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Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
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Son of the Shadows tells the story of Liadan (don't you just love that name?!). Liadan is the daughter of Sorcha and Red. She has a twin brother named Sean (with whom she can communicate telepathically), and an older and beautiful sister named Niamh. Niamh is carefree and in some ways reckless, and when a young druid named Ciaran comes to Sevenwaters with her uncle Conor, she throws caution to the wind and becomes entangled in a doomed romance with him, spurning her 'intended' suitor Eamonn, who transfers his affections and intentions to Liadan. Liadan makes no promises to Eamonn, telling him that she wishes to consider his offer of marriage for some time before giving him an answer.
During this time, she is summoned to the village to help heal an ailing woman. This turns out to be a ruse, and she is kidnapped by the painted man's band of warriors. They take her back to their hideaway to help heal a gravely injured man. When their leader Bran (the painted man - aptly named for one side of his body is covered in tattoo's) learns of her arrival in the camp he is outraged. Initially he shows Liadan no kindness whatsoever, and even attempts to forbid her from telling his warriors stories (ancient Irish legends) for fear that they will instil false hope and therefore weaken his men. Liadan soon realises that his bark is far worse than his bite. Bran has had an incrediably traumatic childhood - the kind that still gives him nightmares.
Liadan and Bran become closer, and eventually share a moment of passion which is ruined when he finds out whose daughter she is. He sends her away from him, but orders her not to marry another - for he will kill them if she does.
As the story continues, events at Sevenwaters change. Niamh (who was married off in a strategic match following a disturbing revelation about Ciaran) returns home and is not the person she was. Liadan is pregnant, and refuses to marry Eamonn - who shows a side which he previously kept hidden. And Bran, god love him, for all his hatred of the Sevenwaters family, cannot stay away from Liadan.
This book is sad in many places, but it has a happy and triumphant ending. It is about loss, but also about love.

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Quotes Orlagh Liked

Juliet Marillier
“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?”
Juliet Marillier, Son of the Shadows


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