Shadowfell – Juliet Marillier
Author: Juliet Marillier
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
I have not read Marillier in what feels like forever, so I was giddy to sit down and crack open one of her newer series.
You can always count on some supernatural element and romance to blossom in Marillier’s tales.
I was thoroughly engrossed in the tale of Neryn as she treks a journey to freedom from the oppressive and violent tyrant known as, Keldec. He wishes to eradicate or control all that possess the canny ability. The canny ability is one that manifests differently in selected people, but it is a magical gift. Neryn’s ability involves being able to see and call the Fae (Good Folk). Keldec would very much like to possess this gift and the person who wields it. It is the one power that has the potential to overthrow him.
The tale lived up to my expectations of Marillier, and I whizzed through the story in one sitting. I could not put it down. It was a magical and romantic read and I look forward to continuing the story in the sequels that follow.
If you are interested in magical period stories that have a romantic slant, then you will not be disappointed.
Synopsis: 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. Eager to hide her own canny skill–a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.
During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. 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 struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.