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

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

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

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On a few occasions, we get a direct explanation of Sorcha’s attempts at sign language, and her frustration at being misunderstood by those around her, but more often, Sorcha as narrator will simply tell us; in the rather formal tones used for normal dialogue, what she said, often conveying quite complex concepts and ideas without any explanation as to how. All of us could read, though Conor was by far the most skillful, and there were old manuscripts and scrolls tucked away on an upper floor of the stone fortress that was our home. I did not know that other girls of twelve were learning to do fine embroidery, and to plait one another’s hair into intricate coronets, and to dance and sing. Sorcha never rails against the lot of women, she just gets on with things, follows her purpose and her faith, and deals with the path ahead with the skills she has. 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.

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. If it had been Liam, now, who was the eldest, or Diarmid, who was the next one, I might have expected it. Several reviews I’ve seen directly criticise Marillier for including this plotline, and while I can appreciate its extremely upsetting, at the same time, if an author is going to deal with a heavy subject such as sexual assault, Marillier shows the way it should be done, treating it with the gravity and seriousness it deserves, but being sure to show that though it leaves scars, recovery is still possible.Down near the water’s edge was a new one with pretty star-shaped blooms of a delicate pale green, and leaves like gray feathers. At times childish (she is after all twelve at the start of the novel), arrogant, or despairing, with distinct gifts and shortcomings, occasional mistaken assumptions, yet always a desire to do the right thing and a purpose which she sees through to completion. He loves battle and his dog, Linn, and Lady Ooangh uses his love for the dog against him by making him hit her.

This year, I was lucky enough to be chosen as an active participant (rather than just read a retelling for myself). The scene where Sorcha’s garden is destroyed (I was furious) and then the brothers being trapped and changed (it was really quite a strong scene). I don’t remember Finbar answering, but later that day, as dusk was falling, he took me back to the lakeshore.Not only would I not have the first clue about how to spin and weave but having to do so with a plant that sounds hideous to touch (kind of reminds me of nettles) – how on earth can you make clothes out of such things? I have to admit, I don’t know much about the history between the Celts and Britons, but I’m really enjoying all the details. It is later revealed that he was kept safe by the Fair Folk, and he fell in love with Sorcha and wanted her to wait for him. Lady Oonagh does not appear until three hours through a twenty hour novel, and though the preceding events (disconnected though they initially seem), have a great relevance later, there is no denying that even Marillier’s descriptive style is rather ponderous. Sorcha is explicitly a vegetarian, and that of course makes her life harder throughout and yet she sticks to it.

When it was done, they bound up my hand with Conor’s makeshift bandage and some crushed marigold petals, and by morning it was better.Lady Oonagh effectively takes over his mind, but when his children disappear he is so shaken by loss that he regains some of his freedom.

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