Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier


The 2nd in Marillier’s Sevenwaters trilogy, Son of the Shadows picks up with Liadan, daughter to Sorcha from book 1, kidnapped by a band of ruthless mercenaries, where she learns that she stands outside of the Old Ones’ pattern–and thus might have the power to change destiny.

I enjoyed Son of the Shadows much more than Daughter of the Forest. The writing was richer, the characters more interesting, and the story denser. The story is set in medieval Ireland at the time of the British invasion, and uses elements of the story of Scheherezade, as Liadan uses storytelling to save her life.

I’m actually home sick today and my energy is flagging, so I’m signing off now. But when I read Book 3, which will be soon, I’ll make sure to spend some time giving more of my thoughts on Book 2.

I will say this, though–the end had a lot of similarities to the end of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Anyone read both books? I’d love comments.


2 Responses to “Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier”

  1. Thanks-I’m adding you to my blog as well!

    I’ve read all three books in this series, but is was such a long time ago that I barely remember them. Except that I really enjoyed them. I really like a certain kind of fantasybook, which seems to almost be myth/legend-like rather than just wizards and spells and all that. So, the trilogy was right up my alley!

    I also tend to be a fast reader (when I’m not being drowned in college homework!), so it’s nice to see someone like me. Even when I try not to rush through a book, inevitably I do!

  2. I just started book 3 this morning.

    Those are the kinds of fantasy books I like, too. Have you read any Robin Hobb or George RR Martin? They excel in adventure fantasy. What else have you liked in that genre?

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