By Juliet Marillier
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.
Seriously who is surprised that I chose a Juliet Marillier as my FIRST “Waiting on Wednesday?” I was actually going to use Flame of Sevenwaters for my first choice but there is no pretty book cover yet so I decided to go with this one. I AM SO EXCITED that Juliet is choosing to write another series!! She describes this book as such: “Shadowfell, first book in a crossover series for YA/adult readers, is a story of tyranny and rebellion set in ancient Scotland.” I. can’t. wait.