Daughter of the Forest: Wonderful

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In Daughter of the Forest, Juliet Marillier deftly sets the fairy tale “The Six Swans” in dark-ages Ireland; think of the general time period of The Mists of Avalon, when Christian and Pagan, Gael and Briton and Saxon, were fighting and feuding and even sometimes getting along. The tale fits in amazingly well in the setting; the famous fairy tale echoes the Irish legend of Fionnuala and the children of Lir, which predated it. The transformations, the impossible quests, the painful vows work perfectly in the Celtic milieu.

Sorcha is the determined sister of the tale; she is a young girl with a healing gift and a love of nature. In fact, it must be Marillier’s love for nature’s beauty that shines through Sorcha’s words; every page is filled with lovely descriptions and a sense of magic. Her mission, to weave shirts of stinging starwort for her six brothers while remaining silent, is made even more poignant by two of Marillier’s additions to the tale. First, Sorcha is a born storyteller; everything she does has a story to be told with it, and even as she keeps herself mute, she tells stories to herself in her mind. Second, Marillier has given each of the brothers a distinct personality. Some remain somewhat two-dimensional, but two or three of the brothers are vivid as life, and this makes their plight more urgent to the reader.

I am floored when I hear that this was Juliet Marillier’s first novel. The beauty of the prose, the vision of nature, the haunting love stories, and the vivid characters ensure that I’ll be reading the two sequels, and anything else Marillier writes after that. Wonderful.

Sevenwaters — (2000-2012) Publisher: Lovely 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…

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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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