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Waiting on Wednesday: Shadowfell

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Shadowfell
Author: Juliet Marillier
Series: Shadowfell (#1)
Release Date: 11 September 2012

Its name is spoken only in whispers, if the people of Alban dare to speak it at all: Shadowfell. The training ground for rebels seeking to free their land from the grip of the tyrannical king is so shrouded in mystery that most believe it to be a myth.

But for Neryn, Shadowfell's existence is her only hope. She is penniless, orphaned, and utterly alone - and concealing a treacherous magical power that will warrant her immediate enslavement should it be revealed. She finds hope of allies in the Good Folk, fey beings whom she must pretend she cannot see and who taunt her with chatter of prophecies and tests, and in a striking, mysterious stranger, who saves her from certain death but whose motives remain unclear. She knows she should not trust anyone with her plans, but something within her longs to confide in him.

Will Neryn be forced to make the dangerous journey alone? She must reach Shadowfell, not only to avenge her family and salvage her own life, but to rescue Alban itself.

The cover of the book does absolutely nothing for me, and considering how much of a coverwhore I am, normally I'd pass this one right by. But it's a high fantasy with a summary that sounds ridiculously intriguing. Perhaps I can just design another cover and print it out and cover my book with it, hmm?

What do you high fantasy fans think of this 'un?

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