Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Daughter of the forestLovely 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 contentment.
But Sorcha’s joy is shattered when her father is bewitched 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 quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever. 

When Sorcha is kidnapped 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 all…

Review by Sophie

I have never read a lot of adult fairytales. I was fervently telling my friend about this book and the plot in Statistics class and my friend said the plot sounded familiar. I asked her where and she said from a Hello Kitty Episode. I was mildly shocked. After reading about the book from the author’s website, I realized its loosely based on a Grimm Tale.

“You will find the way, daughter of the forest. Through grief and pain, through many trials, through betrayal and loss, your feet will walk a straight path.”

Anyway, the protagonist, Sorcha, is awesome. I normally don’t feel so satisfied with a female protagonist. Though it was more her actions and thoughts that made me like her. I wonder how hard it is to have a main protagonist not talk for half of the book.

The story was magical even in the sense that it IS a fairytale-based story. Of course, I’ve never heard of the Six Swans from the Grimm brothers before so I don’t know how closely based the book really is and I don’t know how to compare it.

I was a bit jealous of how her life was with her brothers and the adventures they went on. The love between Sorcha and her brothers was so cool yet her relationship with her father had made me want Sorcha to stand up for herself. It should be mentioned that Sorcha’s mother died right after giving birth to her so her father believes in tough love now.

Many other readers have commented on a part in the story where a violent act was committed. I was very shocked and saddened. I was happy she fought back but I was a bit angry when I realized it could have been prevented.

Anyway, on to the romance! OH man, I was tricked in the beginning. I really thought the guy in the beginning was supposed to be with her. You know, the Florence Nightingale effect? I was already moved by the second guy that when the first guy turned up again, I felt bad. There was a bit of irony when the first guy was talking about how his brother got everything he wanted. Then, when situations turned and all the land/money was given to him, he actually just wanted Sorcha and her love.

“How can he do this? If you were mine, I would fight to keep you. I would die, before I let you go.”

“He was sitting not far away, watching me, and I surprised a smile on his face, the first real smile I had ever seen him give, a smile that curved and softened the tight mouth, and warmed the ice-cool eyes; a smile that brought the blood to my face and made my heart turn over.”

That brings me to Red. He was great. He was very understanding and responsible and when some stuff came up he was very romantic. I mean, if I was alone, unable to talk, my hands were so swollen, and I was being hunted , I would want Red to be there.

So again, if you are interested in a fairytale type book. Read this! I like that it was so detailed. You know, in thought, in conversation, in actions. I actually read this book because of Felicia Day’s Google Hangout Group on Youtube.

Small rant: WOW. I was so embarrassed when Red told that story in front of everyone. I mean everyone! It was so romantic yet so awkward. I couldn’t stop reading and continuing on even as he confessed to basically everyone. I was squealing like an inner fan girl because it felt really awkward to me.

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3 responses to “Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

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