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

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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. Yet, there are worse threats than the Britains, for when Lord Colum unexpectedly marries again, his new wife; the enchantress Lady Oonagh, wastes no time in beginning her campaign of malice and magic against his children, finishing by transforming Sorcha’s six brothers into swans. Aidan is the picture of a perfect future-husband; charming and caring, while Cathal is rude, insulting, and embarrassing to Aidan. Her grandmother, a renowned sorceress capable of awesome powers and terrifying cruelty, comes to finish her training--and to tell her the reason behind all these years of preparation.

I question this decision and am wondering if there’s a reason why Marillier has started the story with her so young.She is shown to be kind and has a mind of her own—befriending Sorcha even though the others shun her. I’m not sure that I remember the end right, or if I’m mixing it up with another story (something about one of the brothers ending up with a bird’s wing in place of one arm? Lynn – This felt like a relatively short chapter but at the same time gave me a few notions to chew on. The Sevenwaters Trilogy is a historical fantasy series by Juliet Marillier which was first published as a series of three novels between 1999 and 2001, and then later extended. It is not really surprising that Grimm’s tale of the six swans, (though the version I heard as a child had eleven), is one which gets missed from fairy tale compilations or modern retellings; (I really can’t imagine Disney making it into an upbeat musical).

Going along with this, the story’s politics has a wonderfully small immediacy to it, a world where a lord is as much an agricultural planner, community leader and magistrate as commander or ruler. Soon she will find herself torn between her duty to break the curse, and a growing, forbidden love for the warlord who is her captor. the tension that’s been building with the introduction of Oonagh, and when she finally showed her true colours and cursed them all the transformation felt both magical and real, if that makes sense?The folkloric elements – both the Grimms’ retelling and the Irish folklore inspirations – were fascinating to read about, and I don’t think it’s any secret I adore magic tied with nature.

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