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The Well of Shades (The Bridei Chronicles #3)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  3,631 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Juliet Marillier continues the epic fantasy begun with The Dark Mirror, which Interzone called: "A fascinating evocation of life in Pictish England and an emotional roller coaster of a story."
King Bridei is a man with a mission. His wish to unite his kingdom seems almost within his grasp but there are forces working to undo his dream. He sends Faolan, his most trusted
Paperback, 625 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This is the third and last book of the Bridei Chronicles, and it will be a long time before I get these characters and their story out of my head. I even have dreamed about them at night - I never do that!
This beautiful story takes place in sixth century Scotland and the series itself begins with Bridei coming to be foster son to the Druid Broichan at the age of four and the books go through the first years of him being King of Fortriu. However it is not Bridei's story alone but the story of th...more
By far the best of the three Bridei Chronicles! Finished it on a five hour flight back from Seattle, keeping the people beside me awake with my reading light (I had the dreaded middle seat). I just couldn't put it down! *So many EMOTIONS!!*


I felt so brokenhearted for Foalan at the end of Blade of Fortrui that I just knew J.M. would have to give him a love story and heal all of his brokenness. I loved that that person ended up being Deord's daughter! She was such an amazing...more
Mira, a escriba
Preparada para desfrutar de excelentes leituras, afinal encontro um novo lar!

Outrora desvendei intrigas, suportadas por ambições cegas, e conheci um homem com uma desconfiança que só igualava em tamanho o seu poder e riqueza. Neste terceiro e, actualmente, último volume das Crónicas de Bridei a trama progride para o culminar de destinos e para um verdadeiro “poço de sombras” onde nos é revelado o lado secreto e mais frio do ser humano – nas suas várias facetas.

“Tenho uma teoria sobre o Portal de...more
Neide Parafitas
"O Poço das Sombras" é o 3º livro da trilogia das Crónicas de Bridei e, para mim, também o melhor!

Se Faolan sobressaiu no 2º livro, neste então ganha particular destaque.

Na Irlanda, Faolan parte numa missão secreta, com o objectivo de dar a notícia da morte de um grande guerreiro: Deord. Contudo, não contava conhecer a sua filha, Eile, uma jovem agressiva e perturbada, que vive em condições miseráveis. Mas esta missão irá assumir contornos totalmente inesperados e Faolan ver-se-á também obrigad...more
Jan 24, 2008 Sabine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Historical Fantasy 18+
Recommended to Sabine by: Picked because of author
I read the first two in the series in December adn loved them. This one I would say is my favorite. The main character Faolan, is complex, likeable, and enduring. The only thing that was hard was that I loved his story so much and the book tells more than one story at a time, all of which interconnect, that I found myself bugged when it left him to talk about someone else. The other characters are worthwhile thoug, especially if you have read the first two. Marillier is a master story teller tha...more
With spymaster Faolan back, Bridei is anxious to send him on a covert mission to ferret out enemy from friend. Usually cool and unaffected Faolan is not unchanged, however after his peril-fraught return to Cloud Hill, and part of that includes his personal life: confronting his dark past at home and fulfilling the promise of a now deceased friend and protector along the way. In Erin he meets Eile, a strong, distrusting young girl living in more tragic circumstances than even he knows. What he'll...more

Comecei o "Poço das Sombras" com alguma expectativa, até porque tinha gostado bastante da "Espada de Fortriu" e sabia que este livro iria novamente abordar a vida de um personagem de quem tanto gostei no volume anterior: Faolan. E se inicialmente o livro correspondeu a todas as expectativas e até as superou à medida que ia avançando foi-me desiludindo um pouco.

Apesar de tudo foi um livro que não me arrependo de ter lido, com personagens cativantes e passados tristes e sofridos, mas ao mesmo...more
The Well of Shades
by Juliet Marillier
2 out of 5 Stars

I took a few days until I wrote this review after I finished reading. To make sure my feelings about it were more concrete instead of a confused torrent, so that I might do a fair review that wasn't full of my own personal frustrations. I've come to the conclusion that there is no way around this.
I liked The Well of Shades. It was an interesting read.
Wait... what? you must say. No, no, you heard me correctly. I enjoyed this book and still ga...more
Barbara ★
A superbly written tale of love, friendship, betrayal and war. It's been years since I've read the previous two books in the series (2009) so I had to reacquaint myself with Fortriu and it's characters before I could get back into the story but I'm so glad I persevered. I've always like Faolan and so wanted his HEA but knowing it wasn't going to be Ana figured he'd have to go a traveling again.

After Blade of Fortriu, it was apparent that Faolan was going on another mission - partly King's busin...more
Jan 18, 2012 Bethany rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
The Well of Shades was a wonderful and strong finish to The Bridei Chronicles. I can't really stress enough how much I admire and love Juliet Marillier's character and world building. She is just an amazing fantasy author and I look forward to reading everything she has writer.

I was very happy to be following Faolan once again, this time however I was following his on a journey to his homeland. Faolan returns back to the land of Gaels to not only confront his own past, but to honor a promise to...more
Muito bom. Este é daqueles "perigosos", no sentido de viciante e absorvente a ponto de nos fazer perder horas de sono.

Só não gostei que a autora estivesse sempre a referir-se a Faolan como "o assassino". Pelo que sabemos de Faolan, ele é guarda-costas e espião do Rei, transformando-se num assassino apenas quando isso se revela indispensável ao cumprimento das suas missões. Assim, preferia que a Juliet tivesse escolhido "espião" e que tivesse recorrido a essa alternativa menos vezes (não me dei...more
In The Well of Shades, Bridei is so close to finally realizing his dream of united and peaceful Fortriu. But he knows it is crucial to discover who are his true allies and those who are simply biding their time to strike once again. For this delicate mission, Bridei once again turns to his trusted friend and spymaster Faolan (yay!) who is not a little unchanged after his disastrous mission to the Caitts in The Blade of Fortriu. Hoping to finally put some of demons to rest, Faolan begins a journe...more
Miriam Holsinger
Definitely going to go through withdrawal regarding these characters. I'm not sure if that is because she is a good writer or just because I zoomed through the books so quickly they sort of consumed my life. It was a delightful dive into fantasy but I'm not sure I would recommend the author. In hindsight her characters were too trite, too tidy. I realize each of these trilogies is essentially a love story between two odd characters who have to struggle before they are united. Kind of seems more...more
Ruth Day
This is the ninth book by Juliet Marillier and, with the exception of the Sevenwaters Trilogy, it is my favorite. I did not care as much for the first two books of the Bridei Chronicles. They were beautiful to read, as all of Marillier's novels are, and the history on which they are based is very interesting (and the reason I kept reading them), but I didn't find myself falling in love with the characters as I had in the Sevenwaters Trilogy. That is, until Faolan was developed more in Book #2. T...more
I absolutely loved this book, there were parts that completely consumed me. Faolan is probably in my top three favorite heroes of all time, and I thought his and Eile's story was one of the best I've read, loved it. I docked it a star because of the sexual content (I hate it when there's so much sexual content, it's unnecessary, plus then I feel like I can't recommend it and I SO want to recommend this one) and also, like the previous books in this series, it was a bit long. I'm over the whole B...more
Autumn Doughton
This book was soooo so good. Definitely the best in the Bridei series and maybe better than Daughter of the Forest (I have to sit on the statement for a little while before I decide for sure).
My only complaint is that when the story jumped away from Faolan and Eile I was so frustrated--they were too interesting to leave them for even a half-chapter.
Eile and her daughter, Saraid, were the most realistic of any of Marillier's characters and my heart bled, sighed and smiled for the two of them. Ma...more
Chegou ao fim a trilogia das Crónicas de Bridei, sem dúvida o livro para mim mais emocionante. Se no outro livro já tinha gostado de Faolan, neste veio consolidar a minha simpatia por esta personagem, não podendo deixar de referir Saraid e Ellie que apesar de todas as adversidades, através de um grande amor conseguem ser felizes. Penso que o que ficou a faltar foi o desenvolvimento em torno da cristandade, penso que este capítulo foi pouco explorado deixando em aberto futuros desenvolvimentos. P...more
I wanted to give this 5 stars. I really did. I loved Faolan and Eile's story so much, I had a hard time putting it down, and hated when the story switched to other side stories involving other characters. It did all come together in the end, but throughout the story I had a hard time staying interested in the other characters. It really started to become a little too wordy. Lots of events could have been summed up nicely with much fewer words in my opinion. Still a good read. I read several hund...more
I have enjoyed all the 3 books in these series. In this last book we finally come to know Faolan's secrets and the remarkable change that he goes through.
Another fantastic read in the Bridei series. On one hand, I think I enjoyed it the most; on the seem rushed. The Well of Shades is far more predictable than its predecessors, but still very good and hard to put down.

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Faolan truly became one of my favourite character ever! Through the 3 books, and especially this one, we read the totally unveil of his story and especially how much he changed and allowed himself to feel again, to not be only a shadow anymore. Neither to say that i'm addicted to Juliet's books, i completely adore the way she writes and how i get immersed in the story and how rich the characters are.
Mystery character Faolan is given more depth and a chilling history in book three of this series. On two missions at the same time, one for Bridei and one for his own personal resolution, Faolan encounters a young woman whose desperation and misery shortly thereafter lead her to seize an opportunity and change her life, forever. Bridei and Tuala's story continues with the arrival of the vassal King of the Light Isles, and his cousin, the Lady Breda, sister to Ana. Breda is dangerous, bored, and...more
Another beautifully stirring tale by Juliet Marillier. It has a little bit of everything: historical fiction, sweeping romance, grand adventures, heinous villains, and irrepressible heroes (big and small). I am looking forward to reading Heir to Sevenwaters & have put it on my wishlist for my birthday!
Juliet Marillier is brilliant, I love how she mixes fantasy with real human emotions and hardships. Although I read the previous two books in the series a few years ago, I stepped straight back into their world. My biggest worry now is that I've read almost all her books :(
A perfect ending to a perfect series. It was simply delightful. When trying to describe my feeling towards a Juliet Marillier book, I find I am nearly always lost for words. Only another reader of her books can understand.
I'm barely giving this book 4 stars. It was good... But there are several buts included in that statement. I liked the fast pace of the storyline. I didn't like the person faolan turned into once he met this girl. I liked him as strong, in charge, he became weak, and no longer the hero I wanted in this story. I liked bringing In the evil princess. That was an interesting twist. The Christians are bugging me but they shouldn't because they are Christian and I believe in freedom. Eile is an intere...more
The Well of Shades is Marillier’s third instalment of the Bridei Chronicles and takes off where the second instalment (Blade of Fortriu) ends. Taking on an intelligence mission for Bridei as well as a personal quest to inform Deord’s Kin of the former Breakstone inmate’s death Faolan confronts the ghosts of his past as both lead him back into his homeland bringing Deord's daughter, Eile and her daughter Saraid, into his life. Both Faolan and Eile share tragic pasts, with the help of each other,...more
Este é o último livro da trilogia de As Crónicas de Bridei, uma das trilogias mais aclamadas de Juliet Marillier, senão mesmo a preferida dos fãs que a autora colecciona por todo o mundo.
Depois de dois livros emocionantes, lidos numa correria desenfreada e desesperada eis que cheguei a este livro que li numa noite. Sim, uma noite! No último volume desta trilogia, é na personagem de Faolan que a escritora se concentra para nos arrebatar, impedindo que nos sintamos indiferentes em qualquer moment...more
Lígia Bellini
I loved the 1st and 2nd book of Bridei Chronicles, but The Well Of Shades, i loved even more! I was a little bit disappointed, bec Faolan couldn't stay with Ana, on the 2nd book. And i still couldn't get mad tht her choice was Drustan! He is also a caring and lovely person! But i'm glad tht on the 3rd book, Juliet introduce to us another strong and brave character, Eile. Poor girl! Since child, she had suffered so much! I was glad, Faolan crossed her path! I loved her, since the beginning! Becau...more
This trio of books, between them, have over 1000 pages. Plus, 2 of the 3 that I have are in hardcover, with small print. So that's why there isn't as many books being reviewed as last week.

The first book, was mainly about Bridei and Tuala, and them growing up. At the beginning, it was an almost, "what is going to happen" sort of book, where you want to keep reading, but a sense that you know what was going to happen.

I liked Bridei and Tuala, and I didn't really like Broichan, since he wasn't v...more
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Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a...more
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“Because, when I was away, I couldn't stop thinking about you. Part of me said, yes, it was the right thing to do, for your sake; part of me recognized the kind of man I am, the kind of work I do, the utter impossibility of it. But the other part of me... I felt your absence like a wound.” 4 likes
“That's lovely singing, Saraid," Eile said. "Is Sorry asleep now?"
Saraid shook her head solemnly. "Sorry's sad. Crying." She held the doll against her shoulder, patting its back.
"Oh. Why is she sad?"
"Sorry wants Feeler come back." It was like a punch in the gut. She had thought Saraid had forgotten him; she had assumed new friends and a safe haven would drive the memories of that long journey across country, just the three of them, from her daughter's mind. Foolish. The images of that time were still bright and fresh in her own head; she dreamed of them every night. Why should Saraid be any different just because she was small?”
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