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

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I heartily recommend it, I enjoyed it a lot (which is probably why I keep going on about it – sorry).

He has conflict with both Finbar and Sorcha at the beginning of the story, because both remind him so much of his wife—Sorcha's looks and Finbar's stillness are both qualities she once had. The death of his wife made him unable to bond with his daughter but Sorcha didn’t really mind because she had her six older brothers. Despite a fearsome reputation, these strange warriors aren't abusive or even rude to her--all they want is for her to heal their friend, a wounded blacksmith. Almost all of the mysteries are solved, except for their half brother (the son of Lord Colum and Lady Oonagh).Though she earns true friends in John, Ben, and John's wife Margery, the majority of Red's household believe her to be a witch, and they play cruel tricks on her. 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.

That bittersweet part in between struck a chord with me and was one of my favorite bits of the book. When her father's new wife, the Lady Oonagh, attacks Sorcha and her brothers, Sorcha alone is able to escape. Indeed, the sensitive way that Marillier paints the conflict between the Britains and the native Irish, and Christianity and pagan beliefs is truly fantastic, with neither side being “right”, or “wrong”, nor yet both sides being “as bad as each other”, rather both sides simply including a variety of people, some better, some worse, though both bearing an understandable legacy of bad blood. When she is kidnapped by enemy forces and taken to a foreign land, it seems that there will be no way for her to break the spell that condemns all that she loves. Set mainly in ancient Ireland, the series covers four generations in the family of Sevenwaters, which enjoys a special relationship with the people of the Otherworld.In Child of the Prophecy it is revealed that Oonagh is a fallen member of the Fair Folk with significant magical powers. But it is Sorcha, the seventh child and only daughter, who alone is destined to defend her family and protect her land from the Britons and the clan known as Northwoods. Master of Arms at Sevenwaters, he served Lord Colum for fourteen years, training all Sorcha's brothers and watching over the army.

Of course, she has to collect food and clean herself, but in reality, her everyday life is just not very interesting to read about. He suspects Lady Ooangh from the first and is the most protective of Sorcha, insisting that she run away and abandon them rather than subjugate herself to such pain. She builds a world with similar structure and atmosphere to what I remember of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon.Heir to Sevenwaters" is the story of Clodagh ( Klo-da), daughter of Sean and Aisling ( Ash-ling), an obedient, selfless, and caring young woman.

And while the cast of women characters were seemingly overwhelmed by the men, it really is the women I remember most, no matter how short a page time they had. Sorcha has black hair and wide green eyes and bares a strong resemblance to their mother, who died birthing her. The bitchy mother in law of the original fairy tale here is given quite a nuanced, if still occasionally unpleasant portrayal. Still, I continued to teach myself the healer’s art, for my heart told me this would be my true work.He hates Lady Oonagh bitterly for trying to poison Eilis, and tries to get his father to realize her duplicity, though she stops him before he can. So when I say that the atmosphere of fey magic and ancient ritual lingered for several days after I finished the book, it may say more about me than the writing.

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