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Foxmask: Children of the Light Isles #2 (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Juliet Marillier

Series: The Light Isles (2)

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The Norseman Eyvind, a fierce and loyal Wolfskin, came to a new land on top of the world to find his destiny. With his priestess bride Nessa he saved the land and weathered the treachery that was caused by Eyvind's blood-sworn friend Somerled. After much pain and sorrow the two lovers have managed to create a society where the Norse warriors and the gentle folks of the Orkney Isles live and thrive in contentment at last. A decade and more has passed since the devastating events of the creation of the settlement and Eyvind and Nessa have watched their children grow and thrive in peace.But not all on the islands are content or at peace. Thorvald, the young son of Margaret, widow of the slain king and Eyvind's war leader, has always felt apart and at odds with all he knows. He learns upon his coming to manhood that he is not his father's son but that of the love that Margaret bore for the hated Somerled and that Somerled was not killed for his treachery but sent on a boat, adrift with little more than a knife and skein of water, doomed to the god's will. Thorvald is determined to find a boat and cast off to the West in a desperate bid to find a father he never knew... and to find out if he is made of the same stuff as the henious traitor.The tragedy of this scheme would be horrific enough... if it were not for the fact that Creidhe, the winsome daughter of Eyvind and Nessa has loved Thorvald since birth and unbeknownst to him conspires to go along on this most perilous of quests.What happens to them on their journey of discovery will ultimately change the lives of all they know and love... and will doom (or redeem) an entire people.… (more)
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Title:Foxmask: Children of the Light Isles #2
Authors:Juliet Marillier
Info:Tor Fantasy (2005), Paperback, 576 pages
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I respect what Juliet Marillier is trying to do with both this book and Wolfskin -- but it's really hard to translate icelandic saga into contemporary fantasy. I think she does a better job of it than anyone else, but I also think her ya book are more readable, somehow. Not really less complex, but somehow more engaging, and I think that has to do with how saga characters are portrayed. This one ends better than most, but I have a hard time investing my liking into a character that is obviously doomed in some way, and that is a hallmark of saga heroes. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
Na het schitterende "Drager van de Wolvenvacht", dacht ik evenveel plezier te beleven aan "Drager van het Vossenmasker", waarin de kinderen van Eyvind en Nessa, en Somerled en Margaret, de hoofdrollen vertolken. Dat bleek een verkeerd gedacht, al was het bij momenten best leuk om lezen.

Ik ga proberen het kort te houden, want ik ben enigszins verheugd dat ik het boek eindelijk uitgelezen heb.

Het is eigenlijk een verhaal over opgroeien, over je plaats in de wereld vinden, over een zoektocht naar jezelf. Wat komt daarvoor in aanmerking? Moed, durf, (zelf)vertrouwen, vriendschap, liefde, pijn, afscheid, enzoverder, enzomeer.

Vanzelfsprekend komen de personages van "Wolvenvacht" ook in beeld, maar hun inbreng is van iets minder groot belang als voorheen. Thorvald (zoon van Margaret en Somerled) leert over zijn vader, besluit hem te gaan zoeken, ondanks tegenadviezen en het relaas over wat voor persoon zijn vader was. Sam, een vriend van Thorvald, dient overtuigd te worden om mee te gaan en dus zijn boot te laten gebruiken zodat Thorvald zijn missie kan uitvoeren. Creidhe, Thorvalds jeugdvriendinnetje en smoorverliefd op hem, sluipt aan boord zonder dat de anderen het weten, tot men al te ver gevorderd is om terug te varen.

Veel discussies en een schipbreuk later, worden ze van elkaar gescheiden, waarbij Thorvald en Sam moeten werken om hout e.d. te verdienen zodat ze weer kunnen wegvaren. Maar dat is buiten een tirannieke leider gerekend, die hen langer "vasthoudt" in het kader van een vredesoperatie met de Onuitspreekbaren, die hun ziener kwijt zijn. Ook daaraan hangt een hele geschiedenis vast, die door de inbreng van de hoofdpersonages echter toch een positief einde kent, ondanks bepaalde opofferingen.

Thorvald is ervan overtuigd dat Asgrim (de leider aka Heerser) zijn vader is, en doet alles om in de gratie te vallen. Zelfs de bende krijgers terdege opleidt en bepaalde vechttechnieken/taktieken aanleert. En dat voor een snotneus. Dat vond ik al een struikelblok. Ook Creidhes kalverliefde was me ook enigszins een doorn in het oog, of eerder, het feit dat Thorvald haar weinig respectvol behandelde, haar afsnauwde, enz... Nuja, Creidhe werd dan ook liefdevol en vredevol opgevoed, kende een luxeleventje (in zekere zin).

Somerled leefde dus nog, zij het als... monnik, jawel. Nu, je komt het niet direct te weten, je moet goed opletten. Ook hij heeft blijkbaar zijn lesje geleerd, maar krijgt er naar het einde toe nog een ferme schep bovenop. Somerled is niet meer, zijn karakter is totaal veranderd. Vandaar ook de naamswijziging in Niall.

Creidhe ontmoet door omstandigheden de liefde van haar leven, ook al is het voor ook een hels avontuur, evenals voor Wachter aka Erling, de zoon van Asgrim. Wachter beschermt kleine, de zoon van z'n zus, Sula, die in een poging de vrede te herstellen, werd verkocht aan de Onuitspreekbaren om een nieuwe ziener te baren, gezien de vorige gestorven was.

Er loopt veel fout, veel misverstanden (vooral van Thorvalds kant, die dacht goed te doen), veel verdriet, maar uiteindelijk komt alles enigszins toch nog goed voor alle partijen. Liefde overwint (ook op de Eilanden van het Licht), de vriendschap wordt enigszins hersteld, ...

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Ondanks dat het verhaal wel vlot leest, is het halverwege, of "iets" over halfweg, toch wel wat doorbijten door de vele beschrijvingen en uitwijdingen die eigenlijk niet nodig zijn want reeds vermeld op vorige bladzijden in andere verwoordingen. Daarna betert het weer, echter pas in de laatste 100 blzn. ofzo.

Ook het gedrag van Thorvald was me een doorn in het oog: eerst snotneus, dan even expert in oorlogstechnieken spelen (huh?) voor volwassen mannen, terwijl hij nooit een gevecht heeft meegemaakt of betrokken werd bij dergelijke beslissingen, ... Ook direct conclusies trekken wanneer hij Creidhe plots weer levend aantreft, ipv de zaak in te schatten.

Kortom: "Wolvenvacht" was schitterend, "Vossenmasker" niet zo slecht, maar in vergelijking met het eerste boek eerder middelmatig. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
I'm horrified to realize that I read so much terrible fantasy as a teen, and so that makes the ones that were actually good stand out that much more. Although not quite as good as Wolfskin, this is leagues above most of the other popular mediocre "Luna"-type fantasy that was being published when I read this. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I am a huge fan of Juliet Marillier and along with "Dreamer's Pool" this novel "Foxmask" is my absolute favourites of her novels. I have just completed a reread via audio of it and it was wonderful. It has fabulous characters - it is full of tragedy, hope, love and it goes in directions you do not always expect. Yes, I was lost in fear of what would happen at times and I cried more than once. I loved it. ( )
  infjsarah | Feb 16, 2020 |
I normally sink into Juliet Marillier's books and have trouble putting them down almost immediately--within twenty pages, all I want to do is continue being dragged along in her words and worlds. The first book in this series, Wolfskin, was no different. I fell in love with the characters and the world, and was utterly fascinated for the duration of the novel.

And yet, somehow... this finish to the two-book series didn't hold me like her other books have. It may be that the characters felt a bit younger and less mature (though I don't think they were meant to), or it may be that the first book just had such a hold on me that I wasn't ready to let those characters go so completely and focus on their children (though I expected it, knowing the author), but for whatever reason, I had a hard time keeping my focus on this one. In fact, through nearly the first half of it, I kept sort of wandering away from it to engage with other books, and though I kept coming back to it, I fear my returning was as much to do with habit and love of the author's works in general as it was to do with this particular story.

In the last 100 or so pages, I couldn't put this book down, but I can't say it ever pulled together the same power as the other books I've read by Marillier, or even nearly the same power as the book that came before it in this series. I'm glad to have read it, and finished the series, but I don't think this is one I'll come back to, and it will probably keep this series from being the one it comes to mind to recommend when I think of the author.

Certainly, I'd recommend it to readers of Wolfskin, but although it could probably be read on its own without too much difficulty, I'd only send readers in that direction, and tell them to come on to this one if they wanted the series wrap-up and to follow on with the children of the characters from the first book. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Dec 17, 2019 |
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The Norseman Eyvind, a fierce and loyal Wolfskin, came to a new land on top of the world to find his destiny. With his priestess bride Nessa he saved the land and weathered the treachery that was caused by Eyvind's blood-sworn friend Somerled. After much pain and sorrow the two lovers have managed to create a society where the Norse warriors and the gentle folks of the Orkney Isles live and thrive in contentment at last. A decade and more has passed since the devastating events of the creation of the settlement and Eyvind and Nessa have watched their children grow and thrive in peace.But not all on the islands are content or at peace. Thorvald, the young son of Margaret, widow of the slain king and Eyvind's war leader, has always felt apart and at odds with all he knows. He learns upon his coming to manhood that he is not his father's son but that of the love that Margaret bore for the hated Somerled and that Somerled was not killed for his treachery but sent on a boat, adrift with little more than a knife and skein of water, doomed to the god's will. Thorvald is determined to find a boat and cast off to the West in a desperate bid to find a father he never knew... and to find out if he is made of the same stuff as the henious traitor.The tragedy of this scheme would be horrific enough... if it were not for the fact that Creidhe, the winsome daughter of Eyvind and Nessa has loved Thorvald since birth and unbeknownst to him conspires to go along on this most perilous of quests.What happens to them on their journey of discovery will ultimately change the lives of all they know and love... and will doom (or redeem) an entire people.

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