Daughter of the Forest
By Juliet Marillier
Publication date: Feb. 18, 2002
Tor Books, 554 pages
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…
— Goodreads.com description
When I posted my review of Shadowfell, Juliet Marillier’s most recent book, you guys were all, “ANNA! WHY HAVE YOU NOT READ JULIET MARILLIER!? AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A FANTASY FAN!”
Okay, okay, who am I to go against you? So I did some research, and Daughter of the Forest seems like it’s her most popular book…so I gave it a go?
And? I TOTALLY SEE WHAT WAS UP WITH THE SHOUTY CAPS. So good.
Okay, granted, it’s long as hell. And it took a lot of time to get into. But, I kept going, and I’m thrilled I did.
I love fairytale retellings, so it had that going for it. Plus a strong and likable main character, some heart-wrenching twists and turns and — you had to see this coming — an exciting love story. High fantasy fans, this one’s for you!
And, guys, thanks for the rec! Smooches.