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 rule 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 alone and penniless, a fugitive 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 mysterious stranger who saves her from certain death but whose motives remain unclear.
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.
Juliet Marillier (birth name, Juliet Scott) was born on July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her family originally came from Scotland and Ireland. Juliet was educated at Arthur Street Primary and Otago Girls’ High School. She later attended Otago University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree with first class honours, and a Bachelor of Arts in languages. Juliet was a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar in 1971-2, studying music at the University of Toronto.
Juliet has taught music at high school and university level in both New Zealand and Australia. She has performed as a singer in opera and other fields, and has a background in choral conducting. She joined the Australian Commonwealth public service in 1989 and worked in various government jobs for thirteen years.
Juliet’s first novel, Daughter of the Forest, was published in 1999 by Pan Macmillan Australia. It was well received by readers and critics, with US and UK editions and various translations being published in following years. The next two books in the Sevenwaters series, Son of the Shadows and Child of the Prophecy, were published in 2000 and 2001. The author then branched out into Norse history and folklore with Wolfskin and Foxmask. Juliet gave up her day job to become a full time writer in 2003.
AND NOW , the inteview ! XD
1. First of all , I`m really gald you accept this interview ! Tell us something about yourself .
I was born in New Zealand and I now live in Western Australia. I’m a full time writer of historical fantasy. Shadowfell is my fourteenth novel, and it’s the first in an exciting new series. My novels have won quite a few awards, and they’ve been translated into many different languages, but sadly not yet Romanian. When I’m not writing my main interest is animal rescue – I share my house with a small pack of rescued dogs and I often foster animals for a rescue group. Readers can find out more about me and my books at my website: www.julietmarillier.com
2. How did the idea for , Shadowfell ‘ ?
I was writing at around the time of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and I’m sure that helped inspire the theme of young rebels standing up to a repressive regime. Also, my ancestry is Scottish and I wanted to create a setting and characters for this series that were quite Scottish in flavour, as well as very magical. The book is not historical, of course, and Alban is not actually Scotland, just a country that’s quite similar!
3. Which character from Shadowfell has influenced your life ?
I can’t say any particular character from Shadowfell has influenced my life, but the narrator, fifteen year old Neryn, certainly reflects the values I try to live up to: integrity, honour, courage. And Flint’s journey, in particular, shows us how hard it can be to adhere to those values when the world presents us with terrible challenges of conscience.
4. What is your favorite book ?
I have many favourite books and it’s impossible to single out just one. In the fantasy genre, I especially love Little, Big by John Crowley, first published in 1981. This novel won the World Fantasy Award in 1982.
5. Why ?
I love folklore, fairy tales and mythology, and there’s a deep thread of traditional lore running through Little, Big although the setting is an alternative America around the early 20th century. It’s beautifully written and highly original.
6. Adventures of your first novel for young adults , Wildwood Dancing , happens in Transylvania. What impression did they leave these lands ?
I travelled to Transylvania to carry out historical research for Wildwood Dancing . It’s a story about five sisters who are left to look after their home (a crumbling castle) and their father’s merchant trading business when he falls ill. Jena, the narrator, has to show strength in the face of both real world challenges and uncanny, Otherworld problems. The plot is very loosely based on a fairy tale called The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I loved my trip to Romania, which is full of such fascinating history and beautiful wild places. I would have loved to stay longer and perhaps see wolves in the wild.
7. Vampires are very popularized in last time . What do you think about vampire ?
Wildwood Dancing does include a vampire thread – I call them the Night People, and trouble arises when they appear in the forest where previously only benign fey folk have lived. I tried very hard not to lapse into vampire cliché when writing this part of the story. While I was in Transylvania I did notice the thriving vampire tourism. People are enthralled by the idea of getting close to what is dangerous and forbidden; that’s how vampires get to be romantic leads!
8. What do you thing about my blog ? 🙂
Google translator does not do a great job putting your blog into English, but I can see the blog is very well put together with lots of interesting current content, and many followers. Well done!
9. Do you have a message for my blog`s followers ?
Hi all! It’s wonderful to be able to say hello all the way from (very hot) Western Australia, and I thank Florin for the opportunity. I hope 2013 is a year of many exciting new books for you, and for those of you who are writers, musicians or creative artists of any sort, I hope it’s the year of your great artistic breakthrough. I have one copy of Shadowfell and one copy of Wildwood Dancing (both in English) to give away – comment on this interview to be in the running to win one of these.
Thank you for respond at my questions !
Deci , ati auzit oameni buni ! Comentati la aceasta postare cu parerea voastra despre carte sau interviu , iar eu , alaturi de Juliet vom alege doi norocosi castigatori care vor primi cartile : „ Shadowfell „ si „ Wilwood Dancing „, trimise chiar de autoare ! Aveti timp o saptamana , adica pana pe 27.01.2013 .
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