Okay, so if you have not read Juliet Marillier
previously, here is why you should. She combines fantasy with historical fiction, folklore and mythology. Her characters are real people with real emotions, who have to deal with real every day issues like alcoholism and rape. Her magic is not of the fancy, modern, high-tech genre, but instead comes from the land and the Fair folk. I have read 16 JM titleS, and adore the way she slowly unfolds a story, and magically transports me to another country in another age. Oh, and did I mention no insta-love, even in her YA novels, the characters take their time in building relationships. If you prefer books more adult in theme, I highly recommend The Sevenwater series, starting withDaughter of the Forest
. After many books, and many years, this still stays in my top 15 books read. It is definitely my top fantasy book ever!!!
If YA is your thing, I think you would enjoy Shadowfell. Neryn has the ability to see the Good folk. Unfortunately this is a curse in the current political climate of the Kingdom of Alban, as all magical abilities have been banned. The story is about her journey to Shadowfell (the rebels home ground), her relationship with Flint and her quest to pass seven tests. One of the best things about this book was some of the magical creatures JM created - my absolute favorite being the Brollachand and his pookie.
I can't wait for Raven Flight, the 2nd book in this series!!!!