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Product Details

  • Series: The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 2 (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (June 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765343266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765343260
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Second of the Sevenwaters trilogy of novels about the last days of heroic Ireland, Son of the Shadows takes up the story of the children of Sorcha, who saved her enchanted brothers, and Hugh, the Briton she married. Sorcha's daughter Liadan is a gifted seer and healer who thinks, in spite of her visions, that she knows what the future has in store for her--caring for her dying mother and then an alliance marriage to Eamonn. A chance meeting on the road carries her off to care for a dying man--one of the mercenaries of the sinister Painted Man, Eamonn's archenemy and a killer for hire. Liadan discovers that she cannot choose whom she loves and that she and the Painted Man are as bound up in destiny as her mother and father were before her.

This is an intelligent historical romance in which the supernatural is a part of the character's everyday lives to an extent that makes it hard to think of the book as specifically a fantasy--these are people to whom the beings of forest speak on a regular basis and to whom sorcery is real. --Roz Kaveney, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Druidic Erin (Ireland) is a place teeming with fairies and earth magic. But this compelling story is not a tale of the fey it is a tale of one who lives in the world of humans and yet has contact with the otherworld. Liadan of Sevenwaters is the child of Iubdan and Sorcha (whose story was told in Daughter of the Forest) and she is granted the power to hear and see what others cannot. She is a healer of mind, body and spirit. It is Liadan's gift of healing that brings about a meeting with a mercenary considered to be the enemy of her family. Liadan names this man without a name or history "Bran" and soon realizes that the information she has been told about him (and the world in general) is not what it appears to be. In too short a time, Liadan comes to love Bran with a fierceness that she never imagined possible, and yet their love cannot be fulfilled. Bran's life is not her life, nor is her life his. They must travel down different paths (at least for a while), knowing in their hearts that the bond between them is stronger than the things that pull them apart. This is the story of a powerful love, which might change the course of history for Liadan's people and the island of Erin. Beautifully written, the second in the Sevenwaters trilogy continues a sparkling saga of a family whose destiny is to help free Erin from British tyranny. The story, though a bit light on the magic and heavy on the romantic, is reminiscent of Jennifer Roberson's Chesuli series. Fantasy addicts should love it.

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The story centers on Sorcha's daughter, Liadan.
Lauralee Jacks
I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys a combination of romance, adventure, action and fantasy.
Sarah Bird
Son of the Shadows is the second book in Juliet Marillier's captivating Sevenwaters series.
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Since my childhood, I have always loved a good fairy tale and Juliet Marillier's Celtic-themed Sevenwaters trilogy is a real winner - for both teens and adults alike. "Son of the Shadows," book two in the series after "Daughter of the Forest," is every bit as good as book one. A second generation of the Sevenwaters family is introduced here and many familiar folks from the first book have roles to play also. The characters are wonderful. They change and grow so much throughout the novels, that it is easy to care about and empathize with them. And the magic is...well, simply magical.
Sorcha, the "Daughter of the Forest," married her beloved British husband Hugh of Harrowfield, who gave up his ancestral home to move to Erin and live with his wife at Sevenwaters. Together they became stewards of the enormous estate which, with its magical forest and strong ties to the old, druidic faith, prosper under their care. They have been blessed with three children: Niamh, who is as beautiful as she is willful; Sean, strong and capable like his father; and Sean's twin, Liadan, who, like her mother, is a gifted healer and seer.
Liadan's birth was not foreseen by the fairy folk, the Tuatha de Danaan, who so frequently intervene in the lives of this family. It is they who are determined to preserve the old ways through those of the Sevenwaters line. Neither Liadan's mother nor the magical beings who populate the age-old forests of Sevenwaters had counted on Sean, (whose birth was predicted as part of a prophecy), having a twin sister. This lack of foresight gave Liadan the power to change things previously ordained - to defy prophesy. But Liadan does not want power nor does she want a position of leadership in the clan.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By janae on June 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled along Marillier's book Daughter of the Forest when a friend that I swap books with gave it to me. I was somewhat skeptical at first but when I picked it up I couldn't put it down. I bought Son of the Shadows the day it came out and spent a sleepless night finishing it. I am an avid Science Fiction and Fantasy reader and I can honestly say there have been very few authors who have been able to lure me so completely into the characters world. I can not think of a better compliment to give Marillier than to say her character developments remind me of Orson Scott Card's. She makes you understand why people are the way they are and to sympathize. Son of the Shadows in a continuation of the Seven Waters Trilogy and tells the story of Liadan, the daughter of Sorcha and Hugh (who were the main characters of Daughter of the Forest). While not as fantasy driven as Daughter of the Forest it still keeps hold the fairy tale basis established in the first book. Marillier's is so good at pulling you into her story that every pain and joy she writes becomes your own, not allowing you to see it as just a story. It is an excellent compliment to Daughter of the Forest which has quickly become one of my favorites and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a well thought out and well written story .
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. C. Manzione on January 25, 2001
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After reading Daughter of the Forest, I was eagerly awaiting Son of the Shadows, and I was not disappointed the main story is of Liadan, Sorcha's youngest daughter and it is full of mystical folk law tales and adventure. If you enjoyed Daughter of the Forest then Son of the Shadows is a must read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brittney Reed on March 1, 2003
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Our beloved characters from Daughter of the Forest are all grown up and past the dark time that came so close to destroying them all. But the threat is not yet has simply set it's sights on the next generation at Sevenwaters...
Niamth- The eldest daughter of Sorcha and Lord Hugh. Her forbidden romance with a young druid with mysterious connections to her family will split her family down the middle and will take her down an unforeseen road that will change the future of Sevenwaters itself.
Sean- The eldest son of Sorcha and Hugh and the heir to Sevenwaters. His exalted position may cost him all he holds dear...including the woman he loves.
Liaden- The youngest child of Sorcha and Hugh. She is the dutiful daughter of Sevenwaters and the very image of Sorcha. Liaden too has found her calling in healing and herblore. But her skills soon bring her to the attention of a band of ruthless mercenaries who have been plaguing the countryside. Her connection to The Painted Man and his band could be Sevenwaters deliverance...or doom.
This book is a romantic and intense adventure that proves to be a worthy sequal. If you liked Daughter of the Forest, this is definately worth a's just as good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edith Sullivan on November 29, 2001
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I randomly picked up The Daughter of the Forest at the book store and was intrigued, as soon as I finished it, I ran to the store to buy this one. I was delighted to find it to be even better than the first! It is so captivating and Liadan is the perfect defiant-woman character. The Son of the Shadows has just the right recipe for a great novel, with just enough fantasy elements to make believable and plenty of well-devoted romance that makes you wich you were in Ireland with the characters. Marillier is an awesome writer that can weave a perfect story that makes you laugh and cry. A must read for anyone!!!!! (...)
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