Shadowfell (Shadowfell, #1)
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by Juliet Marillier
Release date: September 6, 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy, young adult

Shadowfell is the first installment in a new fantasy trilogy of exciting rebellion, wonderous magic, and forbidden romance.

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.

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Shadowfell is young adult fantasy of a girl with gift. Although the story is mainly entertaining the plot of this book is quite simple. What makes the story is the tension game "who can I trust" and the magic of the story. At first I felt like that kind of magic has little use, but near the end I started to think that it has potential for imaginative mind.
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