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Daughter of the Forest: Book 1 of the Sevenwaters Trilogy Paperback – 3 Apr 2000

4.7 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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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 (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,847,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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By Clare VINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2003
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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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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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If you enjoy retellings of classic stories then this is a novel for you. Marillier writes beautifully capturing mood and characterisation with ease. This is a haunting tale told from the perspective of the sister who has to make the 6 enchanted shirts to turn her brothers back into men whilst bound to silence. Set in 10th century Ireland or thereabouts, Marillier interweaves Irish and Celtic folklore into her tale and creates a beautifully enchanted setting for her troubled siblings. Sorcha's trials are described quite graphically so this is for older readers or mature teens.

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.
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A fantastic tale based on a Germanic tale by Brothers Grimm called "The Six Swans". It's a fabulous tale of loss, betrayal and love winning out in the end. Very well written with vivid characters you really start to care about (especially Sorcha the main female who is the seventh child of a seventh son).

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.
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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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