The Well of Shades

The Well of Shades

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Juliet Marillier continues the epic fantasy begun with" The Dark Mirror, " which" Interzone" called: "A fascinating evocation of life in Pictish England and an emotional roller coaster of a story." King Bridei is a man with a mission. His wish to unite his kingdom seems almost within his grasp but there are forces working to undo his dream. He sends Faolan, his most trusted advisor (who is also a master assassin and spymaster) out into the world to ferret out the truth of who is friend and who is foe. Along the way Faolan will uncover many truths. Some may hold the key to Bridei's future. But more important, they may unlock the secrets that Faolan has held deep within his soul for decades. And offer him the chance of redemption.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 625 pages
  • 106.68 x 170.18 x 30.48mm | 22.68g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765348772
  • 9780765348777
  • 50,932

About Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier is the author of the first two books in the Bridei Chronicles, " The Dark Mirror" and" Blade of Fortriu." In addition to these titles, Marillier is the author of the Sevenwaters trilogy as well as a fantasy duet, " Wolfskin" and" Foxmask." She holds advanced degrees in music and languages, and has had a lifelong passion for both Celtic music and Irish folklore. She resides with her family in Perth, Western Australia.
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"Marillier excels at breathing life into the past. Possessing the charm and sweetness of the very young, Bridei and Tuala keep their golden glow to the last page."--"Booklist" on" The Dark Mirror
""Fans of historical fantasy will devour this one and wait eagerly for its sequels."--"VOYA" on" The Dark Mirror
" "Marillier blends old legends with original storytelling to produce an epic fantasy."--"Library Journal" on" Son of the Shadows"
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5,170 ratings
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3 14% (732)
2 2% (128)
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As an avid reader of this author, I can say that Marillier is a master in character development---and the male lead of this book, Faolan, is the perfect example of this. Since his first brief and yet totally memorable appearance in The Dark Mirror, Faolan intrigued me, and while I'm pretty sure that happened mostly because he was so mysterious, was clearly a wounded character with a dark past (my favorite type), along the series he became more and more fascinating because there are just so many layers to him and I wanted to know them all, sob with joy, and thank the Gods for Juliet Marillier. There are so many things I could say about this book, I could talk about the nerve-wracking action scenes, the political drama, Bridei and Tuala, Ana and Drustan, or praise Juliet's beautiful, engaging, totally addictive writing, but ultimately I'll always recommend The Well of Shades because it tells a glorious tale of two brilliant central characters who have so many personal demons to fight, so many wounds to heal, who believe they are unworthy of love and of all things good in this world, and who totally prove each other wrong in the more
by Carla *jen7waters*
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