In Daughter of the Forest, Sorcha is the only daughter and the youngest of Lord Colum’s children. She is pampered by her brothers and leads a fairly idyllic life until her father is taken in by an evil sorceress, an overplayed trope in fantasy fiction, and her brothers are turned into swans. This forces Sorcha to figure out a way to break the enchantment. In the process she finds love, and so on and so forth. I found this novel to be pretty weak and unimpressive. There’s nothing original about the story. The writing style isn’t particularly captivating and the plot leaves a lot to be desired. This is the first novel in this series by Juliet Marillier, and I don’t feel a particular need to read any additional entries in the series. This is one that I would skip.
Carl Alves – author of Blood Street