- Series: The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1 (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (February 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765343436
- ISBN-13: 978-0765343437
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – February 18, 2002
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At the heart of this surprisingly accomplished first novel, first book of the Sevenwaters trilogy, is a retelling of an ancient Celtic legend. Marillier's story, however, is much more than a slightly disguised fairy tale. Young Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Irish Lord Colum of Sevenwaters, a domain well protected from invading Saxons and Britons by dense forest where, legend says, fey Deirdre, the Lady of the Forest, walks the woodland paths at night. Colum is first and foremost a warrior, bent on maintaining his lands against all outsiders. Not all of his sons are so bound to the old ways, and that family friction leads to outright disobedience when Sorcha and her brother Finbar help a Briton captive escape from Colum's dungeon. Soon after, Colum brings home a new wife who ensorcels everyone she can't otherwise manipulate. By her spell Sorcha's brothers are cursed to become swans. Only Sorcha, hiding deep in the forest, can break the spell by painfully weaving shirts of starwort nettle--but then Sorcha is captured by Britons and taken away across the sea. Determined to break the curse despite her captivity, Sorcha continues to work, little expecting that ultimately she will have to chose between saving her brothers and protecting the Briton lord who has defended her throughout her trials. Marillier's writing is deft and heartfelt, bypassing the usual bombast of fantasy fireworks for a rich, magical story of loyalty and love. --Charlene Brusso --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
As the only daughter and youngest child of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters, Sorcha grows up protected and pampered by her six older brothers. When a sorceress's evil magic ensorcels Colum's sons, transforming them into swans, only Sorcha's efforts can break the curse. Marillier's first novel uses a familiar Celtic legend to tell the story of a young woman's sacrifice for the sake of those she loves and her own discovery of unexpected joy in the midst of sorrow. The author's keen understanding of Celtic paganism and early Irish Christianity adds texture to a rich and vibrant novel that belongs in most fantasy collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My only negative comment (I wish my rating could be 4 1/2 stars instead of just 4) would be that the author tends to digress at times into a narrative of descriptive thought and reflection that, while mostly interesting, do tend to interrupt the flow of story. I felt the adventure and suspense suffered a little as a result.
Nevertheless, the youngest sister, Sorcha, whose point of view the story is told from, is a strongly real person in the midst of a compelling fantasy setting. At times, I found the writing drew me in so well I felt I should be as silent as she had to be.
Being written less about the magic and more about the people, I happily followed the characters beyond the end of the fairytale to continue their story. Because my initial interest was in the treatment of the fairytale itself, I did not expect to want to read more than the first book. Instead I will be adding the sequel to my bookshelf as soon as it appears. All in all, this book was worth every cent and also happens to be one of the best 'firsts' I have ever read. If this is only her first novel then we are in for some wonderful books in the future!
My main issue with the novel is that it is very dense and at times it really grains to a halt. The novel really could have used a better editor. There are times where we are told the same thing several times - over just a handful of pages.
1) Each books follows the same basic storyline. Young girl goes on adventure. Finds her love, then loses him. Goes through a series of trials, solves the problem and gets the boy at the end.
2) Each book covers about a year, and then skips a generation before beginning the next book. I consider this a problem. Each book builds and builds to a seemingly rapid confrontation and solution. Then 20 years later the next book starts. After each book I felt there was a ton of plot lines, characters, and stories that still needed to be built on. I was left wanting more, only to start from scratch. Basically: It felt more like 3 individual novels set in the same world instead of an actual trilogy.
Book 1: I have issues with the 'magic spell' and the solution to it. The solution is extremely arbitrary and never really explained 'why' it was needed to happen that way. Indeed, this 'magic spell' is completely at odds with the rest of the magic that takes place in the remaining novels. There are sooo many loose ends on this novel. The book deserves 3.5-4 stars, but with nothing explained or expanded on in the sequel it drops to 3. I also have a huge issue with why this spell wasn't just repeated a second time. How was the sorcerer weakened?
Book 2: My favorite book of the series. No super weird magic elements here, just good ol' human drama. The POV character was also my favorite in the Trilogy. Unfortunately she is not built upon in book 3.
Book 3: I felt this book had a ton of potential but ended up like the main character. Wishy-washy. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Sometimes strong, sometimes super weak. The book never really got going. Is it bad that I preferred the main character as a non-talking bird?