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The Caller

(Shadowfell #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,120 ratings  ·  484 reviews
Neryn has made a long journey to perfect her skills as a Caller. She has learned the wisdom of water and of earth; she has journeyed to the remote isles of the west and the forbidding mountains of the north. Now, Neryn must travel in Alban's freezing winter to seek the mysterious White Lady, Guardian of Air. For only when Neryn has been trained by all four Guardians will s ...more
Australian Edition, 414 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Pan Australia (first published March 1st 2014)
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1.) Shadowfell ★★★★
2.) Raven Flight ★★★★

This trilogy is such a hidden gem, I feel so blessed to have stumbled upon it.

Faeries, fae courts, tyrant kings, vigilantes, rebellions, strong female leads - These are all so in my wheelhouse, I would have been surprised if I didn't like this series, but I truly ended up loving it. These books were so whimsical, but so believable. I truly felt like I was with Neryn on all her travels, eating the food she had to eat, sleeping in the non ideal locations, m
I'm finding this, the final book in the Shadowfell series, a bit hard to review. Ever since first picking up Shadowfell and being introduced to Neryn, and the land of Alban that she inhabited, I was invested in this story. I grew to love the characters, the world, the magic the permeated it. My heart was with them as they were crushed under the tyrannical rule of King Keldec. My hopes lifted with the rebellion. Trust came with difficulty - and in fits and starts. I began to see how it could be d ...more
Masako Lin
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Shadowfell trilogy is one of Juliet Marillier's best written YA fantasy novels, probably one of the best written trio of books she's had post-cancer and the Caller just ends this lovely trilogy up nicely. It's well written with amazing characters, good pacing and intricate world building. However the plot itself was a little too predictable and almost borderline stereotypical for the fantasy genre while the resolution and ending was wrapped up a bit too neatly for my taste.

To be frank the p
Ashley Daviau
Nov 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm very sad to say that this series went very quickly from a hero to a huge zero. The first two books were excellent and I was so looking forward to this one but I was left with nothing but a bad taste in my mouth. The writing was long, drawn out and incredibly boring. I actually managed to fall asleep while reading this which I NEVER do! It completely lacked all the magic and spark that the beginning of the series had and I'm still puzzled at the drastic turn it took for the worse. ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
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3.5 hearts

The Caller concludes the Shadowfell series, a YA fantasy in a world that a small force of humans and fae must join together to defeat the evil ruler. Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite contemporary authors to write fairytale like stories but I must confess I do like her adult fantasy much more than the Young Adul
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bravo, bravo! This has been excellent from start to finish. I am so sad that it is finished. I now want to go and re-read some Juliet Marillier favorites - Daughter of the Forest and Heart's Blood. Alas, I have fallen behind in my review books while reading this trilogy so I cannot. I know I have remarked before on Marillier's ability to create such a complex and intricate world. When I finished the last page, I was absolutely convinced that callers existed, and a secret part of me was hoping I ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-not-on-shelf

The Caller is a hard book to review. When I turned the last page of this book, I couldn't help but be sad. I've grown to love the characters in the Shadowfell series and the world they live in, and I've found it hard to say goodbye.

Neryn has gone through so much in the last three books that I sometimes can't believe she's the same shy, uncertain girl I met in Shadowfell. She's really grown into her own and has taken her future in her own hands. Although she never forgot her place in the reb
Rosanne Hawke
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the first two books in the Shadowfell trilogy, but I think I liked The Caller the best. Maybe because everything gets sorted at last. However, there were times I couldn't read as there was such tension, that I wondered if anything would turn out right. Juliet Marillier is such a great storyteller. Four and a half stars. ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches-magic

“We don't say cannot here at Shadowfell,' Tali put in firmly, silencing him. 'And we don't say impossible.”
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
The Caller is the strongest of the Shadowfell trilogy; it's filled with the best action and emotion. I cried at the end because I was touched and happy and hopeful. The romance in this series is just a touch, but it's powerful. After the first two books dragged horribly, this one is proof that the author has real storytelling skill and I am glad I stuck it out til the end (though it wasn't without some suffering--I do not think I'll ever revisit the first two books). A lot of people probably nev ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Flint has been a steadfast inside man for the rebellion, but when THE CALLER opens, he's ready to abandon his post because of the tragic events of RAVEN FLIGHT. One of the perils of reading so many books is that in the year between the second and third books of the Shadowfell trilogy, I'd forgotten what tragedy had happened. It took me a couple of chapters to get back into the swing of things, but I managed.

Neryn has accepted her position as the Caller, and she has two more teachers to seek out
Buzzwords: Tyranny, rebellion, destiny, Good Folk/fairies, magic, responsibility, greater good, good vs. evil but with shades of grey

This trilogy does not stand out to me among Ms. Marillier's work, but that's not really a bad thing - it just means I love everything I've read of hers. Neryn is a strong female heroine despite not being a typical 'kick-ass girl' - there are some of those, but one of the things I love most about Ms. Marillier's books is the variety of female, male, and fey creature
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good series. A lot of fantasy and deep thinking. I love the lesson this series teaches and how it's written. This was a good ending. A lot of nail biting, the bad guys seriously freaks me out and I was always worried for my characters. I really didn't know how this would end and I was happy. I just wish the characters had had a little more interaction but the build up to the end was so well done. This book has some violence and torture that is sad but is not detailed. More stuff you h ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had to buy an e-book version of The Caller because the Australian publisher is only releasing it in that format for now, which is simply not fair, not fair at all. It was a great read, Juliet at her best in young adult fiction. The trilogy is highly recommended for young adult fiction readers, whether young or old, and a must for followers of Juliet Marillier's wonderful books, as I am. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Exactly the ending we all hoped for from Book 1! A very satisfying conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.
2.5 stars.

Wow, I’ve completed another series this year! I’m on a roll. Getting all those books off my to-read list, finally, feels like an accomplishment.

Juliet Marillier is always one of my favorite female fantasy authors. She usually makes females the center of focus in her novels, has positive female to female relations, and stays away from most of the negative tropes and stereotypes. Her fantasy worlds are fun and rich with beautiful descriptive prose, and always include a romance which isn’
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mediocre and expected ending saved The Caller from earning 2 stars, however it didn't save it from being a hard uphill battle. The Caller continues to plod along in a loose direction in a style reminiscent of Raven Flight. I was hard on Raven Flight because I felt that too much time was spent in introspection and mindless journeying, but I had hope at the end of that book that we were done with all that and could move on. Sadly I was mistaken. The Caller begins right where we left off, with ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a bit lukewarm on the previous books, but thought Marillier really hit her stride in this conclusion to the trilogy. THE CALLER pulled together the various plot threads very neatly, and I couldn’t put it down - suspenseful fantasy indeed. I also liked that she explored revolution in this book - what does it mean to put the cause ahead of everything/everyone else?

As for the writing, sometimes alternating POVs can really get on my nerves, especially when the back-and-forth feels mechanic
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I devoured this book.

I was on pins and needles over if everything would turn out okay for the rebellion and if Neryn and Flint would be reunited again. There was so much danger, so much proximity to the opposing side that I was praying for the best.

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Fabulous ending to the trilogy.
Nina Carboni
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent series! I hope for a return to this world and these characters 😊😊😊
With all genre series, but in the YA set in particular, it is so utterly rare to uncover one that truly builds as it goes. But Juliet Marillier’s Shadowfell series does just that, the three books acting as one long, slow-burning story that improves with each step along the way.

It’s a series where I started with little more than disdain for the Care Bear main character, and ended with her burrowed deep into my heart. The final book in the trilogy is part epic revolution, part sweeping romance—The
Paula Roussel (She Sniffs Books)
This was such a beautiful trilogy!
How does Juliet Marillier do it, each and every time?

Full series review:
When it comes to fantasy done right, I have two people I go to: Robin McKinley and Juliet Marillier. Never have they disappointed, and when it comes to Juliet Marillier, after reading the Shadowfell books, that statement stands. I remember being excited for Shadowfell a long time before it released, I got an egalley, started it...and lost steam. I was pretty afraid I'd found one of her books I couldn't get into. I set it as
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ended this series with a sense of satisfied fullness. Well done ending to a beautiful story of the struggle between good and evil in an ancient land.
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between 3.5-4

The thing I that I really loved about the book was Flint's character. Since he was a spy at court and Keldec's confident, the stress and danger can really pile on. You can see that he was breaking down, mentally and physically exhausted at his pretense. I'm not surprised since such a thing can really damage one's psychological mindset. In other stories, such a character wouldn't really exist. He/She would be acting tired, but not to the point where Flint was: ready to give everythin

The beginning and middle were mostly boring with short stints of interest (especially after Neryn went to that place) but the end and climax were incredible.

This book could have been a lot shorter. There were a lot of filler parts that did nothing to enhance the plots or characters, just bogged the story down.

Better than the second but not as good as the first.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, read-in-2015
2015 Reading Challenge - Celebrate the fact that you finished two books this year!
I don't know why but this one just seemed to drag on forever for me I just wanted it to be over so I ended up just skimmed the last 80 pages or so. ...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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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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