Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
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.
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.