Review: The Caller by Juliet Marillier

April 28, 2015 Review 20 ★★★★½

Review: The Caller by Juliet Marillier
The Caller by Juliet Marillier
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Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Source: Purchased
Pages: 414
Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Series: Shadowfell #3
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Neryn has made a long journey to perfect her skills as a Caller. She has learned the wisdom of water and of earth; she has journeyed to the remote isles of the west and the forbidding mountains of the north. Now, Neryn must travel in Alban's freezing winter to seek the mysterious White Lady, Guardian of Air. For only when Neryn has been trained by all four Guardians will she be ready to play her role in toppling the tyrannical King Keldec.

But the White Lady is not what she seems. Trapped with Whisper, her fey protector, Neryn is unable to send word to her beloved Flint, who is in danger of being exposed as a double agent. When a new threat looms and the rebellion is in jeopardy, Neryn must enter Keldec's court, where one false move could see her culled. She must stand up against forces more powerful than any she has confronted before, and face losses that could break her heart.

The Caller is the thrilling conclusion to the Shadowfell trilogy.
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This review is only going to be a short one because for once my brain isn’t screaming fangirlish things it wants to talk about. THE CALLER is also the final book in a trilogy so a short, non spoilery review that will inevitably discuss the series generally seems apt. (This review is also super boring because for some reason my brain has decided to have no motivation or energy so I apologise)

These books contain some of my favourite aspects of fantasy. An evil king, magical creatures (ie fey), and an individual who must go on an epic quest to bring peace back to the land. It’s filled to the brim with some of the most well crafted characters I have ever encountered, and they writing is just gorgeous. My opinion may be slightly biased because Juliet Marillier is easily one of my all time favourite writers.

THE CALLER starts not long after where RAVEN FLIGHT left of and continues at much the same pace. Yes, these books a slow. Neryn has to travel, train, learn all aspects of her craft. These books are not action packed fantasies with battle after battle. Even in the action scenes Neryn doesn’t have much of a fighting role, her power is not in her fighting ability or her strength. Her power involved uniting different types of folk against a common enemy. This series is much more about the world and the characters and their growth.

If you like more character driven fantasy novels then you’re in for a treat. The characters in this series are fabulous. Every single one is well developed and grows significantly over the series. This included the secondary characters. In THE CALLER we even got to know the villain himself better and come to question his actions and whether he was truly evil. None of their motives or actions are one dimensional and this story can make you feel for all of them.

Juliet Marillier’s writing was just as gorgeous as usual. She knows how to craft a good fantasy. The romance, while clearly present, never got in the way of the plot. The sentences flowed beautifully and made time pass faster than I realised. There’s plenty of struggles the characters must overcome to achieve the dream they share, and even if the ending is predictable I wouldn’t want it to end any other way. Everything is wrapped up wonderfully and the only questions I have are what happens to my beautiful characters now they are happy?!

THE CALLER was a lovely conclusion to a fantasy series I love. Everything I wanted happened, and my heart wasn’t too broken by the end of it. While this did not contain any twists as the last two books may have, it certainly wrapped things up well. I recommend this series to people who like character driven fantasies that, while not the most action packed books, are a pleasure to read.

This review is inadequate and really has not done the book(s) justice. At least it’s not just me fangirling all over the place like that reviews of the last two books because I really do LOVE these books. Juliet Marillier (and this series) really needs more love.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.7

20 Responses to “Review: The Caller by Juliet Marillier”

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    The fact that I have yet to read anything by Marillier is one of my biggest shames as a reader. I think ALL of her books are on my tbr shelf but for whatever reason, I haven’t ended up with a copy yet. The way you described what you like best in fantasy reads and everything else I’ve heard about the author is pretty much a guarantee I’ll love it too – she seems to bring in all the elements I look for as well :D I may not know much about Marillier but to me you did her justice with your review^^ ♥
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…ARC Review: A Court of Thorns And Roses

    • Bec

      She has such amazing writing and her fantasy stories are just beautiful. I hope you get to read her stuff one day!

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      All her stories are put together so well! I haven’t given any less than 3 stars if I remember correctly.

    • Bec

      Yes! They’re such marvellous fantasy novels. She’s one of the authors I started out reading way back in year 8 or something. Some of her books are big, but she has the YA ones like these which are much easier to handle if you’re not ready for a big commitment haha.

      Thanks :)

  2. Faye M.

    Awesome review, Bec! I actually tried the first book of this one and lamented the slow pace of the story so I had to call it quits. But man, your review makes me want to reconsider and give it a second try… character-driven fantasies are something you don’t quite see often, and I’d love to have a taste of the enthusiasm you have for this series. Ok, giving it another try, then!
    Faye M. recently posted…Release Day Review: Black Iris by Leah Raeder

    • Bec


      They’re not the fastest books in the world I admit, but if you have the patience and don’t mind the slower pace the story is amazing.

      I hope you like it a little more the second time round :)

  3. Floryie

    This author has been on my TBR shelf for a while. I think I might just get around to her books in the near future. What made me smile was your short review comment :) I just wandered in following the Bloggers Commenting Back feature and I found a cool blog to read to boot. Looking forward to reading more.

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  4. Kezia

    IT’S SO GOOD TO BE HERE AGAIN <333 Seriously, I need to get to the internet more often to repay all the time lost to studying hahaha.

    It's funny because I don't think I have ever heard of this series before? Man, I probably need to broaden my knowledge of books. I've been so out of the loop since last year! It's lovely to hear about the significant character development and three dimensional portrayals but I haven't been in the mood for character-driven novels lately :( I do love fantasy though, so I'll keep in mind to give this series a try if I have gotten back my reading mojo!
    Kezia recently posted…Age of Ultron: Another epic battle!

    • Bec

      Long time no see, Kezia!

      It’s by an Australian author and I don’t know how well it’s been marketed overseas so I’m not too surprised. It’s quite underrated.

      This series could be something to keep in mind if you ever feel like a change of pace :)

    • Bec


      Her writing is gorgeous but it is slow. One day you have to try them though because they’re magical!

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