Today on the blog I am reviewing the three books in her YA fantasy trilogy SHADOWFELL. My review of the first book was published in The. With all genre series, but in the YA set in particular, it is so utterly rare to uncover one that truly builds as it goes. But Juliet Marillier’s Shadowfell. Its name is spoken only in whispers, if the people of Alban dare to speak it at all: Shadowfell. The training ground for rebels seeking to free their.

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For more of my reviews, please visit: Though there is also a definite shadow of darkness over this book which underscores the necessity and danger of Neryn’s task. She writes such beautiful descriptions that you can feel it touch some part deep in your writerly brain and soul that makes you coo like a morning bird.

Neryn is young, and as such she sees the world in black and white, completely oblivious to the many shades of grey that seep into our perceptions as we grow older. Flint is a character of contradictions as well. I was pulled along, desperate to see what happened next, and how Neryn would beat these almost insurmountable odds to make it to her destination. Unable to return to her home village for years now — a place filled with so many memories of death and pain she’d hardly be able to return even if it was safe — or to settle down anyplace new in Alban, Neryn decides to set off for the mythical haven known only in whispers as Shadowfell.

Fuck if I know.

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She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death—but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. In other words, it is Flint and not Neryn who controls much of this story and while I found this to be a strange balance of power, I still loved it.


View all 3 comments. Flint’s relationship with the young girl is delicate balance just like his with the Kingfull of equal amounts of cautious trust, doubt, and attraction hopefully, unlike his interactions with the King.

I love the tales of these young girls embarking on a learning journey that brings all kinds of trials and hardships to them, but always ends with a happily ever after endingmost of their hopes answered and their wishes granted. I don’t wish that on anyone. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear.

Neryn aside, Shadowfell was a remarkable novel.

I don’t need to be left on tenterhooks to make me buy the next mairllier the series. Her books have won a nu Chrissie Hanna commented on Aug But Manboy manages to find Girl over and over again. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Blah, blah, a thousand times BLAH.

Still, I think the story has a lot jkliet potential, and maybe it just needs more explaining – or perhaps a smarter or more imaginative reader. About Shadowfell Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him.

Now, off to Raven Flight! Ready to take risks. Not your typical hero by any means, but what an amazingly complex and conflicted character! An author of historical fantasy, she currently has eleven novels in print.

She made the decision long ago to live life, something that is much harder than it sounds marllier the bleak world that Keldec has made of Alba. I xhadowfell so eager to see the development of Neryn’s and Flint’s relationship, that I must have looked every bit like the fool who hurries off, as soon as she hears the sound of a julite coming, to stand outside in plain sight and wait for the lightning to come and strike her.


Even lacking in action or any big, climactic ending as it was, this was not a boring book by any means, and I thoroughly enjoyed every page as I said. The book is perfectly composed, and the writing is lyrical and full of grace. W Gortner 6 C. The Dark Mirror Bridei Chronicles: Sep 11, Pages Young Adult.

Juliet Marillier

Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Uuliet and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for julliet like him wh Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the start of this series to blow me away like it did. Thus, when Neryn is given off to an enigmatic traveler, Flint, and loses her remaining family, she decides to travel to Shadowfell, a mysterious safe-haven for those with abilities like her who can see the Good Folk.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. One young woman, named Neryn, has the gift of Canny Eyes, which allows her to see the Good Folk even when they wish to stay out of sight.

Ashleigh commented on Jul I’ve seen that some readers have been put off by Neryn’s wanderings but can I say shadowfeol utterly opposite I felt regarding that solitary time?