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Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1) Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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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
Sorcha is the seventh child of a seventh son: but as a daughter rather than the seventh son he desired, she is neglected, having also caused the death in childbirth of her beautiful mother Niamh. Her six brothers, however (beautifully delineated characters, each of them), devote themselves to her and support her education in plant-lore, healing and natural magic. All is fine until the sensuous but evil Oonagh seduces their father, the warlord Colum, and sets about systematically breaking apart the family. When she catches the children plotting against her, she turns the brothers into swans, and Sorcha is set an impossible task in order to free them from her wicked spell. This is an old Celtic legend in its own right: brilliantly evoked and brought to life, amid raids by both the Britons and the Vikings. In the process of her task (which binds her to muteness until it is accomplished), Sorcha will meet and fall in love with a Briton warlord (the enemy), and against all odds their love will triumph.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). See all Product description
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I ordered this from a recommendation by a friend, when it came I showed my sister & she told me she had it - in fact she'd lent it to me and it was sitting beside me as I ordered it, beneath another book. I didn't mind, this was an amazing story to read.
I prefer the Celtic traditions & ways of life portrayed in this book than in The Dark Mirror (but I love that one too).
I am an avid reader of fantasy and other genre of writing, but for an adult I would have wanted more action, more adventure, however, this book is not for children either due to a scene where the main female character is attacked and violated, so what age group was the writer aiming for, since this book does not really fit adult or children books?????
Strange, but true!
Personally, I'm a sucker for Celtic/Irish stories, especially when they include fairies, old religions, druids and magic. This book combines all these, based on Andersen's Wild Swans, and a mixture of feelings that grabs you from the start. There's much pain and injustice, but then there's the power of will and of love and the magic that binds it all together and you can't but love this book. As for the scenery and the magic of the forest, I just loved it all..It's like the world I make inside my head to escape reality..
I don't know if I want to read the second book, for now at least, because I'm too attached to these characters.. I couldn't avoid feeling sad for the ones who left, the ones who would never be whole again, like Finbar, and the ones that died (damn you second-book-snippet, you ruined the nice ending!) but there was Sorcha and Red, and their love has left me daydreaming since I finished the book..
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