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Shadowfell Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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Neryn is blessed/cursed with the ability to see the Good Folk. She is orphaned and all alone in the world, but gets caught up in a plot to save the kingdom of Alban from the evil King who rules it. Outside of the Good Folk her only friend is a mysterious man who has saved her life, but seems to have questionable allegiances. Will Neryn be able to help save Alban from its cursed king?
This book is written beautifully, the description is beautiful, and the landscape is beautiful. Neryn is peaceful and graceful, yet surprisingly tough....like many of Marillier's heroines.
I loved watching Neryn struggle through trial after trial and loved her interactions with the Good Folk. The main thing I really didn't enjoy about this novel was the pacing. The story moves so deliberately that at times I just lost interest. Right at the beginning of the book we know Neryn is trying to get to Shadowfell. By the end of the book she finally arrives there. The rest of the book is the story of her journey.
While Neryn's journey does have some excitement to it, mostly it is just a story of survival. She spends long stretches of the book trying to stay warm and trying to find food. She also spends a long stretch of the book alone with her thoughts recuperating in a cabin after her illness. Parts of these stretches are filled with beautiful thoughts and language; but they also come off as a bit boring.Read more ›
This is my first foray into Juliet Marillier's work, and I've been told that it's not her best. I'm on hold for Daughter of the Forest at the library, so I'm withholding judgment on that until I've read more. For me, this was an excellent introduction to the author. I really loved this book!
Yeah, it's slow going at times. Yeah, it takes awhile for the action to build (it's very subtle - if you're look for a slam/bang book, perhaps look elsewhere). Yeah, the romance is slow. You know what? None of that bothered me. I relished taking my time on the journey with Neryn and finding things out as she did. I loved getting into her head and sharing her fears. I loved the ending. It was so bittersweet and beautiful. It left me longing for more, which I consider one of the many marks of a great book.
I liked the characters. I liked that they were SO flawed. I liked that they had to grow up and discover things for themselves. I liked that nothing was just handed to them. (Yeesh. That makes it sound like a heavy contemp or something. :P) I liked that they worked through things and finally (FINALLY!) reached understanding. I liked that even the Good Folk aren't exempt from the trials of Alban. They had to pass through Hell as well.
Now, obviously, this is a fantasy. In the end, we all know that the good guys are going to win and the bad guys will get theirs. In this series, though, the good guys are going to have to walk a very twisted and hard path to get there. They're definitely going to earn their victory and I love that.Read more ›
The main character, whose forgettable name begins with an N, is a limp noodle, often does stupid things in service of the plot, and displays few admirable qualities except that she's a speshul snowflake who can see fairies. She spends most of the book sick and exhausted (poor thing). Her boyfriend is an angst muffin.
Most of the book, actually consists of the main character slogging through a wet landscape or having long talks in a cave/hut/other conveniently remote hiding place.
The main problem I had with the book, though, is that it's incredibly over-written. The plot deserves about 20,000 words and is padded to reach novel length. Skimming is the only way to get through it.
I have loved some of Marillier's other books, but the last few have been Not Good. I'm hoping for better in the future.
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Juliet marillier is one of my favourites and this series reinforces her standing, in my opinion, among the leading modern fiction writers of our time.Published 2 months ago by Stuart Gavin Woodrow
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