Author: Juliet Marillier
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Shadowfell, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An epic, deeply-layered adventure sure to be a hit with fans of Lord of the Rings, Shadowfell was simply amazing, a triumph that I simply had to start over because I was enjoying it so much!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to Alban, the land where magic reigns. A place where humans and the Otherfolk, the Fair Folk, live together side by side. But fifteen years ago, the wicked King Keldec conquered the land, and by so doing, has scattered the Fair Folk and those who are 'canny': people gifted with abilities from said Fair Folk. Meet Neryn, a fifteen year old girl who is gifted with The Sight: She can see faeries. On the run from the King's Enforcers, she finds herself drawn into an epic quest that she, or even the country of Alban, may survive..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the high fantasy vibe of this novel--it was very refreshing, because every reader needs a good adventure now and then!
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--I couldn't put it down
-I loved the premise--faerie books are a dime a dozen these days, but this was unique and I was glued to the book--I loved it so much I even started it over
-Neryn, the meek young girl who becomes a heroine--her character development was rich and real, and I was cheering for her the entire way
-The motley crew of faeries Neryn encounters, especially toward the end of the novel
-Flint, the boy caught between two sides of a dark, brutal war--I will definitely be watching him throughout this series
-The dark, rich, sometimes gruesome environment of Alban--I want more!
What could've been better:
-There was absolutely nothing I didn't love about this lovely novel--amazing!
I loved, loved, loved, Shadowfell--definitely a favorite of the year! Next on deck: I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff!