The 2nd in Marillier’s Sevenwaters trilogy, Son of the Shadows picks up with Liadan, daughter to Sorcha from book 1, kidnapped by a band of ruthless mercenaries, where she learns that she stands outside of the Old Ones’ pattern–and thus might have the power to change destiny.
I enjoyed Son of the Shadows much more than Daughter of the Forest. The writing was richer, the characters more interesting, and the story denser. The story is set in medieval Ireland at the time of the British invasion, and uses elements of the story of Scheherezade, as Liadan uses storytelling to save her life.
I’m actually home sick today and my energy is flagging, so I’m signing off now. But when I read Book 3, which will be soon, I’ll make sure to spend some time giving more of my thoughts on Book 2.
I will say this, though–the end had a lot of similarities to the end of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Anyone read both books? I’d love comments.