Monday, April 13, 2015

Mark of the Raven

"Don't you long for something different to happen, something so exciting and new it carries you along with it like a great tide, 
something that lets your life blaze and burn so the whole world can see it?"
--Juliet Marillier, Son of Shadows

Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 607
Publication Date: April 1st, 2010
Source: Gifted by Hannah...thanks, love!
Previous Books in Series: Daughter of the Forest
Goodreads Description

Second of the Sevenwaters trilogy of novels about the last days of heroic Ireland, Son of the Shadows takes up the story of the children of Sorcha, who saved her enchanted brothers, and Hugh, the Briton she married. Sorcha's daughter Liadan is a gifted seer and healer who thinks, in spite of her visions, that she knows what the future has in store for her--caring for her dying mother and then an alliance marriage to Eamonn. A chance meeting on the road carries her off to care for a dying man--one of the mercenaries of the sinister Painted Man, Eamonn's archenemy and a killer for hire. Liadan discovers that she cannot choose whom she loves and that she and the Painted Man are as bound up in destiny as her mother and father were before her.
I fell in love with Daughter of the Forest for many reasons but one of the being the story and the writing. Hannah fell in love with the romance but if I'm being honest, I found it very lacking. Well, let me tell y'all something. Son of Shadows did NOT lack in the romance department. Wowza! I have to lead with this because it was my favorite part of the plot AND it is what set it apart from Daughter of the Forest which was in itself an amazing book. But let's back up.

Son of Shadows is Liadan's story. Sorcha and Red's third child and daughter who follows in her mother's footsteps. She is a healer. The heart of Sevenwaters. She is content with her simple life there. But, of course, life and fate and destiny and prophecies have a different path in store for her. Sevenwaters is under a new threat and that is the band of savage men under a man they call the Painted Man. They are a mystery and kill without thought...or so we are led to believe. Liadan finds herself in the company of these men and, no spoilers, all is not what it it ever? A hate to love but love to hate romance is started against the will of both parties involved. You guys, I loved how this relationship played out. It was snarky and fiery and passionate. Liadan takes no shit and gives no fucks when it comes to her job of healing and doing what she believes is right. This is a tough bitch and the guy that falls for her is even scarier...rawr.

While I'm condensing the fires of passion for plot sake, know this: the love these two have for one another is deep. Soul-deep. Their interactions and chance meetings made my heart race. I couldn't put the book down. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I was chomping at the bit for these two to see each other again. It drove me nuts in the best way possible. They risk their lives for one another and my favorite love stories always seem to involve some sort of self-sacrifice and fighting for the other person when they are unable to fight for themselves. Cryptic? Yes but I can't give away the best parts of the story.

There are other political events going on in this story that help drive the characters but (see below) what really drove this story for me was the romance. The other political action that happens I really enjoyed though. People are not what they seem. Shady stuff happens. And more than a few murderous thoughts went through my mind. And while I won't give away spoilers I just have to say I loved the ending so freaking much and loved how everything turned out and fit into place. Le sigh

While I LOVED the romance of the story and the political action that takes place, the one aspect of the plot I found lacking was more resolution of the original curse and prophecy. Finbar is talked about and the old magic curse is mentioned but we don't get a lot of forward progress on that front. I'm not complaining really, it's just something I noticed that I wished we would have gotten a little more of.
If you love fantasy, romance, and Daughter of the Forest...this one's for you.


  1. I need to read this series! I've heard so many great things. And I like that the romance really worked for you in this one. Soul-deep love is the best kind, and I am floored whenever I feel that in a book. Lovely review, lady!

  2. The prophecy is important in the third book. Son of the Shadows was my favorite of the three though!

  3. I loved Son of the Shadows, as you know, though I still consider Daughter of the Forest my favorite! I love that this was much more fast-paced and that the romance was a little more obvious than it was in the first. So happy I read this one already as well (and now I think we need to book push it on Rachel)!


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