I remember picking this book up when I was in high school. I didn’t read it then. It sat on my shelf until it was time to return it to the library. I don’t even remember why I picked it up then, because I was very much interested in young adult books and didn’t read much “adult” fiction. I think something about it spoke to me, but I wasn’t ready yet. I returned it and went on reading other things.
I came across this title again last year when I was searching for books with a strong female lead and written by a woman. I stored it in my mind under “books to look at.” This past Friday, I got my new library card. I wasn’t searching for any book in particular, but I still found “Daughter of the Forest.” I picked it up and took it home with me. I devoured this book. Had I not had other things to do on Saturday, I would have finished it in two days. As it was, I still finished it early Sunday morning. It was a fantastic book, full of detail and beautiful in its storytelling. This is a book that must be read.
As I said before, I wasn’t ready for it when I was in high school. I do believe that people have to be ready for a book. Sometimes, I buy books without really knowing why, and years later when I read them I understand. Something about the book spoke to me, but I’m not always ready to listen. All books can tell us something valuable, if we take the time to grow into them. I don’t rush my reading choices. I can spend hours in a library or bookstore. I wait for a book to speak.
This is a book that I recommend as highly as those by Robin Hobb.
Have you read “Daughter of the Forest”? What are your thoughts? Do you listen to the books?
Take care, fellow travelers.