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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Diana on 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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 10-21-14

Juliet Marillier, fast becoming a favorite author

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

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By surreywench on 03-12-18


the whole series is absolutely brilliant! after reading her other series I didn't think anything got top seven waters but this is just as good in its own right

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 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...

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