DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST: Book 1 (The Sevenwaters Trilogy)

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DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST: Book 1 (The Sevenwaters Trilogy)

DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST: Book 1 (The Sevenwaters Trilogy)

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On the one hand, Marillier describes the skills allotted to women, from textile arts, to gathering food in the forest, and especially Sorcha’s knowledge of herb lore and midwifery, as the difficult and genuinely detailed skills they are, no less worthy of professional admiration than other crafts; indeed the very descriptions of Sorcha’s spinning, weaving and sewing the shirts would give me finger ache even without the starwort. And while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, the sheer length of the chapters was enough to demotivate.

Though she earns true friends in John, Ben, and John's wife Margery, the majority of Red's household believe her to be a witch, and they play cruel tricks on her. Jackie Cassada of the Library Journal said, "The author's keen understanding of Celtic paganism and early Irish Christianity adds texture to a rich and vibrant novel that belongs in most fantasy collections.Behind him, a breeze stirred the branches of oak and elm, ash and elder, and scattered a drift of leaves, gold and bronze and brown.

Since one consequence of this is to give a practical explanation for that old romance trope; two people desperately in love not talking to each other, to an extent Sorcha’s ability to make herself understood seemed very much to depend upon what the plot dictated. She builds a world with similar structure and atmosphere to what I remember of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon. Although it is only rarely and obliquely referred to in the book, the symmetry between their suffering seems to be related to the mysterious “long game” played by the faeries. After years of solitary struggle, Sorcha is saved from drowning by a British lord, Hugh of Harrowfield (a.Clodagh's twin is being wed to a young nobleman, and Sevenwaters is filled with visitors, including the handsome Aidan, and his best friend and foster-brother, Cathal ( Ka-hall), both young men in her cousin's retinue. I didn’t know there are so many topics handled within the story, and it seems like it was handled well. I question this decision and am wondering if there’s a reason why Marillier has started the story with her so young.

Besides being a retelling of the Wild Swans (or Six Swans) fairy tale, Daughter of the Forest focuses on storytelling as a vital part of family life.Her father sent Simon to die because Elaine fell in love with him, and Simon cannot inherit because he is the youngest son. It took me entirely off guard, and while I don’t require trigger warnings for what I read, it did leave me feeling a tad shaken. Soon she will find herself torn between her duty to break the curse and a growing, forbidden love for her captor. Even before then she tries to tear the family apart—attacking each sibling with what they love most (Cormack's dog, Liam's wife, etc. The neglect of proper representation in current fantasy books is unnerving, and it bothers me how often it’s simply used for shock factor or to make a female character go through some traumatic event for “character development”.

It is book one of the Sevenwaters Series; a six book, historical fantasy series about a prominent family in ancient Ireland. Not to mention I’m almost certain that I would have said something out loud by accident at some point. We’re told one villain was “punished”, though given what a nasty piece of work he was, something a little more specific would have been welcome. The death of his wife made him unable to bond with his daughter but Sorcha didn’t really mind because she had her six older brothers.While taking charge of the household in her mother's place, Clodagh discovers more and more about the two young guardsmen—and it turns out that neither one is as he seems.

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