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Son of the Shadows ☆ Son of the Shadows PDF / Epub ✩ Author Juliet Marillier – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk After years of comparative peace, darkness has fallen upon Ulster Trouble is brewing and even those in the heart of the forest are not safe Niamh, elder daughter of Sorcha, is required to make a strat After years of comparative peace, darkness has fallen upon Ulster Trouble Son of MOBI :Ê is brewing and even those in the heart of the forest are not safe Niamh, elder daughter of Sorcha, is required to make a strategic marriage, while her sister Liadan, who has the gift of Sight and her mother s talent for healing, finds herself drawn into the shadowy world of the Painted Man and his warrior band There Liadan begins a journey that is to transform her life.

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  • Paperback
  • 608 pages
  • Son of the Shadows
  • Juliet Marillier
  • English
  • 05 June 2019
  • 0765343266

About the Author: Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up Son of MOBI :Ê 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 major influence on her writingJuliet is the author of twenty one historical fantasy novels for adults and young adults, as well as a book of short fiction Juliet s novels and short stories have won many awards Juliet lives in a year old cottage in a riverside suburb of Perth, Western Australia When not writing, she tends to her small pack of rescue dogs She also has four adult children and eight grandchildren Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.



10 thoughts on “Son of the Shadows

  1. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    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 HmmI really hope the 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 HmmI really hope the rest of the books are as good as this one and the first one This is one I could read over and over Absolutely perfect for what I needed to hear And I need to add that I love the narrator They do an awesome job.Happy Reading Mel

  2. Katerina Katerina says:

    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 itWhere 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 hearDon 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 itWhere 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 heart was ripped from my chest and squeezed until there was no blood left And that despite the pain and the agony,I felt pure in the endCome, dear heart.Lean on me and let us walk this path togetherTogether.The Sevenwaters family,Red and Sorcha s family believed that there would be no evil in the world they could not face together.And that is precisely the reason the evil forces tried to divide them,to wreak havoc and mistrust on a family that valued their bondthan anything else.Secrets and betrayals came to light,one by one,threading a web of isolation and anger.Liadan,Sorcha s dutiful daughter,the healer with the Sight,was caught in the middle of it.For it was her the Fair Folk had been waiting for generations to help fulfill an ancient prophecy.But Liadan was no mere tool.Nor was Bran,despite everyone s efforts to convince her otherwise.Warriors,druids,mercenaries,misguided girls,they were all woven in a pattern and Liadan held the key to either destruction or salvationYour actions are your own.Your choices are your own.Each of us carries a burden of guilt for decisions made or not made.You can let that rule your whole life or you can put it behind you and move onThis was not a happy story.Sorcha s courage and sacrifice held her family together,but they were not enough.Liadan on the other hand wasn t as willing as her mother to follow the path the Fair Folk chose for her.She was a strong and independent woman,she made her choices against everyone s warnings.But she loved fiercely,like her parents did.And while Bran wasn t Prince Charming,just a scary and equally scared man consumed by hatred and bloodlust,he was perfect for her,and she for himHe and I we share a bond Not love, exactly It goes beyond that He is mine as surely as sun follows moon across the sky Mine before ever I knew he existed Mine until death and beyondI try to swallow my grief for everything that happened,but my feelings are overwhelming and difficult to control.My heart breaks for the trials my heroes had to face,but I keep admiring them for their strength.Conor made some huge mistakes,and so did Red,and Liam,and Sean,and Niahm but I cannot blame them,not when they thought they did the right thing for the people they lovedThe world is simple in its essence Life,death,love,hate.Desire,fulfillment.MagicAll of these elements combined make this story a unique one,like the tales your grandfather used to tell you by the hearth.Irish mythology entangled with high fantasy,the ancient battle between Good and Evil and the mortals in between made an extraordinary book,one of those that stay with you forever

  3. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more says:

    Reviewed by Rabid ReadsBR with my peeps at Buddies Books and BaublesSpecifically Robin Bridge Four 3.5 starsSometimes when I finish a book I know exactly what I think about it, and the review practically writes itself Other timesI finish, thinking that overall I liked the book, butsomething remainsunresolved And theI dwell on it, theissues emerge, until the something evolves into multiple identifiable problems.This is one of those times.That s not to sa Reviewed by Rabid ReadsBR with my peeps at Buddies Books and BaublesSpecifically Robin Bridge Four 3.5 starsSometimes when I finish a book I know exactly what I think about it, and the review practically writes itself Other timesI finish, thinking that overall I liked the book, butsomething remainsunresolved And theI dwell on it, theissues emerge, until the something evolves into multiple identifiable problems.This is one of those times.That s not to say that Son of the Shadows wasn t a good book It absolutely was.It just wasn t a good book for me.There are several reasons.I didn t particularly like either this generation from Sevenwaters or several of the other important new characters.Sorcha and Red, the MCs from the previous installment, now have three grown children their eighteen year old firstborn Niamh, and sixteen year old twins Sean and Liadan Sean is the heir of Sevenwaters, Liadan has followed in her mother s footsteps as a healer and is the heart of Sevenwaters, and Niamh is the petulant beauty with a nasty mean streak.Does Niamh have understandable reasons for lashing out at others and placing most of her self worth in her appearance Yes She does In fact, she d make a perfect villain I think the best kind of villain is the kind that you can empathize with, but still not like Villains you genuinely like aren t villains They re anti heroes And villainous villains are fun to hate, but there is seldom much depth Depth allows for empathy, which brings us back full circle.But Niamh isn t the villain Instead you re left with a character you don t like, and thus have a hard time drumming up sympathy for when she becomes a victim I recognized cerebrally that what happened to her was awful But I didn t feel it Maybe if I had been able to, I would ve been distracted from the why, which is what occupied my attention in place of the anguish I might have felt on behalf of alikable character And the whywas pretty flimsy.Niamh fell in love with an unsuitable young man When it was discovered, the relationship was forbidden, but believing that her lover would never forsake her, she was completely shattered when he left But why did he leave you ask, and that s an excellent question It s also a question the adults refuse to answer.So later, when Niamh finds herself in abhorrent circumstances, she has nothing to fall back on She sees herself as worthless, as unworthy of being loved why else would Unsuitable Lover have abandoned her Why else would her family have sent her away, turning their backs on her It sinfuriating And ridiculous.B c you, the reader, know why the relationship is forbidden I actually wondered if my wiring was faulty until my friend Robin who BR ed this me said that she didn t understand what the Big Deal was either YES, what happened was unfortunateworse than unfortunate whispers Gross, man But it was a mistake born out of innocence And, I m sorry, but that makes a massive difference to me Robin, too, so there Maybe there are some kind of medieval social connotations we re not aware of, or maybe we re desensitized b c current events I don t know Doesn t matter, really What does matter is that I didn t buy it.Sean was MEH I appreciated that he thought outside of the box, but he was too irrationally impulsive to like.Liadanmy feelings in regards to Liadan are complex I should have liked her I should have loved her She s exactly the kind of independent thinking heroine that I usually admire and root unreservedly for.And yetI found her condescending My impression wasn t that she questioned b c she refused to agree to life altering decisions without understanding the implications, but that she questioned b c she in her infinite sixteen year old wisdom knew better That she was correct didn t matter to me, b c I m a brat, and if you do the right thing for the wrong reasonand YES, I m well aware of the irony.And as with Niamh s ignorance making a difference in my perception of her actions, Liadan s motivations made what would have been admirableless so.Then there s Bran.Branis an ASS And not the kind of ASS you find yourself liking against your better judgement, b c not really an ASS No, he s the kind of ASS you futilely wanted to like you when you were in high school, despite that fact that he was an ASS, but looking back as an adult, you realizewhat an ASS.And just like High School ASS, Bran has reasons for being an ASS too Another perfect villain in the making, but, once again, not the villain Which brings me to who was the villainalso an ASS, but unlike Bran, if he has reasons, they remain undisclosed My biggest issue also has to do with Villain, but be warned, it s a spoiler view spoiler Liadan decides to head for Britain with Bran, leaving Villain not just free and loose, but her family ignorant of his treachery, practically insuring their betrayal at his hands at some point in the future, and SHE WON T EVEN BE THERE b c BRITAIN hide spoiler Howeverlots of readers very much enjoy the kind of wounded bear type character Bran is, and forgive them everything b c broken That is not me And my dislike of Liadan was based on an vague impression that I can t support with evidence When I was gearing up for the Buddy Read, several people told me that they loved this book eventhan Daughter of the Forest SO Take what I ve said with a grain of salt You know your preferences And you know how critical I can be Even with my issues, Son of the Shadows wasn t anything I d consider a bad read, and it wasn t until I started picking things apart that I lowered the rating from 4 stars Also, I fully intend to read the next book

  4. Mayim de Vries Mayim de Vries says:

    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 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 knitted, made of an itchy material, hideous in terms of fabric, colour and patterns Are you ready for an ugly sweater party In the middle, the jumper has a huge snowflake The main heroine, a girl called Liadan Sorcha s daughter , suffers from the severe unique one syndrome, experiencingnameless feelings of ill sudden bouts of shivering cryptic warnings of the mindThis gift sets her apart from everyone else, and so even though outwardly she expresses the desire to be ordinary, inwardly she relishes in how special she is Better, wiser,emphatic insightful choose an adjective here all of the above than everybody else Apparently, she is also outside the pattern which renders her with an ability to alter the course of things You see, the rest of us are like puppets implementing grand plans devised by higher beings without an ability to add even a jot to the design Not Liadan, no Her actions can challenge and change the destinies No wonder that a girl raised with this notion reaches mastery at shallow coyness and false modesty that reeks with hypocrisy This makes her insufferable, but I would endure it of not for onething Liadan s relationship with her sister The dynamics between the siblings is in a stark contrast with the previous book in the series Where Sorcha sacrificed everything and suffered for her brothers with love and hope, Liadan s attitude to Niamh is beyond abominable Mind you, I have a wonderful sister, and so the sisterhood theme is something I can relate to Liadan at first only complains about Niamh s flaws and incessantly compares herself with the older girl in a way that transforms all Niamh s qualities into vices, then her feelings of being superior culminate in betrayal even though she never explicitly admits to being the main reason for the terrible events that unfold in the book , followed by an agreement to the unfair treatment Niamh was forced to suffer confessing that shehad scarce given her sister a moment s thoughtsince bidding her farewell view spoiler What I hated the most, is the fact that while Liadan s transgressions and mistakes were farsevere and consequential than Niamh s actions, the other sister never received the love and warmth and support that surrounded Liadan And this was never explained or reflected upon, just merely stated, and by Liadan to make it worse hide spoiler Excuse my vulgarity, but what a cold hearted bitch And then, without any discernible development or breakthrough moment, Liadan takes a U turn in order to be the merciful saviour She had to, otherwise the whole sweater would fall apart As it is, it remains badly stitched together.Marillier played with the notion of destiny but couldn t make up her mind Liadan could alter it, her loved one also, to some extent, but others were not so lucky and so the only viable option for them was to meekly follow the predestined course Descendant of traitors must be traitorous, sorcerous blood must come out, and so on and so forth It is also a book about trust Again, Liadan betrayed the trust of her sister, but never that of her lover, she trusts in one thing, and blindly, but only when it suits her, others she spurns She also demands trust from others, rarely being able to providerationale for it besides the very convenient Sight Sometimes not at all and without any apparent reason view spoiler like denying her lover the knowledge that he has fathered a child hide spoiler.Marillier can write, I grant you that, but the book is too long and badly composed While the love affair is credible, Niamh s story is farinteresting and withdrama to it than the mundane romance between Liadan and the Painted Man And yet, Niamh does not get the credit, she shimmers on the margins of the main plot and basically serves as a springboard for Liadan Further, the main tale interspersed with other tales and tellings It is all grand if you are an ardent fan of Celtic folklore Surely, these are interesting, but if I wanted to know those, I d read Celtic Tales and Legends or some other encyclopedic account of Irish mythology and fable Woe is me, as the Son of the Shadows gave me a sort of the Irish version of the Arabian Nights.As you see, the whole sweater is made of bad yarn it breaks in the plies, there are knots in many skeins with the orphaned and unknitted plies sitting like snags on the knit side of the fabric, and the loosely spun fibers result in pilling while the colour is bleeding and stains I would not recommend it, as the Daughter of the Forest is a perfect standalone Terminology shamelessly stolen from the ever creative Zaara Other Sevenwaters books 1 Daughter of the Forest3 Child of the Prophecy 4 Heir to Sevenwaters5 Seer of Sevewaters 6 Flame of Sevenwaters

  5. Keertana Keertana says:

    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 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 guilty disappointment I say guilty merely because the majority of my friends have found this to be as remarkable a story as the first, and I definitely thought the first was a better novel, and disappointing because I went into this novel expecting it to be just as good, if not better, than its predecessor, and it wasn t Nevertheless, I will attempt to push aside my jumbled feelings and convey that, despite what I may have felt, this novel really was a masterpiece in and of itself Son of the Shadows chronicles the story of Liadan, Sorcha s daughter It introduces us to Niamh, Sorcha s eldest daughter, Sean, Sorcha s only son and twin of Liadan, and Liadan herself who happens to be a seer In Sevenwaters, Liadan s life has been one of happiness and she,than her siblings, has received the perfect mix of both her parents best qualities Yet, disaster strikes Sevenwaters when, firstly, Sorcha falls ill and slowly begins her descent to death and later when Niamh is found to be having an affair with a man she is forbidden to be with As such, Niamh is sent away for a profitable arranged marriage, accompanied by her sister, Liadan On her way home, Liadan is kidnapped by the troop of the Painted Man, a notorious bandit who wants Liadan to cure his blacksmith It is here that Liadan s tale truly begins What I loved about Son of the Shadows was the fact that, in many ways, it was the opposite of Daughter of the Forest. While Daughter of the Forest is a slow journey of trust, with every step taken one that is a little closer to happiness, Son of the Shadows is the unraveling of that trust and the plunge into darkness Its themes, different from that of its predecessor, explore the true test of faith, of the multiple sides to every action, and of the importance of recognizing that one person s happiness or correct path does not necessarily ensure happiness for another It weaves a complex web of belief in others, one that is very fragile and easily broken, and the steady journey to see where each character winds up in the end and if they can survive and mend relationships despite hurdles is an interesting one to watch unfold In addition to the themes itself, Son of the Shadows contains a very different kind of romance In this, Liadan swiftly falls in love with one man, and he falls in love with her too, but the moment he finds out that she is from Sevenwaters, he instantly shuns her and refuses to have anything to do with her due to a past mistake of her father As readers of Daughter of the Forest, it is impossible to understand why Bran, the Painted Man who falls in love with Liadan, could possibly hate Red and their love story, instead of being one in which the reader is waiting to see if the two characters truly love each other, is one where the reader is waiting to see if the two finally wind up together I ll admit that the nascence of this romance moved a little too quickly for me and I wasn t able to form a solid bond with these two as a couple, but as the story wore on, they won me over and I can frankly admit that their love story is just as beautiful, moving, and powerful as that of Sorcha and Red Further, Bran is easily my favorite character in the tale, proving to be farcomplex and tortured than I imagined and the build up and eventual truth of his past definitely does not disappoint in the least Nevertheless, despite its positives, Son of the Shadows certainly had a slew of negative aspects as well Firstly, I have to state that Liadan experienced little to no character growth at all When we first meet her, she is already an extremely well developed character, but it is disappointing to see that her personality doesn t experience much change despite the events she goes through Instead, her siblings, Niamh and Sean, are muchflawed and humanely realistic than Liadan is, going through fardrastic stages of growth than she does Yet, despite this, they don t feature into enough of the storyline, making Liadan the sibling to love, and further, they lack the strong bond between siblings that is so palpably felt between Sorcha and her brothers In addition, some parts of this novel almost felt forced, most noticeably the drama As a novel, it started and ended very strongly, but the middle, opposed to lagging, simply lacked something that left me rather detached from the tale overall Where Daughter of the Forest made me feel like I was Sorcha herself and made me sob and weep and laugh and smile so much my face hurt, I was so consciously aware of reading a book while reading this At times, Liadan s journey was just as powerful as her mother s, but during other times, it was simply a very good story Overall, however, I can t recommend this novel enough Sure, it has its flaws, but the ultimate message it leaves you with, the character tales you won t be able to forget, and the lore that never fails to captivate just cannot be missed I ve said it before and I ll say it again Juliet Marillier is a remarkable author For any fan of her novels, this is a definite must read It lacks a little something that Daughter of the Forest had, but it is an excellent novel in its own right and it is one that I know I will return to and re read in a few years, this time without that added expectation, and perhaps I will, after all, find it to be just as good as its predecessor at long last You can read this review andon my blog, Ivy Book Bindings

  6. Mikki Crisostomo Mikki Crisostomo says:

    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 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 worming themselves into your heart

  7. Catie Catie says:

    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 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 in love with the enemy of her family, she has the quiet strength of endurance and mental fortitude I really liked Daughter of the Forest, and there have definitely been repetitive series that I have loved anyway, but I got bored a few times in this one Liadan must maneuver her way around her uncles, the faerie, the old ones, and her enemies as they all await the prophecy that will restore the islands to the family of Sevenwaters at last This is the second time that I have read a Juliet Marillier novel that made my expectations and hopes soar but didn t deliver In the first, I was disappointed by the lack of comeuppance for any of the black as night villians In this one, I was so intrigued and excited by the prospect of a fighting heroine Liadan tells the reader right from the beginning that she is trained in bow and staff, and can hold her own in a fight Then, when challenged to show her skill, she performs a small feat of archery I was so looking forward to the scene where she finally gets to use these skills for real, in a big showdown of some sort preferably But, it never happens In fact, she never uses her alleged fighting skills once in the whole book I am not sure why it s even mentioned that she has them Liadan is a heroine in the same mold as Sorcha, and I guess I just prefer my heroines to be a bitaggressive.Also, I admit that I was feeling pretty frustrated with the relationship between Liadan and Bran They meet and spend one week together during which she discovers that he has a troubled past and he is insulting and dismissive Then they share one night together and all of a sudden, it s love So, I was feeling a bit disgruntled with the whole affair, until I read thisHe and I we share a bond Not love, exactly It goes beyond that He is mine as surely as sun follows moon across the sky Okay So it s not love It s some sort of mystical connection I guess I can handle that Now, to look forward to all of the scenes where they finally get to know one another and fall in love for reals Nope That never happened either.Liadan also really frustrated me a few times Like when she judges her uncles so harshly for withholding key information from everyone, but then does the exact same thing to her brother Sean and her father or when she inexplicably decides to take her infant child into immediate and terrible danger.It s not all bad though I did like this book as a whole Niamh could have so easily been thrown away as a simple prop to show how virtuous and unselfish Liadan is by comparison I love that Liadan and by extension, the author, don t give up on her She became one of my favorite characters and I would have liked to seeof her journey she had a real progression I also love that Juliet Marillier begins to explore the theme of genetic inheritance and destiny Although, I am not so sure where she comes out on that is she saying that people can escape the legacy of their evil parents or not Her characters actually seem to prove that they can t I guess the jury s still out on view spoiler Ciaran hide spoiler though Speaking of which, I have no knowledge of the plot of Child of the Prophecy, but how could Liadan fail to notice that view spoiler there are actually two people that bear the sign of the crow, and two potential children that could fit the prophecy She didn t even notice the guy with an ACTUAL CROW Also, I m sorry but I don t believe for one second that Juliet Marillier will have a male MC for the last book She s all about the quiet, enduring ladies hide spoiler I guess I only have onething to add I hate the names for the heroes For the rest of my life, I will picture a giant stick of cinnamon gum and a bowl of super colon blow.Perfect Musical PairingFlorence The Machine Cosmic Love I listened to this album so obsessively last year that my two little girls can both sing along to almost all the words of Dog Days Are Over This song has a bit of a new age y feel that reminds me of these books Also, the lyrics really couldn t beperfect I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a mapI knew that somehow, I could find my way backThen I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness tooSo I stayed in the darkness with you

  8. Robin (Bridge Four) Robin (Bridge Four) says:

    Buddy read with the amazing JessicaI 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 keyOverall 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 Buddy read with the amazing JessicaI 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 keyOverall 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 forever no matter the cost They are not the heroines that we normally see in fantasy with great powers or skill with weapons and fighting Yet each is so strong in their own way This is an emotional journey, perhaps not quite as emotional as Daughter of the Forest but still it took me through every emotion I have in my personal spectrum I get so caught up in the world that I felt like I took the journey as well and I couldn t help racing through the story There were two scene in particular that just gutted me Again it is a darker fantasy than some and there are no neatly tied up bows at the end for all the characters involved There are some happier endings than others and like life no one gets everything they want, some very hard choices had to be made The Story Son of Shadows continues the story of Daughter of the Forest a generation later Red and Sorcha have had three children and they are of an age when things really start to happen again Whether that is because the Fae have set new plans in motion, or an ancient evil has a plan for revenge, or something even older than the Fae has plans of its own is unclear The only thing that is certain is a new challenge has been set and new dangers await the children of Sevenwaters.Liadan is instantly likable, probably the most likable of all the three children Red and Sorcha had together She is a reflection of both Sorcha and Red and I saw it in all of her choices and actionsI can see we have taught you well, Liadan, said my mother, regarding me closely You have my skill with healing and your father s gift for love He gathers all around him under his protective shade like a great forest tree I see the same strength in you, DaughterAll the children grew up sheltered in the love of Sevenwaters but when events are set in motion secrets from the past and some choices made separate the family in ways they never imagined before The nice thing about Son of Shadows is that it starts out a little faster than Daughter of the Forest The propelling events of the story happen almost immediately and carry Liadan into her destiny which was a little unexpected.Liadan is blessed and cursed as Finbar was with the gift of sight It is while she is discovering her power in this that she is kidnapped by a band of mercenaries in hopes she can heal one of their men When she first meets the Painted Man she believes him to be the heartless killer of all the tales He plays the role well and only when Liadan is able to see into his mind and future does she see that maybe he could bethan just the man from the stories and his past istragic than anyone she has met before Because of her gift Liadan might not know what the future holds exactly but she does know that they are intertwinedHe and I we share a bond Not love, exactly It goes beyond that He is mine as surely as sun follows moon across the sky Mine before ever I knew he existed Mine until death and beyond He is in terrible danger From others and from himself If I could doto protect him, I would. This isa tale of mending long time hurts and discovering a new path in life that might be different than what you always expected for yourself Liadan must learn how to use her gifts with the help of Finbar if she is ever going to save the man who stole her heart and she discovers that it is a heavy task to be shown the possibilities of the future Why I Love the Sevenwaters World One of the things that draws me into the Sevenwaters stories so much is the actual world It has a mysticism to it It is subtle and even believable in a sense where sorcerers and druids use nature to influence their surroundings It is a place where a forest is a living breathing thing full of spirits and enchantments and the Fae are just a thin veil away It is a place of prophecy and destiny and I do love a tale with a good but of destiny in it.I really like that these are tales of families and all the joy and complications that come from that The people you love the most are the people that you are capable of hurting even when all you are doing is trying to help The entanglements are so emotional and heartfelt that I fall into the story and don t want to emerge from it even when it is over A Few Small Issues These are books I have to be a little patient with There are a lot of little building steps that do add to the story but sometimes make it seem like it is moving along slowly In Daughter of the Forest this happened near the beginning and while Sorcha was alone before meeting Red In Son of Shadow this happens in the middle.I spent a lot of time waiting and wanting Bran to come back into Liadan s life It felt like he was gone forever and I missed him I m not saying this is necessarily a bad thing as it is probably what the author intended me to feel The longing that Liadan felt for the man she knew she loved and I definitely felt that but I spent a lot of time waiting for him to come back so I was a little distracted from what was happening while I was waiting The other issue is that the villians of the story are sometimes a little over the top I love a good villain but I like it the best when they can in a different light be seen as a possible hero if you are on the other side Ciaran is a great example of this He is likable and I understand his motivations but he is also someone that could be very dangerous in the future Lastly the ending was slightly anticlimactic because of the nature of how Liadan saves Bran It isan internal struggle with his past and so not very action oriented It is not entirely a bad thing either but I really would have enjoyed seeing Bran battle someone first hand.All of these are just small issues and why it wasn t quite a 5 star read for me Note This can be read as a standalone novel It isenjoyable if you know who the older generation in and their story but it isn t completely necessary

  9. Choko Choko says:

    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 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 judgmental, making it really hard to even like her, let alone develop any attachment to her Liadan has a twin brother who is being raised to be the next Lord of Sevenwaters and with whom she has this deep mental connection and closeness SHe also has an older sister, Niamh, who is not perfect, but not much different than any young woman in her teens battered by hormones, and the family, including Liadan, treat her and judge her very harshly, getting rid of her in a cold hearted way and washing their hands off of her, while for same types of indescretions and willfulness Liadan gets reproachful looks and reassurances that she could never disappoint them and they will love her no matter what I expected better from Red and Sorcha as parents and from their offspring However, I guess this is the whole point none are perfect and all new generations have to solve some old wrongs and get new wrongs done to be dealt by the next generationsYour actions are your own Your choices are your own Each of us carries a burden of guilt for decisions made or not made You can let that rule your whole life or you can put it behind you and move on Only a madman lets jealousy determine the course of his existence Only a weak man blames others for his own errorsThe setting for this series is based on the British Isles and Celtic Myth, with some vague allusions to Brit History The family who rules in Sevenwaters is descendant from a human and one of the Old Ones, thus it has a deep connection with the mystical lure in the land and all that grows there They have been responsible for bringing the Druid religion back and at times communicate with the Fae, thus magic always plays a role in what happens with them With the Brits and Christianity becomingandprevalent and taking over sacred Isles, the magic traditions and existence are threatened and Sorcha and her family have become of interest to all players involved, being used as a tool on one side or the other Liadan is the child that was born outside of the predicted pattern and is much freer in making choices for her future SHe takes full advantage of that when she meets a mysterious mercenary and his gang, and her view of the future changes dramatically This leaves people feeling betrayed, alliances broken and new patterns are being created, for good or illDon 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 Something that touches you with joy or with terror, that lifts you out of your safe, little path and onto a great, wild road whose ending nobody knows Don t you ever long for thatBe careful what you wish for This book followed the general formula of the one which preceded it and that is not bad, I just missed all the emotional involvement I was amerced into with the first one Liadan was only a pale imitation of Sorcha and only the cameo appearances of the uncles and the gang of mercenaries made up for that I loved the big brutes with great hearts and I was enchanted by the lyrically magical presence of the uncle who has one arm and one Swan wing The prose was beautiful as always, but the constant repetition of the belief that true love does not exist, but is an enchantment, a spell the woman casts on the man so he loves and wants to please her at all times, pisses me off Once again I am going to have to add a shelf for books which seem to make this an acceptable believe, and I just don t want to, since I want that to go away Thank you for calling all women who have ever been loved witches, as in all times of human history I am really going to have to accept that I am a witch and get over it, I guessThe world is simple, I think, in its essence Life, death, love, hate Desire, fulfillment MagicI am planing on reading on, since the storytelling is really engaging and once I start the books, I can t put them down So, if you love Fantasy with Celtic Mythology and Romance, this is a series you should check and see if it works for you Now I wish you Happy Reading and may you always find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book

  10. Justine Justine says:

    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 shoulderthan 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 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 shoulderthan 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 to protect what she loves The path she walks is only part of the story, however, and the road ahead remains filled with uncertainty and danger This book fulfilled every expectation I had, delivering an amazing and richly imagined tale told with Marillier s trademark excellence and style

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