January 22, 2013

Review: Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1) Juliet Marillier

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.
 This is a very good book. I enjoyed every page of the adventure. The author really put a lot of thought and feeling into each word that she wrote in this story. The storyline seemed to carry me from one place to the next without staling out or falling short. I usually "power read" the book that are waiting to be reviewed. However, I liked the the storyline, plots & characters so much that I found myself reading very slowly. It took me at least 4 days to complete. The main character is an extremely strong & independent young lady. I admire how she handles herself through everything that is thrown her way. The settings in the book took me to a whole new place. The journey from where she started to where the book ended, was an amazing accomplishment. The people and creatures she encounters along the way are wonderfully portrayed. I am really looking forward to the next 2 installments in this trilogy. This is a set I will be adding to my own collection. If you like all things magical, then you will like this book as much as I did. Happy Reading!!
Publisher-Knopf Books for Young Readers
Reviewers Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
Thank you to the author for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program!



  1. Great review! I didn't agree with most of it - ultimately I found the book boring. But I can agree with one thing: I loved the setting and where it took me! I also really liked Flint :)

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  2. I was just about to say that this is one of those books that got a lot of mixed reviews and Sierra's comment reinforce d that. LOL glad you enjoyed it though, I haven't read my copy yet so now I'm sort of reading the story through reviews.


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