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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Girl who talks to fairies vs. evil king in complex fantasy.

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Juliet Marillier is an accomplished writer of fantasy page-turners with a huge worldwide following, and it shows in the skilled storytelling and world-building in SHADOWFELL. Neryn's introspection and cosmic journeys toward her destiny may not be to the taste of more action-oriented readers. But the story offers interesting, complex characters confronting challenges from the mundane to the horrific and sets the stage for further developments in the trilogy's next installment.

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