by: Juliet Marillier
Neryn is just trying to get by. Her dad's luck has run out, and they are penniless. When she is pretty literally gambled away to Flint, a dark mysterious fella, she is on the run from King Keldec's soldiers and thrust into a magical world. She begins a journey to find Shadowfell, the base for the rebels that are the best hope for overthrowing King Keldec. And, because it's Juliet Marillier, there are some fantastic characters and creatures, and a world that you'll love.
I've made no secret of the fact that if I could marry a book, it would be Daughter of the Forest, which I think is considered to be one of her adult novels. So, I was over the moon when I discovered Shadowfell and let it sit on my ereader untouched, because sometimes it's good to just let that anticipation build. But, ultimately I could not leave it alone for long.
The short of it is this: I liked what I read, but I wanted more. I wanted a little more from Neryn, and I definitely wanted more Flint. But, that's just greedy old me speaking.
There's a lot to love in Shadowfell. I already mentioned Flint, but I also loved the Good Folk, which were reminiscent of the very little I read of Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series and the little blue people on the cover. (I didn't finish that book because it was just kind of too... weird for me. But, I digress).
I think, however, the shining star in Shadowfell is the setting. It's magical, mythical and dangerous. And you just know that anything can happen. Plus, there is the added bonus of a tyrannical king and a brave rebellion. Pretty much all the stuff I love in fantasy.