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 Amazon: Lovely 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!