Synopsis: Loosely based on the fairy tale of the six swans by the Brothers Grimm, (an old Celtic tale) Daughter of the Forest brings you a stalwart king, his six sons and seventh child, daughter Sorcha. When their evil step mother turns all six brothers into swans that are only able to return for an allotted time twice a year, it is up to Sorcha to set them free. With the high price of complete silence Sorcha must weave six shirts from a stinging thorny plant and place them on her brothers so that they might walk again as humans.
While the outline sounds simple enough, I assure you, this amazingly written piece of works holds so much more.
One of the first things that stuck out to me in this book, and then continued to glue me to it's pages was the warm relationship between Sorcha and her six brothers. How close they were, how concerned they were for one another, the relationship they shared with one another that words need not always be the relayer of messages was down right awesome.
The characters were beautifully written. The brothers each were their own, and Sorcha. Oh Sorcha, how I cried with you, laughed with you and oh how I loved with you. Sorcha's love interest and her do not fall head over heals into each others arms at first glance. No their love was one of journey, of hurt, of trust, of laughter and of so much more.
Each new character I met was well drawn out. Red, a strong leader doing what's right. Simon and his inner turmoil and nightmares from torture, Janis the cook whom I could imagine only too well in her kitchen amidst her pots of soup and pans of hot cakes. I do wish the step mother was explored a little deeper but don't have any quarrels with what Marillier did explore.
Finding out Juliet Marillier wrote this book based loosely on the Brothers Grim tale of The Six Swans made me want to go out and read the fairy tale. Folklore of any kind interests me. I loved reading about the Fairy Folk and the gods and goddesses in this book. Sorcha was a wonderful character that was tangible, and real, shortcomings and all. Her hurt was very real to me, as was her happiness. This book wasn't a half hearted read that you could lazily flip through. While yes it's a comfort read it also captures you and takes more time to read than just your off the cuff fluff read. While slow on the get go this book will take you on wonders---don't you dare close your eyes.
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