Mini Book Reviews

Daughter of the Forest (YA)

by Juliet Marillier

Sorcha is the youngest daughter of an Irish warlord. Her world is turned upside down when her father’s second wife turns her six older brothers into swans and their only hope of survival rests with her.

This is a beautiful and haunting retelling of “The Wild Swans” by Hans Christian Andersen. I loved this book just as much at this reading as I did when I read it in high school, but I would only recommend this book with a STRONG caution: for mature readers only. There’s some graphic description of sexual assault and the aftermath, plus slightly less graphic description of a war prisoner’s injuries from torture.

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