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Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters #2)

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,226 Ratings  ·  961 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 that
Paperback, 608 pages
Published June 17th 2002 by Tor Fantasy (first published September 1st 2000)
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Apr 23, 2016 Katerina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
“Don't you long for something different to happen, something so exciting and new it carries you along with it like a great tide, something that lets your life blaze and burn so the whole world can see it?”

Where do I start?How can I put into words the magnitude of Juliet Marillier's writing?How can I explain to someone who hasn't lived through her books that Son of the Shadows left me a sobbing mess,that there were scenes so emotionally brutal and devastating that it felt like my heart was ri
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3.5 stars

Sometimes when I finish a book I know exactly what I think about it, and the review practically writes itself. Other times . . . I finish, thinking that overall I liked the book, but . . . something remains . . . unresolved. And the more I dwell on it, the more issues emerge, until the something evolves into multiple identifiable problems.

This is one of those times.

That's not to say
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
Jan 09, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it
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
May 17, 2011 Catie rated it liked it
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy read with the amazing Jessica
”I have believed, for a long time, that the Fair Folk guide our steps. That they work their great plans through us. But you are not in their scheme. Perhaps you hold some sort of key.”

Overall Feelings On Son of Shadows

Just like Daughter of the Forest this takes us on a magical and epic journey over years. Liadan like her mother is a healer and as with all the children of Sevenwaters has a deep capacity for love. Once she finds it she will hold onto it forever
Dec 12, 2011 Kay rated it really liked it
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
Carmo Santos
Oct 07, 2014 Carmo Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Apr 12, 2015 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Son of the Shadows may be the second book of the Sevenwaters series, but it is not a direct sequel. Instead, the story follows the youngest daughter of Sorcha, the brave young woman in Daughter of the Forest who was set upon a quest to save her six older brothers from a terrible curse – and succeeded. Liadan proves to be just as resourceful as her mother when she is abducted by outlaws on the road, managing to maneuver her
Sep 14, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2008 Pauline rated it liked it
"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
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
Jun 21, 2010 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Daughter of the Forest
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
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
Dec 31, 2011 Angie rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2008 Meredith rated it liked it
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
Liliana Rio
Mais um livro excecional, inesquecível e intenso de Juliet Marillier :D :D ;D
Feb 26, 2012 Parvathy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who have read the first book and enjoy a dark fantasy
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
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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
Steph Su
Jan 06, 2012 Steph Su rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I promise there are absolutely no spoilers in this review. Hell, I barely talk about the actual book.*

Some of you may know that I have been trudging through The Mistborn Trilogy. I have about two hundred pages left of The Hero of Ages, but I find I no longer care for the story or Sanderson’s attempt at a strong female character. (Yes, get me a palm tree and umbrella because I am throwing shade at Brandon Sanderson, but that discussion is for another review.) I needed to refresh my palate. Clean
A generation has passed and Sorcha who saved her brothers in Daughter of the Forest is ill and will soon pass away. It falls to her youngest daughter Liadan to carry forward the quest Sorcha began. But she is outside of the machinations of the fae and is descended from the much older and darker spirits that inhabited the land before them.

Ignoring her destiny and the demands of the fae she forges her own path. Even if it portends disaster for Seven Waters she refuses to follow the path laid out
Mar 18, 2011 Tina rated it it was ok
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May 19, 2010 Gemma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
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
João Filipe
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
Jun 27, 2013 Cata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2013
Se Juliet Marillier não me conquistou completamente com A Filha da Floresta, fê-lo certamente com O Filho das Sombras.

Gostei de tudo neste livro [se houve algo que me desagradou, esqueci-o em dois dias... o que significa que não era assim tão relevante]

Foi bom rever Red, Sorcha e os irmãos e conhecer os seus filhos. Gostei imenso da Liadan que, apesar da idade, é uma mulher corajosa, determinada, generosa, honesta e terra-a-terra. Também adorei o Homem Pintado e o seu bando. Não adoram quando vo
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
Rachel Marks
Jan 02, 2016 Rachel Marks rated it it was amazing
Still amazing!!! And inspiring! Before I die I shall write a book half this good!

Currently doing a re-read of this one after after a decade, and I'm amazed at how easily I fell in love with it again. Such beautiful writing. Such a unique and well done story...

First review (five stars):

Amazing! This book is beyond the pale...lovely, lyrical, and stunning in it's prose. The plot is shocking and deep, and the characters are strong and real. One of my top ten books of all time!
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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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Sevenwaters (6 books)
  • Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)
  • Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters, #3)
  • Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #4)
  • Seer of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters #5)
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“Don't you long for something different to happen, something so exciting and new it carries you along with it like a great tide, something that lets your life blaze and burn so the whole world can see it?” 150 likes
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