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Gr 8 Up-An engaging read for fans of traditional fantasy. Neryn's father, her only surviving relative, has just wagered her in a game of chance-and lost. For years they have been on the run, living cold and hungry at the margins of society in an attempt to hide Neryn's dangerous secret: she has the magical ability to see and sense the Fey creatures that populate Alban. But all magic has been outlawed in the realm except that which is practiced by the king's men. Now Neryn finds herself with Flint, the winner of the wager. He seems to be a potential ally, and she is tempted to confide in him as she embarks on her quest to join a resistance movement. But he is obviously withholding information, and besides, all confidences are dangerous in a world in which the king's men conduct violent raids on all who are rumored to resist the regime. Both characters face serious and interesting moral dilemmas, and the romance between them feels less rushed than in some fantasy romances. Fans of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce will find much to enjoy in this first installment of a planned trilogy.-Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Living as a vagabond with her gambling father was not easy for Neryn, but it was vastly simpler and safer than her current path. After Neryn’s father is drowned, she is taken by Flint, an enforcer for King Keldec, whose forces were responsible for the death of most of Neryn’s family, but who swears he will keep her safe. Also keeping her safe are the small woodland fey, who know she has special powers that may lead to triumph in her secret purpose: to find Shadowfell, the secret training ground for the rebel forces set to defeat Keldec. As she and Flint journey, Neryn faces illness, cold, adversaries, and nearly dies but for Flint’s steadfast care. But even as they grow close amid dangerous conditions on this noble quest, she is unable to give herself over to trusting him. This first in a trilogy lays ample groundwork from which readers can expect a slow unfolding of romance, an epic defense of a way of life, and a strong, complex heroine coming into her own. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a beautifully written story. There are elements of classic fantasy, just enough to give you that nostalgic feeling as you read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by andyourbirdcansing
This author has done an excellent job writing the eight books of hers that I have read, and this series is also well done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I fell in love with Juliet Marillier's writing some years ago. I'm so glad to have found another series that promises to be worth every moment of my time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LoriAnn the Librarian
Excellent fantasy series. Engaging, full fleshed characters, realistically working through challenges of surviving with a magical gift that would be death if discovered by the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kitchen Queen
This story keeps your interest. Sometimes it seemed to bog down just a bit but you don't want to put it down and that's a good sign when reading a new series.Published 4 months ago by V. May