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.
Neryn has finally found the rebel group at Shadowfell, and now her task is to seek out the elusive Guardians, vital to her training as a Caller. These four powerful beings have been increasingly at odds with human kind, and Neryn must prove her worth to them. She desperately needs their help to use her gift without compromising herself or the cause of overthrowing the evil King Keldec.
Neryn must journey with the tough and steadfast Tali, who looks on Neryn's love for the double agent Flint as a needless vulnerability. And perhaps it is. What Flint learns from the king will change the battlefield entirely—but in whose favor, no one knows.
First review of Shadowfell
I loved rereading Shadowfell. I loved reading Raven Flight. Together, Shadowfell once again made it to my most favourite reads of the year, and now Raven Flight joins it, because it was that fantastic, that amazing, that addicting, that something that all great books have!
Yeah, Shadowfell is it's wonderful self, and I really enjoyed it, but mostly I want to talk about Raven Flight because I haven't, yet. Raven Flight picks up right after Shadowfell ends, pretty much right away, and the stakes are raised almost immediately, as they're given an ultimatum, a deadline for support that they really need for their rebellion! We didn't get a lot of Flint together with Neryn. So as a bonus, we get to be inside of Flint's head sometimes!
So yeah, Neryn starts off to go training, and the training itself, was excellent! We got to meet 2 more Guardians, the Hag of the Isles, and the Lord of the North, masters of water and earth, respectively, and what Neyrn learns, and the choices she makes, they were so good to read about!
And that ending! With Regan dead, and Flint deserting his position, yeah, that's going to be pretty explosive! And I felt really bad for Tali, she was usually Regan's guard, but he thought that Neyrn's saftey was more important to the cause. And his death shattered her. And that sucks, because Tali was a really important character in Raven Flight, and we really got to know her, and like her!
One thing that I didn't notice, is that the cover of Shadowfell, there's a red stain on what she's wearing, and I wonder if it's blood, and if so, how did it get there! I mean, I didn't see this seeing as the cover image of my last review of Shadowfell isn't the best of qualities!
Yeah, Shadowfell was just as good as light time, and Raven Flight lived up to that, and could very well have exceeded it. I'm just too close to it to tell whether or not it did!
Author: Juliet Marillier
Series: Shadowfell #1, 2
First Read: September 30th, 2012
Read: May 23rd, 24th, 2013
Source: Tuebl, NetGalley
Reason Why: Loved Shadowfell, and it's a Sequel Challenge 2013 Book, and they're Historical Fiction 2013 Books!
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: September 11th 2012
Expected Publication: July 9th 2013