Throwback Thursday June 7th: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

07 Jun

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books! It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. Through Throwback Thursdays THCW and NTFB hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

This week’s Throwback Thursday book is Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.

Summary from AmazonLovely 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…

Why You Should Read This Book: “Daughter of the Forest” is a retelling of the classic fairy tale “The Six Swans” by the Brothers Grimm. Marillier captivates her readers with a story that is far richer and more involved than the original tale ever could was and set against a backdrop of the ancient British Isles it’s absolutely beautiful. Sorcha is a fiery, independent woman who will do anything for her family. It’s both heartbreaking and wonderful to watch her fall in love.

Marillier is no stranger to fantasy, nor to retellings of fairy tales, and all of her stories are full of intriguing characters, plots that twist and turn and settings that have a life of their own. This book is the start of a trilogy, however it’s also able to be read on it’s own to provide a satisfying ending.

If you’re a fan of fairy tales or high fantasy this is definitely an older book worth checking out!


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10 responses to “Throwback Thursday June 7th: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

  1. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    9 June, 2012 at 11:41 am

    YEAAAAAH! Juliet Marillier is one of my favourite authors and I just looooove this book! Great choice! 😀

  2. Mandi Kaye (@mandikaye)

    7 June, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I’m on a fairy tale adaptation right now – went to see Snow White and the Huntsman today! I think this book sounds fabulous. Thanks for participating!

    • Breaking the Binding

      7 June, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Oh, I saw that this weekend! WHat did you think? I personally liked it, but I know a lot of people were not huge fans.

      I’m always on a fairy tale kick so if you have any suggestions for me definitely let me know!

  3. kellywiggains

    7 June, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I LOVE fairy tales and their adaptations. I’m so excited. I want to read this soon. Great post!

    • Breaking the Binding

      7 June, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      This was one of the first “Adult” fairy tale adaptations I read (adult as in reading level, not sexytimes content) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read a lot of high fantasy in High School and this was one I’ve re-read many times since!

      • kellywiggains

        7 June, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        Good! Thanks for clarifying, not that I’m against sexytimes per se. I just don’t like books that center around when and where the next hook up is going to take place.

  4. Jessica

    7 June, 2012 at 9:56 am

    On last week’s Throwback Thursday, I wrote about Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing. I haven’t read anything else she has written, but I think this will be next on my list!

    My Throwback

    • Breaking the Binding

      7 June, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I saw that! I have added “Wildwood Dancing” to my list since I’m a huge fan of her work 🙂

  5. Gabby @ What's Beyond Forks?

    7 June, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Every Thursday I learn about something new in the book world. I love it! Here is yet another book I’ve never heard of, but it sounds like something I need to check out. I’ll need to look for the Six Swans too, as that is a new one on me as well. 🙂
    Gabby :o)
    My Throwback Thursday

  6. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

    7 June, 2012 at 9:08 am

    This book sounds fabulous! (And of course, I am a fan of both fairy tales AND high fantasy). I’m actually not familiar with The Six Swans though – off I go to page through my Brothers Grimm collection to familiarize myself. Great Throwback!


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