By Juliet Marillier
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375869556, 406pp.)
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
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Neryn has finally found the rebel group at Shadowfell, and now her task is to seek out the elusive Guardians, vital to her training as a Caller. These four powerful beings have been increasingly at odds with human kind, and Neryn must prove her worth to them. She desperately needs their help to use her gift without compromising herself or the cause of overthrowing the evil King Keldec.
Neryn must journey with the tough and steadfast Tali, who looks on Neryn's love for the double agent Flint as a needless vulnerability. And perhaps it is. What Flint learns from the king will change the battlefield entirely—but in whose favor, no one knows.
Juliet Marillier achieved international recognition in 1999 with the publication of her award-winning novel "Daughter of the Forest". This is the first book of the "Sevenwaters Trilogy", a historical fantasy set in Ireland and Britain in the ninth century, and is loosely based on the traditional fairy tale, "The Six Swans". The second book in the series, "Son of the Shadows", won the 2000 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.
Juliet Marillier's second series is based on the first Viking voyage from Norway to Orkney, and weaves history and folklore into a saga of adventure, romance and magic. The series is made up of two novels, "Wolfskin" and "Foxmask".
Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD and of the Australian Greens Party, reflecting her commitment to environmental causes.