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Foxmask: Children of the Light Isles, Book Two (The Light Isles #2)

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Foxmask is the second book of a fantasy duet from Juliet Marillier, weaving history and folklore into a saga of adventure, romance, and magic.

The Norseman Eyvind, a fierce and loyal Wolfskin, came to a new land on top of the world to find his destiny. With his priestess bride Nessa he saved the land and weathered the treachery that was caused by Eyvind's blood-sworn friend
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Published April 1st 2007 by Tor Books (first published 2002)
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It all started when Thorvald read the letter holding the long-concealed truth. His father was not the venerable, slain chieftain Ulf who led the expedition and settling of the Light Isles, but Somerled, his hated brother who'd been banished by his blood brother Eyvind from the islands before Thorvald was born. Driven by the anger of his mother Margaret's deceit and the intense need to find his father, Thorvald plots to sail with his friend Sam on Somerled's same course. The two friends aren't th ...more
A new favorite.
I know it is long and wordy, but it was a fairy tale told in a way to make it so believable and so realistic, I almost thought it was something that really happened. It saddens me that words fail me and I can't really describe how I feel about this book, but suffice to say that I love it.
Na het schitterende "Drager van de Wolvenvacht", dacht ik evenveel plezier te beleven aan "Drager van het Vossenmasker", waarin de kinderen van Eyvind en Nessa, en Somerled en Margaret, de hoofdrollen vertolken. Dat bleek een verkeerd gedacht, al was het bij momenten best leuk om lezen.

Ik ga proberen het kort te houden, want ik ben enigszins verheugd dat ik het boek eindelijk uitgelezen heb.

Het is eigenlijk een verhaal over opgroeien, over je plaats in de wereld vinden, over een zoektocht naar j
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This book surprised me. It had a pretty good romance (not as good as the Sevenwaters trilogy, but that is reallyyyyyyy hard to match), but the book was so much more than that. It was about loss, redemption, good and evil, growing up, self-sacrifice, family...Usually it's the romance in Mrs. Marillier's books that touch me the most, but here it was the combination of everything else that made me cry like a baby towards the end. The characterizations, as always, were strong. The author describes e ...more
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I've read nearly all of Marillier's books, loving the Sevenwaters trilogy and having mixed feelings about the others. I have not read Wolfskin, the prequel to Foxmask, but read this one anyway because so many of Marillier's fans adore it. My reaction: mixed. This book is a good example of Marillier's storytelling skills; it bears more resemblance to the original Sevenwaters trilogy than to the Sevenwaters follow-ups or Heart's Blood, which felt much more commercial (faster-paced, less lyrical, m ...more
I've been stalled halfway through this a long time, so finally I scanned it for the answers I wanted (mostly the resolution of certain people's identities), and finding myself totally unsurprised and not very impressed by the ending (the way the characters act), I decided to put it aside. I like Marillier's work, sometimes, but this one is a miss for me. Creidhe is just difficult to like, from the start, with her ideas about Thorvald and her insistence on making some eternal love affair out of a ...more
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I actually really enjoyed this book which I was not expecting because so many people told me that Wolfskin was better.

However, this book was one of my favourites by Juliet Marillier.

I have never hated a character more than Asgrim and I just could not get over how selfish Thorvald was.

I loved how dark this book was at the beginning and the mystery surrounding the real identity of Somerled.

I do have to say that I thought the dragging out of the ending was a little unnecessary but other than that,
Juliet Marillier is quite adept at conveying human emotion. As in many of her other books, the characters reach points where all hope is lost and despair is brought to the forefront, but they continue on in a miserable state. It always brings tears to my eyes when hope is rediscovered & life, resuscitated! I give it 4 stars, instead of 5, because the first 3/4ths moved along at a bit too slow of a pace for me, but that last 1/4...well, let's say I stayed up 2 hours past my bedtime to finish ...more
Foxmask is the story of a young man on a journey to answer questions about his past, a young woman trying to figure out her future and a guy who's just too nice for his own good. And despite a few things which would usually be big strikes against the story for me, I really enjoyed it.

The setting seems somewhat Norse inspired, and I loved the emphasis in worldbuilding on islands, on boats, on fishing, etc. It made for a slightly unusual and refreshing setup.

Our main character, Thorvold, finds o
Joey O'Donnell
While I haven't read a lot of Marillier, I've enjoyed everything I have read.

Foxmask is the closing volume of a duology based on the islands north of Scotland, both the Orkneys and some farther north. In the initial volume, Vikings land and upset the traditional order of things on the Orkneys. This second volume takes place a generation later, with the main characters being the children of the characters from the first book.

Without going into spoilers for book 1 at all -- the main characters he
Yep, Keeper is a keeper.
I just loved this book. I really struggled to put it down in the evenings and wound up with Reading Head, you know, that cotton balls in your brain feeling you get the day after you indulged in a massive reading binge the night before. It's a sequel, and while I liked the original, I really got into the story of Foxmask, which is just so beautiful. Marillier is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors.
I skimmed through the last five chapters reading bits and pieces because I couldn't take the suspense anymore and HAD to know how it all worked out. Then I went back and reread the same five chapters so I could relish in all the little details. I really hope there is another installment of The Light Isles. There is a reason Juliette Marillier is one of my very favorite authors!
I liked this one better than the first because it was more concise. But I didn't like the story line as much. I did enjoy seeing what happened to certain characters from the first book. Over all it was a good series, but not my favorite of Marillier.
You close the book, and that's when you wonder : "why in the world isn't this serie as famous as the Sevenwater one?"
Don't get me wrong, I loved Sorcha and her brothers, but you get used to the "not interested in any man - meets soulmate - happy forever after" pattern, even with the trials inbetween. Maybe that's just be, but I think the characters' emotions were better (like, even better than it was before) conducted than before.
As for the plot, switching between different points of view can be
I read this out of order, but I'm not sure it matters. A really well written fantasy book with a few thoughts on the meaning of life. Highly recommend if you enjoy fantasy.
Fiquei um pouco confusa com este livro. Até quase a meio do livro senti-me desconfortável com todo o mistério e a maldade latente, que não deixaram que a leitura me desse o prazer que costumo sentir com os livros da Juliet. A segunda parte da história já é diferente (para mim quase que começou um novo livro a partir da página 257) mas mesmo assim não chegou para apagar a má sensação anterior.

Para piorar as coisas, a tradução foi ficando cada vez mais descuidada, desleixada, preguiçosa, enfim, in
This was another great story by Juliet Marillier. I was sad to finish is as I have now read all of her works and will need to wait a few weeks until the next one is released. That's not too long though :)

I thought this was a nice follow up to Wolfskin and continued the story of those characters well. There were a few points that I didn't like, but points that tend to be familiar with Marillier... ie. a strong female lead who loves all of the womanly pursuits like embroidery and cooking... Yes, I
A very good follow up to the previous Wolfskin. Here, the main character is female, the daughter of the male protagonist from the previous book. Through the character of Creidhe we again experience growth and the maturation that comes with change, travel, love, and loss. Her character however I found even more personable than her father. Yes Creidhe has the same loyalty, strength, perseverance, and hope that defined Eyvind as well but the obstacles she is thrown as a young woman further define t ...more
Foxmask, sequel to Wolfskin, was a wonderful blend of fantasy, gaelic folklore, and myth. Author Juliet Marillier, as always, is in fine form. She has a masterful use of language and displays it beautifully. I really enjoy her themes of family love, loyalty to promises given, and the search for solutions to seemingly impossible problems. The character of Foxmask was quite compelling, a little boy/fox/seer who has the ability to bring a violent tribe, the Unknown, to peace, simply by his existenc ...more
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Oh Juliet Marillier, how I love you. Your books are always wonderful, your writing is always phenomenal, your ability to make me absolutely despise a person only to absolutely love him later is incredible, your descriptions, your characterizations, your plots are fantastic. I love this book. Of course. I love everything Juliet Marillier writes. This is the second book in the Light Isles series and is set about 18 years after the f
I expect only great things from Marillier. Stories that captivate, writing that is steeped in imagination, history, magic, and folklore. Heroes and heroines who have an astonishing capacity for love, courage, and endurance. Other memorable characters like Broichan, Somerled, and Thorvald who are flawed but add layers of complexity to the stories.
What always manages to amaze me, however, is the fact that in the middle of a Marillier book, there invariably comes a moment when I am seized with a ki
Thorvald, the young son of Margaret, widow of the slain king and Eyvind's war leader, has always felt apart and at odds with all he knows. He learns upon his coming to manhood that he is not his father's son but that of the love that Margaret bore for the hated Somerled and that Somerled was not killed for his treachery but sent on a boat, adrift with little more than a knife and skein of water, doomed to the god's will. Thorvald is determined to find a boat and cast off to the West in a despera ...more
Ah, Marillier, you did it again. You made me work, and love, and hate, and cry, and believe. Although you write fantasy, your stories are the most real I have ever read. It is hard for me when I close the book to remember that your characters did not exist.

Although this may not have been my favorite Marillier novel, in many ways it was the most memorable. The plot, characters, setting--and the character's journey--not just the main characters, is masterfully done. There is one particular scene
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3.5 stars

At eighteen years old, Thorvald learns that he is the son of Somerled, a cruel man who perpetrated horrors on the people of the Light Isles before his banishment. Angry that his mother lied to him about his parentage and determined to find out what kind of man his father truly is, Thorvald embarks on a journey to find Somerled. Creidhe, a childhood friend in love with Thorvald, stows away on his journey. Over the course of nearly a year, Creidhe and Thorvald grow up and grow apart, find
Wow. And I do mean wow.

I've long been a fan of Juliet Marillier, and I loved both her Sevenwaters books as well as the Bridei Chronicles. When I first started reading Wolfskin I was sceptical, but by the end of the book I thoroughly enjoyed it. In my mind, however, Foxmask was the better of the two. I truly, deeply enjoyed this book. So much so that I ended up staying up until four in the morning to finish it.

I'm not sure what made me prefer it, however. There is an element of backstory. While W
This book surprised me. It had a pretty good romance (not as good as the Sevenwaters trilogy, but that is reallyyyyyyy hard to match), but the book was so much more than that. It was about loss, redemption, good and evil, growing up, self-sacrifice, family...Usually it's the romance in Mrs. Marillier's books that touch me the most, but here it was the combination of everything else that made me cry like a baby towards the end. The characterizations, as always, were strong. The author describes e ...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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