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.
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 am a huge fan of Juliet Marillier and have read one series of hers already. I saw this book at a table at a bookstore a while back, wrote the title down and then bought it for my Kindle. It wasn't till later I realized it was written by one of my favorite authors!
I love stores where the character has to travel to get somewhere. Not sure why, most of my barbie stories growing up seemed to follow that plot line so that could be why. This story was right up my alley. It has all the classic fantasy plots. Neryn is special, but she doesn't know how much, Flint is good but also is suspicious, the King is a bad guy who needs to be overturned and there's a secret band of rebels Neryn has to find. Classic. Of course I went out and bought the second book right away. so Expect a review of it soon.
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