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Daughter of the Forest: Book 1 of the Sevenwaters Trilogy Paperback – 9 Apr 2010


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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (9 April 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0007375549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007375547
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.6 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 907,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘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

About the Author

Juliet Marillier was born in New Zealand and brought up in Dunedin, the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. She has a passionate interest in Celtic music and Irish folklore. A mother of two daughters and two sons, she lives in a rural area outside Perth in Western Australia.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 May 2011
The longer I read this fascinating, beautifully crafted story by Juliet Marillier the harder it was for me to believe this was her debut novel. The use of Sorcha Sevenwaters as the narrator for the story would have, in most other novels, been a drawback from my standpoint. In this case it worked wonderfully because Sorcha suffered so much that the reader needed to be completely connected to her in order to appreciate the depth of her strength and her burden.

Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters who was himself a seventh son. When she was born Sorcha's mother died and her father used warfare to repress his grief. As a consequence the six brothers and their sister grew up running wild and free in the dense forest which kept their home so well guarded. The first several chapters in the book move rather slowly because there are so many characters to introduce and explain and the magical world of the forest must be put in place. The political warfare between the people of Erin and Briton also take quite a bit of explanation so the reader understands the situation into which the Lady Oonagh steps. This stepmother is the evil, magic wielding sort of which fairy tales are made. In order to rid herself of the competition from Lord Colum's children, Lady Oonagh turns the brothers into swans. Only by the intervention of the Lady of the Forest is Sorcha given a way to save her brothers, but as the Lady says, the way will be long and hard and dark. For anyone who doesn't realize it, this story is a wonderful romance. It takes quite a time for that element to be revealed, but once it is, everything begins to center around Sorcha and the Briton who has rescued her, but taken her away from her home.

This was a very moving, fascinating story for me.
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By sweetta on 9 Jun. 2013
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What i can say about this book, that is was an emotional ride, i sympathised with Sorcha all the way around... cried when her her dog died... but the way Red loved her and abdicated his rule and mother was not THAT convincing... so just read it for mere entertainment. Love the series as a whole except Child of the Prophecy
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I read this book years ago, when it was first released, and I am still rereading it to this day.
It is the most perfectly magical and romantic book I have ever read, without being sentimental and over the top, or smutty. The story is told so well, that the elements of celtic legend, womanly arts, romance and magic blend into a mesmerising script, and you actually find yourself sighing over the pages.
I read a lot of fantasy fiction, and I really haven't read anything as well-written as this book. The authoress is a genius at what she does, and if you enjoy this book, the series won't disappoint. The books are all slightly different in tone, but almost as good as this first, masterwork. If you're about to read this book for the first time- I envy you!
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