By Marillier, Juliet
At his coming of age, Thorvald learns a shocking secret and sets out on a perilous voyage in search of the father he has never known. His loyal shadow, Creidhe, daughter of a Wolfskin and a wise woman, was never meant to be part of this desperate journey. But love works in strang...e ways. In the Lost Isles they find a population gripped by terror. The Unspoken sing away the souls of the newborn and the chieftain of the isles answers to nobody, least of all to the Christian hermits who seek to bring a measure of calm to the troubled folk. Creidhe and Thorvald become enmeshed in a battle for survival, a battle in which they find themselves on opposing sides. For the future of the islands depends on a visionary child: the powerful seer, Foxmask. Snatched away in infancy by a young kinsman, the boy is held on an isle protected by ancient forces of nature. To retrieve him and bring peace, the islanders must endure the annual ritual of the hunt on the Isle of Clouds. Before the summer is over, Thorvald and Creidhe learn truths about themselves and about the world that will change them both forever.Read more
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Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, a town with strong Scottish roots. She graduated from Otago University with a BA in languages and an honours degree in music, and has had a varied career which includes music teaching and performing as well as working in government agencies. Juliet now lives in the Swan Valley area near Perth, Western Australia, where she writes almost full time. Her garden features trees and herbs, in keeping with druidic interests, and is a haven for local wildlife. Juliet currently shares her home with two dogs and a cat.
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