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

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He dressed plainly; still, there was something about him that told you, instantly, that he was a leader. Sorcha must fend off the gross advances of Richard even as she continues silently working to save her brothers. A classic fantasy novel with…well, all of the above, I think so so many people would enjoy reading this one. Indeed, it is the very fact that we, along with Sorcha, get to know and like her brothers, that makes the swan enchantment and the lengths Sorcha must go to to break it such an overwhelming presence in the story. We hated this ritual parade of family identity, though it became easier for the boys once they reached young manhood and Father began to see them as of some use to him.

For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password.After the birth of baby Finbar, everyone is relieved to see that mother and child are both healthy and safe—until the newborn disappears suddenly while Clodagh is babysitting him. Knowing nothing of any other form of parental guidance, I accepted this as the way things were done. The first obvious way in which the story expanded, is that rather than being set in a non specific semi-medieval land of princesses and castles, this is very much a tale of the forests of Ireland. 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.

I adore fantasy worlds that tie in political plot lines, and with the added elements of folklore and magic, this was a world I wanted to know all about.

Though under Red's protection, Sorcha encounters a new danger in the form of Lord Richard, Red's uncle and the one behind the attacks on Sevenwaters. A world where two or three lordships of a few miles arranged marriages and alliances, and where war was more of an occasional hazard, than a constant fact. The keep at Sevenwaters is a remote, strange, quiet place, guarded by silent men who slip through the woodlands clothed in grey, and keep their weapons sharp. 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. Since one consequence of this is to give a practical explanation for that old romance trope; two people desperately in love not talking to each other, to an extent Sorcha’s ability to make herself understood seemed very much to depend upon what the plot dictated.

Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too. 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. There is a period of time after her husband dies that she is completely withdrawn and shuts everyone else out, but eventually she pulls through to be there for Sorcha. And again, it surprised me, because it would have been so easy to just…forget about women, in this patriarchal world.Father was away for much of the time, building alliances with neighbors, checking his outposts and guard towers, recruiting men. Or how everything is left pretty open-ended or simply unexplained, hopefully to be explained in a later book. This task will take Sorcha far from Seven Waters and the forest she loves, forcing her to endure hunger, cruelty and heartache. 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. Nestled safe among its guardian trees, hidden from the world by forces older than time, our home was indeed a place apart.

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