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