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Daughter of the Forest: The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1 by Juliet Marillier

Female Fantasy Authors, November 2012

New Zealand-born Marillier flies under the radar, and it's unfortunate, because a great many readers are missing out on some really strong writing. Her best work to date is The Sevenwaters Trilogy, which kicks off with the American Library Award winning Daughter of the Forest. Much of her work is presented in the first person viewpoint, which is not the easiest approach, but she nails it every time. The Saga of the Light Isles is a two book series with a Viking theme that deserves a look. Across the board, Marillier shows her gifts for folklore and should garner more readership than she does.