Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

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Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill--a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk--Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.

During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death--but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban's release from Keldec's rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.
 

About Juliet Marillier

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JULIET MARILLIER is the author of several highly popular fantasy novels for adults, including the Sevenwaters Trilogy and the Bridei Chronicles. She is also the author of the teen novels Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 418 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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In Alban, the Good Folk (widely varied, magical creatures) have occasionally intermingled with humans, and as a result, some humans are “canny.” Canny Neryn can see the Good Folk, which may only be the beginning.

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Continue reading > But there was something about Juliet Marillier’s Shadowfell that kept me reading.

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Jul 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadowfell

The Sydney Morning Herald

Born in New Zealand but now living in Western Australia, Marillier has won numerous awards, including the YALSA 2007 Best Book for Young Adults for Wildwood Dancing, and in 2008 the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Young Adult Novel for its sequel, Cybele's Secret.

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Common Sense Media

When Neryn's father, addled by drink and trouble, gambles her away in a game of chance, she expects only the worst from the dark, mysterious man who carries her off -- and who proves surprisingly protective and willing to help her get to the mysterious land of Shadowfell.

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Portland Book Review

Readers will enjoy accompanying Neryn on her epic journey as she discovers friends in unlikely shapes and sizes, and finds a place where she can be her complete self.

Jan 08 2013 | Read Full Review of Shadowfell

Alice Marvels

Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.

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