Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: Shadowfell

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.


I’m a sucker for fantasy novels, especially epic/high fantasy. Shadowfell doesn’t disappoint.

Neryn’s entire family has been taken from her—killed by Enforcers, King Keldec’s men. Now, she must endure a long and eventful journey to Shadowfell, where, if the rumors are true, a group of rebels gather, their numbers ever-growing. One day, they will overthrow the king, and Alban will be restored to its former glory. Along the way, she has help from the Good Folk, fairy-like creatures only Neryn, and others with canny abilities, can see. Will she endure the long road ahead, or will the Enforcers stand in her way?
The only major problem I had with this book is how weak Neryn was. There were many times I wish she would've stood up for herself, or fought back, but she didn't. Other than that, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the world of Alban and can't wait to read the other books in the series.

Overall, if you enjoy epic or high fantasy with amazing world building, colorful creatures, and a hint of romance, then I recommend picking up this book.

**ARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley



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