Daughter of the Forrest by Juliet Marillier
Publisher: Tor Books
Official blurb: 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…
POV: first person from Sorcha’s point of view. Sorcha is interesting and dynamic, a little tom-boyish, a fantastic narrator.
I never ever, ever wanted it to end. The word ‘epic’ is thrown around a lot, “that shirt is epic,” um, no, no it isn’t. Epic is so overused and misused its meaning has separated from the word, which unfortunately tends to happen with the best descriptors in our language (i.e. awesome) Sorry, rant over. My point: this book was epic. A long trying tale of a very human and lovable heroine, who travels a long journey, within and without and undergoes horrific trials to save those she loves. The characters and romance and situations feel so real, it is a book to cherish. It was on a level with The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale or The Demon King (series) by Cinda Williams Chima. One of my all time favorite books.
(Spoiler) Warning: This book has a horrific scene of rape
Five Stars *****