My fantasy reading is pretty mainstream and commercial but this is the kind of fantasy writing that Marillier excels at and that I enjoy. Her writing falls into the historic or swords and sandals fantasy genre.
Shadowfell is YA fantasy but very accessible to anyone who enjoys an absorbing, escapist, well-written story. It almost feels like a Scottish fairytale with it’s bleak, harsh landscape and uncanny folk.
Fifteen year old Neryn has fled her homeland in fear of her life. She is hiding from the King’s henchmen and hiding her special powers. She has heard about a safe haven – a place for rebels and those fleeing the King’s destructive forces called Shadowfell. A mysterious stranger, Flint comes to her aid…but can she trust him?
Suspense, danger and romance all wrapped up nicely in a road trip with fey folk. Perfect rainy weekend reading!
Shadowfell is a July release from Pan Macmillan.
P.S. Marillier is now an Australian, living in WA, hence the Australian tag. But she was actually born & raised in NZ.
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.