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Daughter of the Forest

Sevenwaters, Book 1
Lu par : Terry Donnelly
Série : Sevenwaters, Volume 1
Durée : 26 h et 45 min

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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, 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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  • MissSusie66
  • 27/09/2013

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

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  • Miachi
  • 01/11/2015

Glad I didn't give up on this book

I almost stopped listening after the first couple hours. The narrator is way too gusty and melodramatic, and pacing overall is slow. Then I checked the reviews and saw a few people recommending 1.25x and 1.5x speed. Unfortunately 1.5x was too garbled for me to understand (I think it was the rougher accents that got clipped), but 1.25x brought it up to a normal speaking pace, which was bearable.

To add to that advice, you should be liberal with the 30 second skip button. When the main character starts dreaming of her home or her family, she can go on and on and on and on, and we've heard it all before. Skip skip skip.

My rating is actually more like a 3.5 given my manual intervention, but I have to be honest - I got hooked somewhere in the middle, so I'm rounding up to a 4. Just don't be afraid to skip ahead a minute or two (especially during the antagonist's diatribes)!

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  • barefoot rabbit
  • 09/09/2013

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!

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  • Veritas
  • 15/05/2014

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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  • GLENNO
  • 29/10/2014

Overly-detailed but good

This book could have been much shorter and it would not have lost anything. I'd say around 20% shorter. There is way too much detail about her early life.

Having said that, Juliet Marillier is a great writer and weaves her tale deftly, if a little too verbosely. I did very much like the characters and her prose is almost poetic at times. That fits because the book is really a sort of extended fairy tale and that, in this case, is a good thing.

Terry Donnelly is a great reader for all of the characters and is especially good when portraying the evil ones. I always appreciate when female readers can portray male characters without making them sound like teenage boys. She does a great job here, no problem.

But now that I found out that the sequel is not about her and her immediate family but really more about her son, I'm less interested in getting the sequel. I grew to like these characters and wanted to experience more of their lives.

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  • Leslie
  • 01/08/2015

Couldn't turn it off

Read the reviews, checked out the sample of narration, and dove in. I found this book unpredictable and suspenseful. I devoured it in 4 days.

A couple of other reviews criticized the narrator's pace, which I had no issue with. It was as though she were telling the story to me, rather than just reading it. I found her pace seductive rather than a source of irritation. Her characters, male and female alike, were pitch perfect. Her accents were also authentic. ( You'll know what I mean if you ever get stuck in a book with an American narrator trying to "do" English/Irish accents and succeeding not at all. This is not one of those narrators). Highly recommend this book.

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  • Cheri
  • 21/10/2014

i am addicted!

wasn't sure if i was going to be able to get into this book...only because of the cadence of the narrator. there was a long pause between thoughts, or sentences that was quite distracting through almost all of the first part. but it seems by the second part she gained her stride and the story started flowing well as it should.
now, i am sooo glad i persevered, because i LOVED this story !!! the narrators voice has such depth, and emotion that it brought the story to life. i am now ready for the second book, and excited to get more of this story under way.

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  • R. J. Melton
  • 27/06/2014

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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  • Penny T
  • 03/05/2014

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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  • Valgal
  • 27/04/2015

I love this story

I've read and dread this story myself many times. I'm happy to see it here and with a great reader. I only wish she had been the reader of the next two as well.

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  • BikerJoe
  • 02/02/2015

Storytelling at its Best

This is simply a wonderful book, a real treat.

The way, how Terry Donnelly reads the story, lets you forget, where you are and you enter the magic country of Celtic Ireland. It is a long story, but you just don't get enough of this great voice and the deep emotion it evokes.

Juliet Marillier retells the fairy tale of the "Six Swans" (Brothers Grimm) and moves it to the medieval Celtic Ireland. Of course there are some clashes with historical facts, but this is not what fairy tales are about. Juliet Marillier added to the original story and changed it quite a bit, but the tale is retold with such tender touch and the changes are made with so much care that the new tale grew into something much bigger. It became a story of love and faith, loyalty and perseverance.

Sorcha, who lost her mother at birth, lives with her father and her six brothers at a lake in the midst of deep woods. While her father spends most of his time defending his home against Britains, Picts and Vikings, Sorcha grows up, protected by her brothers, in close touch with nature and the magic of the deep woods.

When her father remarries, the little paradise shatters and the vicious and malevolent stepmother turns Sorcha's six brothers into swans and she has to run for her life. Still a child, a heavy burden is placed on her shoulders, she has to free her brothers from the spell by fulfilling an extremely difficult task. During the pursuit of this task, she has to master great challenges and not only risk her young life, but also the new found love.

Yes, it is a fairy tale, but one with a magic touch.

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  • Kristina H.
  • 23/05/2015

Enjoyed this old story told in a new way

The story is one of the favourites I had when I was a kid, and it is nicely done with details added. I did not get used to the story teller though and found it lengthy at times and at other times moving to quickly. Enjoyed it though nevertheless