Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier tells the story of Sorcha and her six older brothers. See, Sorcha should have been the seventh son of a seventh son – but she ended up being a girl instead. Fate is funny that way (turns out not so much ha-ha funny as cruelly ironic). What follows is the story of how Sorcha will do almost anything to keep her family together.

To say that Juliet Marillier starts off Daughter of the Forest a little slow is like saying it might get slightly boring to watch paint dry. Seriously – I first read Daughter of the Forest a few years ago and if it wasn’t for all the recommendations I’d gotten I would have been more than willing to give up on it. But – BUT – when things finally get going, you’ll forget all about the slow beginning. The pay-off is more than worth it. Trust me. I have now reread it more than once.

The story, for the most part, is so subtle and slow-moving even past the beginning. But there is urgency and strength underlying each and every word – I am always awed by the power of the story. The quiet pace only makes the important things reverberate that much more.

There is also a beautiful plot thread (well, more than one really) about how stories can make us get through pain. No one knows that better than tireless readers like us, right?

The magic of the story is all about balance – how evil and good have to weigh themselves against each other. Sorcha spends the majority of the book trying to counteract a curse. If life was fair, it would have been easy, but of course things don’t work that  way.

Also: faithful dog alert. Linn is one loyal animal, and he made my heart hurt more than once. Sigh.

As for the romance – it is very satisfying. Daughter of the Forest is one of those sweet and innocent love stories that gives you the warm fuzzies. Y’all, I love Red. He ends up giving up a lot for Sorcha!

This is definitely a book worth reading. When you’re in the mood to watch a wonderfully written slow-paced story weave itself together, Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier is the book you should pick up.

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  • Holly December 20, 2011, 9:01 am

    Sigh, this book. *love* And it makes my day when someone else feels the same way.
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  • jen7waters December 20, 2011, 12:41 pm

    This book… I LOVE IT SO MUCH. There are no words.

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  • April Books & Wine December 21, 2011, 12:12 pm

    I love Daughter Of The Forest FOREVER. And your review is another push to re-read it. Sorcha is one of my favorite heroines EVER, I love how she is down to save her family despite the troubles and dangers she ends up in.
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  • Sharyla December 21, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Awesome review!! I’ll keep an eye out for this one.
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  • Midnyte Reader December 21, 2011, 2:08 pm

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I read it a long time ago, but I don’t think I felt it was slow. Maybe because I loved the characters so much and loved being with them. Very nice review.
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  • Chachic December 21, 2011, 11:59 pm

    First off, can I just say that I love the new layout? It’s nice and clean and looks perfect for a book blog. Anywho, so glad you loved Daughter of the Forest! It’s one of my favorite fairy tale retellings and I love Sorcha and Red. <3 Son of the Shadows is a favorite as well.
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  • Angie December 22, 2011, 1:39 am

    You know my feelings on this book. I’m so happy it worked out for you once things got going. That part near the end . . . when he’s . . . and she finally . . . AHHH!

    Also, what Chachic said. SON OF THE SHADOWS is as good as if not better!
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  • Ashley B December 22, 2011, 2:27 am

    Ahh! I SO need to read this one! Poor Misty… I promised her I’d read it and have totally been lame & not gotten a chance to read it yet… :/ But, it makes me happy that you like it so much too! 🙂
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