Thursday, August 1, 2013

Juliet Marillier - Daughter of the Forest

Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.
But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift--by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever.
When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all...

Comment: Another book that has been waiting and waiting....the whole trilogy, actually. I got it several years ago and I wanted to save it for the "right" time - what is the right time, I ask, but all readers have those, don't they? When a certain book is right for? - but it never felt like it. Then I thought this was it and here I went, to read it. Like happens with most series I wanted to read a book a month so this time it was the first one's turn.

Sorcha is the youngest of seven and she is very close to her brothers and everyone knows they care for each other all the time.Their father is very focused on his battles so he doesn't see when he's being bewitched or how that is affecting his children's lives. One day, her new stepmother makes her move and Sorcha is the only one left to make things right but for that to happen she must endure so many tears and sacrifice...but she accepts it because her soul is good and there's nothing she wants more than to have her family back.

I lost count on how many times I've cried while reading this novel. I never thought I'd feel so many emotions during this time because despite knowing many people felt this book was wonderful and captivating I never imagined it would be so heartbreaking as well.
Sorcha has a tough path to walk while trying to get her brothers back. I think most people know this a take on the fairytale of the woman who must sew her brothers shirts while they are swans and she must never speak a sound or the curse won't be broken. The story is told from Sorcha's perspective and we see everything she does and what happens to her since the story begins to her task and what happens after. Of course the reader feels it more strongly this way than it would be if it was a third person narrator, but I thin it's mostly due to the author's writing talent. The story is beautiful, even in the sadder moments, and the author knows how to enhance it well.
While we feel sad over Sorcha's difficulties and the awful things she must deal with, we also see her falling in love and once again, nothing is order for us to gain something good, there's always some some parts it as really hard to not feel something and it was particularly difficult to want to see the good ones have some win and that didn't always happen.
Still, Sorcha's path was full of adventures and challenges and she never lost her goal, she always believed he could make it..right until the end, where she takes a chance and things could've gone wrong, but thankfully they didn't. So, she got her brothers back - it's more than obvious the story had to go that way - but things weren't that simple anymore. I guess, when you go through something, whatever it is, that demands a bit of yourself in turn, then it's unlikely you remain the same.
I confess it was what it cost me the hardest to accept. The how the brothers dealt with everything that happened. To this day I still think about them and their choices. It's really difficult for me to accept the way the story ended. It makes me feel sad...but well, Sorcha is happy and we were on time to see one of the most wonderful declarations of love in fiction. It was so beautiful how Sorcha got her happiness!
I really recommend this fantasy's something spectacular.
And I'm told the second story is the mot wonderful of them all....Can't wait to get to it.

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