Daughter of the Forest by: Juliet Marillier

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Daughter of the Forest, the first book in Juliet Marillier’s award-winning Sevenwaters Trilogy.

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… “

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Content Warnings:

-Torture discussed and described
-Raiding/sacking of villages discussed and described
-Death of a close friend
-Mother lost in childbirth
-Rape [scene lasts 2 pages]
-Murder of pet dog
-F slur used twice in connection with building a fire
-Burning by fire

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Here is another example of a book, that was gifted to me, that I let sit unread on my shelf for entirely too long. This fantasy was PHENOMENAL, honestly, if it wasn’t for the small print I would have read this in one sitting. Between the thickness and it being a fantasy, which can be known to wreak havoc on your emotional state, I would pass by this book, a lot, to grab fluffier and shorter books.

Although this story follows a character from the age of twelve to sixteen I would not recommend it for younger readers as there are some very adult subjects that might be hard for some to understand or digest. This book is set in a time where children were forced to grow fast and most girls were married off at the age of fifteen.

Throughout this tale, which alone is amazing, we get to hear about different lore and tales the characters grew up hearing. The entire book is written so beautifully and yet still easy to follow along with. I quickly found myself deeply invested in the journey and wellbeing of our main character Sorcha.

The trials and tribulations that test Sorcha had me going through all the emotions with her. Quite a few times I had to have tissues near as I felt her pain, sadness, and heartbreak. I mean just imagine being twelve years old and finding out the fate of your six, older, siblings rest on your shoulders alone. Not only do you have to journey alone to save your family but you also aren’t allowed to make one sound, you are forbidden to speak, even if you are injured you can’t cry out in pain.

If you’re looking for a beautifully written story that follows a strong, fierce, and loyal protagonist who will do whatever it takes to save and restore her family…then look no further.

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Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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