Shadowfell is due out in September. I've read it and loved it.
(an ARC from Netgalley and Random House Children's Books)
The first in a new series by Julier Marillier, Shadowfell is set in Scotland in a time when individuals with magical skills are enslaved or destroyed by the Enforcers who use a kind of mind manipulation that can, if successful, make the victim obedient to the king, or if unsuccessful, destroy the individual's personality and reason.
Neryn has a magical gift, and after her village is decimated, she finds herself on the run with her only remaining family member, her father. The father's guilt and grief, however, turn him into a drunk and a gambler who no longer serves as protection for his daughter; he wagers Neryn in a game and loses her to a young man who quickly departs taking Neryn with him-- just before the Enforcers arrive to kill and plunder.
At the first opportunity, Neryn takes off on her own, seeking Shadowfell and the rebels against the king who dwell there. When Flint, the young man who won (and rescued Neryn) discovers her absence, he sets out in search of Neryn. But for what purpose?
I have to admit that I fell headlong into this fantasy and completely enjoyed the adventure, the folk magic, the Good Folk (Sorrow, Sage, Silver and others), and the eventual arrival in Shadowfell.
My main complaint is the fact that I will have to wait for the next book in the trilogy.
As this was from Netgalley, I read it on my Kindle in May, but have held the review.
Fiction. Fantasy/YA. 2012. print version 416 pages.