Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Juliet Marillier - Son of the Shadows

Beautiful Sorcha is the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures.
It is from her sacrifice that Sorcha's brothers were brought home to their ancestral fortress Sevenwaters, and her life has known much joy.
But not all the brothers were able to fully escape the spell that transformed them into swans, and it is left to Sorcha's daughter Liadan to help fulfill the destiny of the Sevenwaters clan. Beloved child and dutiful daughter, Liadan embarks on a journey that shows her just how hard-won was the peace that she has known all her life.
Liadan will need all of her courage to help save her family, for there are dark forces and ancient powers conspiring to destroy this family's peace--and their world. And she will need all of her strength to stand up to those she loves best, for in the finding of her own true love, Liadan's course may doom them all...or be their salvation

Comment: In the sequence of my reading the first book of the acclaimed Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier, another month means reading another book. This time it was the second book, which some people whose opinion I share, seemed to enjoy the most.

This second book features Liadan, she's Sorcha and Red's daughter and she proves to have inherited many of her mother's skills. Like it happened to her mother before, she also has the task to helps someone in need and by doing so, she is sealing her fate. Then Liadan has to make choices, has to think about which voices from the Fairy Folk to listen to and most of all, she has to learn to accept things and to do what's true to her heart, otherwise the fate of Sevenwaters won't be the same her mother has suffered so much to win over.

These are the kind of books we feel might have some sort of doomed things to come. I started the book knowing some things wouldn't be happy or easy. The anticipation itself is difficult because I felt I couldn't really rest throughout the story just wondering when something bad would happen. I know this isn't meant to be happiness all around and if things didn't happen the way they do, then it wouldn't be the same story, but my heart breaks by reading some scenes. Once again, I've cried like a fool while some things were happening. Sometimes we wish to keep forever some things with us...whether it's a person, a memory or even the hope for something...

So, sadness it's to be expected in this novel. Also to see is Liadan and her struggles to be someone good and respectful of what is going on around her. In this book the things taken for granted after Sorcha's victory over the curse aren't that easy to maintain. But Liadan has a heart of her own and she tries to be true to herself and the legend she is living. I couldn't help but being amazed at some turnabouts in the story, things I wasn't expecting but that gave the plot much more strength. I was very curious over several subjects at the same time.

All in all, in this book we see many emotional happenings. It's the personal lives of the characters we met, it's the things they are doing and hoping and it's what all that means to us, as a person. Many of the things in there seem very far away and on one hand it's easy to put ourselves in a distant place as this is a fantasy story, but on the other hand it's complicated, because those things, the emotions the story brings to us touch our personal ideals, our own memories and in that way, it's hard to put that distance between us and the story.

I liked the story and how Liadan went after what she wanted and believed. There is political fights and moral ones too, in the book. In the end, some people have another part to play, others come back and others find another way to be. It's something to process, as we learn to care for the characters. The very end was a bit melancholic for me, not bad, just...thoughtful.
Let's see what the third book tells us.

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