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Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters #2)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  17,517 ratings  ·  800 reviews
Beautiful Sorcha is the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures.

It is from her sacrifice that Sorcha's brothers were brought home to their ancestral fortress Sevenwaters, and her life has known much joy.

But not all the brothers were able to fully escape the spell th
Paperback, 608 pages
Published June 17th 2002 by Tor Fantasy (first published September 1st 2000)
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This is my favorite book of all time. My copy is dog-eared, and I'm looking around for another one. This was the book that set me off on my love for Juliet Marillier's books. The simple elegance of the prose was the perfect voice for Liadan, the main character. The love between Bran and Liadan spoke to me the first time I read it and has echoed deeper and deeper with every reading (of which there are many). In my opinion, this is better than the other two because the characters all have a way of ...more
It is, for some reason, extraordinarily difficult for me to explain my feelings concerning this novel. Son of the Shadows is, as all the reviews proclaim, a worthy follow-up to Daughter of the Forest. In fact, both novels are so vastly different that it is practically impossible to compare them and, without a doubt, Son of the Shadows is a beautifully written story, just as heart-breaking and emotionally impactful as its predecessor. Yet, my feelings of awe for this piece are mixed in with guilt ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Recommended to Kay by: the first book
I devoured this book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop, and I finished the book in about fifteen hours with breaks in between. It made me wonder why it took me so long to read this second installment to the Sevenwaters series, though the answer came to me pretty quickly as I was reading. To explain why this is, I have to start off with my experience with the first book.

The first book, Daughter of the Forest, was an emotional journey. It was a tale about family, sacrifice, suffering, v
I didn’t end up liking this one as much as Daughter of the Forest. I feel like with Juliet Marillier, it’s a clear case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. The writing is beautiful, and I love the Irish history and mythology, but these stories will just never be my favorites.

Sorcha’s daughter Liadan is the lead in this sequel, but she’s a bit of a carbon copy of her mother. She looks exactly like her, she’s an herbal healer, she has a brother with whom she shares a special mind link and bond, she falls
Carmo Santos
Nada melhor que pegar num livro e devorá-lo até ao fim como se não houvesse amanhã.
Nada de grandes filosofias, nada de duplos sentidos, nada de descrições monótonas ou escrita complicada. Nada aborrecido, tudo fantástico – e o que não é perdoa-se porque a história envolve e faz sonhar.
Sonhar com ambientes de magia, florestas encantadas, criaturas do além, druidas, feiticeiras, maldições e encantamentos, amores avassaladores capazes de derrubar qualquer contrariedade e triunfar.
A autora sabe o qu
"Son of the Shadows" is the second book in Juliet Marilee’s Sevenwaters Trilogy. It continues the story by leaping ahead a number of years, with Sorcha's daughter being the main character of the story.

I loved the first book "Daughter of the Forest", and was looking forward to being captured by this second book. Unfortunately I was not captured. The second book takes a different approach to story telling compared to the first book. The first book was based on one of the Grimm brothers' tales, bu
Jun 21, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Daughter of the Forest
Shelves: 2010, fantasy
Son of the Shadows is a worthy follow-up to Marillier's Daughter of the Forest. While I had some reservations about reading this book (mainly because it took me forever to finish the 1st book), the sequel turned out to be a much quicker read.

The narrator of this book is Sorcha's younger daughter - Liadan. Up till her 16th year, the life has been good to the family, but suddenly things are starting to change for the worse - Sorcha is sick and has months to live; a dangerous outlaw called the Pain
Meh. I wish she hadn’t made it a series. So why did I give it 3 stars? It was well written—I like Miss Marillier’s prose.

Now I will proceed to tell you why I gave it three stars instead of five.

Son of the Shadows didn’t flow well, and the characters were rather bland. They read like reheated character ideas she probably had for the last book, but threw out and decided to use for the sequel. That may be why this book felt a loooot like the last one: forbidden love, healer protagonist, protagonis
Son of the Shadows is the second book in Juliet Marillier’s captivating Sevenwaters series. If you had told me several months ago that any book would measure up to the immediate love I felt for Daughter of the Forest I wouldn’t have believed it. Son of the Shadows was probably a great book, sure, but just as good? Really? I wouldn’t believe it. Until I read it and I had no choice but to face facts: Son of the Shadows is every bit the masterpiece that Daughter of the Forest was. Rather than attem ...more
Since I reviewed Daughter of the Forest a few weeks back, it seemed only right to close the year out with the sequel. Just another one of those perfect books I read before I started reviewing books and then sort of shied away from reviewing because it's well nigh impossible to do justice to a book you have all the feelings for, you know? It also happens that this is not only one of my very favorite books of all time but one of my favorite winter reads, as the night of Midwinter's Eve plays rathe ...more
Steph Su
I had heard that, while the first book in the Sevenwaters series, Daughter of the Forest, was pretty good, the second book, SON OF THE SHADOWS, would blow me away. I admit to a bit of good-natured skepticism when I was told this. Okay, yes, Daughter of the Forest was good, but it’s still the same author writing the second book, which is set in the same world, and has similar characters with similar problems, right? But no, somehow, miraculously, in an act that seems to defy the unstated law of s ...more
Son of the Shadows continues the story of the Sevenwaters family, focusing on the next generation - Sorcha’s children. (It is not an overt fairy tale retelling like the first book was.) I waited a long time to read this after reading Daughter of the Forest because although the writing was beautiful and it was very well done, the overwhelming feelings that stuck with me were sadness and pain. So I wasn’t exactly eager to dive into this sequel even though reviews said it was very different. Mostly ...more
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This is one author that has gift with words and would not flinch away from writing off her main characters (Trying to bring about Reality in Fantasy). The worst part is that because of her way with words you think it is the right thing to do. They have served their purpose and now its time to move on. I am not the one to give away spoilers but I will make an exception here(view spoiler) ...more
I have to admit that I really didn't want to read this book. I'm relatively new to the whole Sevenwaters series, and after reading Daughter of the Forest (which I wholeheartedly adored), I wasn't sure whether any of the others could really match up.

Since this book doesn't follow Sorcha & Red, the protagonists from the first book, and instead focuses on their children, I was pretty reluctant to see the characters I loved so much turn into oldies. Call me ageist, but since DOTF ended so happil
Parti com elevadas expectativas para esta nova história de magia, de feitiçaria e de amor, e devo dizer que superou tudo aquilo que eu esperava. "A Filha da Floresta" modificou completamente as minhas futuras leituras, pois nunca tal livro conseguiu-me transportar para um mundo tão "real" de amor e fantasia (apesar de haver outras histórias pelas quais me apaixonei mais intensamente que penso nunca serem ultrapassadas)! Tenho a certeza absoluta que os próximos livros que ler deste tema não chega ...more
Earlier today I reviewed Daughter of the Forest, which I called my favorite fairy tale retelling of all time (and one of my favorite books, period.); Son of the Shadows is the 2nd book of the series, and I was a little hesitant to read it because it follows Sorcha and Red's children (meaning Sorcha and Red would be older and shuffled off out of the picture, and I just wasn't ready for that), and I'd heard that the series starts to go down hill after the first book. And though this did lack some ...more
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Son of the Shadows is one of my favorite books out there, and I've read a lot; this is one I just keep coming back to. And yet, I find myself agreeing with much of the criticism other reviewers have posted; I think this book is great for a particular demographic but certainly not for everyone.

Technically this is a sequel to Daughter of the Forest, but Son of the Shadows picks up the story a generation down the road with new main characters, and thus it is entirely possible to read it as a stand
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This is what I consider a ten star book. I am rewriting my review after reading this for the third time and after having read the entire series. [November 2014 - just listened to the audio - awesome as the read!] There are a lot of wonderful authors out there, but not nearly as many master story-tellers. Juliet Marillier is exactly that. This is the second in the Sevenwaters series and set in 4th century Ireland. Reading this for the second time, I was questioning what made it such a beautiful r ...more
Neide Parafitas
Juliet Marillier é definitivamente uma grande contadora de histórias!!

Este é mais um livro maravilhoso que conta agora a história de Liadan, filha de Sorcha, que tal como a mãe herdou o dom da visão e de curar.

Liadan é avisada pelas criaturas encantadas de que deverá permanecer para sempre em Sevenwaters ou não conseguirá que as ilhas sagradas sejam reconquistadas aos Bretões, mas esta recusa-se a fazê-lo.

Entretanto Liadan conhece o Homem Pintado e descobre que este é muito diferente do que diz
I finished this last night. Late. Last. Night. This book was fantastic. Juliet Marillier continues as she did with book #1 in this series with a writing style that captivates me. Her characters have such depth and variety.

The love shared between Liadan and Bran just made me weep as did a scene involving Bran as a youth. So did one of the later scenes involving Sorcha and Red who are from book one and parents to Liadan.

*sigh* I tend to forget alot of what I've read as time progresses. I don't thi
Depois de quebrar o feitiço que foi lançado a si e aos seus irmãos, Sorcha pensou que a tempestade tinha passado de vez e que a sua família e as florestas do domínio de Sevenwaters estariam para sempre seguras. Mas algo está para vir, como muito bem sabem os espíritos que residem nas florestas que rodeiam Sevenwaters. Liadan sente o mesmo e mesmo à frente dos seus olhos, vê a sua família desintegrar-se, afundados em segredos, meias-verdades e histórias mal explicadas. Novas alianças são criadas ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Alaine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, men, women and older children (if read by an adult)
This book is the second in the Sevenwaters Trilogy and I would never have thought that I could enjoy it more than the first. If it were possible I would give it 5+++ stars.

This book picks up the next generation of Sevenwaters. Sorcha's children, Niamh (daughter) and twins Sean (son) and Liadan (daughter). The story is told by Liadan and it tells all that happens during the seventeen years that have passed and then goes on to hold you at times breathless, while you wait for the story to unfold.

Very good second novel in the trilogy and wonderful characters. Didn't choke me up as much as Daughter of the Forest but fell in love with Liaden and Brans story. She does a wonderful job with the characters, landscape and plot development. Definitely worth reading and was a novel that I didn't want to put down.. and that says a lot right there.
Barbara ★
I love this series though it makes me cry again and again as I read. As with all epic fantasy novels, bad things happen to the hero and/or heroine (usually more often than good). I guess adversity is necessary to write such a long story and keep the readers attention but man is it hard on the reader. I honestly had to keep putting this down and go do something else just to regain control of my tears. But I wouldn't change anything even if I could. What a remarkable story.

Though I truly expected
Once again Juliet Marillier astounds me with the beauty of her writing and the poingnance of her stories. Son of Shadows is my favorite of the Sevenwaters series and for good reason. Liadan is a good girl who makes some morally questionable decisions, but she's feirce, outspoken, protective, and just plain awesome. She is real. I want her for a friend. The diversity of her relationships, the love, reverence, respect, and sometimes fear she inspires in others, and her down-to-earth attitude make ...more
Definitely 3.5 stars.

I didn't like this, as a whole, as much as the first one. BUT I did love the main characters. Liadan is strong and kind and just so good! Bran is brooding and tortured and deadly (my favorite combo) and also so good! Definitely more spice in their story than the love story in "Daughter of the Forest". There was more action, which is always fun. I absolutely adored the story-telling element throughout the book, it was wonderful to hear all of the Irish myths and folk tales in
Theres a funny story that goes with my reading of this book that I must tell. I decided to read "the last Unicorn" as it was being read by one of my groups. I read a few reviews first and all were glowing and as I didn't have the book I searched and was pleased to find it there. After I had read about 100 pages into thee book I became confused as to the lack of unicorns and the very humaness of the story! I'll just keep going, I thought , all will become clear. I began to reread the ...more
Sequels aren't supposed to be as good as the books that came before them. My first words upon setting down Daughter of the Forst, the book that came before this, was, and I quote: "Omyfreakinggosh, that was amazing." I had similar thoughts when I finished Son of the Shadows. It was beautiful and incredible and powerful. Marillier gets the "best author discovered this year" prize. Perhaps the "best author discovered while I'm at grad school" prize--and that's saying a lot.

Her characters are well-
I loved it. I discovered that I love stories written back in these time frames, where there were no telephones or electronics, you travel by horse, everything takes effort plus 10 times as long to complete. It makes me appreciate the toughness people had to have back then, as well as the responsibility and duties that were expected of you. Chores had a different meaning.

I loved Laidan and the fact that she had the healing art inherited from her mother, Sorcha. This story seemed a little more bel
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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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