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

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The only time he gets truly angry with her is when she sneaks out alone to gather supplies for her shirts and his uncle corners her.

She is shown to be kind and has a mind of her own—befriending Sorcha even though the others shun her. Whether you’re a lover of animals and nature, history and spirituality, some wonderfully otherworldly fae, or just a classic story of perseverance being rewarded, you will find this a journey worth taking. I adore fantasy worlds that tie in political plot lines, and with the added elements of folklore and magic, this was a world I wanted to know all about. In litera-chah, heroes are supposed to have depth of character, complex psychology, and tragic flaws. Still, I continued to teach myself the healer’s art, for my heart told me this would be my true work.I love how they focus on characters instead of action, how deep they let us get into the protagonist’s head. When it came, the resolution of Sorcha’s romantic plot, especially given the understandable legacy of her sexual assault, was highly triumphant, and though it is made very clear the fair folk have been playing a long game all along, and that there are major threads still to tie up, Sorcha very much earns her happy ending. And with Sorcha’s task being long and tedious, its hard not to feel like the middle of the book set a walking pace – which again, would have been fine, had the beginning and ending not felt rushed in comparison. 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.

As months and even years pass by, Sorcha's lonely existence is only brightened by her hope of breaking the spell on her brothers. The Bright One and Lady of the Forest bind him to Sorcha as her protector, and he swears to take care of her no matter the cost. But now there is also an invader inside the keep: the Lady Oonagh, a sorceress as fair as day, but with a heart as black as night. Eventually, though he is unable to do so at first, he learns how to communicate with her; although he cannot read her thoughts like Conor or Finbar can. When her father's new wife, the Lady Oonagh, attacks Sorcha and her brothers, Sorcha alone is able to escape.

Mayri – I did feel that the brothers were a bit ineffectual here – but I guess, when you only have one night in which to help there’s a limit to what you can do. This causes her much pain until one day, he shows up and declares that he has abdicated his rule and wants to stay with her, and Sorcha kisses him so passionately that she makes Liam, her eldest brother, blush.

She loves her brothers dearly and has a special bond with the Fair Folk, as well as the ability to hear their voices and communicate with the Lady of the Forest and the Bright One. But magic knows no boundaries, and Sorcha will have to choose between the life she has always known and a love that comes only once. Her father sent Simon to die because Elaine fell in love with him, and Simon cannot inherit because he is the youngest son.Not to mention I’m almost certain that I would have said something out loud by accident at some point. Set in a mythological Ireland when Druids still held the upper hand against expanding Christendom and Fair Folk still meddled in the lives of mortals, Daughter of the Forest is a retelling of the “Six Swans” fairy tale. Yet, it is a story whose very premise becomes more horrific the more you think about it, especially to anyone who's ever grabbed a handful of nettles. THE VERDICT: A great retelling of The Six Swans, full of atmosphere, conflict, and an incredibly enduring girl.

and to kill her own cousin, destroying the family's chances of winning an impending battle and fulfilling an ancient prophecy. 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.After decades as Ciaran's familiar, his story wins the sympathy of Padriac's daughter, the fierce Aisha who is visiting for the first time from norseland Xixón. Unable to speak, Sorcha quickly throws the finished shirts on her brothers, but because she did not have time to finish one of the sleeves Finbar is cursed with one wing. 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. First published in 1999, Daughter of the Forest is loosely based on the traditional story of The Six Swans, which appears in Grimm’s Fairy Tales and has been re-told in many versions, including one by Hans Christian Andersen. 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.

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