Son of the Shadows
Son of the Shadows is the sequel to Juliet Marillier's evocative first novel Daughter of the Forest.
It continues the saga of beautiful Sorcha, the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures.
It is from her sacrifice that her brothers were brought home to Sevenwaters and...more
Also, Eamonn's character was to carry out the theme of son's following in their father's footsteps. This was an example of how Eamonn's father was bad - manipulative, devious, underhanded- and Eamonn was also that way inclined. Likewise John who was Bran's father was good - thus Bran was able to take up his rightful heritage at the end of the story. Finally, he is a pretty interesting and complex villain!! I couldn't believe he'd still offer marriage to Liadan after her son was born!!! (less) (hide spoiler)]
I actually listened to it double time on audio and followed along in the book. BUT, I was so into the book I didn't mark down any excerpts. I hate when I do that.
This world Juliet Marillier creates is just magical. Yes, there are bad things that happen but they always do in most fantasy books. She just pulls you into the story and I can't even explain it. I'm no good at this explaining stuff. Maybe if I could record my brain. Hmm...
I really hope the ...more
“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?”
Where do I start?How can I put into words the magnitude of Juliet Marillier's writing?How can I explain to someone who hasn't lived through her books that Son of the Shadows left me a sobbing mess,that there were scenes so emotionally brutal and devastating that it felt like my hear ...more
BR with my peeps at: Buddies Books and Baubles
Specifically: Robin (Bridge Four)
Sometimes when I finish a book I know exactly what I think about it, and the review practically writes itself. Other times . . . I finish, thinking that overall I liked the book, but . . . something remains . . . unresolved. And the more I dwell on it, the more issues emerge, until the something evolves into multiple identifiable problems.
This is one of those times.
That's not to sa ...more
There are six
Sorcha’s daughter Liadan is the lead in this sequel, but she’s a bit of a carbon copy of her mother. She looks exactly like her, she’s an herbal healer, she has a brother with whom she shares a special mind link and bond, she falls ...more
”I have believed, for a long time, that the Fair Folk guide our steps. That they work their great plans through us. But you are not in their scheme. Perhaps you hold some sort of key.”
╰⊰✿Overall Feelings On Son of Shadows✿⊱╮
Just like Daughter of the Forest this takes us on a magical and epic journey over years. Liadan like her mother is a healer and as with all the children of Sevenwaters has a deep capacity for love. Once she finds it she will hold onto it ...more
A buddy read with my friends at FBR! Because we love Fantasy!!!
Another one of those books I should have been crazy about, but it some how missed the mark with me... And this time I know for sure it is me, because I just didn't connect with or liked the main character... Although at first glance Sorcha from the first book should have been very much like her daughter Liadan, the main POV here, I rooted for Sorcha and I had a deep connection with her, while Liadan was distant and judgm ...more
The story of Sevenwaters continues with the children of Sorcha and Red. Whatever idyllic start Sevenwaters gives its children, they certainly are expected to shoulder more than their fair share of trial and difficulty as they grow up.
Liadan demonstrates the same fortitude her mother displayed in Daughter of the Forest as she makes her way through a path of treachery and hurt in order ...more
The first book, Daughter of the Forest, was an emotional journey. It was a tale about family, sacrifice, suffering, v ...more
Son of the Shadows may be the second book of the Sevenwaters series, but it is not a direct sequel. Instead, the story follows the youngest daughter of Sorcha, the brave young woman in Daughter of the Forest who was set upon a quest to save her six older brothers from a terrible curse – and succeeded. Liadan proves to be just as resourceful as her mother when she is abducted by outlaws on the road, managing to maneuver her ...more
The narrator of this book is Sorcha's younger daughter - Liadan. Up till her 16th year, the life has been good to the family, but suddenly things are starting to change for the worse - Sorcha is sick and has months to live; a dangerous outlaw called the Pain ...more
I loved the first book "Daughter of the Forest", and was looking forward to being captured by this second book. Unfortunately I was not captured. The second book takes a different approach to story telling compared to the first book. The first book was based on one of the Grimm brothers' tales, bu ...more
It was really great to read about Liadan and learn what happened at the Sevenwaters after the first book. The mix of old and new characters worked really well and the character development w ...more
"'There's no point in feeling guilty, or worrying about what may come. Put one foot before the other, and follow your path. That's all we can do.'"
When I love the first book of a series, I sometimes worry about whether I'll like the second one as much; we're all familiar with 'second-book syndrome' and it's always a bit disappointing when a sequel ends up falling short of expectations. However, I can safely say that Marillier absolutely delivers with t ...more
After absolutely loving Sevenwaters part 1, I was really disappointed that this book turned out to be an unnecessary sequel that truly pales in comparison to the first book.
The main problem is that Marillier simply rehashes many of the main plot points from the first book: We have a young girl whose skill in healing brings her to the attention of an enemy of her people. After spending time with this person, she falls in love with him and comes to realize that her people's enemy are ...more
The blurb made me think this was another book about Sorcha and Red, but it's not. This book centers on her daughter, Liadan. Like her mother, Liadan is a healer and herbalist, and those skills made her the target of mercenaries who needed help to save one of their injured friends. It was in their cust ...more
This series follows the trials and tribulations ...more
Do not continue reading if you have not read the first book. (Also GO read the first book).
This one follows Liadan, Sorcha and Red's daughter. They have three children: an older daughter Niamh, who e ...more
Now I will proceed to tell you why I gave it three stars instead of five.
Son of the Shadows didn’t flow well, and the characters were rather bland. They read like reheated character ideas she probably had for the last book, but threw out and decided to use for the sequel. That may be why this book felt a loooot like the last one: forbidden love, healer protagonist, protagonis ...more
This is what I consider a ten star book. I am rew ...more
I also felt that it was repeating the love story from the first just switching who the "damaged one who needs saving" was. Finally there were so many secrets and because of this so many bad things happened but no one ever learned. I don't understand why all the adults felt everything needed to be ...more
I found this book incredibly disappointing, especially in comparison to the quality of Daughter of the Forest. I read another review where the reader said she hated this book because the author made the main character, Liadan, too perfect. I generally agree with this comment in that I believe the author's intent was to make Liadan perfect, but what was even more annoying about this book was that all the characters complimented Liadan constantly, often without merit. The compliments nev ...more
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