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Blade of Fortriu (Bridei Chronicles 2)

Blade of Fortriu (Bridei Chronicles 2) [Kindle Edition]

Juliet Marillier
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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"Marillier excels at breathing life into the past."--"Booklist" on "The Dark Mirror"
"A fascinating evocation of life in Pictish England and an emotional roller coaster of a story.--"Interzone "on "The Dark Mirror"
"An engrossing, beautifully written work of historical fiction."--"Booklist" on "Wolfskin"
"A rich tapestry of love and loss, family loyalty and personal sacrifice." --"Publisher Weekly" (starred) on "Child of the Prophecy"
"The author's keen understanding of Celtic paganism and early Irish Christianity adds texture to a rich and vibrant novel."--"Library Journal" on "Daughter of the Forest"

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The kingdom of Fortriu has enjoyed five years of peace since Bridei came to the throne. Now the king is preparing for the long-awaited war that he hopes will see the Gaelic invaders driven from the west forever. The princess Ana, a hostage of Fortriu since childhood, is sent north to make a strategic marriage with a chieftain she has never met – and with it gain an ally on whom Bridei’s victory relies. Her escort is led by a man she despises: the enigmatic Faolan, Bridei’s assassin and spy. The expedition is ill-fated, and when Ana arrives at the chieftain Alpin’s stronghold in the mysterious Briar Wood, she is uneasy. This is a place full of secrets. When Ana discovers a prisoner kept within the bleakest of confinement, she is met with a conspiracy of silence. Faolan, tortured by an impossible love, walks a delicate path between loyalty and betrayal. . .

‘Juliet Marillier is among the most skilled of fantasy writers’ Sara Douglass

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1160 KB
  • Print Length: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; New edition edition (6 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AV5TSM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Juliet Marillier holds advanced degrees in music and languages, and has had a lifelong passion for both Celtic music and Irish folklore. She lives with her family in Perth, Western Australia.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't wait and it was worth it!! 29 Mar 2006
We American readers have to wait a loooong time for Juliet Marillier's books to be published in the US. After reading The Dark Mirror last fall and an excerpt of The Blade of Fortriu on her website, I knew I'd have to get it shipped from Well worth it!
The Blade of Fortriu picks up 6 years after the end of The Dark Mirror. Bridei is king, and he and Tuala have a small son, Derelei. The kingdom has been peaceful, but Bridei has not forgotten his dreams of reclaiming territories taken by the Gaels and reuniting the kingdom under the old faith. To that end he sends Ana, the royal hostage to make a marriage of alliance with a powerful Caitt chieftan, Alpin of Briar Wood. Ana is escorted on the journey by Faolan, Bridei's bodyguard/spy/assassin/reluctant friend, a man thoroughly dispised by Ana. After a disastrous journey, Ana and Faolan reach Briar Wood, a place of secrets, violence and a captive kept in the most bleak of circumstances.
Once again, Juliet Marillier has constructed a completely believable world, peopled by characters the reader cares about. At it's heart, this is Faolan's story and we learn why presents himself as an emotionless assassin and spy. Life changes completely for Faolan at Briar Wood. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a great story with lots of adventure and emotional impact. Now I'll have to order The Well of Shades (last in the trilogy) from Oz, I guess!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing 4 April 2006
I waited for this book for so long and could not wait to get my hands on it. I was not dissapointed, written in her usual style, this book captivated me from page one! I could not put this book down so much so that my thesis is now late as a result of my reading late into the night when I should have been writitng it! I would reccomend this story to anyone who loves a good plot a twist a battle a love story adn to have their breath taken away completely. The characters really come alive and jump out of the page at you.
Anyone who reads this book will not be dissapointed it is a truly magical read and you will cry when it's over and realise that the next in the series is a year away!
I dare you to read it and not like it......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun adventure 24 Mar 2007
In the second installment of the Bridei chronicles we return to Fortriu in 6th century Scotland, and follow the adventures of king Bridei, his wife Tuala and their royal hostage - Ana. The main focus of the story is on Ana, as she is sent to marry Alpin of Briar Wood in order to secure an alliance which would prevent Alpin's ships from intervening in the upcoming campaign against Dalriada (the Gaels). On her journey she is escorted by the enigmatic Faolan, which provides us with a further glimpse into this intriguing character. Ana and Faolan have some bad luck along the way, and consequently become very close, as Ana saves Faolan's life. Indeed, it seems that this is going to be the "love interest" of the book, as Faolan seems to be falling in love with Ana.

But, of course, Marillier books are never about the obvious choice, enter Alpin's brother Durstan. I won't spoil the read, but he is imprisoned for an evil act and is considered dangerous and unbalanced. As Ana becomes acquainted with her future husband (maybe) who turns out to be a true villain, Bridei leaves for a campaign against the Christian forces to the east. Tuala is fighting her own demons as she resists using her scrying gifts to interpret his future while she and Broichan have a bit of a breakthrough in their relationship.

I only gave this book 4 stars as I feel the "cuts" between the two parallel stories, left me disoriented and seemed forced. Also, I wasn't as interested in Bridei's story as I was in Ana's, as it seemed to be more about war strategies than actual happenings. Some reviewers have commented that the love story between Durstan and Ana is somewhat rushed and unconvincing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looooved it!!! 21 April 2006
I've read all Marillie's book and I enjoyed most of her books. But this one is absolutely the best. I just couldn't stop reading (luckly I had a few days of work) It's completely unexpected and wonderfull, even though I hated and loved the chosen end. And now I have to wait ONE year!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding and breathtaking! 23 July 2006
By Narya
There is not much I can add that hasn't already been said. This book is bound to swallow you up in its enthralling writing and keep you on the edge of your seat with each chapter. Be warned - you won't be able to put it down. And when you do - at that very last page - you'll be experiencing a sense of melancholly, for you know it will be a whole year before your heart is set at ease after going through so much with the characters. That is what Marillier's writing does to you...

Blade of Fortriu is magical, and one of my favourit books from this writer. I can hardly wait to see what is in store for our characters, especially for our very enigmatic Faolan.

A must read, for sure!
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