Book 16/25 for my Clear Your Shelves Challenge for the year. (We’ll see if I finish before December 31!)
I wouldn’t describe myself as a fantasy fan (though as a kid I loved Prydain and Narnia and named our family dog Bilbo), but I really really loved this book! This is one I bought when I lived in Louisiana a good ten years ago. I remember the bookseller asking me, “Are you sure this is the one you wanted?” She knew I wasn’t a fantasy fan, either.
Daughter of the Forest came recommended, though I don’t remember where I first heard of it. I’m sure the thing that won me over was learning it was a retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale “The Six Swans.“
This line I’ve read aloud a few times because of its marvelous rhythm. I dare you to hear it and not be won over!
One morning there was crisp frost on the ground and the bushes bore robes of sparkling silver that melted into droplets with the sun’s hazy rising in a sky of lavender gray.
Daughter of the Forest is the first book in a trilogy. Elements of the story have reminded me of Edith Parteger’s The Heaven Tree trilogy. The climax scene in Daughter and the last Heaven Tree book, The Scarlet Seed, are both huge in scope and share many similarities.
It been so fun to get really involved in a book I’ve owned forever but have just now opened.
What are you reading?