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Ped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers and a love that comes only once Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries and love is the strongest magic of them al. Sale Alert 31519 Daily Deal on for 299It has taken me forever to get to this review because I was just not sure how I could possibly pack everything I felt during this book into coherent words stuck together that would even possibly do it justice I still don’t think that I will be able to manage it but I’ll tryDaughter of the Forest DoF takes an old Irish legendfairy tale and breathes new life into it I was not familiar at all with the original version of this story so I cannot comment on how closely it follows but I will say this is not a Disney version of a fairytale It is dark painful and horrifying at times but it is also balanced with extreme love devotion and hope So even though it breaks your heart DoF will do its best to patch it up again This hurts I know But you have been strong before and you will be now What is burned can be replaced; what is destroyed can be made again In time you will win back your voice In time—in time you will find your path back home This is not a watered down version of a legend DoF follows Sorcha over years first chronicling the time she spent growing up with her brothers to the events that led to the curse It laid the foundation very well for how close Sorcha was to all of her brothers and the strife between the Irish and the English I really believed how much she loved her brothers and why she would undertake such a large task in an attempt to save themSorcha is not the normal kick butt heroine that you see in a lot of new fantasy She has a solid heart kindness in abundance and a uite determination that she uses to complete her task She also has a type of subdued magic not in the sense that she makes spells and such but natural from a time when people cared about the forest and treated it and the spirits within it with reverence A time when the realm of Fae was just a wrong turn away and you could easily be caught up in one of their schemes and gamesThe magic of the story isn’t overpowering it feels natural and like it is meant to be there instead of forced I really enjoyed that and thought it fit well with the task that was given to Sorcha to save her brothers from the curse that turned them into swans ╰⊰✿Everything I Loved✿⊱╮ There is so much that is really wonderful in this story It is told entirely from Sorcha’s PoV and sometimes that doesn’t work for me in fantasy but it made this story feel all the personal I connected with Sorcha right away and saw how she grew from an innocent giving child who knew nothing about the true dangers of the world into a resilient young woman who sacrificed much of her childhood to save the brothers that she was so close toWhen Sorcha started her task she was but a child still and even though she knew a lot about healing she really didn’t understand how long it would take her to complete her task or any of the other obstacles that would get in the way of that The Fae had a plan set into motion for her and although not all of the pieces clicked together right away you could see how each obstacle set in her path shifted and changed her into the woman she was destined to become For part of the story she is completely isolated and the story was a little slower for me through this section as I felt all the loneliness that Sorcha was feeling I liked the story much once she found a companion and protector in Red “Take this to light your way daughter of the forest” she said “You told me you were tired of being strong Maybe you will not need to be so strong now” She placed a tiny around candle herb scented in my open hand She turned to the Briton “You hurt her with your unthinking words” she said and her eyes had lost any warmth they had once had “Make sure she is not hurt again” And before he could draw breath she turned and was gone Red made this story for me He is EVERYTHING I love in a good hero He is the epitome of a uixotic character He is noble kind and stoic He is a man that is strong and can be counted on in any situation and I ADORE HIM When he found Sorcha she had been beaten down and broken possibly even close to giving up but Red is patient and so respectful to her even though she is technically one of the enemy Red never sits too close he learns to listen to Sorcha’s body face and eyes to learn about her He takes the time to really get to know her and even though she cannot speak he learns to hear her The story of their time together is beautiful frustrating hopeful and probably every other emotion in between Here I am telling tales and half believing them For I think sometimes that you too will go back one day hear the call of the sea and slide away under the water as Toby’s mermaid did Or maybe one night as I watch outside your window I will see an owl fly out and vanish into the forest; and when I look for you all that will be left is one small feather on your pillow Sorcha has many other dealing with people and those never go as smooth but she did find a few friends besides Red in a land of enemies and they were all wonderful There are also uite a few people to despise and hate along the way for their cruelty and bias against Sorcha The fact that she isn’t allowed to speak at all while completing her task made me even frustrated for herThere was so much TENSION that built and built and I really wasn’t sure how things would end up I had a lot of hopes but I was left with so many doubts and I could just see things ending tragically This is not a traditional HEA story which actually made me love it in some ways There are some areas that had true happiness and others that didn’t get the resolution that you might expect I really liked that not everything was tied up with a nice bow at the end It made everything in this seem so much real There are a few things that really worked in the story but that I didn’t love due to the nature of them I will discuss those below Please note they may be spoilerish in details ╰⊰✿Warnings and Cautions✿⊱╮ There will be a few spoilers the general ones are not marked because they are part of the warningLike I mentioned before This is not a Disney Version of a Fairytale meaning there are some extremely graphic scenes of violence and abuse I completely understand why these are in the story and I think the author did a fantastic job with them and how they affected the character They aren’t thrown in just to build drama they really did serve the story and really showed Sorcha’s dedication to her task and everything she had to go through to complete itI’m really sensitive to two things in books The first is Rape and the second is animal deaths This story had both of those and I’m not going to lie they were roughreally really rough But they served a really larg

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Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters Bereft of a mother she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her Sorcha is the light in their lives they are determined that she know only contentmentBut Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitc. Warning Mention of rape and discussion of such followsI gave this book four stars so obviously I did enjoy it There are actually many many enjoyable elements to this book and I promise to get to them in a momentI found myself so COMPLETELY annoyed with Daughter of the Forest though I really enjoyed the book We are treated to the terrible acts committed against Sorcha and it's rather graphic at moments Yet when it comes to consensual loving sex nothing Fade to black the moment they enter the bedroom with only a passing comment that she had a moment of fear that was passed when lovingly consoledWHY Fuck if I know I've read this so often in so many books WHY is it okay to be descriptive of rape in books and to actually give a full account of what happens or at least close to but loving consensual normal sex is not okay If you write about that it goes in the romance genre Is that why Shouldn't we have examples of this kind of healthy relationship for people to read Shouldn't healthy happy sex be prevalent in books as the norm Not rape not gratuitous violent sex Why does sex go in the romance section and the rape get to stay out of the shelves for us to readAnd the casual dismissive attitude by the Fairy characters of this book made me furiousYou are not the first woman of your race to be abused thus by men nor will you be the lastSo what you're saying is Get over it Happens all the timeMy compliments to the fairy folk for providing this opinion My only response is fuck you fairy bitches I'm not going to go into the rape aspect of this story any further than to say that the author at least did a good job of showing the after psychological effects and the long term damage that this act causes so I wasn't all pissed offThe book started slow but as I said I enjoyed it The characters were beautiful interwoven with fantasy and historical life The forest took on a life of its own as another character in the book The character of Red was great so were the other minor characters in the book Over all I enjoyed the beautiful story and the writing which was full and descriptiveIt broke my heart at the end because it wasn't all joy and not all hurts could be healed I suppose that's what made the story so sad and almost real though it was so firmly planted in fantasyWell written with a female protagonist worthy of the title heroine and an all round cast of great characters and a masterfully woven story I did actually uite like this book Its not one I would read again as it's very long I don't know if I'll have the emotional energy to pick up the second book But I'm glad I read it and that says something I supposeKat goes off to find some damn good chocolate

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Hed by his new wife an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell a spell which only Sorcha can lift by staying silent If she speaks before she completes the uest set to her by the Fair Folk and their ueen the Lady of the Forest she will lose her brothers foreverWhen Sorcha is kidnap. “Real life is not uite as it is in stories In the old tales bad things happen and when the tale has unfolded and come to its triumphant conclusion it is as if the bad things had never been Life is not as simple as that not uite”The above uote hands down sums up “Daughter of the Forest” for me Yes this is a fairy tale but it also speaks truth about life about how once you go forward you cannot go back to the beginningbecause things are never the same again This holds true for the heroine Sorcha as well as for the other characters in the story No matter what she accomplishes in the end her life and that of all the characters is permanently changed and sometimes that change comes in the form of wounds that will never truly heal But underneath it all is a powerful message of hope to press on and not give up and everything will be worth it in the end“Daughter of the Forest” is a retelling of “The Six Swans” by the Brothers Grimm Most fairy tale retellings I have read involve the tales being twisted or transposed in some way Juliet Marillier instead expanded the tale by retaining its literal structure and all its fantastic details while also focusing her attention on the human story within the magical frame Despite the strong plot elements this is principally a character driven book True that the events in the story are beyond the characters’ control but their reactions to these events and the choices they make in response truly shape the narrative For me these intelligent convincing characterizations are the book's greatest strength and my major motivation to see the story through despite the heartache it was causing me The book tells about the lengths that one young girl will take to save her brothers There are really no adeuate words to describe the heroine of this story Stating that Sorcha's path was simply filled with hardships would be a huge understatement Stating that Sorcha was simply a strong girl would not do her justice What she had to endure was beyond comprehension and yet very believable What she faces is heart wrenching and difficult to read at times but she does not waver on her path And amidst agonizing trials she finds help and guidance in the form of a beguiling fairy ueen an unlikely savior turned protector and in her brothers who are willing to give up their well being to save hers These pockets of goodness weave throughout the story creating a beautiful tale Even though the romance does not take center stage it still brought the house down Let this uote explain it all “It matters not if you are here or there for I see you before me every moment I see you in the light of the water in the swaying of the young trees in the spring wind I see you in the shadows of the great oaks I hear your voice in the cry of the owl at night You are the blood in my veins and the beating of my heart You are my first waking thought and my last sigh before sleeping You are you are bone of my bone and breath of my breath” A beautiful slow building romance is embedded in this story It is the kind of love story that sneaks up on the characters It is uiet and confusing and lovely to watch Although Sorcha is the storyteller the two tales that her hero tells are by far my favorites Pay attention to them Overall this was a sensational read and I am glad that I picked it up This is one of those books that you wouldn't want to end though you know it must And when you've read those final words on that last page there's that sense of loss and the feeling that you don't want to forget these characters the things they endured and the places they inhabited This is one of those books that kept me on the edge of my seat with several wet handkerchiefs in my wake and all that goes back to Marillier's writing It is descriptive lovely and evocative You could lose yourself in her words The pace is on the slower side but it just gives you a chance to truly appreciate the author's talent This book is meant to be savored to be cherished and to be read again and again

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About the Author: Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories Her own Celtic Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series the Sevenwaters Trilogy Juliet was educated at the University of Otago where she majored in music and languages graduating BA and Bachelor of Music Hons Her lifelong interest in history folklore and mythology has had a majo



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  1. says:

    Warning Mention of rape and discussion of such followsI gave this book four stars so obviously I did enjoy it There are actually many many enjoyable elements to this book and I promise to get to them in a momentI found myself so COMPLETELY annoyed with Daughter of the Forest though I really enjoyed the book We are treated to the terrible acts committed against Sorcha and it's rather graphic at moments Yet when it comes to consensual loving sex nothing Fade to black the moment they enter the bedroom with only a passing comment that she had a moment of fear that was passed when lovingly consoledWHY? Fuck if I know I've read this so often in so many books WHY is it okay to be descriptive of rape in books and to actually give a full account of what happens or at least close to but loving consensual normal sex is not okay If you write about that it goes in the romance genre? Is that why? Shouldn't we have examples of this kind of healthy relationship for people to read? Shouldn't healthy happy sex be prevalent in books as the norm? Not rape not gratuitous violent sex Why does sex go in the romance section and the rape get to stay out of the shelves for us to read?And the casual dismissive attitude by the Fairy characters of this book made me furiousYou are not the first woman of your race to be abused thus by men nor will you be the lastSo what you're saying is Get over it Happens all the timeMy compliments to the fairy folk for providing this opinion My only response is fuck you fairy bitches I'm not going to go into the rape aspect of this story any further than to say that the author at least did a good job of showing the after psychological effects and the long term damage that this act causes so I wasn't all pissed offThe book started slow but as I said I enjoyed it The characters were beautiful interwoven with fantasy and historical life The forest took on a life of its own as another character in the book The character of Red was great so were the other minor characters in the book Over all I enjoyed the beautiful story and the writing which was full and descriptiveIt broke my heart at the end because it wasn't all joy and not all hurts could be healed I suppose that's what made the story so sad and almost real though it was so firmly planted in fantasyWell written with a female protagonist worthy of the title heroine and an all round cast of great characters and a masterfully woven story I did actually uite like this book Its not one I would read again as it's very long I don't know if I'll have the emotional energy to pick up the second book But I'm glad I read it and that says something I supposeKat goes off to find some damn good chocolate

  2. says:

    UPDATE 299 on kindle US 31519First let me give a shout out to the rapists and dog killerabusers in the book with a gif below Now let's crack on with a short review 😊So Sorcha was not born the seventh son She was born a daughter with 6 older brothers Finbar Liam Cormack Conor Padriac and Diarmid These brothers take care of Sorcha and I forgot to mention she's a healer Well one day their father brings home the evil sorceress that is to be the wicked stepmother Yeah she puts an ole curse on the brothers and such Sorcha has to find out from the Lady of the Forest what to do Right before all of this though she helps one of her brothers free a Briton captive named Simon Sorcha helps in his healing process until all of the curse stuff happens and she has to run away Bad things happen Then later on she is found find some Britons who save her from a certain death This would be Red actually Lord Hugh Ben and John I loved all of these men Especially Red They were very kind to her especially when they figured out what happened to her Anyhoo they whisk her away to Briton and she has to face ordeals while still working on breaking the curse and getting her brothers back A bunch of stuff happens the curse is mostly broken and we have a mostly happy ending Either way I enjoyed it and will be continuing on with the books Happy Reading Peeps Mel ❤️

  3. says:

    Reviewed by Rabid Reads45 starsEverything I could tell you about Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier can be summed up in a single paragraph from the story itself If I were telling this tale and it were not my own I would give it a neat satisfying ending In such stories there are no loose ends There are no unraveled edges and crooked threads Daughters do not give their hearts to the enemy The wicked do not simply disappear taking with them the satisfaction of vengeance Young men do not find themselves divided between two worlds Fathers know their childrenBut this was my own story Daughter of the Forest may have a happy ending but is not a happy tale It is full of terrible ironies of monsters and men of betrayals and heartbreak and endurance And it is absolutely beautiful Sorcha is the first daughter who should have been the seventh son Her mother did not survive her birth and her parents had loved each other so deeply that her father never fully recovered from the lossInstead he threw himself into the protection of his lands and plotting to win back the three islands of great spiritual significance stolen by the BritonsOn the rare occasions he was at home He didn't smile at me Or at Finbar Finbar said that was because we reminded Father of our mother who had died We were the two who inherited her curling wild hair I had her green eyes and Finbar her gift for stillness Besides by being born I had killed her It burrrrrrrrns us preciousssssssssssssssBut Sorcha had her six elder brothers who carried her along with them on their adventures and so she was happyFor a timeBut as her brothers grew they began to leave campaigning with their father and when the eldest became engaged Sorcha knew that no matter how hard she fought against it her world was forever changingAnd when the brother she has always been closest to enlists her help in freeing a prisoner she begins her journey down a path with trials so numerous that the Fair Folk themselves have warned her of what she will face before the endI laughed I cried I raged I pleaded I loved and my heart was broken All bc of this bookIf it wasn't for an ugly rape scene Daughter of the Forest would have been my second 50 star read in over a year so if you absolutely cannot handle that sort of thing you have been duly warned If you're unsure I strongly suggest you check out Kat Kennedy 's review on Goodreads BUT If you think you can handle it I know this isn't the first time I've sung Juliet Marillier's praises but this time I entreat you if you love fantasy at all if you love fairy tales or retellings at all read this bookIt is magic Highly recommended

  4. says:

    “Real life is not uite as it is in stories In the old tales bad things happen and when the tale has unfolded and come to its triumphant conclusion it is as if the bad things had never been Life is not as simple as that not uite”The above uote hands down sums up “Daughter of the Forest” for me Yes this is a fairy tale but it also speaks truth about life about how once you go forward you cannot go back to the beginningbecause things are never the same again This holds true for the heroine Sorcha as well as for the other characters in the story No matter what she accomplishes in the end her life and that of all the characters is permanently changed and sometimes that change comes in the form of wounds that will never truly heal But underneath it all is a powerful message of hope to press on and not give up and everything will be worth it in the end“Daughter of the Forest” is a retelling of “The Six Swans” by the Brothers Grimm Most fairy tale retellings I have read involve the tales being twisted or transposed in some way Juliet Marillier instead expanded the tale by retaining its literal structure and all its fantastic details while also focusing her attention on the human story within the magical frame Despite the strong plot elements this is principally a character driven book True that the events in the story are beyond the characters’ control but their reactions to these events and the choices they make in response truly shape the narrative For me these intelligent convincing characterizations are the book's greatest strength and my major motivation to see the story through despite the heartache it was causing me The book tells about the lengths that one young girl will take to save her brothers There are really no adeuate words to describe the heroine of this story Stating that Sorcha's path was simply filled with hardships would be a huge understatement Stating that Sorcha was simply a strong girl would not do her justice What she had to endure was beyond comprehension and yet very believable What she faces is heart wrenching and difficult to read at times but she does not waver on her path And amidst agonizing trials she finds help and guidance in the form of a beguiling fairy ueen an unlikely savior turned protector and in her brothers who are willing to give up their well being to save hers These pockets of goodness weave throughout the story creating a beautiful tale Even though the romance does not take center stage it still brought the house down Let this uote explain it all “It matters not if you are here or there for I see you before me every moment I see you in the light of the water in the swaying of the young trees in the spring wind I see you in the shadows of the great oaks I hear your voice in the cry of the owl at night You are the blood in my veins and the beating of my heart You are my first waking thought and my last sigh before sleeping You are you are bone of my bone and breath of my breath” A beautiful slow building romance is embedded in this story It is the kind of love story that sneaks up on the characters It is uiet and confusing and lovely to watch Although Sorcha is the storyteller the two tales that her hero tells are by far my favorites Pay attention to them Overall this was a sensational read and I am glad that I picked it up This is one of those books that you wouldn't want to end though you know it must And when you've read those final words on that last page there's that sense of loss and the feeling that you don't want to forget these characters the things they endured and the places they inhabited This is one of those books that kept me on the edge of my seat with several wet handkerchiefs in my wake and all that goes back to Marillier's writing It is descriptive lovely and evocative You could lose yourself in her words The pace is on the slower side but it just gives you a chance to truly appreciate the author's talent This book is meant to be savored to be cherished and to be read again and again

  5. says:

    I want to call this book a combination of Kushiel's Dart and Assassin's Apprentice But in reality Daughter of the Forest is a category all its own A gorgeous mix of historical fiction and fantasy an insightful hero’s journey with a dash of romance It’s been some time since I’ve had the pleasure of reading a book so deserving of five starsSorcha daughter of the forest tells her own tale in this book about an ancient CelticBritish feud and the magical undertones that influence it She is born the seventh child of a powerful Irish warlord raised by six brothers as a healer They grow up surrounded by the spirits and fae of the forest who entangle Sorcha’s fate with two brothers part of the enemy sideThere is something truly alive about Sorcha’s character and her voice as she recounts the horrible suffering and passionate love she experiences It gives the impression that Juliet Marillier knows her heroine as completely and clearly as an enlightened guru knows himself The author doesn’t just tell a story through Sorcha; Sorcha is the story I personally have a lot of love and admiration for old Celtic culture The music the tales the mythology the history – all of it is fascinating My friends like to tease me for listening to fiddle music in public places but that’s the life of a Celtic superfan I suppose So the Sevenwaters series is directly up my alley Marillier immerses her readers in the old Irish countryside and the culture of its residents The setting is absolutely vital to this book descriptions and imagery not just enhancing the story but dictating the plot and creating a breathtaking writing style “We draw our strengtyh from the great oaks of the forest As they take their nourishment from the soil and from the rains that feed the soil so we find our courage in the pattern of living things around us They stand through storm and tempest they grow and renew themselves Like a grove of young oaks we remain strong” Reading this book you will feel like you are standing in a clearing with Sorcha and her brothers waiting for a recently healed owl to take flight into the starry sky and sensing the sentient presence of the ancient forest You will experience every setting like in a 3D surround sound movie The imagery is that goodAs for the love interests? I couldn’t help but fall in love Even though romance is not the biggest plotline in the book the feelings that develop are so deep that it feels earth shattering every time Sorcha meets her love interest Their every interaction seems to shift the world off its axis Strangely enough despite the passion behind Sorcha’s love story it took me a long time to even be sure who her love interest would be Or whether there would even be one That uncertainty was part of the intrigue of the romance and what made it so emotional when their love finally became a reality This one's going on my instant favorites shelf Nothing could keep it off

  6. says:

    “All that he had of her was his memorywhere he held every momentevery single moment that she had been hisThat was all he hadto keep out the loneliness” Daughter of the Forest is one of those booksThe ones that are scored on my heartthe ones that caused both my awe and respect for the story and for the authorFor it takes a tremendous amount of talent and soul to write such a bookI recall the tale of the Six SwansI remember being a little girl watching the animated versionand it made me so sad that the heroine had to go through so many hardships to save her brothersReading about it thoughabout Sorcha's adventures and misfortunes was something widely differentIt felt like a fairytalethe descriptions and the evil witch and the Fair Folk and the brotherly lovebut it was not oneBecause fairytales show just the tip of the icebergthe evil that is only necessary for the story to go onor else the children that crave them would have trouble sleepingIt wasn't only Oonagh the villainalthough this malicious woman casted the curse and brought misery to everyoneIt wasn't only Richard and his ambitionsIt were also those horrible men in the forestthe peasants and the household who tormented Sorchaeven the Fair Folkwho thought the mortals are toys for their amusementBut Sorcha survivedShe is one the strongest and most extraordinary heroines I have ever metSo kindso fierceso devoted and loyalShe never had second thoughts about what she had to do to save her brothersshe put her family firstExcept that one momentwhen she couldn't let Red die “Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt hollow and empty and aching ” That is precisely how I felt during this storyespecially when she bid Red farewellThis is a romance like no othersSo tender yet so passionateso impossible yet so rightI loved Red for loving and protecting Sorchafor being patientfor being such a brave and kind manHe often brought me tearsThe way Juliet Marillier unfolds the romantic element in this novel is proof enough that extended make out sessions or sexual tension is not the only way to make a love story memorable and worthwhileHealing someone's woundsbeing there for thembeing kind when the entire world shows hatred and maliceprotecting them and putting their happiness above yoursthis is also true love “He would have told her he would have said it matters not if you are here or there for I see you before me every moment I see you in the light of the water in the swaying of the young trees in the spring wind I see you in the shadows of the great oaks I hear your voice in the cry of the owl at night You are the blood in my veins and the beating of my heart You are my first waking thought and my last sigh before sleeping You are you are bone of my bone and breath of my breath” Daughter of the Forest is a book I will always cherish deeplythat will always be a part of meThere is no better gift than that

  7. says:

    47 starsAside from a couple of minor ualms Daughter of the Forest is pretty much an example of an almost perfect debut novelThis book is a beautiful retelling of the Celtic Swans myth which has been familiar to me since childhood through the Hans Christian Andersen's version The Wild Swans Sorcha is the seventh child and the only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters When Colum remarries after being widowed for almost 13 years the evil stepmother and witch puts a dreadful spell on Sorcha's six older brothers The only way to lift the spell is for Sorcha to undertake a difficult task accompanied by a lot of pain loss and terrorThe best part about this book is that Juliet Marillier stays pretty close to the source material not transforming the original into an unrecognizable horror fest as some modern writers often do Instead she enhances the myth with a beautiful love story realistic historical background admirable characters skillful infusion of ancient magic stories of dedicated friendships and unyielding sibling devotion and a couple of utterly despicable villains There are not many flaws to this wonderfully written book The story is intense heartbreaking and passionate My main complaint is its length While the book is only 400 pages at times it felt it was twice that size No matter how much I read I couldn't get through than 50 pages per day I don't know if the font was small or the narration was a little heavy but it took me forever to finish this book I loved the story and there are some intriguing loose ends left unresolved and therefore I am pretty certain I will read the second book in the series Son of the Shadows but I definitely need some time to regroup because it's even longer than Daughter of the Forest

  8. says:

    Sale Alert 31519 Daily Deal on for 299It has taken me forever to get to this review because I was just not sure how I could possibly pack everything I felt during this book into coherent words stuck together that would even possibly do it justice I still don’t think that I will be able to manage it but I’ll tryDaughter of the Forest DoF takes an old Irish legendfairy tale and breathes new life into it I was not familiar at all with the original version of this story so I cannot comment on how closely it follows but I will say this is not a Disney version of a fairytale It is dark painful and horrifying at times but it is also balanced with extreme love devotion and hope So even though it breaks your heart DoF will do its best to patch it up again This hurts I know But you have been strong before and you will be now What is burned can be replaced; what is destroyed can be made again In time you will win back your voice In time—in time you will find your path back home This is not a watered down version of a legend DoF follows Sorcha over years first chronicling the time she spent growing up with her brothers to the events that led to the curse It laid the foundation very well for how close Sorcha was to all of her brothers and the strife between the Irish and the English I really believed how much she loved her brothers and why she would undertake such a large task in an attempt to save themSorcha is not the normal kick butt heroine that you see in a lot of new fantasy She has a solid heart kindness in abundance and a uite determination that she uses to complete her task She also has a type of subdued magic not in the sense that she makes spells and such but natural from a time when people cared about the forest and treated it and the spirits within it with reverence A time when the realm of Fae was just a wrong turn away and you could easily be caught up in one of their schemes and gamesThe magic of the story isn’t overpowering it feels natural and like it is meant to be there instead of forced I really enjoyed that and thought it fit well with the task that was given to Sorcha to save her brothers from the curse that turned them into swans ╰⊰✿Everything I Loved✿⊱╮ There is so much that is really wonderful in this story It is told entirely from Sorcha’s PoV and sometimes that doesn’t work for me in fantasy but it made this story feel all the personal I connected with Sorcha right away and saw how she grew from an innocent giving child who knew nothing about the true dangers of the world into a resilient young woman who sacrificed much of her childhood to save the brothers that she was so close toWhen Sorcha started her task she was but a child still and even though she knew a lot about healing she really didn’t understand how long it would take her to complete her task or any of the other obstacles that would get in the way of that The Fae had a plan set into motion for her and although not all of the pieces clicked together right away you could see how each obstacle set in her path shifted and changed her into the woman she was destined to become For part of the story she is completely isolated and the story was a little slower for me through this section as I felt all the loneliness that Sorcha was feeling I liked the story much once she found a companion and protector in Red “Take this to light your way daughter of the forest” she said “You told me you were tired of being strong Maybe you will not need to be so strong now” She placed a tiny around candle herb scented in my open hand She turned to the Briton “You hurt her with your unthinking words” she said and her eyes had lost any warmth they had once had “Make sure she is not hurt again” And before he could draw breath she turned and was gone Red made this story for me He is EVERYTHING I love in a good hero He is the epitome of a uixotic character He is noble kind and stoic He is a man that is strong and can be counted on in any situation and I ADORE HIM When he found Sorcha she had been beaten down and broken possibly even close to giving up but Red is patient and so respectful to her even though she is technically one of the enemy Red never sits too close he learns to listen to Sorcha’s body face and eyes to learn about her He takes the time to really get to know her and even though she cannot speak he learns to hear her The story of their time together is beautiful frustrating hopeful and probably every other emotion in between Here I am telling tales and half believing them For I think sometimes that you too will go back one day hear the call of the sea and slide away under the water as Toby’s mermaid did Or maybe one night as I watch outside your window I will see an owl fly out and vanish into the forest; and when I look for you all that will be left is one small feather on your pillow Sorcha has many other dealing with people and those never go as smooth but she did find a few friends besides Red in a land of enemies and they were all wonderful There are also uite a few people to despise and hate along the way for their cruelty and bias against Sorcha The fact that she isn’t allowed to speak at all while completing her task made me even frustrated for herThere was so much TENSION that built and built and I really wasn’t sure how things would end up I had a lot of hopes but I was left with so many doubts and I could just see things ending tragically This is not a traditional HEA story which actually made me love it in some ways There are some areas that had true happiness and others that didn’t get the resolution that you might expect I really liked that not everything was tied up with a nice bow at the end It made everything in this seem so much real There are a few things that really worked in the story but that I didn’t love due to the nature of them I will discuss those below Please note they may be spoilerish in details ╰⊰✿Warnings and Cautions✿⊱╮ There will be a few spoilers the general ones are not marked because they are part of the warningLike I mentioned before This is not a Disney Version of a Fairytale meaning there are some extremely graphic scenes of violence and abuse I completely understand why these are in the story and I think the author did a fantastic job with them and how they affected the character They aren’t thrown in just to build drama they really did serve the story and really showed Sorcha’s dedication to her task and everything she had to go through to complete itI’m really sensitive to two things in books The first is Rape and the second is animal deaths This story had both of those and I’m not going to lie they were roughreally really rough But they served a really large part of the story Those events changed who Sorcha was and really showed how strongly she was willing to fight to complete the task and save her brothers The way she interacted with people and trusted was forever changed and it actually added to the love story the way that Red was so patient with Sorcha and how well he tamped down his own emotions and wants in an effort to never scare her and gain her trust DID I MENTION I LOVE ❤RED❤ I’m so glad that it was never swept under the rug I think it showed a real account of how someone rebuilds her life after an event like that My one and really only complaint is that while the rape scene was really graphic the very much later scene involving sex was not uite fade to black but pretty close I would have liked to see a little of that transition and how it was dealt with by the coupleThe other thing that was a little over the top for me was the villain Richard He is aweful and does some absolutely horrendous things to Sorcha but it is mental abuse than physical Still it was really difficult at times to read those parts as intended but non the less he is very graphic in some of his mental abuse as well ╰⊰✿You Should Still Read This✿⊱╮ Even though there are some rough patches this is still a highly entertaining story that will tug at all your heart strings I have thought about multiple sections of this story repeatedly over the last few weeks and have even gone back and reread some of my favorite sections It is a truer story than most where not everything is handed to you at the end there are still uestions in my mind and I think about the characters and where their paths led them If you like me are a fan of Melina Marchetta like stories with complicated paths or can be happy with a story that isn’t all rainbows and sunshine then this is probably something that you will enjoy

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    Incredible I know I've said I've been speechless when reading books before but this time I genuinely don't have the words to express what a masterpiece this novel is I actually finished this novel early today morning at around 130 but it was only at 230 ish that I actually got up to go to sleep I couldn't get this story out of my head; I simply kept thinking about it If Juliet Marillier hadn't already made a fan out of me with Heart's Blood then I'd be tripping over myself to fall at her feet for truly this book is remarkable Daughter of the Forest is known to be one of the best fantasy novels out there but it's hard to believe just how good it is until you read it From its cover it seems to be a simplistic fairy tale re telling but it's a fairy tale like no other We don't have any knights in shining armor; instead the princess has to save herself We don't have an innocent girl for whom circumstances clear up and solve her problem; we have a broken girl who has to struggle to find happiness Sorcha is the youngest of seven children six of whom are boys Thus she has grown up sheltered loved and cared for by her siblings When her father re marries however bringing Lady Oonagh a deadly sorcerer into their peaceful abode Sorcha's life is turned upside down Lady Oonagh turns her beloved brothers into swans and the only way for Sorcha to break the spell is to weave six shirts made of a prickly nettle and remain silent for her entire ordeal It is only when the shirts have been made and worn by her brothers that the spell will be broken but the journey that Sorcha will embark on will change than just her future it will change her very being and shatter her to her core Daughter of the Forest starts out slowly introducing us to Sorcha her world and her close relationship with her brothers Thus when her brothers are turned into swans we as readers feel just as much pain as Sorcha herself I could feel myself visibly wincing every time Sorcha was reminded of her past life with her brothers full of happiness and delight  Daughter of the Forest  is a dark tale A  very  dark tale I sobbed for a solid five minutes at one point in this story because of the utter horror of the situation Yet despite all the darkness there is a subtle undercurrent of hope of happiness of love It's all so beautifully interwoven that one cannot help but be reminded of life itself with its ups and downs and darkness and lightYou see Daughter of the Forest is a painfully realistic tale Sorcha has an incredible trove of inner strength I admire her immensely and she's one of those heroines I'll never forget  I could simply be in the supermarket having a bad day and Sorcha is one of those protagonists who will come to mind and I already know I'll tell myself If Sorcha could go through all that I can get through today Sorcha isn't a saint she's only human and that is felt so palpably despite the ordeal she manages to go through Thus despite the seemingly amazing feats she manages to achieve Marillier weaves this tale in such a way that she is able to convey that each and every one of these ordeals is possible to overcome just as anything is with the right dose of love faith and perseveranceNevertheless one of my favorite aspects of this novel is hands down the romance If Marillier is the ueen of Slow Burn Romance I am the Glutton of Slow Burn Romance I can't get enough of it and Marillier writes it to pure perfection What I loved about the romance in this novel particularly is the fact that it manages to happen all without Sorcha uttering a word Somehow against all odds Sorcha manages to find someone who understands her very soul who sees her task as a brave ordeal she is facing and who can understand her with little difficulty despite her silence Further Sorcha never even realizes that she's falling in love As the reader we can see this romance unfold in front of our eyes but Sorcha's task remains to be the main plot thread until eventually Sorcha comes to realize the love she had and how despite not realizing it before she needs the very presence of her lover to calm her For to be in love isn't necessarily to crave physical affection or even understanding but often it comes from the most basic innocent and true primitive instinct of needing that other person's presence and strength by you It is this that Marillier manages to embody so beautifully within this novel and I can't get enough of it Daughter of the Forest is a dark emotional and achingly bittersweet fantasy like no other It is one that kept me on the edge of my seat with a box of tissues within the grasp of my hand and a warm blanket draped over me It's one of those stories that continues to plague you long after you've read it as you marvel over both the author's creativity and skill along with the characters and their complexity I can't recommend this book enough but really everyone should read this Everyone Like all fairy tales Daughter of the Forest contains a trove of themes and lessons and Marillier conveys all this in a subtle and beautiful manner that touches and stays with you like nothing else uite does  Truly if there's one book you should make yourself read before you die it's this one

  10. says:

    While this is beautifully written I probably wouldn’t have gotten through this without listening to it on audio during a long car ride I think as others have noted it’s the main characters lack of agency that made the story harder to connect to Things happen to her mostly caused by others she literally has no voice for most of the story and even when she does it’s mostly pushed aside Realistic for the time it’s set in but not a story I love to engage with Fans of the Winternight trilogy will probably enjoy this as I found there were similarities except that protagonist had far agency Glad I finally read this but I won’t continue with the series

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