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

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I also don’t know much about the Celts and Britons to be honest I feel like I should be better read about such things. They refuse to allow her to be alone with him until Sorcha insists on it, and she is the one to tell Red good-bye, believing he will forget her once she is gone and still under the delusion that he only loves her because of the Fair Folk's intervention.

However, because Richard, (Red's uncle), has her guarded so securely, he goes to find Red, (who is off rescuing Simon), instead. Going along with this, the story’s politics has a wonderfully small immediacy to it, a world where a lord is as much an agricultural planner, community leader and magistrate as commander or ruler. The keep at Sevenwaters is a strange, remote place, guarded by silent men who slip through the woodlands clothed in grey, and keep their weapons sharp. 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. I like how Sorcha keeps thinking of the Britons as these down-to-earth, no-imagination types, like they’re a different species.One thing the author does magnificently well is the fact that I was never really sure if Sorcha would manage to break the curse. Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too. To make matters worse, her father doesn't know whom to trust anymore, as the mysterious Cathal also disappeared at the same time as the baby. A world where; if a cotter’s son disappeared into the woods for a night and came back an old man, it was a tragic, but not unusual occurrence. He angrily snaps against Finbar's insistence that the Britons are human too, and treats Sorcha as if she does not exist, though it is later revealed that he loves her very much.

I don’t remember Finbar answering, but later that day, as dusk was falling, he took me back to the lakeshore. 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. The bitchy mother in law of the original fairy tale here is given quite a nuanced, if still occasionally unpleasant portrayal. The sister must maintain silence for the duration of her task, and must rescue her brothers all at once, not as each shirt is completed. Combine that with the clear fact that our protagonist can’t speak for the majority of this book…and I have to admit, I was wondering how the events would happen without the typical means of communication in place.

But while this comment is made, I can’t help but feel like the consistent portrayal of trauma works as an effective counterattack to that mindset. As close-knit as siblings can be, their lives are infused with a deep undercurrent of magic, and the small oddities of their childhood seem natural as anything.

It follows Sorcha's journey as she struggles to break the curse her stepmother Lady Oonagh casted upon her brothers, turning them into swans. But now there is also an invader inside the keep: the Lady Oonagh, a sorceress as fair as day, but with a heart as black as night. This is not something that triggers me personally so I found it to work as a part of Sorcha’s character development, but others may not see it in that way. The neglect of proper representation in current fantasy books is unnerving, and it bothers me how often it’s simply used for shock factor or to make a female character go through some traumatic event for “character development”. On the one hand, that is an intriguing idea, on the other hand, it is difficult to keep a story moving when the heroine never speaks.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.

I think buddy reading with someone almost feels similar to readalongs because your back and forth chat seems to make you really think about what you’re reading – which obviously reviewing does the same thing – but in this respect having all the notes written was really good – made me think I should do more note taking when I’m reading day to day. 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.At the end of the novel, he is the brother who has one swan wing remaining, and it is implied that he mated while he was still a swan, and that because swans mate for life, he can never be fully human.

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