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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
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Feb 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: broken-characters, fairy-tale-retellings, family-drama, fantasy-politics, glued-till-the-last-page, living-vicariously, movie-material, other-worlds, strong-females, young-adult
Recommended to Parvathy by: Ann Marie
Recommended for: Dark Fairytale retelling lovers
Read from January 30 to February 14, 2012 , read count: 1

Sunlight and Rainbows are not a part of this fairytale retelling, then again most retellings

are like that but this one was a little bit more darker. I am not saying that I did not

enjoy the book on the contrary I loved the book. It was engaging and had the correct twist

and turns at the all the correct points ( a few extraordinary twists I might add which I

thought I would never encounter in a fairy tale retelling). May be that is the point of the

whole endeavour, to expect the unexpected in an already known tale.

For those of you who don't know this book is based on the fairy tale "Six Swans". The story

goes like this, a kingdom governed by a widower King with his seven children ( six sons and

one daughter). He loved his children very much and cared for them more than anything. But

all this change when the King remarries and brings home is bride who is also a socceress. In

jealousy she places the six sons under an enchantment that turns them in to swans. Luckily

the daughter escapes and is entrusted with the task of breaking the curse without uttering

even a single word till the curse is broken. Basically the crux of the story is the same but

in Juliet Marillier hands it takes on an entirely new dimension that you fail to see the

resemblence between the two most of the time. It is a wonder how a few additional characters

can change the entire story and give it a new life. The further insight provided by the

author about the absentee father of the children, Lord Colum, the relationship between the

siblings and the surroundings they grew up in makes us all the more closer to the characters

that you keep on turning pages with an intensity that makes you feel like your whole life

depends on it. I can't comment on he other characters without giving away much of the story There were times in this book were I had to under go a strong dose of reality

check as I was so immersed in the book that I thought I too had to remin a mute till the

spell breaks. Sorcha's character had that much of an influence on me. The romance between

Sorcha and Red was believable and sweet. After what Sorcha went through I never thought she

would trust a man let alone love one. Sorcha is a strong character and admirable. The

abuse she went through was a little too much for me. Regardless I decided to look beyond it

to the magnificent story underlying it and was rewarded for my efforts. In the end a very

satisfying read.
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Ann-Marie My favourite book in the whole world! Im sure you wont be disappointed :)

Parvathy I am going to read it next. Thanks for suggesting

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