Son of the Shadows

Son of the Shadows

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Beautiful Sorcha is the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures. It is from her sacrifice that Sorcha's brothers were brought home to their ancestral fortress Sevenwaters, and her life has known much joy. But not all the brothers were able to fully escape the spell that transformed them into swans, and it is left to Sorcha's daughter Liadan to help fulfill the destiny of the Sevenwaters clan. Beloved child and dutiful daughter, Liadan embarks on a journey that shows her just how hard-won was the peace that she has known all her life. Liadan will need all of her courage to help save her family, for there are dark forces and ancient powers conspiring to destroy this family's peace--and their world. And she will need all of her strength to stand up to those she loves best, for in the finding of her own true love, Liadan's course may doom them all . . . or be their more

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  • Paperback | 590 pages
  • 104.14 x 172.72 x 35.56mm | 181.44g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765343266
  • 9780765343260
  • 25,566

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"Beautifully written." --"Publishers Weekly" "Ever wondered what happens next in your favorite fairy tale? Juliet Marillier provides a beautifully wrought answer. . . . The exquisite poetry of the story is carefully balanced with strong characterizations and more than a nod to Irish mythology."-"Romantic Times" "A fine new fantasy writer."-Anne McCaffreyshow more

About Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, a town with strong Scottish roots. She currently lives in a rural area of Western Australia, sharing her house with a cat and a dog. A university graduate in music and languages, she has had a varied career that includes working for government agencies, opera singing, and raising four children. Juliet now writes full time. Her lifelong interest in myth, legend, folklore and traditional music is a strong influence on both style and theme in her writing. A passion for early British history, reflecting her Celtic ancestry, is evident in her choice of settings. Juliet Marillier achieved international recognition in 1999 with the publication of her award-winning novel "Daughter of the Forest." This is the first book of the "Sevenwaters Trilogy," a historical fantasy set in Ireland and Britain in the ninth century, and is loosely based on the traditional fairy tale, "The Six Swans." The second book in the series, "Son of the Shadows," won the 2000 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel. "Child of the Prophecy" completes this trilogy. Juliet Marillier's second series is based on the first Viking voyage from Norway to Orkney, and weaves history and folklore into a saga of adventure, romance and magic. The series is made up of two novels, "Wolfskin" and "Foxmask." Juliet is currently working on a new trilogy set in the north of Britain in the time of the Picts. Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD and of the Australian Greens Party, reflecting her commitment to environmental more

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Earlier today I reviewed Daughter of the Forest, which I called my favorite fairy tale retelling of all time (and one of my favorite books, period.); Son of the Shadows is the 2nd book of the series, and I was a little hesitant to read it because it follows Sorcha and Red's children (meaning Sorcha and Red would be older and shuffled off out of the picture, and I just wasn't ready for that), and I'd heard that the series starts to go down hill after the first book. And though this did lack some of the magic of Daughter of the Forest, I certainly wouldn't say that Son of the Shadows is the point where the series starts to go downhill. It's strange, though: some of my favorite things about the book are also some of my complaints. So I'm just going to get right into it. And, um, there will be slight spoilers. I liked the way Son of the Shadows expanded the mythology of Sevenwaters (and Ireland) by incorporating the Old Ones and giving the fey a run for their money. They were an interesting element, and I really liked it. They world and mythology was also expanded in that there are characters from around the world. The Painted Men were fascinating, and going behind the scenes with the "bad guys" and feeling pity for them, sometimes even rooting for them - it was interesting, because it was hard to know where to lay your allegiance. (Which I think was a good thing, because it puts you more in Liadan's mind, who is having a similar problem.) But when I first started SotS, I was more than a little worried that it was going to be a lukewarm rehashing of DOTF, covering the same ground with "new" characters, and trying to recapture the magic. And there were times that I felt this did sort of peek through, or Liadan did come close to being Sorcha, especially in the beginning, before she began to distinguish herself. But as it went along, the similarities faded and Liadan became her own character, and I liked her for it. She was much more willful than her mother, and even sort of brazen, which is not something I would call Sorcha. Where Sorcha took her lot in life and struggled to make the most of it, Liadan went after what she wanted, even when it was sometimes incredibly reckless. Their similarities (beyond both being healers and respected members of their community - and unwittingly enchanting every man who crossed their path) was in the lengths they would go to for those they loved. There didn't seem to be anything they wouldn't risk, which is complicated when the people you love require contradicting things of you. While I'm on the topic of love, I do want to talk about the...romance between Liadan and Bran. I have a friend (the one who recommended the books to me in the first place) who likes Bran more than Red, and that I just don't get. Maybe it's the tortured soul thing, maybe it's whatever it is in women that makes them like bad boys, but as much as I liked Bran as a character, and even as a love interest (at times), I would never in a million years compare their romance to Sorcha's and Red's, or claim to like anyone more. (Red 4eva!) I did like Liadan and Bran together, and I liked his slow transformation into someone worthy of being liked. There was an honesty to the situation, and an acceptance that people aren't perfect (and perhaps Bran was a good foil to Liadan's somewhat Mary Sue character). I sometimes felt as if I was reading the story that would have been if Sorcha had ended up with Simon instead of going to England and meeting Red. That was interesting - but it never gave me butterflies the way that DOTF did. I loved it, and I looked forward to the scenes where they were together, even if only briefly, and that's high-praise, really. But I just can't get crazy fangirly on this one. I loved both characters and found them intriguing, but they were also frustrating and the beauty of the build-up and discovery just wasn't there. It would come SO CLOSE and then just not go all the way*. I liked them, almost even loved them, but they weren't quite magic. Sorcha and Red were magic. *But they did. Boy, did they. There were other things that worked but didn't work for me, too. I liked the darkness of the story which, as dark as DOTF was, I think actually went a little darker. There were dark moments in DOTF, and a villain or two, but it was overpowered by so much valiance and righteousness and love. SotS shows us how even some of the good guys get corrupted. Times are changing in Liadan's world, and mostly not for the better. There is a lot of darkness and mistrust and loneliness and violence, all compounded on one another. And though I liked this, sometimes it was just too much. I don't mean this from a "too much for my delicate sensibilities" standpoint, because I don't have those. I mean, sometimes it was just too much: Eammon could have been a cartoon villain, twirling his curly mustache at the end. And though there were times I loved his obsessive need for control and his callousness, and there were times that I could see it crack and even feel pity for him, there were also times when I was just wanted to be done with him. But the fact is, there was never anything bad enough in this book to keep me from recommending it, or even loving it. I'm just holding it up to the impossibly high standard Daughter of the Forest set. And for those of you who are fans of DOTF but haven't read this one yet, allow me to tease you with this: There's more Finbar!! I truly loved his role in this book, and his connection to Liadan. It expanded her character and his quite nicely. Do yourself a favor and pick up Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows. Trust more
by Misty Braden
Son of the Shadows, the second in the Sevenwaters Trilogy is even better than the first. Sorcha's daughter Liadan is taken by mercineries for her healing powers. Kept a prisoner, Liadan must tread carefully and pray her healing works. Forbidden love (with some passionate embraces), deception, tourture, betrayal and magic. A wonderful story which weaves it's way back to the first book in a surprising twist. Juliet Marillier is a great weaver of tales and is at her finest in this more
by Heather Grant
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