Excellent book. The story telling could be slow at times, but it's all for a greater purpose that you learn to appreciate later. Many things tie with each other, making it well thought out, though sometimes predictable. Although it is a romance, it is not so heavily based on it so that one would feel suffocated with reading all the lovey-dovey stuff.
This was the first book in which I've actually cried on, tears, sniffles, and all. I really enjoyed this book.
In my dreams alone could I ever write this well. Marillier has crafted a story that seems magic itself. Daughter of the Forest is the first of The Sevenwaters trilogy, and a Celtic fairy tale fleshed out in a full novel. When her 6 brothers fall victim to the spell of their new stepmother, who turns them into swans, it's is up to Sorcha to pay the price to bring them back to themselves...seven years of silence, never speaking a word through all the trials and horrors she faces, and sewing six shirts made out of a thorny plant which ruins her hands. Sorcha is the most heroic character I have ever read. This is my favorite book EVER. Read it, you won't be dissapointed.
Excellent combination of a strong woman heroine, adventure, sci-fi & a bit of romance. My first Juliet Marillier book - this made me a big fan. Difficult to put down once you start.
This book is like finding a precious stone in the midst of pretty rocks. The text is poetic and flows, the tension is strung tight throughout, making it hard to put it down without finding out what is on the next page. There are a lot of "good" books. I rate this one as "exquisite."
I was one of those kids (Im sure youve known a few of us) who read our Complete Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales cover to cover until the book was in tatters. Among the hundreds of extraordinaryand, admittedly, some not-so-extraordinarytales, however, the one about the girl who must endure great travails to free her six older brothers who have been turned into swans has always been one of my favorites, because its just so emotional, and the girl is so admirable. Happily, Juliet Marillier keeps my favorite aspects of the original fairy tale, and dresses it up in an astounding world of Irish historical culture and intricate political relationships.
Unlike other retellings that may push aside the original for the sake of setting, DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST stays true to the tale at its core. Sorcha endures almost unimaginable sufferings in her quest to free her brothers, gets unwillingly pulled into social politics, and is wrongly accused of things that were not her intention. She is a strong protagonist not because shes very active, but simply because she endures. The first 150 pages or so feel a little slow, but once the book moves into the frameworks of the original tale, I couldnt put it down.
This is a book I wouldve loved to death back when I first started reading fantasy in middle school, alongside lifetime favorites Robin McKinley and other admirable fantasies by authors like Garth Nix. As it is, DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST is still an incredible book, full of the richness of my favorite kind of high fantasy. Im glad I chose this one as my first Marillier book, and look forward to reading her other books in the future.