Daughter of the Forest

Daughter of the Forest

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Juliet Marillier is a rare talent, a writer who can imbue her characters and her story with such warmth, such heart, that no reader can come away from her work untouched. "Daughter of the Forest" is a testimony to that talent, a first novel and the beginning of a trilogy like no other: a mixture of history and fantasy, myth and magic, legend and love.
Lord Colum of Sevenwaters is blessed with six sons: Liam, a natural leader; Diarmid, with his passion for adventure; twins Cormack and Conor, each with a different calling; rebellious Finbar, grown old before his time by his gift of the Sight; and the young, compassionate Padriac.
But it is Sorcha, the seventh child and only daughter, who alone is destined to defend her family and protect her land from the Britons and the clan known as Northwoods. For her father has been bewitched, and her brothers bound by a spell that only Sorcha can lift.
To reclaim the lives of her brothers, Sorcha leaves the only safe place she has ever known, and embarks on a journey filled with pain, loss, and terror.
When she is kidnapped by enemy forces and taken to a foreign land, it seems that there will be no way for her to break the spell that condemns all that she loves. But magic knows no boundaries, and Sorcha will have to choose between the life she has always known and a love that comes only once.
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Publisher: New York : TOR, 2000
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312848798
031284879X
9780312875305
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 25 cm

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aseneca
Nov 21, 2018

I was completely hooked by this book until I hit the graphic gang RAPE episode about half-way through the book. It lasts for multiple pages. I had read multiple stellar reviews before I began the book, and I really wish I had been forewarned about this content. I'm horribly disappointed.
Other things to be aware of: strong pagan influence, descriptions of torture, minor swearing.

OLATHEAllisonB Oct 12, 2018

Lush yet gritty, rife with historical detail and romantic in the best way, this beautiful retelling of a Grimm's fairy tale captured and held my attention from the beginning of the story to the end. Pre-Christian Ireland comes to life on the pages with stunning historicity, while the magic in the world is reminiscent of Tolkien's use of magic (a serious presence that is mysterious and powerful). I read the ending late at night, caught up in the tense and thrilling conclusion, and found tears running down my face in a few places. This is an excellent read for lovers of fairy tales retold, historical fiction, and those who look for magic in unexpected places.

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liangfuwu
Sep 06, 2018

I heard this was a good alternative to Song of Ice & Fire. I'm all about that dark fantasy life(have you read Berserk). This ended up being a mountain climb with dark overcast and descent under sparkling sunshine. But the book will intrigue you enough to ask a lot of questions about it in the end which five more books will help. Overall, very nice read, made me cry a bit, and not as unsatisfactory as GoT S7.

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sjpoe
May 07, 2016

Amazing writing. I was captivated by the story. Some parts are hard on the heart to read but this is an incredible story of sacrifice, duty, love, and magic.

utazawa Jan 28, 2014

This book is a very in-depth telling of the classic fairy tale "The Six Swans". The over arching story on this book continues on into two more books and branches away from using a classic fairy tale as its base. A thoroughly enjoyable read with strong male and female characters.

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julia_sedai
Nov 07, 2013

This is a version of the fairytale story of the six princes who turn into swans and their sister who has to rescue them by remaining silent and sewing them magical shirts. I loved it. Juliet Marillier is a fantastic writer. It starts out a bit slow but I encourage you to keep reading till the end. I read this book for 4 1/2 hours straight on a flight. I am excited to read the rest of the series.

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df205
Apr 02, 2013

overall, this fantasy novel is very good and holds your interest. however, juliet marrillier's writing, on the opening chapters, was very slow and somewhat boring. i know that she was building a world for the reader, but she could have been quicker about same, and added more action at the start of this novel. i almost put it down and didn't want to come back to same. however, the reader in me usually wants to finish a book that she's started, and so i began to read this novel again. i like the world that marillier has created. seven very bright children, all with different personalities, and all with dreams of their own. i also liked the fact that this ancient irish society seemed to value women, and their magical/healing abilities. women also seemed to have some power of autonomy in this society. i am glad that sorcha discovered her own healing abilities. the spell that the enchanter cast on sorcha, however, was rather frustrating. it definitely limited sorcha's movements and speech. couldn't marillier have conducted another spell? something that would let our hurting heroine have some freedom of movement/speech? this aspect of the novel just did not work. if you are wanting a strong heroine, sorcha fits the "bill" to a certain extent.

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ParnassusReads
Jun 23, 2012

Daughter of the Forest is the first in the Sevenwaters trilogy by an author who seems to have been strongly influenced by Marion Zimmer Bradely of the Mists of Avalon fame. Daughter of the Forest retells the folk story of the six brothers who were turned into swans by an evil enchantress, this time setting it in an ancient Ireland at war with the Britons. Sorcha, their sister, must remain silent and sew six shirts using a particular material to release them. While Sorcha is a sympathetic and likable character, Marillier's description and prose can be a bit heavy-handed at times. But if you're looking for fantasy with a strong female lead, definitely add this one to your list.

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H2144916X
Apr 24, 2012

One of my friends reccomended this and i wasn't reallly keen in reading but when I started to read it I just couldn't put it down.It is a really good book and I Loved it.I think they should make a movie because if they did it would be 1 of the best movies ever. SHE IS 1 OF MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS <3(")>

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BookFan63
Mar 20, 2012

I would recommend all her books. She is a Wonderful story teller. I hope we get many more books from Juliet, but she has been fighting Cancer since last year. So she is in my prayers.
I would also recommend
Jules Watson. She is my second best Author.

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Sharmink
May 20, 2008

Based on the Grimm's Fairy Tale "The Six Swans", this novel centres around a young woman given a seemingly impossible task in order to save her brothers from a terrible curse.

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May 20, 2008

Sexual Content: A character is sexually assaulted.

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