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Popular Features. Home Learning. Categories: Fantasy Fantasy Books. The Well of Shades. Description Juliet Marillier continues the epic fantasy begun with" The Dark Mirror, " which" Interzone" called: "A fascinating evocation of life in Pictish England and an emotional roller coaster of a story.

His wish to unite his kingdom seems almost within his grasp but there are forces working to undo his dream. He sends Faolan, his most trusted advisor who is also a master assassin and spymaster out into the world to ferret out the truth of who is friend and who is foe. Along the way Faolan will uncover many truths. Some may hold the key to Bridei's future. But more important, they may unlock the secrets that Faolan has held deep within his soul for decades.

And offer him the chance of redemption. Other books in this series. The Dark Mirror Juliet Marillier. Add to basket. Blade of Fortriu Juliet Marillier. Review quote "Marillier excels at breathing life into the past. Possessing the charm and sweetness of the very young, Bridei and Tuala keep their golden glow to the last page.

She resides with her family in Perth, Western Australia. Rating details. Our customer reviews As an avid reader of this author, I can say that Marillier is a master in character developmentand the male lead of this book, Faolan, is the perfect example of this. Since his first brief and yet totally memorable appearance in The Dark Mirror, Faolan intrigued me, and while I'm pretty sure that happened mostly because he was so mysterious, was clearly a wounded character with a dark past my favorite type , along the series he became more and more fascinating because there are just so many layers to him and I wanted to know them all, sob with joy, and thank the Gods for Juliet Marillier.

There are so many things I could say about this book, I could talk about the nerve-wracking action scenes, the political drama, Bridei and Tuala, Ana and Drustan, or praise Juliet's beautiful, engaging, totally addictive writing, but ultimately I'll always recommend The Well of Shades because it tells a glorious tale of two brilliant central characters who have so many personal demons to fight, so many wounds to heal, who believe they are unworthy of love and of all things good in this world, and who totally prove each other wrong in the end.

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The Well of Shades

I ended up rooting for her for Faolan's sake, as many of the characters do. Despite Eile's unlikeability for me , this novel sang with both familiar and new characters to Bridei's main storyline. As I hint here, the May-December romance between the sixteen-year-old Eile and her father's friend Faolan is only one plotline that develops along the path to another plotline in The Well of Shades. Faolan gathers information for King Bridei while out and about, and brings back news of a Christian missionary's movements and influence. What readers may find most intriguing about this storyline is its foundation in historical fact. What Marillier ends up with is a tale with many layers that feed into one another wonderfully. As with her first two novels in the series, her descriptions may seem tedious at times, but they give a reader a very deep feel for nuances of the world these characters live in.


The Well of Shades by Juliet Marillier

The Bridei Chronicles is Juliet Marillier 's third series of historical fantasy novels. They depict the tutelage by Broichan , rise to power, and reign of King Bridei I of the Picts in the sixth century. Like much of Marillier's work, The Bridei Chronicles are rooted in historical fact and many of the principal characters are historical personages. However, a strong element of fantasy is also present, and the author's note makes clear that history is only a starting point for her romantic tales. Bridei is sent at a very early age by his father Maelchon and mother Anfreda to Broichan at Pitnochie. One night Bridei is woken by the moon and outside discovers a baby of the Good Folk , which he takes in and later names Tuala. As the years pass, Bridei and Tuala begin to fall apart as they come to terms with their destinies.

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