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Son of the shadows (edition 2002)

by Juliet Marillier

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Title:Son of the shadows
Authors:Juliet Marillier
Info:New York : TOR, 2002.
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Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

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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 |
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  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
Son of the Shadows may be the second book of the Sevenwaters series, but it is not a direct sequel. Instead, the story follows the youngest daughter of Sorcha, the brave young woman in Daughter of the Forest who was set upon a quest to save her six older brothers from a terrible curse – and succeeded. Liadan proves to be just as resourceful as her mother when she is abducted by outlaws on the road, managing to maneuver her way out of the dilemma by offering her healing services to an injured member of the group. This is also how she meets the Painted Man, the leader of the band known to be a cold and heartless killer.

Despite it not being a direct sequel, it is still perhaps necessary to read Daughter of the Forest first before tackling Son of the Shadows. Threads from the first book’s story carry over to this one, and if you aren’t familiar with them it is easy to become confused or lost. In fact, as someone who jumped into this book right after reading the first one, I still feel like I’m missing something. The meddling Fae are back, reminding us that there is still a prophecy to be fulfilled and a darkness to vanquish. Sorcha may have set Sevenwaters on the right path, but it is up to Liadan to take up the mantle now and continue what her mother started. However, nothing really develops in the grander scheme of things; we don’t get to see the great evil rear its ugly head even once in this novel, and I’m not sure if the Fair Folk’s prophecy progresses that much at all.

For all that, Son of the Shadows was an enjoyable read, almost as much as Daughter of the Forest. It does lack a bit of the cohesion I found in the first book, which had a clear direction given how it was a very faithful retelling of a well-known fairy tale. Marillier plays around more with her characters and plot with this one, having freer reign to do as she pleases with the story. For one thing, the romance here is much heavier and more in the forefront. Liadan and the Painted Man fall swiftly for each other, whereas Sorcha’s relationship in the previous book was a much slower burn. The love story elements are more overt and in your face this time around and doesn’t come across as naturally, but it’s still very deep and full of passion.

Still, it’s an excellent follow up and a worthy addition to the saga of Sevenwaters, which looks to have more in store. It’s clear now that there’s a lot more to the narrative, and the effects aren’t going to be limited to just a few characters. Instead, multiple generations in the same bloodline will be touched forever. Son of the Shadows is different from the first book, but in a good way. And it doesn’t stray too far from the overall themes that I’ve come to appreciate about this series, mainly the fairy tale and mythological undertones to the setting and story. And of course, Marillier’s writing is beautiful as always.

This book is put together slightly less elegantly and doesn’t tread as lightly as its predecessor, but I still loved it. ( )
  stefferoo | Jan 17, 2015 |
Really loving this series. It might be a bit slow-moving for some, but I've really enjoyed just sinking into the world and spending time with the characters. ( )
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
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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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My mother knew every tale that was ever told by the firesides of Erin, and more besides.
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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

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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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