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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
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Jun 10, 2008

really liked it
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"Daughter of the Forest" by Juliet Marillier is based on "The Six Swans" a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.

This fantasy is the story of Sorcha; she is the sister to six brothers who are turned into swans by their malevolent stepmother. The brothers can take on their human form at the seasonal equinoxes. Sorcha is left with the task to liberate her brothers from the curse by never uttering a sound and by weaving six shirts made from starwort. Construction of the shirts is a horrendous task since starwort is basically thorns and Sorcha’s hands suffer greatly during this task.

While Sorcha is completing her charge she endures many trials and life altering events, both scarring and uplifting. The story contains a captivating love story between Sorcha and a Brit nicknamed Red. It was the love story that kept me reading the book.

I was moved to tears a number of times in this book. Sorcha touched me deeply with her undying love and commitment to her brothers. Her love for Red is also heart wrenching.

This is a great fantasy story that captures romance, magic and tragedy. "Daughter of the Forest" is a grand retelling of the classic fairy tale "The Six Swans" that was collected by the Brothers Grimm.
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