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Son of the Shadows

(Sevenwaters #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  28,480 ratings  ·  1,436 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 607 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 2000)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
OMG! I loved this second book in the series!

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
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, fae
“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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

BR with my peeps at: Buddies Books and Baubles

Specifically: Robin (Bridge Four)

3.5 stars

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
Mayim de Vries
The second instalment in the Sevensweaters* series is like an ugly jumper presented by your most favorite aunt. You will never wear it and you will never tell her about it for the sake of good times you spent together.

There are six shirts sweaters in the Sevensweaters series. The first one was an enchanted one and the moment you put it on, it put you under a spell. Needless to say, starting the Son of the Shadows I expected a tale of similar quality. What I got instead was a garment badly knitte
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is, for some reason, extraordinarily difficult for me to explain my feelings concerning this novel. Son of the Shadows is, as all the reviews proclaim, a worthy follow-up to Daughter of the Forest. In fact, both novels are so vastly different that it is practically impossible to compare them and, without a doubt, Son of the Shadows is a beautifully written story, just as heart-breaking and emotionally impactful as its predecessor. Yet, my feelings of awe for this piece are mixed in with guilt ...more
Mikki Crisostomo
This is my favorite book of all time. My copy is dog-eared, and I'm looking around for another one. This was the book that set me off on my love for Juliet Marillier's books. The simple elegance of the prose was the perfect voice for Liadan, the main character. The love between Bran and Liadan spoke to me the first time I read it and has echoed deeper and deeper with every reading (of which there are many). In my opinion, this is better than the other two because the characters all have a way of ...more
I didn’t end up liking this one as much as Daughter of the Forest. I feel like with Juliet Marillier, it’s a clear case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. The writing is beautiful, and I love the Irish history and mythology, but these stories will just never be my favorites.

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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy read with the amazing Jessica
”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
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*** 3.25 ***

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
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book that continues the story of the children of Sevenwaters, and another for my favourites shelf.

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
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Recommended to Kay by: the first book
I devoured this book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop, and I finished the book in about fifteen hours with breaks in between. It made me wonder why it took me so long to read this second installment to the Sevenwaters series, though the answer came to me pretty quickly as I was reading. To explain why this is, I have to start off with my experience with the first book.

The first book, Daughter of the Forest, was an emotional journey. It was a tale about family, sacrifice, suffering, v
Son of the Shadows continues the story of the Sevenwaters family, focusing on the next generation - Sorcha’s children. (It is not an overt fairy tale retelling like the first book was.) I waited a long time to read this after reading Daughter of the Forest because although the writing was beautiful and it was very well done, the overwhelming feelings that stuck with me were sadness and pain. So I wasn’t exactly eager to dive into this sequel even though reviews said it was very different. Mostly ...more
Sotiris Karaiskos
In the second part of the series we put aside the fairy tale so that we can plunge into the harsh reality of the historical period and of the area where our history is placed. The area of Sevenwaters seems to be quiet, even idyllic, under the surface, however, there is the same situation as the wider area, plagued by constant disputes, dominated by powerful warlords with the position of women being difficult as they become pawns in the various alliances that are created, without having any part ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Daughter of the Forest
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
Son of the Shadows is a worthy follow-up to Marillier's Daughter of the Forest. While I had some reservations about reading this book (mainly because it took me forever to finish the 1st book), the sequel turned out to be a much quicker read.

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
"Son of the Shadows" is the second book in Juliet Marilee’s Sevenwaters Trilogy. It continues the story by leaping ahead a number of years, with Sorcha's daughter being the main character of the story.

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
Son of the Shadows is the second book in Juliet Marillier’s captivating Sevenwaters series. If you had told me several months ago that any book would measure up to the immediate love I felt for Daughter of the Forest I wouldn’t have believed it. Son of the Shadows was probably a great book, sure, but just as good? Really? I wouldn’t believe it. Until I read it and I had no choice but to face facts: Son of the Shadows is every bit the masterpiece that Daughter of the Forest was. Rather than attem ...more
Christine Spoors
Last year I read Daughter of the Forest, the first book in this series, and absolutely loved it. So I went into this book with very high hopes. Luckily, this book did not disappoint and I still absolutely adore the way Marillier weaves Irish / Celtic folklore into a historical setting (10th century Ireland).

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
steph // bookplaits
In three words: heartfelt, dreamy, powerful.

"'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
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
2 1/2 stars.

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
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2017-read, auth-f
3.5 stars, leaning to 4. I enjoyed this 2nd book in the Sevenwaters series. This time, we follow Liadan, Sorcha's and Iubdan's (Hugh) daughter as the Fair folk meddle once again in the lives of the Sevenwaters clan. Liadan is a healer like her mother, and kind and forthright in her dealings with others. Liadan is a twin, with an older sister Niamh. Though not gorgeous like her older sister, Liadan has attracted the attention of Eamonn, the head of a neighbouring, important clan. Sorcha points ou ...more
Since I reviewed Daughter of the Forest a few weeks back, it seemed only right to close the year out with the sequel. Just another one of those perfect books I read before I started reviewing books and then sort of shied away from reviewing because it's well nigh impossible to do justice to a book you have all the feelings for, you know? It also happens that this is not only one of my very favorite books of all time but one of my favorite winter reads, as the night of Midwinter's Eve plays rathe ...more
Jen Davis
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I enjoyed this second book in the Sevenwaters series more than the first. It had the same great feel and immersive worldbuilding, but the romance thread was stronger and I was here for that.

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
Karina Webster
This is the second instalment of Marillier’s Sevenwaters series, the first being Daughter of the Forest. DotF is possibly my second favourite Marillier novel, alongside Heir to Sevenwaters (book 4) so I definitely recommend you start with that one. I can’t say too much without spoiling the events of the first book, but I can say that it is set in a magical, medieval Ireland full of folklore, superstition, the Fae and fantastic family relationships.

This series follows the trials and tribulations
The second book in the Sevenwaters trilogy, a fantasy- historical fiction series that is definitely longer than a trilogy! Daughter of the Forest, the first book, is easily one of my new favourite books, and will probably remain one of my favourite books of all time. This one was a bit of a let down.

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
Meh. I wish she hadn’t made it a series. So why did I give it 3 stars? It was well written—I like Miss Marillier’s prose.

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
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
[UPDATE: 6/2018 Re-read for probably the tenth time. I can pick this book up any time and not be able to put it down. First read in 2012 I changed one tag from romance to love story. Maybe the same but romance seems trite compared to this kind of love. I mentioned below, the that Bran and Liadan are apart for probably 3/4 of the book. Maybe that is what makes this book so powerful. I will continue to read it over and over again through the years.]

This is what I consider a ten star book. I am rew
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first. I didn't like the narrator (Sorcha's daughter Liadan) as much as I did in the first book. She was very much an irritating know-it-all who knew better because she was SO special.

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
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
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Juliet Marillier was born 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 Bachelor of Music (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a majo ...more

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