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Fifteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured, but when she sets out for Shadowfell, a training ground for a rebel group, she meets a mysterious soldier and the Good Folk, who tell her that she, alone, can save Alban.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012.
ISBN: 9780375983665
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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sarahbru17 Nov 27, 2018

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 7/10
Writing: 8/10
Though certain elements of this fantasy were traditional--the evil king, persecution of magic users, small rebel group--other elements were totally new and refreshing. Neryn's ability was certainly unique; I can't recall reading something like it before. I really enjoyed learning about these creatures from a different mythology. I'd never heard of the urisk, brollachan, or stanie mon, and they were fascinating. My two points of contention are more out of personal taste than writing skill: excessive introspection and setting description. I personally get bored with setting description, so I tend to skim past those paragraphs. And Neryn was alone for at least half of the narration, so it was very heavy on internal monologue and personal contemplation. I personally thrive off of dialog and interpersonal conflict, so because she was alone so much, there wasn't as much of that as I would have liked. Neryn was well-developed, but everyone else--perhaps excepting Flint--was not very well-rounded. I would be curious to see if there was more character development in the future books.

ArapahoeDagmar Jan 21, 2018

I love anything written by Juliet Marillier, a New Zealand author of historical fantasy. This is a first in a 3 book series about Neryn and her adventurous journey. Enjoy!

Jun 11, 2016

A surprisingly good book! Can't wait to read Raven Flight!

Recommendable, unique, moving and utterly, utterly a great novel. Originally I detested it as a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings (entirely unrelated with watching the Peter Jackson adaptations just a day before...) and then, seeing Shadowfell and its sequel Raven Flight at the library approximately a year afterwards, I decided to pick them up again. Trust me, as much as this may seem an overwrought panegyric this was an outstanding work.

Jul 22, 2013

A fantasy adventure, with magical practitioner's being subjected to a witch hunt. The protagonist must make her way to a rebel group before she is captured and killed.

Feb 04, 2013

Wow its amazing how a book can get u people to act all insane...truly its very sad,

KelseyPaige Nov 12, 2012

Classic Juliet Marillier. :) This book has been likened to her first novel, Daughter of the Forest, except less adult, and I must say I agree that the language is similar (in a good way). Shadowfell, however, brings its own elements to the table. It is more suited to the YA fantasy jurisdiction, is not nearly as grim, and features fey creatures more frequently--which I'm excited about. There is the promise of a lot of good-versus-evil hashing out-ery and magical epicness. Overall, this series and I are looking to become good friends. This first installment left a little to be desired, simply in that it felt like an introduction: there's still a lot I don't know about the characters, and the primary antagonist has yet to make an appearance. So I hesitate to be too gushing in my praise just yet...but it was a very good start.

Oct 24, 2012

I must say, seems to be more simple than most of Marillier's works. The language is less intricate as well. As for the plot, nothing fancy. The usual: Neryn is recently orphaned, having lost her drunken father to the King's Enforcers in a fire; she is saved by Flint, the oppressive King's general who is a spy; and journeys to the legendary realm Shadowfall to join the rebel forces against the King, receiving help from the Good Folk along the way. A hint of romance towards the end of the novel, as usual.

Oct 11, 2012

I LOVE everyone of Juliet's books. I can not wait for the next in this series. Oh.....Flint and Neryn!!!!!!

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sarahbru17 Nov 27, 2018

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Aug 12, 2013

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Jul 15, 2017

"'You gave your life for truth and honor. You showed me how to be brave. Pass the flame to me, brother. I will carry it now.'" -Neryn, page 282


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