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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
ebook, 464 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Tor Books (first published 2002)
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Apr 28, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
2º livro da duologia A Saga das Ilhas Brilhantes.

Neste livro seguimos a geração seguinte á do 1º livro.
Creidhe segue o seu grande amor Thorvald para uma grande aventura no mar e numas ilhas envoltas em grandes mistérios e rituais macabros, em busca de ...respostas e de um vidente.
Não posso descortinar muito mais, pois vai ser spoiler em realção ao 1º livro.

Não gostei tanto deste livro como gostei do anterior. Pareceu-me que as personagens não tinham a mesma força, o mesmo carisma e para ser hon
Vitor Frazão
Mar 06, 2016 Vitor Frazão rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relido
3º leituras
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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
Apr 27, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
(review in english below)

Fiquei um pouco confusa com este livro. Até quase 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
Brecht Denijs
May 19, 2012 Brecht Denijs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who liked the first one
Recommended to Brecht by: Wolfskin
Originally read in 2005

2017 reread: There is something very heartwarming about returning to a book you remember loving that really heals the soul. After having reread the first book, it was easier for me to get in the right mood and some of the things that bothered me a little in Wolfskin no longer bothered me in Foxmask. It is such a well rounded tale and one of the best sequels I've ever read. The dialogue was also much better in this one. There is some instalove which I know can really bother
I feel like most of the time I am pretty good at finding books that I think I will like. My average rating is pretty high, and it seems more often than not I end up loving a book rather than just liking it. What can I say? I’m easy to please. Even so, it’s not often that I read a book that keeps me up at night. I have a bedtime, and even books I really love rarely stand between me and sleep. But I can certainly say that this book, and its prequel Wolfskin kept me up into the wee hours of the mor ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Alaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made a terrible mistake and read it before Wolfskin x, x, nevertheless, I enjoyed it.
I believe I'm developing Juliet Marillier syndrome º♥º, no one so far has me caught up in their world as her. I actually suffered from a headache trying to adjust to my surroundings after finishing it, and felt the moving of the boat and the weariness of the journey (not that she spent a lot of time describing the journey which I'm thankful for). The seal people reminded me of one of Seven waters books (I can
Sep 15, 2015 Maha~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 09, 2017 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing follow up to Wolfskin. A saga that ranged far and wide, told us where Somerled ended up and continued the story of Evyind and his family. Journeys, discovering who you are when faced with challenge, surprises, violence. Good leadership and bad leadership.
Nov 23, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 06, 2008 Mary-Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
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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
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
Jun 07, 2014 Caprica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2012 Aarushi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jul 17, 2007 Latharia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dakota★Magic in Every Book
I cannot put into words how much I love this book. In a time of great distress for me, this book touched my heart and uplifted it.

When I read the first book of the Light Isles, Wolfskin, I enjoyed it, but I felt it wasn't as wonderful as Marillier's Sevenwaters books. Foxmask, however, was truly beautiful with amazing characters and a fabulous story and a romance that broke my heart and healed it. I can't say how others may find this book, but for me it resonated deeply and made my spirit soar.
Aug 23, 2013 Jellybelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 02, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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!
Jan 31, 2008 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 19, 2015 Lilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yep, Keeper is a keeper.
May 29, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 23, 2014 Lissibith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, novel
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
Apr 02, 2016 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was torn while reading this book about whether i liked it or not. In the end - obviously - I enjoyed it. Most of the characters i came to really like. For example there's the heroine that doesn't have the common traits that female leads like that usually are asigned with, such as a raging independence and the inescapable leading of others, may it be willingly or no. She's a heroine in her own right, calm and domestic, yet with a strong will (yeah well, she has to have some of the common heroin ...more
Joey O'Donnell
Apr 24, 2014 Joey O'Donnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2010 Marci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
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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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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