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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...more
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published June 26th 2012)
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Kat Kennedy
There is some­thing inef­fa­bly mag­i­cal about Marillier’s nov­els. There are pre­cious few authors, in my opin­ion, who cre­ate as earnest a fan­tasy envi­ron­ment replete with mys­ti­cism and magic as Mar­il­lier does.

I feel a lit­tle embar­rassed and ashamed. I was des­per­ate for this book. After lov­ing Wild­wood Danc­ing and Heart’s Blood with a fiery pas­sion, I was sure I’d adore this one too.

The first thing that you should know about Shad­owfell is that it’s not as much the same ilk as...more
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
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This book . . . was underwhelming.

For the first 100 pages, I was bored out of my eyeballs. It took me THREE DAYS to read this book. B/c BORED. Three days to finish a 400 page YA fantasy. On the bright side, I was very productive blog-wise . . . b/c I couldn't make myself read . . .

I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but I typically LOVE Juliet Marillier. One of my favorite books of all time is a book by Marillier ( Wildwood Dancing ), and I've very much enjoyed several o...more
Carla *Jen7waters*
Before reading the book (I can't delete the little fellow, he got me a few likes)
September 11!!

After reading the book

I should probably start this review by saying I’m a HUGE Juliet Marillier fan (for those who don’t know this yet) -- she’s my favorite author, fantasy is my genre of choice, and every time I’m in possession of a new JM book it’s like Christmas, and it’s snowing outside while I’m inside the house by the fire, looking out the window, with a cup of cinnamon flavored hot chocolate...more
Amaryllis
FINDING A CURE FOR MY OBSESSION
AKA MY WRITING THERAPY FOR SHADOWFELL
This is not a review, more like the ramblings of an addict.


When it comes to Juliet Marillier's stories, I love EVERYTHING. I really do.

I love everything from the captivating world-building to the gorgeous, enthralling writing style, and the likeable heroines who, like Neryn, all have a clever, enlightened and strong-willed nature.
I love the tales of these young girls embarking on a learning journey that brings all kinds of tri
...more
Keertana
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Shadowfell is, I am ashamed to admit, my first Juliet Marillier novel. While I doubt it is her best, I can already see why she has such a huge fan following. Not only is her writing simply beautiful, but her world-building also manages to be exceedingly unique as her story grabs you in, even from the start. Furthermore, each and every one of Marillier’s characters is wonderfully developed, containing an immense amount of depth. While Shadowfell’s main fault seems to lie wi...more
Angela
August 2014 re-read: Still just as good. Maybe even better than I'd remembered. I think most will feel the start is slow, but I find this an eminently easy read that's comfortable and enveloping to step into. The prose doesn't seem overt or in-your-face, but it's so perfect at being what it needs to be that you just flow over the words and are swept along.


September 2013 re-read thoughts: I love this even more on a re-read. Solid 4.5 stars. Strong characters, fascinating world, and beautifully de...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Love, love, loved it!

This review will probably be rubbish and not do the book justice at all, for the simple fact that I was enjoying it so much that I actually forgot it was an ARC (for review read) and forgot to take ANY notes. Not. One. Single. Note. Normally, I keep a pad and pencil next to my eReader at all times and I'll jot down little scribbles whenever they come to me, but I was so engrossed, I forgot.

Oopsies?

And, funnily enough, compared to other similar books of this genre, the book...more
Katy
3.5 stars - Hmmm... now, to round up or down.

I thought this book was going to be about fairies - which I like but am not a huge fan of - but it wasn't about fairies at all. Yes, the Good Folk are magical creatures of the wilderness, but the book was more of your fantasy types - a kingdom with a "bad" king, rebels journeying through the land and a girl with magical powers when fully developed can save them all.

Once I established what the book was about, I found myself liking it quite a bit - thou...more
Melanie
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Mini Review:
“I thought of betrayal and how it came so easily - in a word, a glance, a gesture.”

Shadowfell is my first book by Juliet Marillier. Before the publisher contacted me about the third book of this series, and I admit, I had no clue who this author was. But now, I can definitely see where all the love for Juliet Marillier is coming from.

It's the writing. Juliet Marillier writes beautifully and I devoured every word of it; this was probably the aspect...more
Krystle
Juliet Marillier, you haven’t disappointed me yet!

I was already a fan of her writing before I picked this book up. I know it’s shameful but my introduction into her writing didn’t begin with the Sevenwaters series but her Wildwood one, which I read and devoured like it was prized chocolate.

She writes the most wonderful fantasy stories that are subtle and have female characters that are all portrayed with depth, spirit, and personality. These are not your lifeless women pulled along by the plot o...more
Michelle
Oh dear. This one was just delicious.

Full review to come when I can wrangle my brain into producing something other than delighted squees.

Also, please write faster Ms. Marillier. NEED MORE NERYN & FLINT NOW!

***UPDATED 8/24/12
Dealing the worst kind abandonment a girl could ever have to face, Neryn has become a wanderer. Unable to return to her home village for years now -- a place filled with so many memories of death and pain she'd hardly be able to return even if it was safe -- or to sett...more
Jo
August 30-31, 2014
Second time through, and I still loved Neryn. I see where people were put off by the pacing, but it is in the great classic journey motif pattern. It's hard to have your character's journey match what she is figuring out on the inside, but Marillier makes Neryn's internal journey mirror her physical one. Now, off to Raven Flight!


June 21-22, 2012
What can I say - I love Juliet Marillier! She always brings her A game to any tale that she tells. I loved this book, but she set the b...more
Steph Su
I write this review from the point of view of a Juliet Marillier fan who, shamefully, has only read a handful of her books (so far!). SHADOWFELL, the first book in her new YA fantasy series, may not be as canonical as some of her other works, but it is still a solidly good fantasy read that will please fantasy and non-fantasy readers alike.

SHADOWFELL’s strengths lie, strangely enough, in its great use of common fantasy tropes. Say what? But you hate tropes, Steph! Yeah, well, sometimes you just...more
Heidi
3.5 Stars

Shadowfell was my first foray into Juliet Marillier’s YA books, and I have to admit I was nervous. I knew going in that there was no way it could level up to the breathtaking wonder that is her Sevenwaters series, and I knew it would suffer from comparison as I read Son of the Shadows at the same time. The unfortunate reality is, both these fears were justified, or maybe it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. I enjoyed Shadowfell a great deal, but still couldn’t help but feel a wee bit disa...more
Lizzy
I'm too loyal to Juliet Marillier to give her anything less than three starts, but I almost gave this one two. What a disappointing read, especially from one of my favorite authors! It was predictable and unoriginal down to the last supporting character. The whole shadowed and frightened kingdom ruled by a reincarnation of Hitler and the girl on the run from pursuers--I've heard it a million times, I've read it a million times. I've even PLAYED it a million times as an eight-year kid, complete w...more
Katie Stewart
As a long-time fan of Juliet Marillier, I looked forward to reading this book and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it was the first book in a long time that totally kept my attention to the point of neglecting other things I should have been doing, like sleeping. Neryn, the fifteen-year-old protagonist, is wonderfully drawn and develops well through the story. Flint, the man who saves her when her drunken father gambles her away, remains a mystery until almost the end. Is he really Neryn's friend...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

My first Juliet Marillier novel, and I am already considering myself a fan. Though primarily known and loved as a gifted fantasy writer for adults, this prolific and beloved Australian writer extends herself easily into the growing YA fantasy genre with the first in her new series about the oppressed magical land of Alban. Though rife with well-known and often overdone fantasy tropes - the "chosen one", the slow realization of virtues of the protago...more
Eunice Biblioceraptor
***Will Flint make it into my 'Best Book Boyfriends' list? Update to come***

omfg I am so lame and immature how am I not single.
JJ
Not my favourite of Marillier's books (that honour would go to Heart's Blood), but it still contains all the elements I love of her writing: namely, the ability to make me CARE about the romances in her books. I don't know how she does it, but I've cared about every couple of hers I've ever read, while countless other books noted for their "romances" leave me cold. Shadowfell being a YA is less frank about the sexual awakening of its heroine, but it's there, written about so matter-of-factly and...more
Tania
Okay, so if you have not read Juliet Marillier previously, here is why you should. She combines fantasy with historical fiction, folklore and mythology. Her characters are real people with real emotions, who have to deal with real every day issues like alcoholism and rape. Her magic is not of the fancy, modern, high-tech genre, but instead comes from the land and the Fair folk. I have read 16 JM titleS, and adore the way she slowly unfolds a story, and magically transports me to another country...more
Miss J
Review at Miss Book Reviews .

I am a huge fan of Juliet Marillier’s writing and I love nearly all of her books. I think because of this I loved Shadowfell, like absolutely loved it. I’m used to her style of writing and as for the plot this reminded me of her Sevenwaters books and I love that series. So I do have to say that this book felt typical of her. The travelling, the good folk, the element of suspense of wanting to know why Neryn is running from the Enforcers, why she can’t ask for anyone’...more
Leonie
I've been meaning to read this book for a fair while, partly because our daughter enjoyed it so much and we generally enjoy similar stories.

Shadowfell was a great read, and quite different to other stories I've read in this genre. I liked the way the backstory gradually became clearer throughout the book, and the way that Juliet Marillier wove myth and legend into the world she created.

For a decent sized book she kept the cast relatively small - at least to begin with - and each of the character...more
A Canadian Girl
Since I’ve never read Juliet Marillier’s adult fantasy novels but had heard good things about her work, I was curious to see what her newest YA novel, Shadowfell, would be like. The fantasy lover in me is always thrilled when I can find a new world that I can fully immerse myself in; and in that regard, Marillier delivers. However, Marillier’s mystical world full of magic and danger is unveiled agonizingly slowly as Neryn, the protagonist, journeys through Alban. As such, I’m pretty sure this bo...more
Nafiza
Shadowfell is the first Juliet Marillier that I have managed to read despite trying out one of her adult fantasies earlier. I prefer my fantasies a bit grittier, a bit dirtier and less stylized. A bit sexier too, actually. Not that I am a great judge of Marillier’s work having only partially read one book. However, Shadowfell sounded like something right up my alley so I gave it a try.

And I found it interesting. Perhaps not the best in terms of YA fantasy but certainly readable. Presenting a str...more
Leonor (Ner)
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Sofia Teixeira
Após uma longa e ansiada espera, finalmente temos mais uma obra de Juliet Marillier disponível para ser devorada. A minha experiência nas histórias da autora baseia-se principalmente nas viagens por Sevenwaters e sucessivas gerações. Fora desse mundo li apenas Sangue-de-Coração e agora Shadowfell. Não sabia bem o que esperar. Quando temos um autor em tão elevada consideração, tememos que nos possa desiludir. Fiquem descansados, a autora não o fez!

Em Shadowfell, Juliet Marillier apresenta-nos um...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Shadowfell is the story of Neryn, a girl with the unusual canny ability to see faeries. Neryn has spent years running for the King's Enforcers, a group of soliders sent out to destroy any hints of magic. Her grandmother, who also had a canny gift, was greviously injured and later died because of the annual Cull. Her brother died fighting for freedom. All that's left of Neryn's family is her father. Once a good man, he's no longer much of a father, turning to drinking and gambling to deal with hi...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Under the oppressive reign of King Keldec, Alban has become a cold, cruel land. Once, Albans embraced the fey "Good folk" with whom they share their land and history, revering the magical gifts born to some humans. But since Keldec's ascension to power, the fair folk have been hunted, and any human possessing magical abilities killed or worse: mind-scraped and turned to the King's cause by way of magic.

Fifteen-year-old Neryn possesses a strange, unique g...more
Chrissie
I love Juliet Marillier's stories. They're enchanting and romantic. Shadowfell is the first book of a new trilogy for young adults.The story is basically about a fifteen year old girl called Neryn who is on the run from the evil king's men because of her special ability.

I found the first two chapters engaging enough but then it becomes rather dull reading when Neryn starts her journey alone travelling through the woods. Not a lot happens, mainly the occasional meeting with the Good Folk. This ta...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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