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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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The book is a tale centred on the daughter of Colum, Lord of a tuath (polity), whose life is thrown into disarray when an evil sorceress curses her brothers. Given a task by the Fairy folk to recover them she ends up in the lands of the Britons, her family's sworn enemies, and under the protection of their nemesis. All sorts of twists and turns take place until... well... you'll just have to find out won't you!
For a long book it rarely felt long; the plot naturally carries you away and several times I found myself reading until it was long past a sensible bedtime. The characters are believable and well painted, the lands and situations also believable, and altogether it's a very well put together book. It can be the tendency of long books to drawl or for details to be forgotten but not in this case. The descriptions of environment and emotion are so satisfying that I don't think there is ever a point where there isn't something to admire.
Although the protagonist is driven through many believably difficult, confusing, scary or hopeless situations the book never felt 'heavy' to read nor 'dark'; it only hints at violence in a way which mirrors the protagonists pacifism; likewise though they feel hurt they do not dwell on it - this means that unlike other more insane or disturbing books I didn't have to take a break at any point!
Very nice book; would recommend to anybody who likes a good fantasy and wants to try something a more character driven.
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 have no idea where to start when it comes to expressing how much I love this book. The Essence of the book is truly amazing. The whole atmosphere and spirit of the novel is remarkable. The world Juliet Marillier has created doesn’t just invite you in, but instead grabs you and completely immerses you in it, I felt like I was actually there in the book walking with Sorcha on her journey.
The characters, the story, the tone of it all, perfect!
Daughter of the Forest provokes so many emotions that I often found myself with tears streaming down my face.
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!
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