You know the Tale of the Seventh Son of The Seventh Son where the seventh son must come from an unbroken line with no female siblings born between, and be, in turn, born to such a seventh son. But, what if the seventh son wasn't a son at all, but a daughter, that is what exactly what Juliet Marillier did, Author of Daughter of the Forest. The story is about Sorcha the only girl born in a line of boys, her mother died giving birth to her, and her father stricken with too much grief to raise her, so her six brothers Liam, Diarmid, Cormack, Conor, Finbar, and Padriac took her under their wings and raised her themselves. Sorcha was the one that linked them all together. They are the people of Erin, their distinct features is one having grey/green eyes and very dark hair. They live in Sevenwaters where her father is the lord and their lands protected by the forest, that has many mysteries because of the fae folk that live there. Sorcha's brothers would do anything for her, they had always kept her safe and she knew that she was loved. The first part of the story really tells of the relationship she had with her brothers and how strong their bond was, how they interacted, how they spoke, and that's when you knew they were all one with each other, one couldn't survive without the other. Their father had always been out campaigning not having much time for any of his children, and especially dismissive to Finbar and Sorcha because they two were the ones that looked just like their mother. Lord Colum (the father) thought his enemy the Britons, their distinct features was one having blonde/red hair and blue eyes, he felt they took over the islands that belonged to the Erins and was in a constant battle on trying to get them back. One day they captured a Briton, not too much older than Sorcha, and tortured him endlessly, until Finbar got him to escape, he was always the one trying to right someone's wrongs, but he needed Sorcha's help for she knew all the herbs and remedies and salves and he needed a little bit of poison to pull it off. So it was then that the Britons and Erins paths would forever intertwine. Finbar and Sorcha got the young man to a safe haven, to their priest Father Brien's house, and that's where Sorcha nursed him back to health until she had to leave him because his father brought back a young bride from when he was campaigning, and wanted to gather all his children to meet her. The lady Oonagh was a very beautiful woman who had charmed not only Lord Colum but also Diarmid too, but was strange was that no one knew what land she was from and it was always as if she had an alternative motive, all the while putting on a front that she actually cared. Sorcha and her brothers noticed what she was doing, she was trying to get rid of them, so one day they all gathered trying to seek help from the lady of the forest on what to do, but lady Oonagh had other plans, she intercepted their planning and turned all Sorcha's brothers into swans. That is when Sorcha's journey really began, she ran away fast, and was approached by the lady of the forest and she told Sorcha that she could undo the enchantment if she was up to the task, Sorcha agreed not knowing how treacherous this road was. This path lasted 3 long yrs, she would starve, she would be hungry and have no companions, she would have no voice, she will love the enemy, and also face grave danger, but through all the pain and suffering you do have an happy ending. This book reminded me a little bit of the movie Snow White and the Seven Huntman, for Queen Ravenna was a sorceress same as Lady Oonagh that had married the ruler and locked her step daughter away. The step daughter escapes and ends up going down a harsh road just to get back what was rightfully hers. This would be a great movie, the journey was incredible, the strength and courage Sorcha must have had spoke volumes in this book. How I loved the folk lore in this book, the fantasy aspect was nothing to miss. Sorcha and her brothers were all touched by the magic of their lands and I would love to see how it would play out in a movie, This is something to watch out for. It's popular right now, telling about the ancient days with a just enough fantasy. People will be wanting more once they read this. Stay tuned because this book will come to life and when it does, I'll be watching.