30 Before 30 || Daughter of the Forest

Welcome to the 30 Books Before 30 Challenge! I have concucted a list of 30 books to read before I turn 30 in my last year of my 20s. There’s some classics, some fiction literature, some fantasy titles I must read and more. It’ll be a fun time and I’m curious to see how I like each title. I’ll be posting my reviews for all of them under the 30 Before 30 page so you can follow along. If you’ve read any of them I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments 🙂

Next we have… Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Molly from MollysBookNook will be joining me in this challenge and budding reading them all with me. So we decided to do something fun! We will each ask each other some Q&A. You can see each others answers on each others posts.


Title: Daughter of the Forest
Author: Juliet Marillier
Page Count: 554 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: TorBooks
Release Date: April 1, 2010
Buy It: Chapters Indigo





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…


I’m always looking for that next book that gives me the ache when I’m reading. If you don’t know what I mean by “the ache” then you need to read The Song of Achilles, The Art of Racing In The Rain, Where The Crawdads Sing, All The Birds In The Sky, just to name a few I was aching over while reading. That grips your heart and shreds it to peices while slowly building it back together again just with words!

Daughter of the Forest was one of those reads for me. Enter Marillier’s fantasy tale with historical fiction dabbled in with a slow burn romance you will die for. This story is a retelling of the Celtic “Swan” myth, you may know the tale retold by Hans Christian Anderson ‘s “The Wild Swans”. Juliet Marillier’s version of this tale is tragic and beautiful at the same time. I was so invested in this story and especially Sorcha, the main character.

We see the world through Sorcha’s perspective. We watch as her brothers are torn away from her and her world. We experience the story as Sorcha goes through some of the most horrific paths a person has to take in life.

The historical fiction portion focuses on the Celtic/British feuds with magical influences. There are often times when I wonder if an author recognizes her own characters or even understands them by choices they make but Sorcha is 100% part of this authors heart. Reading through Sorcha’s pain, happiness, anger, confusion and love brings you so close to her you know that she’s a product of the authors blood and bone.

My favourite parts of this book included the relationships, the descriptions and the magic. How the characters begin, how they flourish, how they ultimately come to an end, was so beautifully written I feel as if I know them myself. The descriptions were beautiful, I could imagine the landscape and the characters so vividly and that is an ode to the authors writing. I oftentimes found myself wanting to know more of the tales within this tale told and the mythology.

I mentioned the slow burn romance earlier and this is the kind of romance I love in a fantasy book. That slow getting to know you romance. The romance that builds and blossoms into something beautiful.

I loved this book so much and cannot wait to read the next one. 5 brilliant stars to Daughter of the Forest. Let’s check in with Molly see what she thought below.

Q&A with MollysBookNook

Another fun aspect to my 30 Before 30 challenge is Molly is joining me in buddy reading all the books with me! We can tackle this list together Molly!  You can view her answers to my questions below and my questions to her answers are posted on her blog post here MollysBookNook.

  1. Molly, who was your favourite character?

Sorcha definitely. BUT if I had to pick someone other than her, I would say Red. I liked how there were these two sides of him, leader and this kindhearted marshmallow lol.

    2. Did you feel the ache when you read this book like I did?

Not really? The only time I really got upset was around page 200 when THAT scene happened. Also, whenever a dog was messed with – really pushed my buttons.

“She’s determined, loyal, and, seriously, when you think “strong female character”, think Sorcha. She may not be fighting off bad guys with badass swordsmanship, but her tenacity is something to be admired.” – Molly from MollysBookNook

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