Shadowfell by Juliet Marrilier
Series: Shadowfell (#1)
Published: September 11th 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Summary: ” Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill–a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.
During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.”
I really, really loved this book! It’s so different from what I’m used to read, reading it was like a breath of fresh air or eating a different type of chocolate (very delicious chocolate!).
Juliet Marillier created a world with a strong, female character who has a long journey in front of her.
Neryn, the main character is traveling with her father, walking from place to place, having barely any money. Neryn’s father, like Neryn, lost everyone, they were all killed by a very dangerous military group, the Enforcers, who work for the king, Keldec, king of Alban. Keldec rules Alban with an iron fist, condemning thousands of people to death for having gifts, magical gifts. Those people with special talents are called the Impure, meaning they have to be “cleansed”.
Neryn and her father are running from the Enforcers who are looking for her. However, Neryn’s father decides to play a luck-game (on a boat), he gets drunk, end’s up losing all their money, and bet’s Neryn (asshat). He loses and Neryn is then given off to an enigmatic traveler, Flint. Surprisingly, Flint and Neryn don’t have what would be called a cliche romance. In fact, they split ways. Neryn travels by herself to find Shadowfell, a place where people like her live. It is also a place where rebellions live.
Neryn faces a lot of hardships, illness, the death of a friend, danger, the Enforcers, and many others. In spite of this, Neryn finds hope in the Good Folk. The Good Folk are a race of (I didn’t want to use this word, but that’s exactly what they are…) magical beings who remain hidden from the outside world. These beings help her on her journey with their knowledge, some even become her friends, others…not so much.
It really touched me to see the evolution on Neryn, some people say she’s weak, but I strongly disagree with them, Neryn is one of the strongest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to “meet”!
Flint is also not your typical boy-crush, he’s a young man, a young man who had to grow up early. I can’t give you much detail about him, you have to read to find out, but once you do find out about him you don’t know how to feel about him…
If you want to read a sweet, oh-so romantic story, I don’t recommend you this book, this book does have some romance, but not the usual kind. This story is not focused on love, but on strength and fight for a better place.
I really loved this book, I want to read the second one right now!! A friend of mine told me to read the Sevenwaters series, also by Juliet Marillier, I guess that’s exactly what I’m gonna do (after the exams T.T)
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