales, and half believing them. Or maybe one night, as I watch outside your window, I will see an owl fly out and vanish into the forest; and when I look for you, all that will be left is one small feather on your pillow. Sorcha has many other dealing with people and those never go as smooth but she did find a few friends besides Red in a land of enemies and they were all wonderful.
There are also quite a few people to despise and hate along the way for their cruelty and bias against Sorcha. I had a lot of hopes but I was left with so many doubts and I could just see things ending tragically. This is not a traditional HEA story which actually made me love it more in some ways. I really liked that not everything was tied up with a nice bow at the end.
It made everything in this seem so much more real. I will discuss those below. Please note they may be spoilerish in details. I completely understand why these are in the story and I think the author did a fantastic job with them and how they affected the character. The first is Rape and the second is animal deaths. But they served a really large part of the story.
Those events changed who Sorcha was and really showed how strongly she was willing to fight to complete the task and save her brothers. The way she interacted with people and trusted was forever changed and it actually added to the love story the way that Red was so patient with Sorcha and how well he tamped down his own emotions and wants in an effort to never scare her and gain her trust.
I think it showed a real account of how someone rebuilds her life after an event like that. My one and really only complaint is that while the rape scene was really graphic the very much later scene involving sex was not quite fade to black but pretty close. I would have liked to see a little more of that transition and how it was dealt with by the couple. The other thing that was a little over the top for me was the villain Richard.
He is aweful and does some absolutely horrendous things to Sorcha, but it is more mental abuse than physical. Still it was really difficult at times to read those parts, as intended but non-the-less he is very graphic in some of his mental abuse as well. I have thought about multiple sections of this story repeatedly over the last few weeks and have even gone back and reread some of my favorite sections. It is a truer story than most where not everything is handed to you, at the end there are still questions in my mind and I think about the characters and where their paths led them.
View all 35 comments. This book is a beautiful retelling of the Celtic "Swans" myth, which has been familiar to me since childhood through the Hans Christian Andersen 's version - The Wild Swans. Sorcha is the seventh child and the only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. When Colum remarries after being widowed for almost 13 years, the evil stepmother and witch puts a dreadful spell on 4. When Colum remarries after being widowed for almost 13 years, the evil stepmother and witch puts a dreadful spell on Sorcha's six older brothers.
The only way to lift the spell is for Sorcha to undertake a difficult task accompanied by a lot of pain, loss, and terror The best part about this book is that Juliet Marillier stays pretty close to the source material, not transforming the original into an unrecognizable horror fest as some modern writers often do.
Instead, she enhances the myth with a beautiful love story, realistic historical background, admirable characters, skillful infusion of ancient magic, stories of dedicated friendships and unyielding sibling devotion, and a couple of utterly despicable villains.
There are not many flaws to this wonderfully written book. The story is intense, heartbreaking, and passionate. My main complaint is its length. While the book is only pages, at times it felt it was twice that size.
No matter how much I read, I couldn't get through more than 50 pages per day. I don't know if the font was small or the narration was a little heavy, but it took me forever to finish this book. I loved the story and there are some intriguing loose ends left unresolved and therefore I am pretty certain I will read the second book in the series - Son of the Shadows , but I definitely need some time to regroup, because it's even longer than Daughter of the Forest.
View all 15 comments. I know I've said I've been speechless when reading books before, but this time, I genuinely don't have the words to express what a masterpiece this novel is. I actually finished this novel early today morning, at around 1: I couldn't get this story out of my head; I simply kept thinking about it.
If Juliet Marillier hadn't already made a fan out of me with Heart's Blood, then I'd be tripping over myself to fall at Incredible. If Juliet Marillier hadn't already made a fan out of me with Heart's Blood, then I'd be tripping over myself to fall at her feet for truly, this book is remarkable.
From its cover, it seems to be a simplistic fairy tale re-telling, but it's a fairy tale like no other. We don't have any knights in shining armor; instead, the princess has to save herself. We don't have an innocent girl for whom circumstances clear up and solve her problem; we have a broken girl who has to struggle to find happiness.
Sorcha is the youngest of seven children, six of whom are boys. Thus, she has grown up sheltered, loved, and cared for by her siblings.
When her father re-marries, however, bringing Lady Oonagh, a deadly sorcerer, into their peaceful abode, Sorcha's life is turned upside down. Lady Oonagh turns her beloved brothers into swans and the only way for Sorcha to break the spell is to weave six shirts made of a prickly nettle and remain silent for her entire ordeal. It is only when the shirts have been made and worn by her brothers that the spell will be broken, but the journey that Sorcha will embark on will change more than just her future, it will change her very being and shatter her to her core.
Daughter of the Forest starts out slowly, introducing us to Sorcha, her world, and her close relationship with her brothers. Thus, when her brothers are turned into swans, we, as readers, feel just as much pain as Sorcha herself. I could feel myself visibly wincing every time Sorcha was reminded of her past life with her brothers, full of happiness and delight. I sobbed for a solid five minutes at one point in this story because of the utter horror of the situation.
Yet, despite all the darkness, there is a subtle undercurrent of hope, of happiness, of love. It's all so beautifully interwoven that one cannot help but be reminded of life itself with its ups and downs and darkness and light. You see, Daughter of the Forest is a painfully realistic tale. Sorcha has an incredible trove of inner strength. I admire her immensely and she's one of those heroines I'll never forget. I could simply be in the supermarket having a bad day and Sorcha is one of those protagonists who will come to mind and I already know I'll tell myself, "If Sorcha could go through all that, I can get through today.
Thus, despite the seemingly amazing feats she manages to achieve, Marillier weaves this tale in such a way that she is able to convey that each and every one of these ordeals is possible to overcome, just as anything is with the right dose of love, faith, and perseverance.
Nevertheless, one of my favorite aspects of this novel is, hands-down, the romance. I can't get enough of it and Marillier writes it to pure perfection. What I loved about the romance in this novel, particularly, is the fact that it manages to happen all without Sorcha uttering a word. Somehow, against all odds, Sorcha manages to find someone who understands her very soul, who sees her task as a brave ordeal she is facing, and who can understand her with little difficulty, despite her silence.
Furthermore, Sorcha never even realizes that she's falling in love. As the reader, we can see this romance unfold in front of our eyes, but Sorcha's task remains to be the main plot thread, until eventually, Sorcha comes to realize the love she had and how, despite not realizing it before, she needs the very presence of her lover to calm her. For, to be in love isn't necessarily to crave physical affection or even understanding, but often, it comes from the most basic, innocent, and true primitive instinct of needing that other person's presence and strength by you.
It is this that Marillier manages to embody so beautifully within this novel and I can't get enough of it. Daughter of the Forest is a dark, emotional, and achingly bittersweet fantasy like no other. It is one that kept me on the edge of my seat with a box of tissues within the grasp of my hand and a warm blanket draped over me. It's one of those stories that continues to plague you long after you've read it as you marvel over both the author's creativity and skill along with the characters and their complexity.
I can't recommend this book enough, but really, everyone should read this. Like all fairy tales, Daughter of the Forest contains a trove of themes and lessons and Marillier conveys all this in a subtle and beautiful manner that touches and stays with you like nothing else quite does.
Truly, if there's one book you should make yourself read before you die, it's this one. View all 23 comments. Fans of fairy tale stories and angsty books with strong heroines. I have always loved the fairy tale about the sister with numerous brothers who had a wicked stepmother who enchanted her brothers to turn them into birds.
The number of brothers and the type of birds can vary. I have seen it with ravens and with swans. In Daughter of the Forest, Ms.
Marillier used the version in which the heroine has six brothers and they are all turned into swans. I must say I truly enjoyed and devoured this heartbreaking, emotionally wrenching novel based on that fairy tale.
I like the way this version is set in Dark Ages Ireland, in which the Irish fight against the British to maintain their sacred islands and to keep their own faith. In this case, the heroine is the seventh child born to parents who are mystically blessed. Her mother died in childbirth and bequeathed a spiritual legacy and a deep bond to her seven children. The theme of family is a huge foundation of this story. These siblings would do anything for each other, and their bonds of loyalty are severely tested.
This is one of those books where you scream to the heavens in agony, asking "WHY? So many trials and hardships. I was prepared from the fairy tale, but the additional detail in this story and the foreknowledge of some major aspects make it that much more wrenching to read. And what happens to Sorcha while she is in the forest, that just about broke me. A person would have to be made of stone to not be moved by the trials that Sorcha endures.
Not just that, but the cruelty that is so much a part of life for people in this story. Marillier tackles the subject of war between cultures. In this book, you start out seeing the Irish side, but Sorcha's brother Fimbar has always looked at the issue of warring cultures as a construct that falsely divides people who are at their heart just humans.
He wants to see both sides, and he wants to find a way for both the Irish and the British to see each other as allies instead of enemies. His warlike father Lord Colum doesn't understand that at all. His heart died with his wife, and his focus has become fixed on conquest and protection of their lands from the British, at any cost.
As this story progresses, and I met Simon, a Briton who was captured and cruelly tortured by Lord Colum's forces and liberated and healed by Sorcha and a kindly Christian priest that dwells on their lands ; and later meeting Lord Hugh, who saves Sorcha's life and protects on her dangerous mission to save her bothers,and his people--I could see that there was good and bad on both sides.
For that's just the nature of humanity. Alas, this reader has a very tender heart, and I was affected deeply by the dark times that unfold in this story. I was also struck by the unfairness of it all. As much as that bothered me, I couldn't imagine being the characters in this book.
Sorcha seems to be put in a position that no thirteen-year-old at the time her mission starts should have to face. The Fair Folk have chosen her for this responsibility, and neither her nor I really truly understood what their game was.
What was the author trying to say here? That life is pain, and it doesn't seem to make sense. That we can make up explanations for it, but in the end, we just have to buck up and deal. I guess that is true to some extent. There are so many twists and turns, and life is full of these unfair situations. Like Sorcha, I rely on my faith to make sense of it, and to keep me strong. Even though my faith is different from hers, I could identify with her in that sense, and in the love she feels for her family.
There are many memorable characters in this story. Of course, Sorcha. Sweet, loving, enduring, fiercely determined Sorcha. She is the willow that will bend but won't break. Her brothers all distinct and lovable , Simon who formed a bond with Sorcha that affected them both deeply , and Lord Hugh who is called Red , just to start with.
Characters that I loved and cried for in my heart at how they suffered. I wondered how the author could be strong enough to show her characters hurting, dying, and being subject to the cruel actions of bad people. I know it wasn't at all easy to read. The villains are so evil, you just want to tear them limb from limb. Just evil because they can be. Lord Richard seemed even worse than Lady Oonagh, despite her dark witchcraft.
He was the type who was pure human, but with the mentality of a devil. Both with secret ambitions brewing in hearts so black they don't even seem human. As I read, I shook my fist at them both, and willed Sorcha and her brothers to be strong. Like Sorcha, I could not help but love Red. What a wonderful man! This was an absorbing story. It's truly angsty and sorrow-filled. The kind of book that leaves a lingering essence of melancholy in me after I finish it, even though the ending is relatively upbeat, for the most part.
But the emotional scars of what occurs in this book didn't fade even when the book was over. They stayed with me. That's the power of a good book.
You don't want to finish a book and think, "What did I just read, because I don't feel a thing? For those fairy tale lovers, this is a must read.
It captures this beautiful story of a sweet but enduringly strong heroine whose love for her brothers takes her to very dark extremes, but that love is pure enough to help her save them and herself. People say that fairy tales are chauvinistic and show women as weak, under others' control, always needing a prince to save them.
I don't think they have read this one, or they wouldn't dare say that. And what is strength anyway? Did Samson's strength protect him from Delilah's wiles? Did Hercules fare any better in his tragic life for all his strength? No, to me, the greatest strength is that of a loving, enduring heart. And no one has more strength than Sorcha in that regard. View all 27 comments. Apr 22, Emily May marked it as dnf Shelves: No Rating I cannot fairly rate this book so I'm going to leave it as it is.
I was originally attracted by the high ratings and positive reviews but I discovered early on that, for whatever reason, this book simply isn't for me. I couldn't appreciate the story enough to read on and that is why I won't insult it by giving the kind of low rating I usually give to abandoned books. In this instance, it was definitely me and not the story or writing.
View all 6 comments. Dec 29, Mayim de Vries rated it really liked it. The pages of this book flow like a river of sorrow and anguish, and pain, and loneliness, courage, and hope, and an unyielding love.
But the stream is strong so once the current of the Six Swans retelling has caught you, you will be there, held like under a spell and unable to stop. It is not an easy tale but, oh, a beautiful one. The fairy tale is known, and so I am not spoiling anything by telling you that Daughter of the Forest tells us a story of Sorcha, the youngest child of the Lord of Seve The pages of this book flow like a river of sorrow and anguish, and pain, and loneliness, courage, and hope, and an unyielding love.
The girl flees into the forest, and when she learns that there is a way to lift the curse, she is determined to do so, regardless of how daunting the task and hopeless the chance. By the by, the forest is a living creature in its own right and much better than the one attempted in Uprooted. There are six brothers: Considering that they spent most of the book in the bird form, it needs to be said that Ms Marillier did a wonderful job fleshing their varied personalities out. Sorcha lives her life sheltered and knows nothing about the world until one day the world comes right into her face.
She is a creature of the wild, barefoot and somewhat magical. Nobody really raised the girl so all her childhood she did whatever she wanted, mostly mimicking her brothers in a very masculine household without a woman able to reign the girl in. Her brothers dote on her, and even if she is not spoiled, she is most definitely pampered and sheltered. Obviously, but in order to understand the gravity of what has happened, you need to understand the connection between the siblings: Taking away the brothers feels as if somebody robbed Sorcha of parts of her soul or dissected parts of her body.
And so she agrees to make six starwort shirts, and the solitude of her quest is further compounded by another condition - absolute silence: Nor will you tell your story in pictures, or letters, or in any other way to living creature. You will be silent, mute as the swans themselves. Break this silence, and the curse remains forever. In fact, the story swiftly takes you from bad to worse to horrendous in a sequence of events that are wonderful and terrible, and plain and twisted. Through grief and pain, through many trials, through betrayal and loss, your feet will walk a straight path.
In fact, she is one of the fiercest heroines in all fantasy I have ever read. There are countless warrior-princesses, assassins, fighters, and other martially adept figures known and loved by many. Not Sorcha, no easy way out for her. As she fights against the despair and disasters that befell upon her and the wretchedness of her fate, she remains her true self, patient, emphatic, tenuous healer.
And it is high, exorbitant even. There are hunger and loneliness, there are all kinds of mistreatment including rape and bereavement including loss of friends both in human and animal form. There is one thing that needs to be said about the rape scene. It is brutal, wrecking, it truly annihilated me emotionally.
In a way, the difficulty in reading it only attests to author's talent. Fantasy these days, and not only grimdark fantasy, also epic and high fantasy, gives out violence like candies and rape like cookies, as all fans of ASOIAF know. And yet, this was painful to take in so proceed with caution.
But as much as Daughter of the Forest is about endurance, it is also a love story. Love is beautifully wrought out by Ms Marillier and with exquisite care.
There is nothing instantaneous about it, noting primarily carnal can you believe that Sarah J. Red will melt all your chocolates ladies. Marillier gives you a romance that is made of unspoken words and unmade gestures, unconditional trust, and unconscious need. One of the best out there view spoiler [ although I, most certainly didn't like the late attempt at a love triangle.
That made no sense for me hide spoiler ]. I would not wish such a love on anyone, man or woman, for it can make your life a paradise, or it can destroy you utterly.
The prose is beautiful, it grows on the reader , wild and unforgiving in a forest of emotions wild as the Fae as the tale branches, and twists, and leads the travellers to places far beyond their wildest imaginings.
Simultaneously, the novel is most definitely slow-paced. The newer books just accustomed us to movie-style non-stop action, whereas the older novels spare pages to build the ambiance, and paint the background of the background. If you are partial to this kind of buildup, you might struggle with the book. What is more, even though it is a historical fantasy ripe with all things Celtic, some "suspension of disbelief" is required to enjoy the story fully because it is a fairytale retelling after all.
I liked that the ending wasn't neat, that some strands of the tale were left jagged, its heroes a little bit damaged, some questions still unanswered, some answers already lost.
And I am looking forward to continuing the series. Other Sevenwaters books: Son of the Shadows 3. Child of the Prophecy 4. Heir to Sevenwaters 5. Seer of Sevewaters 6. Flame of Sevenwaters View all 20 comments. Jun 20, AH rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a breathtakingly beautiful book! It is a fantasy, a historical, and a romance. It reads like a fable or a fairy tale.
It has all the elements of a fairy tale — the evil stepmother, a fairy godmother sort of , an enchantment, an impossible task to accomplish, a prince charming, and a happily ever after.
This has to be my all time favorite book now. I was captivated by the story, mesmerized by the voice of Sorcha, our heroine. I did not put this b What a breathtakingly beautiful book! I did not put this book down for days.
I probably used up an entire box of Kleenex reading this and my kids looked at me quite strangely. Sorcha is a very special young lady. She is the seventh child of a seventh son. Her mother died in childbirth. Her six older brothers care for her and they all share a special bond. Sorcha can communicate telepathically with two of her brothers.
She is also well trained in healing. So much happens to Sorcha in this novel, but one thing remains in my mind — she is totally devoted to her brothers.
Such love brings her much angst and suffering, yet she endures. For most of the story, Sorcha endures an impossible task to free her brothers from an enchantment.
Sorcha is not allowed to speak until the task has been completed. At one point she must leave her lands and is found by a Briton, Red. Red rescues Sorcha from nearly drowning and brings her back to his home. So strong, so determined, and way too young to go through such an impossible task on her own. Despite her burden, Sorcha was also able to see the beauty in the world around her.
Red or Lord Hugh was a wonderful character as well. He was so patient and kind to Sorcha. Conor and Finbar were my favorites. A fairy tale would not be complete without the evil villains. In this book, there is the scary Lady Oonagh who reminded me of a Disney evil Stepmother. Absolutely scary. The power hungry creepy Uncle Richard made for a very nasty villainous character.
I think what makes this book so special is that the author is so gifted in her writing style. She gives a girl who is mute for most of the book a voice. I also loved how the author included the Fair Folk in her story. They are never really in the main part of the book, they just happen to always be in the background. You are never really sure if they are responsible for a spell or not. I highly recommend this book. Be prepared with a lot of Kleenex.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Review posted on Badass Book Reviews View all 66 comments. Jul 10, Elena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cinco estrellas por lo immersa en la historia que me ha hecho sentir Juliet Marillier. Feb 03, Vinaya rated it it was amazing Recommended to Vinaya by: How do you know when a book is a great book? When you are struck with sympathetic muteness because talking means the difference between life and death for the heroine, and it takes an actual, conscious effort to unlock your throat and answer when someone calls out to you.
When you sudden How do you know when a book is a great book? When you suddenly find that your usually limitless supply of words has run out altogether, and you can't find the words to describe how this book made you feel.
I am not going to talk about characterization, worldbuilding, plotline, or any of the things I usually talk about in my reviews. Although they were all brilliant. I am not going to gush about the romance between Sorcha and Hugh, although it is more than gush-worthy.
What I am going to do, is tell you how this book affected me. I have a weakness for Irish legends. I love the terrible beauty and darkness of the Fair Folk.
I love the cadences of the story-telling, though it might seem long and tedious to some people.
A lot of the story-telling in this book reminded me of the rhythm and style of Cecilia Dart-Thornton 's Bitterbynde Trilogy. The fae of these stories are not the sexy, playful, almost-human faeries of the Urban Fantasy world. They are the real thing, powerful, removed and only concerned with humans as playthings, or pawns in the game of fate. And Marillier gets that. A lot of people will find The Daughter of the Forest heavy going.
The tone of the book is portentous and the style of writing is almost bardic. Things move slowly, but there is beauty in the slow pace. This book resonated on a level I find difficult to explain. I cried when Sorcha cried, I hurt when she hurt, I shivered when she feared and I loved when she loved. It was almost as if I was absorbing her character, becoming her in one sense. And this is where truly great story-telling lies, in the ability to divorce you from reality, so that you can't think about whether you love or hate a character, because you are practically one entity.
In the ability to transport you to another land, and make you love its people, until they feel like your people. In the ability to move you to the extent where words become impossible, even unnecessary because the silent places in your soul have come alive. I think I would never be able to objectively recommend The Daughter of the Forest to anybody. The act of reading it was too personal, the story too close to my heart, to be able to judge with any accuracy whether it will be to someone else's taste.
All I can do, in my measly way, is give it five stars, and hope this review resonates with someone out there someday! View all 9 comments. Jun 05, Amanda rated it it was amazing. What a fabulous start to what I hope is going to be a 5 star series. One of my favorite books so far this year! Wondrously evocative and lyrical. Too redundant. This is a popular romantic fairy tale, found in the Young Adult and Juvenile shelves.
Yet I question that classification, as there's a graphically adult scene disturbing as explained in spoiler further below. Major spoilers are tagged and hidden: She is deeply attached to her six older brothers, and they love her just as dearly, because they raised her from infancy, since their wealthy and titled father was gone a lot.
Their mother, a wise white witch, died giving birth to Sorcha. Soon after, the six brothers are cursed, turned into swans, becoming human only during the solstice, once a year.
To break the curse, Sorcha must painstakingly sew a shirt for each of her six brothers -- not from cloth, but from thistles that she must pick herself. And she must not speak a single word, sewing six thorny shirts in silence within three years. It's the only way to break the curse. The tension! Sorcha, take care! Mustn't let one syllable slip! For much of the story, from age 13 to 16 12 to 15?
To make matters worse, she's mainly alone, driven from her home. In the spirit of a fairy tale, evil exists, and she is easy prey -- poor Sorcha!! In addition, she must overcome various obstacles and natural hazards.
Eventually she meets Red Lord Hugh , a sea-captain and titled landowner who gives what little help he is allowed by the terms of the curse. Throughout the story, Sorcha is growing up, maturing into a young woman, learning her own strength and intelligence.
Very nicely done! This adored youngest child and only daughter who was raised in nearly ideal conditions thanks to her wonderful brothers must strike out alone to repay the love they gave her. To save her brothers, she must endure one antagonist after another, persisting in her painful task.
My thoughts: First of all, wow! What an enthralling narrative! The story was often mesmerizing. Some scenes had me holding my breath in suspense.
There was a constantly ticking clock in the back of my head as the allotted time elapsed and the shirts took shape. Would she finish in time? Despite her deadly antagonists?? And what a culminating scene! Nail biting. The dialogue flowed. The narrative was vivid, with plenty of descriptive imagery and echoes of old Irish mythology and fae lore.
I felt myself sinking into the magical, misty isles This is often classified as a romance, but it has very little romance in it, given that Sorcha view spoiler [ doesn't meet Red Lord Hugh till midway through the book, and then he goes away on a voyage for a long time. Moreover, I seriously question the YA classification.
Not sure this is for adolescents or even teenagers, because view spoiler [ there's an EXTREMELY explicit rape scene, as well as implied sex between one of the six sons and his new step-mother she cast a love spell on him.
In contrast, there is a fade-to-black love scene with Red and Sorcha. This bugged me Not that it belongs in YA, but the contrast. What's up with that?? The comment about sex in that spoiler is the first of a few critiques, both major and minor.
Another is that the story is redundant and dense. I kept reading Some parts didn't seem worthy of all the pages, like the long time Sorcha spent with view spoiler [Simon, and all for naught, really, as he ends up being a secondary character with minimal involvement in the last half of the story. Her hands are swollen, her fingers disfigured, but still she toils on, never abandoning her labor of love. How many such scenes do we need? An editor could have deleted some scenes.
Also, after reading the entire long book the resolution is unclear. You have to read a sequel, but even the sequels don't tell us what happens to ALL the brothers and the evil witch.
I felt cheated, because I grew to love those brothers and the sequels deal with the next generation. Plus, I did want to see the witch pay. Quibbles aside, Daughter of the Forest is beautiful. Glad I read it. View all 14 comments. In the second half of , I read Juliet Marillier for the first time. Why have I waited so long to read this author? And inevitably, the next thought is: I must read more! So I decided to jump into her Sevenwaters trilogy, and not least because the first book Daughter of the Forest has been sitting in my to-read list for years — for shame!
The book introduces us to Sorcha, who should have been the seventh son of a seventh son, but she is loved no less for being a girl, the only daughter of Lord Colum in the kingdom of Sevenwaters.
She grew up with her six doting older brothers, and the siblings could not have been closer despite their different personalities and walks of life. However, peace at Sevenwaters is shattered when their widower father is seduced into marriage by an evil enchantress.
To those familiar with their fairy tales, this is of course a retelling of The Six Swans, one of the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm.
She does not stray too far from the source material, which ended up being perfect for someone like myself, who adores fairy tales but at times wishes someone to come along and give them the deeper, more detailed treatment. This is simply a gorgeous book, filled with pain and sadness but also hope, healing and love. There is a heavy element of romance in here, but it is so well embedded in the overall story that it hardly distracts, despite being so intensely passionate.
Daughter of the Forest, a fantasy novel at its heart, does a love story even better than some Romance novels out there, without even seeming to try. I think by then she has earned the right to speak for herself and tell her family what it is she wants, but she too remained meek and silent until things ended up resolving for her. But a gripe like this feels so minor when the rest of the novel was near-perfect, as well as in light of how much I loved the book overall.
Two books by Juliet Marillier under my belt, and now she is one of my favorite authors. This is a must read for her fans, new and old.
View all 4 comments. Sep 27, Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it Shelves: Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault It was very difficult for me to give this book a star rating. First off, I want to say that I enjoyed this story a lot and found it very enchanting. I didn't want to put it down and I will be continuing on with the series.
I really enjoyed the writing and I thought the cast of characters was very intriguing and really pulled you in to the story. The novel did lull in a couple of places, but that didn't impact my enjoyment of the book. I did listen to the audio book Trigger Warning: I did listen to the audio book which helps for the slower sections. I took off a star because I had some major problems from a feminist point of view.
View 1 comment. Mar 17, Justine rated it it was amazing Shelves: If I wasn't sure before, this book solidifies Juliet Marillier as one of my very favourite authors. The story of Sorcha and her trials as she works to free her six brothers from enchantment is painful and gut wrenching. While it doesn't all result in a traditional fairy tale ending, the story does deliver what feels right and more true to our own experiences. No one can live through what Sorcha and her brothers do without being irrevocably changed.
Marillier's writing is perfect as usual Amazing. Marillier's writing is perfect as usual, and her characters are lifelike and filled with emotion. This book delivers both heartbreak and joy, and not in equal measure, but the joy is all the more satisfying for it having been so hard won. View 2 comments. Sep 12, Celise rated it it was amazing Shelves: As often happens, I feel rather inadequate when it comes to reviewing something so beautifully written and emotionally demanding.
This is a retelling of a celtic myth, The Six Swans. A mix of folklore and fantasy, historical fiction and romance, Daughter of the Forest is the first of a trilogy of 6 books, it seems.
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