Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Review #411 - Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1) by Juliet Marillier


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.

My Rating: 5/5

I am ashamed to say that I had never heard of this author until I received this book for review from Pan Macmillan Australia.

I can see why she has a large following though as her writing has a very enchanting feel to it.

This book follows the story of Neryn who after the death of her father is all alone in the world. She has to travel to a place called Shadowfell where the rebels are forming to overturn the evil king.

Along the way she meets Flint. Flint was an intriguing character. He was very helpful towards Neryn but you could tell he had an ulterior motive for that.

The plot builds gradually. There are a few times when it slowed but it was always a page turner.

I really liked the magical feel to the world Neryn lives in. The Good Folk that only Neryn seemed to be able to see were interesting little creatures.

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