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.
Publisher: New York : TOR, 2000.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312848798
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 28, 2021

A beautiful fantasy covering one of my favorite topics: the times when the “old ways” come up against the new religion of Christianity. Think Mists of Avalon et al.

This would have been a 5-star if it had been more tightly edited. There was too much unnecessary repetition of information that contributed to the book’s extreme length. Otherwise, I thought it a lovely retelling of the Wild Swans fairytale, especially its treatment of the last brother.

The library does not have the audio versions of these—disappointing. I bought this using an Audible credit and it’s an Audible exclusive so I’m not sure when I will get to Book #2. I’ll keep searching for my best options. The audio version was quite well done. SPL should consider adding this series to its catalogue.

Sep 15, 2020

Beautiful, emotional, transportive, resonant. Just about perfect.

CCPL_Laura Jan 08, 2020

Marillier takes her time to tell a lush, beautiful story with her vivid, unhurried writing. The reader will experience Sorcha's journey as if it's their own. Reading it was like breathing. I loved each of her six brothers, all with varying talents and interests -- and even their propensity to speak for her when she can speak for herself. I enjoyed watching her change from a young girl with simple joys to a young woman with a lifetime of experience guiding her intuition and heart. For anyone who fell in love with Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” and wanted a dash more fantasy (and, believe it or not, an even more compelling romance), this first book in the Sevenwaters series is the one to read.

LPL_LeahN Jun 11, 2019

I'm only 20 years late, but hey, this is my new favorite book and Juliet Marillier is my new favorite author. Daughter of the Forest is told in such a rich, beautiful voice. I was transported immediately to the wild woodlands of Ireland and throughout I saw everything clearly through the eyes of Sorcha, the book's soulful heroine. It's such a perfect blend of fantasy, historical fiction, and romance. I'm so glad there are six more of these for me to read.

May 28, 2019

1st Book of Sevenwaters Series

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.

OLATHEAllisonA 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.

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.

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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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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