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Foxmask, the continuation of Juliet Marillier's historical fantasy Wolfskin, chronicles a young man's quest to unlock the dark secrets of his past. Thorvald is a child of two cultures: His mother is Orkney; his father -- whom he never knew -- was a Norse warrior. When Thorvald learns of his father's exile from the Orkney Islands (located off the north coast of Scotland) almost 20 years earlier, he follows his trail northwest in hopes of somehow finding him.
In order to make the treacherous journey, Thorvald enlists the help of Sam, an experienced fisherman with the best boat on the islands. But soon after the two young adventurers set sail, they're almost killed when a savage storm batters their boat. And, to make matters worse, they find a stowaway -- none other than Creidhe, the beautiful daughter of the Orkney chieftain.
When the quickly sinking boat fatefully finds a string of desolate-looking islands, Thorvald comes closer to unlocking the questions of his past -- but that knowledge could mean the brutal murder of a peace-loving people.
Like Wolfskin, the first book in this duology, Foxmask is highly recommended for fans of historical fantasy -- especially stories dealing with the British Isles. In an interview with Explorations, Marillier described both novels as "coming-of-age tales" that are essentially about "human journeys and ordinary people finding their own extraordinary strengths."
Fantasy fans who enjoyed Marillier's bestselling Sevenwaters trilogy (Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, and Child of the Prophecy) should definitely give this two-book saga a try. Paul Goat Allen