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Daughter of the Forest: Book 1 of the Sevenwaters Trilogy [Paperback]

Juliet Marillier
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3 April 2000 Sevenwaters Trilogy

A magnificent saga set in the Celtic twilight of 10th century Ireland, when myth was law and magic was a power of nature, brilliantly brought to life: the legendary story of an evil stepmother opposed by a seventh child.

Lord Colum of Sevenwaters is blessed with seven children: Liam, a natural leader; Diarmid with his passion for adventure; twins Cormack and Conor each with a different calling; rebellious Finbar made old before his time by the gift of Sight; and the young compassionate Padriac.

But it is Sorcha, the seventh child and only daughter, whose birth was the cause of their mother’s death, who alone is destined to defend her family and protect her land from the invading Britons and the clan known as Northwoods. For Lord Colum has been bewitched by the sensuous and malevolent Lady Oonagh – and Sorcha’s six brothers are bound by a spell that only Sorcha can lift.

Exiled from Sevenwaters and cast out into the forest and beyond, Sorcha falls into the hands of the enemy. She finds herself torn between the life she has always known and a love that comes only once.

And still she must work to lift the spell that has turned her brothers into six vulnerable swans.

This is an old Celtic legend in its own right, here brilliantly evoked and brought to life. All of the brothers are beautifully delineated characters, and Sorcha has a unique inner strength that drives the narrative to a startling series of endings.

Like Marion Zimmer Bradley’s MISTS OF AVALON or Jean Auel’s CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, this is first-rate historical fantasy that can have the widest possible appeal, taking in also the readership of historical fiction writers like Mary Stewart (THE CRYSTAL CAVE), Mary Renault (THE PERSIAN BOY) and Anya Seton (AVALON).

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; Light Shelfwear edition (3 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002247364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002247368
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juliet Marillier holds advanced degrees in music and languages, and has had a lifelong passion for both Celtic music and Irish folklore. She lives with her family in Perth, Western Australia.

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Juliet Marillier's intensely romantic first novel Daughter of the Forest takes the reader to an Ireland on the edge where history and fairy tale meet. Sorcha, seventh child of a seventh son, finds herself caught up in the manipulations of a wicked and sorcerous stepmother, the whims of faerie and the purely human evil of a fanatical British lord. Acts of kindness have the most terrible of consequences and people's strongest virtues are used against them. First volume of a trilogy, Daughter of the Forest is a stunning debut that takes one of the most moving of fairy stories and renders it in vivid painful detail--rarely have the day-to-day consequences of magic's demands been made so directly unpleasant. Sorcha is a figure of fortitude to stand with the great heroines of contemporary fantasy; she does what she has to and takes the consequences at every turn. The author creates a cast of worthy allies and enemies for Sorcha as she travels from a remote Irish fortress to the depths of a forest in a Britain caught between its Celtic and European identities. --Roz Kaveney


‘Juliet Marillier’s intensely romantic first novel takes the reader to an Ireland on the edge, where history and fairy tale meet … a stunning debut’ AMAZON.CO.UK

‘I enjoyed it enormously. It is a fantasy, full of the magic of the Celtic night, but it has that wonderful all-important feel of reality … a wonderful, riveting story’ BARBARA ERSKINE on Son of the Shadows

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Iziss
I first saw this book in 2001, I had taken a book off of its shelf in the libabry when "daughter of the forest" fell on my foot, to this day i see that injury as an act of fate, because this book changed reading for me. It was the first time a book has managed to captivate me, you wont be able to put this book down till your finished, and even then you will want to pick it up again. The tale of Sorcha, her brothers and Hugh is one beautifuly illustrated by Marrilers natural story telling ability. The celtic lore within the book adds one more dimension to a story whose charachters you instantly care for. This story is full of magic but not the type some will expect, marriler describes herself as a modern day druid and the magic seen in the book is that of pagan faith and the earth. A WARNING though to some readers, this book does contain rape, but it is well done, and important to the plot, so be prepared. I would suggest all of marrilers books (save one, the child of the prophecy)and I hope they have as profound effect on you as they did on me.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read, but irritating to a historian! 6 Sep 2000
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On the whole I found Juliet Marillier's tale engrossing and page turning - although it probably could have been shorter. I got a little fed up with the repetition of Sorcha's starwort spinning. However, on balance I did enjoy the story and think that Juliet Marillier has excellent skills as a weaver of tales. I shall certainly be reading the next book in the trilogy when it's published. My main peeve is the lack of historical research. I know that this is a crossover novel, but it is supposed to be set in late dark age Ireland. They didn't have velvet then, nor sycamore trees. It annoyed me how the author was at great pains for everyone to get the pronounciation of the Irish names right and even included a note about them at the beginning. Then she uses names for the English characters that are totally anachronistic for the period. Hugh and Richard are Norman. Johnny and Marjorie are later Medieval. You could argue that it's petty to cite such errors when an even huger leap of reader faith has to be made to believe in the magic. However, if writer Judith Merkle Riley can do it in her novels AND get the research right, then so can other writers. I love her work, but I am disgruntled!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever... 31 Dec 2003
This is the best book ever written, I beg anyone who reads this not to shed a tear, there are some heart warming moments, some sad.
I read this book in 1 day and the whole trilogy in 3 this is the best out of all the three and I had to go back and re-read this after I had finished I just did not want the story to end.
I initially bought this because it said 'sset in the era of Mists Of Avalon' another book I love but, I personally believe it is just a touch better than Mists.
If you buy this book you will not regret it.
I look forward to more from Juliet Marrillier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Fi
I stumbled upon this trilogy by accident, and what a find! I was gripped by it from the start, the charcters seem so real, after the first few chapters you feel like you've known them your whole life. Daughter of the forest is an emotional roller coaster, one minute your crying, the next laughing and the next your sat on the edge of your seat with anticipation, terrified for sorcha and her brothers. The story is so finely entwined with magic and our country's mysterious past, that it really is a breathtaking work of art. When sorcha then meets red the romance and beauty, the heartache and sadness is overwhelming, I have never read a book like it, (and i've read alot of books!). It also has a truly magical ending, which ties the story together and finishes it off beautifully. I was gripped by this book like a vice from beginng to end. It made me laugh and it made me cry, I loved the whole thing- it is my favourite book of all time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising 22 Sep 2000
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I have long been a fanatic of ancient mythical fantasies and this is perhaps one of the best. Even though Sorcha is silenced for the majority of the story, Marillier has evolved her character to the extent that you are inclined to forget that you are reading a piece of fiction and that you are inside Sorcha's head as she deliberates between the fate of her brothers, which she holds in the palm of her hand, and her pre-destined love for Red.
I felt completely isolated as I finished this book, not only due to the lonliness of the main character, but also because I didn't see life in the 2 days it took to complete as it was so engrossing. I have lent my copy out to many friends who feel precisely the same as me and we hate the fact that we must eagerly await the sequel, Son of the Shadows. Having read the excerpt at the end of Daughter of the Forest, I am excited as to how the loose ends are tied. My advice? BUY NOW
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I read this for the first time about three years ago, since then i have re-read it many times. It' a wonderful book with lovely charecters (especially Red) and a beutiful sometimes tear-jerking plot.I have recommended this book to lots of people and will continue to do so.
Daughter of the forest is the first in a trilogy (son of the shadows is the second book and child of the prophecy is the third)though 'Daughter' is my favourite the other two books are very good too. I have read the authors other series and i didn't enjoy it as much as the sevenwaters trilogy. This has become one of my all time favourites and i highly recommend you buy it!
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