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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
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May 06, 2010

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bookshelves: fiction-fairytales-folklore, fiction-fantasy, fiction-historical-1ce-1200ce, fiction-romance
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** spoiler alert ** I liked this far more than I expected to; it is a remix/pro-fanfic of Grimm 49! The cover lied, and the lukewarm blurb from Anne McCaffery is misleading.

This had a really nice realist cast to it, although there were multiple occasions when Marillier forgot that she was writing about a precapitalist society. (Look, I'm sorry, I can't help but notice these things.) I was really impressed by how well the Little Folk were integrated into the story (this may be one of the books I end up going back to, for studying purposes when I write the Ragnell novel), although the mind-speaking thing I could have largely done without, Red/Hugh was a pretty awesome hero, Lord Richard sucked sucked sucked, I was pretty touched by the conclusion of the Colum arc. This is a pretty hefty book for what is a pretty straightforward tale, but it doesn't feel padded, amazingly enough.

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