Juliet Marillier, Master of Building Worlds

I’ll never forget the most average day ever of 11th grade. I remember going to the school library like I always did to check out some new books. My school library, by the way, was made of awesome. The librarians were up on their game when it came to getting in YA books. So anyways, I remember seeing this book up on the display table, Daughter of the Forest. The cover was not the most attractive, but it was different from the other books on display. I couldn’t stop staring at the cover. I’m not exactly sure why. I went on with my ho-hum day, got out different books, and went on to my classes. Before the day ended, however, I had to go back to the library and take out Daughter of the Forest, because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’m sure you’ve all been through that sort of book lust before.

I took Daughter of the Forest home and was utterly consumed by Juliet Marillier’s world building. I was sucked into this retelling of the swans-for-brothers story. I thought Sorcha was the coolest thing since sliced toast. I remember after reading the book creating a poem based on the book, and also drawing fan pictures of characters in the book. What can I say? I was a very nerdy eleventh grader. I then went on to read the rest of Marillier’s Sevenwaters Trilogy, or rather, inhale.

I unfortunately, have not read every single book written by Marillier but I do hope to rectify that eventually because she’s an amazing worldbuilder who creates these awesome, intelligent female characters whom I can’t help but admire compared to their sometimes vapid counterparts.

Juliet Marillier, you rock and thank you so much for bringing out the nerd in my teenage self.

This post is part of Author Appreciation week which is spearheaded by Heidi R. Kling

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April is 30 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and baby, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I loved Daughter of the Forest! I have no idea why I haven't read anything of hers yet. I really should.

  2. I read two of her books over the summer after a friend at work raved. They were Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret. Both were excellent and I already know that I need to read more of her work in the future.

  3. I loved this book too!! I randomly saw it on the shelf at Barnes and Noble one day and I thought it looked good. I considered this one of my favorite books for a long time. I never did read the 3rd one even though I have it. I've read this one 3 times and the second one twice.

  4. I enjoyed Daughter of the Forest also but have yet to read the sequel to it!

  5. Angiegirl says:

    I am a huge Marillier fangirl. Have you read her most recent Sevenwaters book–Heir to Sevenwaters? It's lovely. And then I recommend starting the Bridei Chronicles after that.

  6. Christina T says:

    Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors. I am actually planning to do a post about her books for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow. I loved The Sevenwaters series, Cybele's Secret, and Heart's Blood. I liked The Bridei Chronicles and Wildwood Dancing. I haven't read Wolfskin and Foxmask yet but they are on my TBR list. I only discovered her books a few years ago. Great author to feature!

  7. Michelle says:

    Lovely post! I too am so in love with Marillier and only wish that I had had some pro-active HS librarians who would have made sure I picked it up as a teen. Unfortunately, I didn't find her until I became an adult (sort of) but I do adore her stories.

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