Based on the fairytale, "The Seven/Six/Wild Swans" (depending on where you hear it), Daughter of the Forest is a lovely story about, amongst other things, the usual tropes of love and loyalty, and fighting for what's most important. It's also about stories, you see, and is, perhaps most movingly, about how life isn't like stories. It's about how, despite your best intentions, life goes on. And throughout it all, there is the recurring theme of communication: namely, the ways in which characters find themselves unable or unwilling to communicate, and the ways their willingness and ability to speak twist and turn back upon themselves. The way that characters say the things they should; the way they say too much; the way they choose to stay silent when they should speak; and the times they can say more by saying nothing.
The book isn't without its flaws: a traumatic event in Sorcha's character development feels a bit tacked on, and the villains - Lady Oonagh and Lord Richard - lack a certain amount of characterization. Oonagh is barely there, and we're never quite sure about much of anything about her: who she is, where she come from, what she wants. Perhaps these questions are answered in later books. Richard never really progresses beyond stereotypical wicked lord/wicked uncle. And of course, due to the inherent limitations of a first-person narrative, the actions and motivations of many other characters remain unexplored. Despite all that, the book remains a thoughtful, atmospheric retelling of one of my favorite fairytales....Continua
Do you remember the Grimm's tale of the six swans your mother used to tell you when you was little? Daughter of the forest tells that famous story in a new, fantastic and marvelous way.
Absolutely TO BE read.
Daughter of the Forest started out rather slowly but kept me guessing as to how each chapter in the book would fit together. By the end of the book, the story was an intriguing romance tale. I usually read books that have a bit more action in them, but this was definitely a fantastic story. The ending was not surprising but how the characters evolved to the ending was great!...Continua