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Juliet Marillier continues the epic fantasy begun with The Dark Mirror, which Interzone called: "A fascinating evocation of life in Pictish England and an emotional roller coaster of a story." King Bridei is a man with a mission. His wish to unite his kingdom seems almost within his grasp but there are forces working to undo his dream. He sends Faolan, his most trusted advisor (who is also a master assassin and spymaster) out into the world to ferret out the truth of who is friend and who is foe. Along the way Faolan will uncover many truths. Some may hold the key to Bridei's future. But more important, they may unlock the secrets that Faolan has held deep within his soul for decades. And offer him the chance of redemption.

©2006 Juliet Marillier (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 10-28-14

Book 3 of Trilogy the best of all

The third book of this trilogy is an enjoyable, fantastic experience. It's a book that envelopes the listener into the story. The second book was good too. But I fear that some people won't get to either book 2 and 3 due to book 1, which was just okay.

Because there is a lot of "review" of previous back story written into books 2 and 3, a reader that isn't obsessed with reading the complete trilogy might do better just to skip book 1.

Strangely, with other author's trilogies, usually the first book is really good and the others will not be as interesting, but with this series, the writing got tighter, the plot more intricate, and the characters and story line deeper and more complex. It's a great story.

A bit of an "ick" factor for me about 2/3rds of the way into the storyline with the choice of the character Ella, and I started to wonder if this series was being written by a man . . .

I still wish there was a little bit more fine tuning in the description of the environment, physical character appearances or changes, and use of sensory descriptions to make the listener (reader) feel the story, but books 2 and 3 did improve on that in comparison to book 1.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Juliet Marillier, fast becoming a favorite author

really enjoyed this trilogy! very well written story, and Michael Page did a wonderful job narrating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Best of the series.

I enjoyed all three of the books but think that this was definitely the best one.
As in the case of the seven waters series I am very sad to see this one come to an end.
Wish there were more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A new all time favorite!

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This trilogy has turned out to be one of my all time favorite tales ever told. Each book was better than the last and the ending could not have been more perfect. I fell in love with the characters, felt as if I really knew them, and was brought to tears by their joys and sorrows. What a beautiful journey these books take you on! I will be listening to them again and again over the years. <br/><br/>The narrator did an ok job with this book but his male voices for the younger men made them sound 50 or 60 years old.

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a very good story well read and performed

a good story of the rewards and trials of keeping faith, of love. This the third and final book of the series, end wells. Overall a very good and entertaining read. would recommend the whole trilogy.

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Best of the series

I was enthralled throughout. My heart broke and was mended and was melted through the different relationships in The Well of Shades. This book is by far the best of the Bridei Chronicles and I wish there was more to look forward to. Highly recommended!

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A wonderful end to the series

She does it again! Another great series done and I LOVES all the the research and explanation.

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Great story

What did you love best about The Well of Shades?

Just a good story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Well of Shades?

When he rescues her from the Dark Mirror pond.

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

Good narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, I read it all very quickly, really enjoyed the entire series of the story.

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  • Christina
  • 09-09-14

Brilliant end to this set of books

Would you listen to The Well of Shades again? Why?

Yes because it has been a great set of books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Twaller (may be spelt wrong) She is a strong character who is a key person in these books.

What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The voices, peoples characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes but life goes on...