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Juliet Marillier is a rare talent, a writer who can imbue her characters and her story with such warmth, such heart, that no reader can come away from her work untouched. Daughter of the Forest is a testimony to that talent, a first novel and the beginning of a trilogy like no other: a mixture of history and fantasy, myth and magic, legend and love.

Lord Colum of Sevenwaters is blessed with six sons: Liam, a natural leader; Diarmid, with his passion for adventure; twins Cormack and Conor, each with a different calling; rebellious Finbar, grown old before his time by his gift of the Sight; and the young, compassionate Padriac.

But it is Sorcha, the seventh child and only daughter, who alone is destined to defend her family and protect her land from the Britons and the clan known as Northwoods. For her father has been bewitched, and her brothers bound by a spell that only Sorcha can lift.

To reclaim the lives of her brothers, Sorcha leaves the only safe place she has ever known, and embarks on a journey filled with pain, loss, and terror.

When she is kidnapped by enemy forces and taken to a foreign land, it seems that there will be no way for her to break the spell that condemns all that she loves. But magic knows no boundaries, and Sorcha will have to choose between the life she has always known and a love that comes only once.

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A new favourite of mine!
January 2nd, 2013
An excellent read--I love it; magic, a strong heroine, a braw and bonny love interest, a truly EVIL villain, and a terribly arduous quest to stop them and keep evil at bay. True love that doesn't come easily; it has to be fought for... all the elements of a good Celtic tale. Though a little more romance would've been welcome, to illustrate the depth of feeling the characters had for one another. I just have a hard time believing in their true love when they've only spoken (or mimed) and barely ever touched, beyond him lending a helping hand or her tending his wound. Oh well, on to the next book in the series! I can tell that I'll be immersed in the land of Erin for the next month or two, at least.
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