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Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
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Son of the Shadows

by Juliet Marillier

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Series: Sevenwaters (Volume 2)

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Everything that made Daughter of the Forest the lovely, stunning read that it was is completely stripped away in this terrible sequel. Skip. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
This was a fantastic follow-up to Daughter of the Forest, and has left me anxious to read the rest of the Sevenwaters series. Marillier's prose is lush and reverent, and her characters are as believable as they are perfectly flawed. Her blending of myth, story-telling, and drama -- not to mention magic, in just the right doses -- makes these books virtually impossible to put down once they're begun, and although some of the largest elements of the story's arc were somewhat predictable, the novel still pulled me along without fail.

I will say that this book got off to a slightly slower start than the first book in the series, but within a few chapters, it still had me hooked, and so I'd absolutely recommend it. I'll also add that I think this is a series readers absolutely need to read in order if they want the full flavor of the characters, so Daughter of the Forest should be picked up before this installment. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Apr 24, 2019 |
Juliette Marillier is a masterful story teller. I was in awe of Daughter of the Forest. It felt way more than just a fairy tale retelling. It felt like a stained glass window that is beautiful and intricate. Sadly, this second book left much to be desired. This book was more about the love story than an actual plot. It was predictable and common. And while this may be a bonus for some, I personally was annoyed with how much sex there was. The only characters that weren't flat were the ones from the first book, but only because you already knew of their depth. Daughter of the Forest should have been a stand alone book. There is simply not enough plot to keep the story moving forward. ( )
  mollypitchermary | Oct 11, 2017 |
This book was excellent. Brilliant love story. So much was woven into the fabric of the story. True love, betrayal, despair, longing and hope. There were many secrets that needed to be uncovered, three of which I guessed correctly. I love how the main character never gave up and was bold in the face of death. So incredible. This story was in many ways more three dimensional than the first book in the trilogy. Every individual story line wove together to make a rich tapestry. The story was a little anti-climatic at the end but it was a happy ending with more to build on. I will be interested to see how the last book plays out. I wonder that the fair folk aren't as fair as they may seem and the truly the old ones are the good guys. ( )
  LisaRector | Sep 28, 2017 |
4.5 ( )
  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
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Juliet Marillierprimary authorall editionscalculated
Armstrong, NealCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laar, Karel vanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Landor, RosalynNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moody, PaulineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Godric, voyager and man of the earth; and to Ben, a true son of Manannan mac Lir
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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 know 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 salvation.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0765343266, Mass Market Paperback)

Second of the Sevenwaters trilogy of novels about the last days of heroic Ireland, Son of the Shadows takes up the story of the children of Sorcha, who saved her enchanted brothers, and Hugh, the Briton she married. Sorcha's daughter Liadan is a gifted seer and healer who thinks, in spite of her visions, that she knows what the future has in store for her--caring for her dying mother and then an alliance marriage to Eamonn. A chance meeting on the road carries her off to care for a dying man--one of the mercenaries of the sinister Painted Man, Eamonn's archenemy and a killer for hire. Liadan discovers that she cannot choose whom she loves and that she and the Painted Man are as bound up in destiny as her mother and father were before her.

This is an intelligent historical romance in which the supernatural is a part of the character's everyday lives to an extent that makes it hard to think of the book as specifically a fantasy--these are people to whom the beings of forest speak on a regular basis and to whom sorcery is real. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:52 -0400)

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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 salvation.… (more)

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