Daughter of the Forest: Book 1 of the Sevenwaters Trilogy Paperback – 3 Apr 2000
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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. See all Product Description
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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.
Although I found the story itself a little predictable, the quality of the writing more than made up for that. Since then I have gone on to read more of the series which have been even better as they follow their own path.
The back and tagline say it is "a sweeping Celtic romance" which I am not sure I agree with. The romance aspect doesn't come into the book until near the end, it's much more rooted in mythology and folk tales including the fae and magic along the way. A good comparison would be The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley which tells the Arthurian myths from the female characters eyes.
At the end there are a lot of loose ends which will make the other two books in the series interesting to follow. I can't wait to read more of her writing.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loved this book but there is a r*pe scene which i thought wasn't necessary.Published 1 month ago by Goddess of Blah Book Reviews
I'd previously read her first Blackthorn & Grim book which I thoroughly enjoyed and a friend recommended the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Franwil
It's my special book. The only paper book I took with me when I moved across the world. I think that says it all! I love all her stories but this one just runs deeper for me.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book rose from the fairy tales of old and, like them, touched deep into the unconscious. As I read, Sorcha was with me, and I forgot that I was not mute, nor under a curse,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Gripping, hard to put down, emotional. I absolutely loved this book. Much better than I thought it would be and the descriptions of the time, the places and the people, simply... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cell1e