Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Book: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: A
For: Fun (and because Melissa said to)
From: Paperback Swap

After Melissa's review of this book , one I'd never heard of, where she said "it blew me away" I instantly ordered it from Paperback Swap and have been trying to fit it in ever since. I started it while on our spring break trip, but then had to do some other reading and set it aside. This last month, I picked it back up again and then could NOT put it down.

So let me just say, this is the kind of book I especially love when I'm sick of everything else. The kind of book that I long for sometimes when I just need "a really good book." I guess you could call this kind of book my comfort read.

So what kind of book is this kind of book? There's magic of course, mixed a little with ancient British history, and territorial feuds, and an evil step mother. There's a very strong main girl character who faces unbelievable problems and challenges. She has six older brothers all with their own distinct personalities and weaknesses and strengths. Then there's the other brothers, the ones she loves, but doesn't realize it. Yes, it has it all, and it captivated me easily.

And so once again I stumble on yet another series that I simply must read 'till the end! In fact, I already have the next book checked out from the library. We'll see how successful I am at fitting it in.

Bottom line: I loved it!

Author Juliet Marillier's official website.

Other Reviews:

Things Mean A Lot
The Bookling


  1. This is one of my very favorite books too. The story grips me every time.

  2. Oh, you read it! You finally read it. :)


    This is an all-time, made of awesome, top comfort read for me. As is its sequel. Seriously. You will not believe she can top DotF, but SON OF THE SHADOWS rocks my world like nobody's business. I cannot WAIT to hear what you think of it.

    And did you just die at the end when he shows up and she finally...yeah.

  3. So glad you loved it as much as I did. I've got the sequel at the top of my to-read pile (finally) and I'm going to start on it soon.

  4. A rave review, and based on your descriptions, I think this is one I will really enjoy too. Thanks for talking about it and putting it on my must read list.

  5. Terrific to be tempted by another one from you!! Doesn't it make you wonder how many other unknowns are out there waiting to be found?!?!?

    I'm adding this one to my Paperback swap list too.
    Thanks for the review!

  6. Ah Megan! (I didn't realize at first which Megan this was!) Have you read the sequels?

    Angie, yeah. Yeah yeah yeah. I guess I'm going to have to bump up SON to closer to the top of my stack.

    Caroline, on researching, they call this historical fantasy. I've decided it's probably nearly my favorite genre.

    Melissa, we should do a so called "buddy read!" :)

    Jan, and I feel like my description was so very... plain. So I'm glad something got through!

    Inside, YES! Exactly!

  7. Yes, I've read the sequels. Loved the second one; the third one I didn't like as much as the first two. The fourth one, The Heir of Sevenwaters, I also didn't like as much. And she has another one coming out this year called "The Seer of Sevenwaters".

  8. I'm adding this one to my Black Hole Reviews!



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