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O Filho de Thor (The Light Isles #1)

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Este é o primeiro dos dois volumes que compõem a nova série intitulada A Saga das Ilhas Brilhantes, da aclamada autora do fantástico Juliet Marillier - comummente comparada a Marion Zimmer Bradley. Depois da série Sevenwaters, com a qual recebeu vários prémios internacionais, Marillier recua agora ao tempo dos viquingues. Eyvind sempre desejou ser um grande guerreiro viqui ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 560 pages
Published 2007 by Bertrand Editora (first published 2002)
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After my ever-so-slightly-disappointed encounter with Son of the Shadows, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Wolfskin. It can be a painful process to read the work of a beloved author with the knowledge that the novel in your hands is good, but it isn’t the outstanding masterpiece you were expecting, and I did my best to avoid another Marillier novel because of my fear of that very feeling. Even more disturbing, though, is the fact that virtually none of my friends have read Wolfskin and ...more
Sat down and finished this off in one gulp, three hundred pages in one go, this evening. That seems to be the best way for me to read Marillier's work: I remember doing the same with her other books to finish them, and enjoying them much more at that break-neck pace. Wolfskin is sort of more in my line of work, you might say, since it involves Norse settlement of the Orkney islands: the Norse culture was familiar to me, if not always entirely in step with what I know, and I think Marillier toed ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Foi uma amiga recente que fiz no booktube que me deu esta obra lindissima.

Na verdade, dou 4,5 estrelas.

Ora, este é um romance na tradição d'As Brumas de Avalon, com o seu realismo misturado com alguma magia, derivada do folclore da região. Aqui é -nos dado a conhecer uma tribo viking, de onde se vai destacar a relação entre 2 homens, que se conhecem desde meninos e que forjaram um juramento de sangue. Esses 2 homens têm aspirações na vida bastante díspares e vão ser uma reflexão sobre objetivos
Nov 20, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I finally finished this extremely LONG book, I found it quite good up until the last quarter which dragged a bit. I thought Somerled was the most interesting character in it, despite his evilness, and strange though it seems was starting to find him kind of... hot? At the end? Yes I KNOW he's a psychopath but he was just so snarky and clever and cranky and he DID display glimmers of secret and heartfelt feelings at the end. I especially liked that trial scene where they were all just standi ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Telma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-estrelas
Desconhecia por completo esta autora e "O filho de Thor" mas conheço várias pessoas que gostam bastante dela e decidi aceitar a recomendação da Célia. Não sei bem porquê mas tinha-a associado à Anne Bishop o que agora percebo que foi um erro pois ambas são muito diferentes na escrita e universos. A escrita de Marillier é muito bonita e poética, com muita imaginação e informação histórica mas sem aquele "despejar de informação" que muitos autores acabam por fazer.
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I absolutely love this author. I have read every book she has written other than the sequel to this one within the last two months. I tend to compare one to the other or this probably would be a five stars. The first half I would give a three but the second half is definitely at least five. I admit to not being real interested in Vikings and they are a big part of this story. It is the story of Eyvind who becomes part of the elite Viking fighters and of his relationship with his childhood friend ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Dakota rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the Sevenwaters series, Wolfskin was still an excellent novel that mixed Viking lore and legend with Mariller's lyrical writing for a magical story that kept me with my nose in the book!
Two boys swear an oath that tie them together for life. One character is strong in body, the other strong in mind. This book explores the consequences of this oath, including themes such as trust, honor, ambition, courage, strength, truth, and justice.As men there is a problem. Is a promise made in childhood strong enough to ensure both character's happiness?

While Wolfskin isn't the conventional Marillier book that readers put above the rest, it is the one that has out-shined the rest for me. W
Apr 27, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Eyvind lives in snowy Rogaland where the Viking warriors called Wolfskins are honored above all. Every waking minute he longs for the day when he is old enough and skilled enough with bow and sword to answer god Thor's call and become a Wolfskin himself. In his training, he meets Somerled, the small, strange brother of the respected chieftain Ulf, who has neither friends nor survival skills. Over a summer of fishing, hunting, and combat, they become blood brothers. And strangely, years later it ...more
Sep 28, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readin2006
Given the impact the Sevenwaters trilogy had on me, I expected to adore this - I wasn't really disappointed, I just didn't get as engrossed as I did with the author's previous books. I was slow getting into it at first, but it picked up for me once they reached the Light Isles and Nessa's perspective was introduced. I love the way that nature and the spirits of the earth are given such reverence in Juliet Marillier's works, and how she draws on mythology. Perhaps the reason why I didn't enjoy th ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Sheree
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier, my first book read in 2016 and the first time I have ever read a book by this author. I wish to thank Sheree from The Eclectic Reader for suggesting this author to me when I was searching around for New Zealand authors in early 2015.

What a saga, eventually I was swept up into the magic of storytelling. It took me a little while to be immersed in it, but once I was, I was reading into the night and picking it up as I ate breakfast!

Eyvind was a character that I just
Lígia Bellini
I'm a huuuuge fan of Juliet Marillier! She is one of the best writers, in my opinion! But sadly, Wolfskin isn't one of her best book! The story is very interesting! Norsemen, magic and mysterious people creating a new bond! It's great! And I like the way, she always start to tell a story of a character since he/she was a child. It makes me understand more the character and also create my own opinion about the personality! I really like that! But i thought that Wolfskin is too draggy! And i got s ...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
This is my first time reading Juliet Marillier, and overall I really enjoyed the experience. There was only one time that I really, really got annoyed with the story and characters, and it was close to the beginning, so I got over it pretty quickly. The writing was just beautiful.
- The story itself is wonderfully crafted and simple at its core: two friends who share a deep bond grow older and embark down very different paths: one good, one evil and destructive. Rooted in the story are issues o
Jan 12, 2012 Sweetp-1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marillier is near the top of my favourite authors list. I love the way she weaves fantasy and magic together and creates compelling stories that hint at fairytale and mythology. Again, Marillier takes an Olde Worlde setting for Wolfskin - this time in the Orkney Islands. (My geographical/historical knowlegdge of this area is zilch so if like me you're thinking 'where is that exactly?....' They are the islands north of Scotland. Surprisingly close to the Norwegian Coast in fact.) The story begins ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Violet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully rendered tale. I am sure there are a few other storytellers as good as Marillier but right now, I can't recall any. There is great imagination in her fictional world. Also, intelligence and discipline, integrity and truth. And, patience too.
I loved 'Wolfskin'. It started a little slowly but gathered momentum and strength with every line and by the time I reached the end, I was entirely and wonderfully lost.
Initially, I was a little vexed with Eyvind. Like Somerled, I thought him to
This novel surprised me!!!! I have read two other books written by this author which did not particularly impress but this one was outstanding and I read it with great enjoyment and anticipation as to what would happen next.
It begins in Ancient Norway. Eyvind's ambition is to become a Wolfskin, a select group of warriors that go A Viking and guard the jarl Magnus. He is instructed to teach Somerled, a strange boy that Eyvind finds hard to understand. Somerled's brother Ulf wants to build a grea
Jul 09, 2008 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I appear to be on a Juliet Marillier binge, which isn't a bad thing.

In Wolfskin, Marillier turns from the Medieval Ireland of her first novels to early Norway and the Orkney Islands. She does return to a fairy-tale retelling a la her first novel, Daughter of the Forest, though the tale of the bone harp in this novel is likely less familiar to readers than the tale of the wild swans. (There's a really neat folk song that pertains to this tale, called The Wind and the Rain, sung by Gillian Welch.
Sep 18, 2013 Mingki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
“A boy learning to find his place in the world while balancing the sense of right or wrong and of loyalty.”

Hmm, although there are a lot of same ingredients from JM for me, it does not really suit my liking. The setting - grim setting of the Northern Europe and reality of Viking warriors. The male lead – a bit too simple boy who is hampered by his ‘so-called’ brother/ friend and yet burden/bad influence. The villain – too cruel a man is already disheartened, but how about too cruel a man with am
Mar 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy book. Quick read, especially comparing the last few books I have read. Story about a young Viking warrior who travels to the Orkney Islands with a band of his countrymen. Things go awry with the locals, etc. I enjoyed it but then I like historical fiction with a touch of the fantasy involved (ie Druid lore, etc). Obviously not historical as in this was about real people but what might have happened when the Vikings encountered local peoples on their travels. Also, a story about courage, ...more
David Franco
Aug 16, 2014 David Franco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From what I have read, Juliet Marillier is a good writer, but there are certain characteristics she has that are not very pleasing to me.

This is the story of a young norwegian man called Eyvind. Since he was a child, his greatest dream was to become a wolfskin, a great warrior dedicated to Thor. He eventuanly gets his wish fulfilled, and ends up becoming the strongest of the Jarl's wolfskins. One day, a nobleman, Ulf, arives at the court of Jarl Magnus, asking for his blessing and support in a
I'm an fan of Juliet Marillier Heir to Sevenwaters series. What I should say I loved her first book in the Heirs to Sevenwaters series Daughter of the forest. The rest were just okay for me not a bad read but not something I'm going to rave about to friends.

I started this book with medium expectations and got what I was expecting. So lets start off with what I like: the beginning was great introducing you to the life in Norway around time actually explaining things ie jobs, seasons ( I know tha
Apr 18, 2016 Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot to say about a book I once held very dear. When I was a less critical reader--that is, on the other side of BAs in English Lit and Russian Area Studies--I thought this was a masterpiece of historical fantasy. I still think it's good, and it is still as gripping as once I found it. I have to admit that I sometimes find--having newly read it--the writing to be a bit clunky, and the dialogue a bit irksome. However. I do still love this book. Nessa is a good character, and really enjoy ...more
Jan 09, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juliet Marillier is a master of weaving a story infused with mythology and Wolfskin is no different. Populated with very diverse and fully believable characters, as well as a fully realized landscape, the story pulled me in from the very beginning. For me, none of Marillier's books can compare with the Sevenwaters trilogy but this one comes awfully close. Can't wait to see what's in store in the second in the Light Isles series.
Kiara Roberts
Dec 16, 2014 Kiara Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marillier has been a long time favourite author of mine, but I always passed over this book and it's sequel. Perhaps it was the fact it seemed more Norse based at face value, rather than Celtic as most of her other stories are.

Then one day while browsing my favourite second hand bookshop, desperately seeking something new to devour, I came across Wolfskin for the first time in a few years. I picked it up and thought, why not? I was lucky Foxmask was there also, I hate not having a complete set
Dec 23, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
When I left Boston on my way to my brother's funeral in California, I forgot to bring an extra pair of pants. I also forgot to bring a book to read. This book was the only one at the newsstand at BWI Airport that I found even remotely interesting. So I bought it, and thankfully it turned out to be a wonderful story. Vikings settle in the Orkney Islands with (not surprisingly) tragic results for the natives.
Nadine Jones
The first chapter draaaaaaaaaaaaaaags, but it seems to be picking up now.


It appears that I don't really like Vikings that much. Too much macho posturing and blood brother oaths and evil scheming blah blah blah. I'm quite possibly just at the part that gets good, but I've had it with this book for now and I'm setting it aside for a while.
Bryn Clegg
Dec 04, 2015 Bryn Clegg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe that I took so long to read this! People didn't seem to like this as much as her other books, so I have steered clear of the Light Isles until now. However, this is still a five-star book. It true that it isn't as amazing as the Sevenwaters series (it is going to take a lot to dislodge those books from their place at the top of my favorites), but it is epic. I loved it. There is a sinister edge to the whole book--Somerled is a fascinating character--but Nessa and Eyvind's love is ...more
Nov 11, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a discovery for me. I loved the characters and Marillier's take on the Viking culture and folk tales. It is a story of love, hate, revenge and courage to stand up for those weaker than yourself. I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to read Foxmask.
Julia Brumfield
First of all I have to say this was a long book.... If you look at the book it wasn't so bad seeing as there was only 516 pages but if you ever get the chance to actually pick it up and see the words they were definitely small print for otherwise the book may have been double its size.

The other thing that made this book quite long was as much story as the book put in and some of the events within the story itself that was just drawn out so much that you wish the other had actually forgotten it
Jul 15, 2014 Jellybelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wonderful
Just read this for a second time because I didn't feel like investing in something unfamiliar. This book just crept under my skin as easily as it did the first time, and I found myself living inside it again. Marillier is such a talent!
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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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