Re: McKinley: wild swans

From: Tawen Chang <>
Date: Thu Feb 15 2001 - 15:36:00 PST

That's interesting--I thought it was supposed to be a trilogy.... Juliet
Marillier has an official web site (just do a search for her name), which
talks a little about the second book, Son of Shadows. (It's already out in
Britain and Australia, by the way.) That book apparently is the story
about Sorcha's daughter, Liadan.


At 02:18 PM 2/15/01 -0800, you wrote:
>I read "Daughter of the Forest" last summer, and,
>although set in Ireland, is the story of the girl
>whose 7 brothers are turned into swans by the
>stepmother, and she must weave shirts of nettles for
>them without being able to speak. It follows the
>original story pretty closely. I thought it was a
>wonderful retelling of the story-I highly recommend
>it. As a side-note, it's supposed to be the first in a
>series of 7-I'm curious what the other 6 will be
>about-maybe about the brothers? Does anyone know?
>--- wrote:
>> hello! i'm also interested in finding more
>> retellings of the "wild swans" fairytale. amazon
>> yields different results depending on whether you
>> type in wild/6/six/7/ or "seven" swans, so it can be
>> confusing! i think _daughter of the forest_ may be a
>> retelling of an irish swan-transformation story, not
>> the hans christian andersen story where the sister
>> cannot speak, must weave shirts of nettles, etc, but
>> i'm not positive about that... anyway, i haven't
>> actually read most of these yet, but here are some
>> options amazon has turned up:
>> 1. _swan's wing_(actually i think someone on this
>> list recommended this one, which picks up where the
>> fairytale leaves off)
>> 2. susan jeffer's illustrated _the wild
>> swans_(amazing, no matter how many versions of the
>> fairytale you've read)
>> 3. _twelve wild swans_, by starhawk - supposedly
>> contains some feminist pagan stuff, too,
>> interspersed with the fairytale retelling, so i
>> guess you could skip the parts you weren't
>> interested in...
>> 4. _the seventh swan_, by nicholas stuart gray; also
>> recommended on this list in the past; also,
>> apparently, picks up where the original fairytale
>> left off, with the one winged brother
>> 5. _the wild swans_, by peg kerr; apparently a blend
>> of "real life" and fantasy?
>> 6. on a past search, i thought i saw a book that was
>> a humorous retelling of the wild swans(maybe along
>> the lines of _ella enchanted_), but now i can't find
>> it - anyone else have any info on this book? thanks!
>> take care,
>> cameron
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