Congratulations to WU contributor Juliet Marillier on the upcoming U.S. release (Sept. 9th) of her latest novel, The Caller! We’re happy she’s with us today to answer a few questions in a WU Take Five interview.
We’re also pleased to tell you that Juliet will be giving away a hard-back copy of The Caller to a randomly chosen commenter for this post, to be shipped later in September to anywhere in the world.
Without further ado, our Take Five with Juliet.
Q: What’s the premise of your new book?
JM: The Caller is the third and final book in the Shadowfell series. The series is for young adults (14+) but is also a good read for adult lovers of folkloric fantasy. The books are set in Alban, an imagined version of ancient Scotland. Tyrannical King Keldec has held the throne for fifteen years, using fear to maintain control. Under his laws, interaction between humankind and the Good Folk, Alban’s uncanny inhabitants, is forbidden, as is the use of ‘canny gifts’, special talents possessed by certain humans. The central character, Neryn, has a canny gift as a Caller, one who can draw out the Good Folk from their places of hiding and win their cooperation. This has the potential to make all the difference in the planned rebellion against Keldec – but the risk to both Neryn herself and to the rebel movement is immense. The main theme of the Shadowfell books is rebellion: What is the true cost of standing up to be counted? Can a person justify carrying out acts of violence and terror in the pursuit of a long-lasting peace?
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