The first book in the Shadowfell trilogy from the acclaimed author of the Sevenwaters series
"An exquisitely written tale of love, fear, faith and difficult choices ... Marillier is a consummate craftswoman." Sydney Morning Herald
The people of Alban are afraid.
The tyrannical king and his masked Enforcers are scouring the land, burning villages and enslaving the canny.
Fifteen-year-old Neryn has fled her home in the wake of its destruction, and is alone and penniless, hiding her extraordinary magical power. She can rely on no one - not even the elusive Good Folk who challenge and bewilder her with their words.
When an enigmatic stranger saves her life, Neryn and the young man called Flint begin an uneasy journey together. She wants to trust Flint but how can she tell who is true in this land of evil?
For Neryn has heard whisper of a mysterious place far away: a place where rebels are amassing to free the land and end the King's reign.
A place called Shadowfell.
A story of courage, hope, danger and love from one of the most compelling fantasy storytellers writing today.
"A new book by Juliet Marillier is always a cause for celebration" Kate Forsyth
Winner of the Tin Duck Award for Speculative Fiction
Finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards
Fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley, Isobelle Carmody and Robin Hobb will love Juliet Marillier.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Neryn lives in a menacing and uncertain world where her special ability to communicate with magical beings could easily get her killed. When her father dies, Neryn joins a mysterious stranger on a thoroughly engrossing and suspenseful quest to find a safe harbour. New Zealand-born author Juliet Marillier’s teen novel—the first in a trilogy—has broad appeal, thanks to the lovely and eloquent narration of a kind-hearted heroine, realistically complex characters and a sprawling fantasy world inspired by Celtic mythology.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Loved the story from start to finish! Couldn't put it down! But that is pretty normal for Juliet Marillier's books. Haven't read one that hasn't drawn me in and held me for ransom yet! 👌❤️
NO WORDS :) but...
I have to express my feelings for this book. It was perfect 💙 the writing was so effective that I felt as If i was on this journey with Neryn :) taught me a lesson:- any goal can be achieved with courage and will power- no matter how rough! The characters were sooo beautiful ❤️ I couldn't stop reading it ! And I cried twice in the last chapter ... Could feel every feeling expressed in the book and at the end ... Omg extreme happiness, hope, sadness to leave but promise to meet again 💖💚❤️ ...
Soo beautiful :) keep writing!
I was hooked into the world of Alban and will now read the next two parts.