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

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She has thing for everything fairy tale-esque and hosts an annual Fairy Tale Fortnight – two weeks of reading fairy tales, retellings, or anything else to do with fairy tales. 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. If you haven’t visited Mayri before I heartily recommend you do so, she’s a wonderful blogger and I loved our buddy read, so much so in fact we are already planning our next book. Marillier does not spare us details, either of the assault itself, Sorcha’s feelings, both physical and mental during it, and the profound impact it has on Sorcha afterwards, including her near phobia of men and her sense of shame and resentment. That being said, the final test, where a man of action must face a very different sort of challenge, and where all of the feelings are laid bare was extremely appropriate.

It happened in a split second, and in the baby's place is a pile of sticks, leaves, branches, and pebbles, crudely shaped in a baby's form—until Clodagh sees that the twig-and-leaves child is much more than it appears to be. Throughout the novel, he is the only one Sorcha can communicate with, as he is the only one who can "speak" to her without having her break her vow. 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.However, my rating is based on a scale of my personal enjoyment and I don’t really see myself re-reading this novel. Red takes Sorcha to a hidden shore, where only he and Simon ever went, and proposes, telling her that he has ended his betrothal to Elaine. My only minor problem with Sorcha, is the inconsistency surrounding how well she can make herself understood without speech. Of course, they have risks themselves, the possibility of being hunted, for example, but when they change they really do become a swan with very basic instincts, thoughts and feelings whereas Sorcha is living every moment.

Mayri – I agree that Sorcha’s got the short end – the whole thing is so much more of a punishment for her than for them because they lose themselves to a degree.Indeed, I first read it in 2015, just a few days before flying to America to spend Christmas with her family where I got engaged. Indeed, while I love a kickass lady warrior as much as anyone, in many ways Sorcha’s inherent toughness, shown through sheer willpower and willingness to sacrifice for those she loves is something I find far more inspiring. Sorcha, the youngest child of Lor d Colum of Sevenwaters is destined to defend her family and prote ct her land from the Britons, as her father has been bewitched by Lady Oonagh, who has bound her six brothers by a spell that only Sorcha can remove. For an Irish resident, familiar with the mores and customs, Daughter of the Forest had special meaning and relevance.

Fainne is to complete a task for her grandmother--go to her mother's home, to meet her family for the first time. When her father's new wife, the Lady Oonagh, attacks Sorcha and her brothers, Sorcha alone is able to escape. While traveling through a small village, Liadan is taken by a pair of men belonging to a notorious band of outlaws. Rarely have I had quite as visceral a sense of what foraging for food in a forest, or sitting in a firelit log hall hearing tales is like, wind and weather, arms and swordplay, or Sorcha’s own talent as a healer and herbalist are picked out in stunning detail. Though he catches Sorcha "committing adultery", (she was really just hugging her brother), he believes in her innocence, saying that no one who looked at Red the way she did could turn unfaithful.Exiled from Sevenwaters and cast out into the forest, she falls into the hands of the feared enemy and is torn between a life she has known and a love that only comes once. Even the book's villains such as Lady Oonagh have a decidedly complete horribleness to them, able to spread their cruelty into many different spheres, and wound with words or actions as much as with magic or violence. Master of Arms at Sevenwaters, he served Lord Colum for fourteen years, training all Sorcha's brothers and watching over the army.

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