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The Caller by Juliet Marillier
Narrator: Henrietta Meire
Series: Shadowfell #3
Published by Tantor Audio on June 23, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 14 hours, 17 minutes
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In the final book in this gripping, romantic fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Robin McKinley, Kristin Cashore, and Shannon Hale, the band of rebels reach their climactic confrontation with the king.
Just one year ago, Neryn had nothing but a canny skill she barely understood and a faint dream that the legendary rebel base of Shadowfell might be real. Now she is the rebels’ secret weapon, and their greatest hope for survival in the fast-approaching ambush of King Keldec at Summerfort.
The fate of Alban itself is in her hands. But confidence is stretching thinner by the day when word of another Caller reaches the rebels: a Caller at Keldec’s side with all of Neryn’s power and none of her benevolence or hard-earned control. As the days before the battle drop quickly away, Neryn must find a way to uncover—and exploit—her opponent’s weaknesses. At stake lies freedom for the people of Alban, a life free from hiding for the Good Folk—and a chance for Flint and Neryn to finally be together.
The Caller concludes the Shadowfell series, a YA fantasy in a world that a small force of humans and fae must join together to defeat the evil ruler. Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite contemporary authors to write fairytale like stories but I must confess I do like her adult fantasy much more than the Young Adult.
Nyren still needs to train with two of the most powerful fae in the land if she is going to be able to control her gift enough to call the Fae to fight with the resistance when the time comes and time is running short. She still has the Guardian of Air and Masters of Shadows to go before she can hope to live through the battle to come. The road of rebellion is fraught with dangers and sacrifices along the way.
I liked that Nyren stays pretty positive and tries to always think about the fae creatures she is going to call. She is a little bit Mary Sue but not in an unlikable way. Nyren cares for the Fae creatures and doesn’t really want to put many in danger if she doesn’t have to. She is clever and patient and eventually finds a way to be in the right place at the right time even if it wasn’t the original plan.
This is the showdown we have been waiting for and I will say The Caller is a satisfying conclusion to the series. Both the King and Queen were easy to hate and I did like the addition of another adversary into the mix. Most of the threads were tied up and we see the path ahead that Alban will start to take. I did get a little bored in a few spaces but the ending was worth it.
Henrietta Meire has the perfect voice for this series. The slight accent she has works very well for some of the otherness of the series. There were a few times I couldn’t tell who was talking but overall a solid performance. I listened to this at my usual 1.5x speed.
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