By Juliet Marillier
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 410 pgs. Young Adult Fantasy
Neryn is the only member of her family left, in a land ruled by an oppressive king. He has ordered anyone with magical powers to be brought to him and Neryn has known from a young age that she has always had an ability to communicate with the Fey-like creatures that live in Alban. Her only hope is to try to make it to Shadowfell, a rebel camp, that is rumored to be located deep in the mountains. Along the way she comes in contact with a man named Flint, but in a land ruled by fear she is not sure if it is possible to trust him even if it might mean her survival.
Juliet Marillier is a wonderful storyteller and I really enjoyed this book. The plot moves very slowly, but I still found myself staying up late to finish. This is the first book in a planned trilogy and I look forward to discovering what comes next for Neryn as she begins to discover her true destiny.