Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
(The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1)

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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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About Juliet Marillier

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JULIET MARILLIER is the author of several highly popular fantasy novels for adults, including the Sevenwaters Trilogy and the Bridei Chronicles. She is also the author of the teen novels Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Tor Books. 412 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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This, the first of a projected fantasy trilogy from newcomer Marillier, reworks and embroiders the fairy tale of the brothers who are transformed into swans by their evil stepmother;

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Juliet Marillier's debut novel, Daughter Of The Forest has only one flaw, as far as I can tell, and that it is terribly unsatisfying - because it leaves the reader desperately craving more.

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Especially good is the ambiguity with which she invests her magic -- from the casual callousness of the Fair Folk (who use and discard human beings with no more thought than they might give to pieces on a gameboard) to the painful consequences of bewitchment (Sorcha's brothers cannot return uncha...

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Historical Novel Society

In her story the competing religions of Celtic Paganism and Christianity mingle and intertwine, as well as do the lives of members of the warring Irish and Briton tribes — who may not really be so different after all.

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Daughter of the Forest is the debut of the New Zealand author Juliet Marillier and the first book in the widely acclaimed Sevenwaters Trilogy.

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Jackson District Library

But his injuries from the torture her father's men inflicted are too severe, and Father Brien needs Sorcha's healing skills to help him.

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Book Harbinger

It was her sixteenth birthday, and I was looking for a book she wouldn’t just read, but a book she would be utterly consumed by.

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