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Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1 | [Juliet Marillier]

Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

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 and 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.
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Editors Select, July 2013 - I loved two things as a teen: fairytales and history. After watching me give up on The Once and Future King for the umpteenth time, my first girlfriend gave me a little package of books. Daughter of the Forest was on the top, probably due to its size, but I like to think she hoped I’d read it first. I devoured it in one sitting. But let’s be clear: Daughter of the Forest is a coming-of-age story, but it is not YA. Set in medieval Ireland, this is the story of Sorcha, youngest child of Sevenwaters, an ancient fortress stewarded by a noble family tasked with overseeing the spiritually-important lands. When her father’s new wife turns her six brothers into swans and forces Sorcha to go on the run, she is set to a curse-breaking task by the Fair Folk inhabiting the dark and dangerous woods – weave six shirts of starwort, and speak no words while you are working, or your brothers will be swans forever. Sorcha’s magically-enforced silence lands her in serious trouble when she’s captured by a rival clan, and she is forced to try and complete her task in a stranger’s land. While ultimately a tale of what we’ll do for our families, Daughter of the Forest is great fantasy for the fairer set, those who are historically minded, or those who want a break from the heaviness of Game of Thrones. I’m thrilled to finally see it in audio. —Erin, Audible Editor

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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 and 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 that she will never 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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    Bruce Irvine, CA, United States 02-17-14
    Bruce Irvine, CA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2005
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    "My gratitude for this work of art!"

    In a stroke of serendipity, I happened upon this trilogy as a consequence of Audible's recent promotional introduction of new series. What a delightful discovery!

    I am still enjoying part three of the first book, and I can anticipate that I will be very sad when I finish the last part of the final book (but I can also anticipate that this is a series that will warrant another listen, or two). I have been thoroughly engaged from the start, and unlike so many other audiobooks I have tried, I can find NOTHING to criticize.

    I think any revered author would enjoy the opportunity to explore the imagination and linguistic prowess of Juliet Marillier, and any listener would be entranced by the voice, emotional emphasis, and cadence of Terry Donnelly!

    I have not read or listened to any of this author’s other works yet, but from this story, I feel I know something about her that I love. The characters in this book are like phrases from a piece of music with every note in its perfect place. They, and the scenes in which they exist are beautiful and memorable.

    The narrator has added a significant contribution to the experience for me, which so often is not the case. I have so many times been able to recognize an author’s talent, but been prevented from enjoying it because the narrator distracts from it to some degree. Not so here. As I eventually look to explore more stories from Juliet Marillier, they will be even more compelling if Terry Donnelly is again chosen to read them!

    I could go on to say more, but I will simply end by offering my recommendation that if you decide to try this book, you will likely rejoice the credit and time you spent to do so!


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    MissSusie66 09-27-13
    MissSusie66 09-27-13 Member Since 2010

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    "One of my All-Time Favorites"

    This was a re-read of one of my all-time favorite fantasy books and I have to tell you I loved it just as much the second time through as I did the first and listening to the audio version only enhanced my love of it.

    I still loved the characters of Sorcha & Red, this whole story is so beautifully written, Juliet Marillier is such a fabulous writer!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fairytale re-telling (The Wild Swans by, Hans Christian Andersen), this is not a story for the faint of heart, just a warning there is a rape scene, and this love story which to me is so secondary to Sorcha’s quest is chaste and doesn’t overpower the book at all. Sorcha’s quest will break your heart and it amazed me still even on re-reading/listening what a great strong woman she was.

    I enjoyed the “magical” elements the Fair Folk and the Druids it all seems so normal and everyday that you totally believe these people truly lived in this time.


    This was my first time listening to Terry Donnelly as a narrator at first I wasn’t sure about her because I was expecting more of an Irish accent from the characters at Sevenwaters but she really grew on me and I was enrapt with the book by the end and was very happy with her narration, I thought she put just the right amount of venom in the Uncle Richard’s voice. I see she narrates another one later in the series and I look forward to it and would definitely listen to this narrator again.

    As I said I love Juliet Marillier’s writing she knows how to weave a tale so well that you believe every word. If you are a fan of the quest type fantasy give this series a try.

    Still 5 Stars

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    barefoot rabbit United States 09-09-13
    barefoot rabbit United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling story--but only at 1.5x"

    Trust me when I say that if you don't listen to this book via the Audible app so that you can speed it up to 1.5 (and 2.0 when the villain gives a creepy lecture), you'll either give up quickly or else want to tear your hair out before long. The narrator's dragging, snoozey pace and melodramatic, drawn-out wail will make you want to throw things.

    HOWEVER: If you speed it up, she'll sound quite normal! Before I did so, I was hitting myself for not just buying the paper book. But after a few chapters of misery, I thought I'd try out the various speeds and settled with 1.5x...and then suddenly, I was listening to an honestly compelling story.

    This is an elaborate retelling of an old fairytale made painfully, intricately human and present. It's no lighthearted fare, and far from a YA tone or style. Sadly, it probably won't attract as many male readers as it should since the main character is a young woman--even though her six brothers factor strongly into the story as characters you come to know well, and even though this is *hardly* a soppy romance (it's anything but that). It's brutal enough--and emotionally complex enough that instead, I wouldn't suggest this if you want a light fantasy adventure for your commute. It's character-driven by far and nothing comes tied up in bows. Hard times and more hard times. No easy answers and no easy justice.

    My main criticism would be that it's overlong with its explication and is at times redundant, but that's why I'd say it's a good choice for an audiobook. If you listen at the speed I Forcefully Recommend, you'll probably only have brief moments when you wish she'd move forward, whereas I imagine otherwise skimming long paragraphs in a book while feeling you're missing something.

    Overall, this is a very thoughtful, well-told story that gripped me on many levels. Not sure if I'll continue with the series, but there's goodness in that too, especially in the context of today's publishing world of cheaply-plotted, hurriedly dashed-off first-draft trilogies that make you buy at least three books to get any resolution. This is a stand-alone book that doesn't leave you empty or require you to soldier on to find a satisfying conclusion. Recommended for anyone who knows what they're getting into!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Melton OKC 06-27-14
    R. J. Melton OKC 06-27-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Another telling of the cursed swans...well told."
    What did you love best about Daughter of the Forest?

    The closeness of the family and the well developed distinctive characters. I have read this tale many times in many guises...this is one of the better ones. I liked both the tale and the telliing, the narrator is excellent.


    Would you recommend Daughter of the Forest to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of Terry Donnelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but I will.


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    areader Columbus, Ohio, United States 05-15-14
    areader Columbus, Ohio, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Daughter of the Forest"

    I put off buying this book because I thought it would just be another fairy tale retold. I bought it in an Audible Sale and it is nice to know I was wrong. The series is wonderful. Magic, twists and turns. Very well done. The narrator is very good! I plan to listen to the remainder of the series.

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    Camille United States 05-10-14
    Camille United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Kept my interest throughout"

    Sometimes I will zone out or fast forward in a book if it has pages of descriptive writing or sex to get on with the story but this series kept me listening to every page, I loved everything in them. There isn't much laughter but love and compassion galore. Some people complained about the third book but take my word it's just as good as the rest, I highly recommend this series. I haven't read the second trilogy but I expect them to be just as good and I am looking forward to the adventure they hold for me. The narrators are excellent, the story fantastic, I can't understand why it hasn't had more reviews. So here is mine, if you like stories with the love of family and compassion for tradition you'll get these books they have it all, plus it's based in Ireland so there's a little magic mixed in, fun fun fun!

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    Penny Sarasota, FL, United States 05-03-14
    Penny Sarasota, FL, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful story, but too much repetition"

    The author wove a beautiful story with great potential. Character development and background descriptions were rich, clear and unique. However, there was a propensity for repeating events and descriptions (generally from a different characters perspective) that was unnecessary and excessive to the point of distraction. The book would have flowed better and been a third the length. While I enjoyed so much of the book, I won't be following the series in audiobook form. It would be much easier to skim past some of this if you have time for the book form of the series.

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    John 04-28-14
    John 04-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic!"

    I am so glad I finally started this series. I will be downloading the second book soon.

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    B. zhang Somewhere, CA 05-16-14
    B. zhang Somewhere, CA 05-16-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Very boring"
    Would you try another book from Juliet Marillier and/or Terry Donnelly?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the pacing faster


    What does Terry Donnelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Too slow


    Was Daughter of the Forest worth the listening time?

    No. I have listened for 5 hours, and couldn't stand it anymore


    Any additional comments?

    It's boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joelle South Golden Beach, Australia 04-08-14
    Joelle South Golden Beach, Australia 04-08-14
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    "Terrible narration, soppy and formless story."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    What could Juliet Marillier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe a different narrator could have slightly redeemed it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the narrator didn't wail about every single occurrence.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was terrible. The 'damsel in distress' act was so overdone throughout the entire book, well, through the 18 hours that I made it through. I very rarely stop listening to a book but I just couldn't put myself through this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Susan
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    "Spellbinding! I highly recommend this book"
    What did you like most about Daughter of the Forest?

    I read the book years ago and loved it and the audio book brought it all back to life again. I can't wait to start on the second book in the series. The characters are true and life like, the story is gripping and the narration did the book justice in every way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have a favourite character. I liked them all for different reasons.


    Have you listened to any of Terry Donnelly’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. But I will look for other books narrated by Terry Donnelly


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I was on a long flight it would be perfect! Unfortunately I don't have enough spare time to listen for so long but if I could, I would.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Fiona Poole
    Scotland
    12/14/13
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    "As captivating as I remember it....."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this series of books to anyone you likes a fantasy novel. There is plots and conspiracy written in a wonderful way which will keep you captivated!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't choose a favourite piece in the book as I really thoroughly enjoy it from beginning to end. Sorcha has is a character that you can follow with ease as she works through the turmoils set upon her by the Lady Oognah and Fairy Folk of the Forest in a quest to save her 6 brothers.


    Which character – as performed by Terry Donnelly – was your favourite?

    Terry Donnelly does take some getting used to. I must admit to begin with she wasn't the easiest listening voice but as the story progressed you certainly get into it and relax into her style of reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole story is a quite a moving one in different ways. You'll find yourself annoyed and saddened by events, relief and happiness as some tasks are met and achieved,


    Any additional comments?

    I really looking forward to listening to the rest if the series. Each book has a different narrator so we'll see if that works or not.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DebB
    Oxfordshire, England
    6/26/14
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    "Adversity and trials, grief and stress..."

    Hmmm- I seem to be in a minority here in that I'm not swooning with delight over this. The whole thing is a recounting of events, so has things like (I paraphrase here) "Little did we know this was to be our last happy day." , or "Three tradegies were to occur before the moon next rose" or somesuch, so you're constantly waiting for the next awful thing to happen. And boy oh boy, do they happen. Awfulness and pain and crushing burdens are heaped onto our poor young heroine, while she eats one of the most unsustainable diets imaginable, mostly bread, fruit, the odd smidgeon of cheese, a bit of barley broth, oh and bean curd (sounds a bit tofu'ish to me - did they have tofu in 1st millenium Ireland and England?).
    There are the occasional lightenings of the mood, but they are brief and you know all too well that the next horror is just around the corner. There are times when I longed for a bit of editing - Richard's gloating towards the end seemed to go on for an eternity, and generally it could have been pruned without losing any of the lyricism. But I did hang on in there to the surprisingly romantic and, dare I say it, almost Mills & Boon type ending.
    This is well read, with the narrator inhabiting characters from a naive 12 year old girl to seasoned warriors, I thought she read Red particularly well.
    So, overall this is a not bad version of an old tale, with a stonkingly determined in the face of overwhelming adversity heroine, a stone faced, tormented and very decent hero, a two quite nasty baddies and an assorted cast of supporters. But be prepared for endless trials and tribulations - and while there is an ending to the main part of the tale, other parts are left very unfinished for the other two parts of the trilogy to deal with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dee S
    Bath, Somerset
    5/9/14
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    "A great book to read"
    Would you listen to Daughter of the Forest again? Why?

    Yes I have read it again and currently going through the series of books. The book keep you in interested in what is going to happen next. The daughter of Severwaters was very strong, determined young teenager trying to get her six brothers back as her stepmother had changed them into swan.


    Have you listened to any of Terry Donnelly’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Terry made the book feel real and made you want to listen more and hear more of what is happening to her. It was at the right tempo so that you didn't get bored or you couldnt keep up. I would listen to her again if she was the narrated another book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first one was when she was gang raped by some men and then when she freed her brothers from the spell that her evil stepmother put on them.


    Any additional comments?

    if you like fast moving story and you like fantasy and magic it's a good book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nadina
    London, United Kingdom
    2/10/14
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    "A vivid and beautiful take on a classic fairy tale"

    The books is written beautifully with a lyrical and dreamy tone. It makes you believe that the magic under the sprawling moss-covered depths of the oak forests is real and tangible, inextricably woven into the fabric of the life of those who have eyes to see it. If you love a book for the beauty of its language and enjoy a good fairy tale, this is the read for you.
    Juliet Marillier remains faithful to the story, without resorting to horrid modern crudeness. Instead the myth is made real by a beautiful love story, realistic historical background, masterly infusion of magic, unyielding sibling love and loyalty and a couple of utterly hateful villains.
    I will be following this series further to discover what lies behind the couple of unresolved loose ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Cookstown, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "Very Good"
    Would you listen to Daughter of the Forest again? Why?

    Yes very gripping


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughter of the Forest?

    the hole book


    What about Terry Donnelly’s performance did you like?

    very good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No it was all good


    Any additional comments?

    It is just very good lol

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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