Series: Shadowfell, #1
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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The people of Alban are afraid.
The tyrannical king and his masked Enforcers are scouring the land, burning villages and enslaving the canny.
Fifteen-year-old Neryn has fled her home in the wake of its destruction, and is alone and penniless, hiding her extraordinary magical power. She can rely on no one – not even the elusive Good Folk who challenge and bewilder her with their words.
When an enigmatic stranger saves her life, Neryn and the young man called Flint begin an uneasy journey together. She wants to trust Flint but how can she tell who is true in this land of evil?
For Neryn has heard whisper of a mysterious place far away: a place where rebels are amassing to free the land and end the King's reign.
A place called Shadowfell.
A story of courage, hope, danger and love from one of the most compelling fantasy storytellers.
Shadowfell is my first book by Juliet Marillier. Before the publisher contacted me about the third book of this series, and I admit, I had no clue who this author was. But now, I can definitely see where all the love for Juliet Marillier is coming from.
I thought of betrayal and how it came so easily – in a word, a glance, a gesture.
It’s the writing. Juliet Marillier writes beautifully and I devoured every word of it; this was probably the aspect that transcended my expectations most. Unfortunately, this book falls in the category where there’s beautiful, beautiful prose but felt boring. That probably sounds incredibly odd, but there’s been many times where I’ve read a book, loved the prose but just struggled to keep attentive and engrossed into the novel. Sometimes I wonder whether the author is focusing way too much on writing brilliantly, that he/she forgets that we are humans and we get bored if nothing is happening if there are just words words words… and no action.
My second major nit-pick was the main character, Neryn. She’s not particularly irksome to begin with, as I was expecting some character growth however she remained naive and way too innocent throughout the book. Maybe it’s just that I am not used to reading such pure characters who try to see light in every other character, but she stayed like that the entire journey which I began deem as unrealistic.
Aside from a few problems, Shadowfell was a beautifully-crafted tale that many fantasy/magic lovers will fall in love with. I am definitely curious to see how everything continues in the next instalment.
~Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me this copy!~
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