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The Forestwife ☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ The Forestwife By Theresa Tomlinson ✓ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Mary, years old and an orphan, must flee into Sherwood Forest to avoid an arranged marriage There her life truly begins, for she finds a community of heroic outlaws that includes a woman with seeming Mary,years old and an orphan, must flee into Sherwood Forest to avoid an arranged marriage There her life truly begins, for she finds a community of heroic outlaws that includes a woman with seemingly magical healing powers and a young man who is bravely leading the fight against tyranny This man is Robin Hood, and Mary will soon be known as Maid Marian, the green lady of the woods.


10 thoughts on “The Forestwife

  1. Cora Tea Party Princess Cora Tea Party Princess says:

    5 Words History, family, poverty, bravery, Robin Hood.I kind of accidentally stumbled on this book, but I ve been having a run of awesome Robin Hood inspired stories recently, so I figured I had nothing to lose And I m really glad I picked this up.Ten years ago ye gawds, I m getting old I would have absolutely loved this It s full of action and adventure and ultimately is the story of Marian finding herself and growing up and going through a remarkable change And I went into this reading a 5 Words History, family, poverty, bravery, Robin Hood.I kind of accidentally stumbled on this book, but I ve been having a run of awesome Robin Hood inspired stories recently, so I figured I had nothing to lose And I m really glad I picked this up.Ten years ago ye gawds, I m getting old I would have absolutely loved this It s full of action and adventure and ultimately is the story of Marian finding herself and growing up and going through a remarkable change And I went into this reading as though I was a young teen again, and I had such fun.I loved how all of the characters changed as the story progressed I loved the little snippets of herb lore But I did wonder at times how much Marian must have been hallucinating, because she spent a lot of time various yew trees And yew trees are pretty darn poisonous.I loved that there was a background of political intrigue and religious belief, it really took you back to the time period, brought the historical setting to lifeWhy, when I might burn for heresy, should I fear to hangAlthough this is the first book in the series, it ends perfectly It could be very, very easily beleft as it is Everything is tied up fantastically


  2. Lanie Lanie says:

    This is robin Hood from Maid Marian s point of view and a good choice for teen girls And just about any Robin Hood fan, of course D but be warned the thees and thas can be kind of annoying they take getting used to.So, as a modern young lady who wants gender equality and the stupid stereotypes stomped out, I can totally appreciate an independent, strong, stubborn young woman as a lead character Especially in a time period like the late 1100s at that time, woman were basically animals This is robin Hood from Maid Marian s point of view and a good choice for teen girls And just about any Robin Hood fan, of course D but be warned the thees and thas can be kind of annoying they take getting used to.So, as a modern young lady who wants gender equality and the stupid stereotypes stomped out, I can totally appreciate an independent, strong, stubborn young woman as a lead character Especially in a time period like the late 1100s at that time, woman were basically animals like breeding cattle stay out of the men s, woman, and knit and sew and cook and clean and bear me children but only sons was pretty much the whole of medieval thinking that, or that women were evil vile tempting whores that only wanted to bring about the better gender s down fall that actually came from eve getting Adam to eat the fruit of knowledge but that, my goodreads friends, is a load of shit Adam gave in to peer pressure it s not like eve forced the apple down his throat and like the author s note in the back of my books says, a lot of Maid Marians just sit around in towers waiting to be rescued and whisked away by the dashing outlaw not that there s anything particularly wrong with the original stories, but we have grown up so much since Robin Hood first came to be, have we not so yeah, me like a Marian who will go and get shit done on her own And I totally love the idea of all those woman and nuns and what not building lives for themselves far from the reaches of all the over indulged, over powered lords go girl power you don t need know man not really because there were boy and men in the forest, but they were really only supporting characters it was the girls that drove the story onward And Robert s stupidity They did need help with hunting about half way through the story, and don t get me wrong, I was glad that Robert and John and Much helped but I was thrilled when Marian and the nuns and the others went out to try and help themselves first.Mary Marian as a character has a little bit of growth and development, but not much mainly, it was her knowledge of the peasants and healing that grew despite here loving nurse teaching her a little of cooking and what not, she had a rather comfy and sheltered life up until her uncle wanted to marry sell her off to a fat old lord C BOO look, all I m saying is in the beginning, this girl was a down right IDIOT she runs away, yay for that, but the fool only thinks to take 1 loaf of bread and a great big winter cloak that s purple then she has the nerve to think she was oh so clever to that the damned thing with her _ yes Mary, you were so smart your the only young noble girl for miles around the only one who could afford to own a fancy purple cloak like that there s no way in Hell that anyone will notice you and rat you out there s no way you ll stick out like a wolf in a sheep pen lets just go waltzing down the road in a fucking purple winter cloak in the height of fucking summer C seriously lady she is so lucky that her freakin nurse showed up to help.Robert honestly, I didn t see enough of him to decide whether I really liked him or not he seemed like the standard loyal to the king rob from the rich give to the poor kinda Hood at least he wished up a little in the end and saw king Richard for the war hungry, uncaring sociopath he really was sadly though, since it was from Marian s point of view, we never get to actually see any of the robbing or fighting not even the big fight with Gisburn C I did like that he was willing to teach Marian to shoot even though it goes against the medieval men fight and hunt woman stay at home rule also liked that they had a couple of years, including a whole winter alone, to get to know each other before falling love better than the Disney princess movies and the ending I loved the ending it leaves it at a good place to be a good stand alone novel if you didn t totally like it, but leaves JUST enough room to hint at new adventures twobooks after this one plus, she didn t end up married to him either she, and him, decided that helping people wasimportant than their own selfishness I mean happiness p.s that s not really spoiling anything we all know the drill Marian fall for Robin it s just how it has to be and the way the book was geared, it was clear from the get go that she s going to enjoy the freedom of the woods and forestwife living to need to be married onward to book 2


  3. R. G. Nairam R. G. Nairam says:

    This is the 1 star of I really don t care, not the 1 star of ew get it away from me Probably a 1.5, if you will.I have apparently dreaded reading this for way too long.I remembered reading the sequel, Child of May, about 8 or 9 years ago and hating it, though the hatred is so vague at this point that I can really only remember one sexual reference that made me very uncomfortable as a 13yo.Probably, Child of May is not actually worth hating It s just, like The Forestwife, not that good.I dreade This is the 1 star of I really don t care, not the 1 star of ew get it away from me Probably a 1.5, if you will.I have apparently dreaded reading this for way too long.I remembered reading the sequel, Child of May, about 8 or 9 years ago and hating it, though the hatred is so vague at this point that I can really only remember one sexual reference that made me very uncomfortable as a 13yo.Probably, Child of May is not actually worth hating It s just, like The Forestwife, not that good.I dreaded reading this because I thought it was one of the Robin Hood retellings that in becoming gritty had also begun to feel just dirty I m a 12th century historian, but I like romance in my Robin Hood, still Shoot me.So I was surprised upon reading the first chapter that it just wasn t that interesting We find a maiden in the classic situation of medieval maidens betrothed and unwilling On top of that, she and everyone around her speak vaguely Shakespearean like dialogue that comes across as stilted and odd even three fourths of the way through the book.It s also a Girl Power medieval book, trying to make up for what we don t know about medieval women and how little their problems were discussed a hundred years ago by giving us as many female characters as possible and making the males annoying.Then there is the romance Oh wait, no there isn t There s Marian tending Annoying Robert through a grave illness and then suddenly they re in bed together all the time Okay view spoiler And Marian can t be married becausereasonsbut yeah the bed thing will still totally happen I guess hide spoiler It is unfortunate because the last bit of the book is where Robert becomes the most interesting.It is kind of sad, because technically, lots of the stuff brought up should be interesting But it s just technically


  4. Ashley (Bound to Love YA) Ashley (Bound to Love YA) says:

    Forestwife had a nice, lyrical quality to it, but it left me very unsatisfied Overall, it felt like an outline to an actual book It s too bad, because I was very excited by the idea of having a Robin Hood retelling focused on the women of the story that traditionally get very little air time But it just didn t dig deep enough for me Don t get me wrong I appreciate an economy of words, I don t need ten pages inside some simpering heroine s head, but the clipped, active sentences left me won Forestwife had a nice, lyrical quality to it, but it left me very unsatisfied Overall, it felt like an outline to an actual book It s too bad, because I was very excited by the idea of having a Robin Hood retelling focused on the women of the story that traditionally get very little air time But it just didn t dig deep enough for me Don t get me wrong I appreciate an economy of words, I don t need ten pages inside some simpering heroine s head, but the clipped, active sentences left me wondering what any of the characters were thinking I found myself unable to connect with anyone in the story because they just jumped from one action to the next without any reaction or reflection Sometimes it felt a little like She filled the ladle with water She held the water to his mouth She sighed She said, Get well Then we cut to six weeks later Whoa, whoa, whoa, could we stop for a second to stir in some character development Some feelings Some back story Something In the end, it just couldn t hold my attention because I didn t have the sense that these were real people with real passions and needs and concerns I ve feltconnected to characters in picture books So, it s a quick read, if you want something brief and to the point, but there are many other Robin Hood retellings that actually expand upon the story


  5. Amanda Lila Amanda Lila says:

    I have read this exactly 7 years ago I got it as a present from one of my class mates I know I really enjoyed it and should probably read again because I don t remember much.


  6. Linda Linda says:

    I just finished Caroline Fraser s opus about the Little House books and wanted a quick read that was pure fantasy First I whipped through Elsa Watson s Maid Marian Since The Forestwife was right next to it on my bookshelf, I decided to read that as dessert I am a fan of the Robin Hood legend but am muchdrawn to these two very different tellings of who Maid Marion might have been and what her story was These both describe young women who ve been pampered, run away as they are abou I just finished Caroline Fraser s opus about the Little House books and wanted a quick read that was pure fantasy First I whipped through Elsa Watson s Maid Marian Since The Forestwife was right next to it on my bookshelf, I decided to read that as dessert I am a fan of the Robin Hood legend but am muchdrawn to these two very different tellings of who Maid Marion might have been and what her story was These both describe young women who ve been pampered, run away as they are about to be given into unwanted marriages and suddenly find themselves having to learn how to live a very different life than they were brought up to expect As a result both books offer a lot of information about nature, geography, politics, peasantry and life in the medieval era Quick, easy reads both and equally enjoyable


  7. LaNona LaNona says:

    3.5 stars


  8. Kat!e Larson Kat!e Larson says:

    I really like the herbalist, almost witchy element of this book Marian learning healing was cool That s about all I liked about this book, but I liked it a lot Otherwise, it was dark and grim exactly what I hate in Robin Hood retellings It isn t that dark, grim stories don t have a place it s just that the whole point of the Robin Hood legend is to be romantic and inspiring.


  9. Nicky Nicky says:

    If I d read this when I was about eleven or twelve, I would probably have loved it It s the Robin Hood story, but focused around the women, including one main strong woman, Mary de Holt, or Marian It doesn t seem to focus much on Robin Robert at all, although it may later in the trilogy I doubt it, though I think it s all quite strongly focused on Marian.Reading it as an adult, it s less enchanting I m not as caught up in the sense of adventure and empowerment and young girls doing wonderfu If I d read this when I was about eleven or twelve, I would probably have loved it It s the Robin Hood story, but focused around the women, including one main strong woman, Mary de Holt, or Marian It doesn t seem to focus much on Robin Robert at all, although it may later in the trilogy I doubt it, though I think it s all quite strongly focused on Marian.Reading it as an adult, it s less enchanting I m not as caught up in the sense of adventure and empowerment and young girls doing wonderful things The story is a bitrealistic than some Robin Hood stories, I suppose with the concern about feeding the children, and about babies being born, and so on It s low on the exciting stuff, like defying the Sheriff it s done, of course, but it seems quite low key Which is appropriate for something that follows the womenthan Robin, of course.I don t think I m going to write about this in my Robin Hood essay It hasn t caught my interest enough for that, though I ll read the rest of it.Did realise I d read another book by Theresa Tomlinson the one about Troy I loved that, as a younger girl It d probably lose something in rereading it now


  10. Molly Hopkinshaw Molly Hopkinshaw says:

    I liked this through the eyes of my 13 14 year old self, if that makes sense I can see the book is for young adults but I can appreciate it through that lens I have always loved traditional stories retold through the eyes of the women who are so often sidelined or painted one dimensionally This story especially because it recognises the importance and strength of women and the unique powers they have I also love the idea of the almost mythical character of the Forestwife The women recogni I liked this through the eyes of my 13 14 year old self, if that makes sense I can see the book is for young adults but I can appreciate it through that lens I have always loved traditional stories retold through the eyes of the women who are so often sidelined or painted one dimensionally This story especially because it recognises the importance and strength of women and the unique powers they have I also love the idea of the almost mythical character of the Forestwife The women recognise that even though they have to take on the responsibility of it, it doesn t make the role any less magical we create our own myths, but that nevertheless myth has power Also that they must be ready both to care, and to fight, and that the role of a women has stages maiden, warrior, mother, crone if you will and that each stage is as important as the last I suppose the only thing that is a little disappointing is that they all seem to pair up at some point with one of the men in one way or another a littlediversity on that front might have been cool


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10 thoughts on “The Forestwife

  1. Cora Tea Party Princess Cora Tea Party Princess says:

    5 Words History, family, poverty, bravery, Robin Hood.I kind of accidentally stumbled on this book, but I ve been having a run of awesome Robin Hood inspired stories recently, so I figured I had nothing to lose And I m really glad I picked this up.Ten years ago ye gawds, I m getting old I would have absolutely loved this It s full of action and adventure and ultimately is the story of Marian finding herself and growing up and going through a remarkable change And I went into this reading a 5 Words History, family, poverty, bravery, Robin Hood.I kind of accidentally stumbled on this book, but I ve been having a run of awesome Robin Hood inspired stories recently, so I figured I had nothing to lose And I m really glad I picked this up.Ten years ago ye gawds, I m getting old I would have absolutely loved this It s full of action and adventure and ultimately is the story of Marian finding herself and growing up and going through a remarkable change And I went into this reading as though I was a young teen again, and I had such fun.I loved how all of the characters changed as the story progressed I loved the little snippets of herb lore But I did wonder at times how much Marian must have been hallucinating, because she spent a lot of time various yew trees And yew trees are pretty darn poisonous.I loved that there was a background of political intrigue and religious belief, it really took you back to the time period, brought the historical setting to lifeWhy, when I might burn for heresy, should I fear to hangAlthough this is the first book in the series, it ends perfectly It could be very, very easily beleft as it is Everything is tied up fantastically

  2. Lanie Lanie says:

    This is robin Hood from Maid Marian s point of view and a good choice for teen girls And just about any Robin Hood fan, of course D but be warned the thees and thas can be kind of annoying they take getting used to.So, as a modern young lady who wants gender equality and the stupid stereotypes stomped out, I can totally appreciate an independent, strong, stubborn young woman as a lead character Especially in a time period like the late 1100s at that time, woman were basically animals This is robin Hood from Maid Marian s point of view and a good choice for teen girls And just about any Robin Hood fan, of course D but be warned the thees and thas can be kind of annoying they take getting used to.So, as a modern young lady who wants gender equality and the stupid stereotypes stomped out, I can totally appreciate an independent, strong, stubborn young woman as a lead character Especially in a time period like the late 1100s at that time, woman were basically animals like breeding cattle stay out of the men s, woman, and knit and sew and cook and clean and bear me children but only sons was pretty much the whole of medieval thinking that, or that women were evil vile tempting whores that only wanted to bring about the better gender s down fall that actually came from eve getting Adam to eat the fruit of knowledge but that, my goodreads friends, is a load of shit Adam gave in to peer pressure it s not like eve forced the apple down his throat and like the author s note in the back of my books says, a lot of Maid Marians just sit around in towers waiting to be rescued and whisked away by the dashing outlaw not that there s anything particularly wrong with the original stories, but we have grown up so much since Robin Hood first came to be, have we not so yeah, me like a Marian who will go and get shit done on her own And I totally love the idea of all those woman and nuns and what not building lives for themselves far from the reaches of all the over indulged, over powered lords go girl power you don t need know man not really because there were boy and men in the forest, but they were really only supporting characters it was the girls that drove the story onward And Robert s stupidity They did need help with hunting about half way through the story, and don t get me wrong, I was glad that Robert and John and Much helped but I was thrilled when Marian and the nuns and the others went out to try and help themselves first.Mary Marian as a character has a little bit of growth and development, but not much mainly, it was her knowledge of the peasants and healing that grew despite here loving nurse teaching her a little of cooking and what not, she had a rather comfy and sheltered life up until her uncle wanted to marry sell her off to a fat old lord C BOO look, all I m saying is in the beginning, this girl was a down right IDIOT she runs away, yay for that, but the fool only thinks to take 1 loaf of bread and a great big winter cloak that s purple then she has the nerve to think she was oh so clever to that the damned thing with her _ yes Mary, you were so smart your the only young noble girl for miles around the only one who could afford to own a fancy purple cloak like that there s no way in Hell that anyone will notice you and rat you out there s no way you ll stick out like a wolf in a sheep pen lets just go waltzing down the road in a fucking purple winter cloak in the height of fucking summer C seriously lady she is so lucky that her freakin nurse showed up to help.Robert honestly, I didn t see enough of him to decide whether I really liked him or not he seemed like the standard loyal to the king rob from the rich give to the poor kinda Hood at least he wished up a little in the end and saw king Richard for the war hungry, uncaring sociopath he really was sadly though, since it was from Marian s point of view, we never get to actually see any of the robbing or fighting not even the big fight with Gisburn C I did like that he was willing to teach Marian to shoot even though it goes against the medieval men fight and hunt woman stay at home rule also liked that they had a couple of years, including a whole winter alone, to get to know each other before falling love better than the Disney princess movies and the ending I loved the ending it leaves it at a good place to be a good stand alone novel if you didn t totally like it, but leaves JUST enough room to hint at new adventures twobooks after this one plus, she didn t end up married to him either she, and him, decided that helping people wasimportant than their own selfishness I mean happiness p.s that s not really spoiling anything we all know the drill Marian fall for Robin it s just how it has to be and the way the book was geared, it was clear from the get go that she s going to enjoy the freedom of the woods and forestwife living to need to be married onward to book 2

  3. R. G. Nairam R. G. Nairam says:

    This is the 1 star of I really don t care, not the 1 star of ew get it away from me Probably a 1.5, if you will.I have apparently dreaded reading this for way too long.I remembered reading the sequel, Child of May, about 8 or 9 years ago and hating it, though the hatred is so vague at this point that I can really only remember one sexual reference that made me very uncomfortable as a 13yo.Probably, Child of May is not actually worth hating It s just, like The Forestwife, not that good.I dreade This is the 1 star of I really don t care, not the 1 star of ew get it away from me Probably a 1.5, if you will.I have apparently dreaded reading this for way too long.I remembered reading the sequel, Child of May, about 8 or 9 years ago and hating it, though the hatred is so vague at this point that I can really only remember one sexual reference that made me very uncomfortable as a 13yo.Probably, Child of May is not actually worth hating It s just, like The Forestwife, not that good.I dreaded reading this because I thought it was one of the Robin Hood retellings that in becoming gritty had also begun to feel just dirty I m a 12th century historian, but I like romance in my Robin Hood, still Shoot me.So I was surprised upon reading the first chapter that it just wasn t that interesting We find a maiden in the classic situation of medieval maidens betrothed and unwilling On top of that, she and everyone around her speak vaguely Shakespearean like dialogue that comes across as stilted and odd even three fourths of the way through the book.It s also a Girl Power medieval book, trying to make up for what we don t know about medieval women and how little their problems were discussed a hundred years ago by giving us as many female characters as possible and making the males annoying.Then there is the romance Oh wait, no there isn t There s Marian tending Annoying Robert through a grave illness and then suddenly they re in bed together all the time Okay view spoiler And Marian can t be married becausereasonsbut yeah the bed thing will still totally happen I guess hide spoiler It is unfortunate because the last bit of the book is where Robert becomes the most interesting.It is kind of sad, because technically, lots of the stuff brought up should be interesting But it s just technically

  4. Ashley (Bound to Love YA) Ashley (Bound to Love YA) says:

    Forestwife had a nice, lyrical quality to it, but it left me very unsatisfied Overall, it felt like an outline to an actual book It s too bad, because I was very excited by the idea of having a Robin Hood retelling focused on the women of the story that traditionally get very little air time But it just didn t dig deep enough for me Don t get me wrong I appreciate an economy of words, I don t need ten pages inside some simpering heroine s head, but the clipped, active sentences left me won Forestwife had a nice, lyrical quality to it, but it left me very unsatisfied Overall, it felt like an outline to an actual book It s too bad, because I was very excited by the idea of having a Robin Hood retelling focused on the women of the story that traditionally get very little air time But it just didn t dig deep enough for me Don t get me wrong I appreciate an economy of words, I don t need ten pages inside some simpering heroine s head, but the clipped, active sentences left me wondering what any of the characters were thinking I found myself unable to connect with anyone in the story because they just jumped from one action to the next without any reaction or reflection Sometimes it felt a little like She filled the ladle with water She held the water to his mouth She sighed She said, Get well Then we cut to six weeks later Whoa, whoa, whoa, could we stop for a second to stir in some character development Some feelings Some back story Something In the end, it just couldn t hold my attention because I didn t have the sense that these were real people with real passions and needs and concerns I ve feltconnected to characters in picture books So, it s a quick read, if you want something brief and to the point, but there are many other Robin Hood retellings that actually expand upon the story

  5. Amanda Lila Amanda Lila says:

    I have read this exactly 7 years ago I got it as a present from one of my class mates I know I really enjoyed it and should probably read again because I don t remember much.

  6. Linda Linda says:

    I just finished Caroline Fraser s opus about the Little House books and wanted a quick read that was pure fantasy First I whipped through Elsa Watson s Maid Marian Since The Forestwife was right next to it on my bookshelf, I decided to read that as dessert I am a fan of the Robin Hood legend but am muchdrawn to these two very different tellings of who Maid Marion might have been and what her story was These both describe young women who ve been pampered, run away as they are abou I just finished Caroline Fraser s opus about the Little House books and wanted a quick read that was pure fantasy First I whipped through Elsa Watson s Maid Marian Since The Forestwife was right next to it on my bookshelf, I decided to read that as dessert I am a fan of the Robin Hood legend but am muchdrawn to these two very different tellings of who Maid Marion might have been and what her story was These both describe young women who ve been pampered, run away as they are about to be given into unwanted marriages and suddenly find themselves having to learn how to live a very different life than they were brought up to expect As a result both books offer a lot of information about nature, geography, politics, peasantry and life in the medieval era Quick, easy reads both and equally enjoyable

  7. LaNona LaNona says:

    3.5 stars

  8. Kat!e Larson Kat!e Larson says:

    I really like the herbalist, almost witchy element of this book Marian learning healing was cool That s about all I liked about this book, but I liked it a lot Otherwise, it was dark and grim exactly what I hate in Robin Hood retellings It isn t that dark, grim stories don t have a place it s just that the whole point of the Robin Hood legend is to be romantic and inspiring.

  9. Nicky Nicky says:

    If I d read this when I was about eleven or twelve, I would probably have loved it It s the Robin Hood story, but focused around the women, including one main strong woman, Mary de Holt, or Marian It doesn t seem to focus much on Robin Robert at all, although it may later in the trilogy I doubt it, though I think it s all quite strongly focused on Marian.Reading it as an adult, it s less enchanting I m not as caught up in the sense of adventure and empowerment and young girls doing wonderfu If I d read this when I was about eleven or twelve, I would probably have loved it It s the Robin Hood story, but focused around the women, including one main strong woman, Mary de Holt, or Marian It doesn t seem to focus much on Robin Robert at all, although it may later in the trilogy I doubt it, though I think it s all quite strongly focused on Marian.Reading it as an adult, it s less enchanting I m not as caught up in the sense of adventure and empowerment and young girls doing wonderful things The story is a bitrealistic than some Robin Hood stories, I suppose with the concern about feeding the children, and about babies being born, and so on It s low on the exciting stuff, like defying the Sheriff it s done, of course, but it seems quite low key Which is appropriate for something that follows the womenthan Robin, of course.I don t think I m going to write about this in my Robin Hood essay It hasn t caught my interest enough for that, though I ll read the rest of it.Did realise I d read another book by Theresa Tomlinson the one about Troy I loved that, as a younger girl It d probably lose something in rereading it now

  10. Molly Hopkinshaw Molly Hopkinshaw says:

    I liked this through the eyes of my 13 14 year old self, if that makes sense I can see the book is for young adults but I can appreciate it through that lens I have always loved traditional stories retold through the eyes of the women who are so often sidelined or painted one dimensionally This story especially because it recognises the importance and strength of women and the unique powers they have I also love the idea of the almost mythical character of the Forestwife The women recogni I liked this through the eyes of my 13 14 year old self, if that makes sense I can see the book is for young adults but I can appreciate it through that lens I have always loved traditional stories retold through the eyes of the women who are so often sidelined or painted one dimensionally This story especially because it recognises the importance and strength of women and the unique powers they have I also love the idea of the almost mythical character of the Forestwife The women recognise that even though they have to take on the responsibility of it, it doesn t make the role any less magical we create our own myths, but that nevertheless myth has power Also that they must be ready both to care, and to fight, and that the role of a women has stages maiden, warrior, mother, crone if you will and that each stage is as important as the last I suppose the only thing that is a little disappointing is that they all seem to pair up at some point with one of the men in one way or another a littlediversity on that front might have been cool

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