Liadan was a surprise. Neither her mother nor the fairy folk had counted on the predicted Sean having a twin sister. This lack of expectation gave her the power to change things, to defy what had been declared must be. But that isn't what Liadan wants. She is shy, and stays by the wall when her sister Niamh dances. She is not a leader like Sean, the heir to Sevenwaters. Yet, it is Liadan who is thrust in the midst of the enemy, forced to break away from the family that has kept her so sheltered. Away from them, Liadan will learn that truth is a blade with two edges, and friends and enemies can be two sides of the same coin.
This report prepared by Rebekkah Farr
Forge, May 2001, 25.95, 448 pp.
An evil enchantress turned Sorcha's seven brothers into swans and forced her father to dance to her malevolent tune. Sorcha, the youngest sibling, managed to break the spell and freed her brothers though they paid various prices due to the transformation. Sorcha married a Briton named Tubdan and they had three children, Niamoh and two younger twins Sean and Liadan.
Liadan inherits the mantle of Sevenwaters and pays the price associated with fulfilling her destiny. She is beautiful and is expected to marry a powerful lord, but instead is kidnapped by outlaws who wear animal masks to conceal their faces. Liadan loses her heart to the gang's leader Bran who sends her away when he learns she is from Sevenwaters because he holds a grudge against her father. However, Liadan carries his child, a being who the revered Old Ones say one day will save humanity.
Adults who never lost the child within them will enjoy this marvelous epic fantasy that proves that Juliet Marillier is an enchantress wielding a spellbinding pen. SON OF THE SHADOWS is a powerful brew centering on love, war, and magic in such a wonderful way that the plot and its key charcaters enchant the audience into a one sitting read.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner