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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447256077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447256076
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 987,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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About the Author

Juliet Marillier holds advanced degrees in music and languages, and has had a lifelong passion for both Celtic music and Irish folklore. She resides with her family in Perth, Western Australia.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Lockett on 7 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a long-time fan of Juliet Marillier I found it difficult to begin this review without letting my inner fan girl get the better of me. I stumbled on The Daughter of the Forest when I was fourteen and fell in instant love with the author's work. Marillier has a knack of creating complex, sympathetic characters and compelling narratives whilst still retaining a degree of realism.
For anyone (like me) who was slightly disappointed with the author's previous work Heir to Sevenwaters, Heart's Blood will more than compensate. An unsettling atmosphere is successfully established and amidst the drama and romance there are some genuinely creepy moments. Eighteen year old craftswoman Caitrin, being both heroic and vulnerable, makes a worthy addition to Marillier's growing list of strong female protagonists and the romance she ultimately shares is subtly and beautifully expressed.
Heart's Blood is not faultless; certain plot twists can be anticipated in advance and there is the odd flowery turn of phrase. But these small cavils aside, Heart's Blood is a multilayered, hugely readable story of hope, acceptance and bravery. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookfriend on 12 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Heart's Blood is a on-the-surface somewhat creepy story of a young girl finding protection among a household of the embodied - and the disembodied! - and through her own courage, hope, and love helping them to break a generations-long family curse. In the course of this, she also regains her own true nature - lost on the death of her beloved father.

J.M.'s novels always carry a deeper thread than the surface story, so don't discount this as a "fairy tale" - there are a lot of important life messages here, which we can all learn from.

Her "undead" characters are as interesting as her "alive" ones - it isn't actually necessary to be in a body to be a fully rounded person -and in the end, all her characters face their individual fears and work together to find their peace.

An interesting story, cleverly written - give it a try.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dee on 10 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a beautiful book! Even though its based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, it had its own charm and originality, a separate story in a way as well. I loved everything, from the main character Caitrin, to the little doll and girl ghost! I found the magic mirrors and their attributes used quite cleverly throughout, they added such an interesting way in viewing various circumstances. I was worried at first that Anluan, the chieftain , was going to resemble some sort of animal! Thankfully Marillier has given him human form and though he has afew disabilities, i am happy to say that we have another irish hottie in this tale! I simply could not put this book down. I am a fussy reader, and i have to say that anything Juliet writes is stunning, my favourite author. Juliet, i cannot wait until your next book. Thank you for this lovely story!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By liandra on 28 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I was really looking forward to this book, being a HUGE fan of Juliet Marillier (especially her Sevenwaters trilogy). But the plotline is sadly lacking, it is too simple and predictable- we can tell what is going to happen miles off Juliet! Pretty Caitrin arrives alone at a mysterious castle owned by the reclusive, tetchy (but vulnerable and handsome) Anluan. Slowly she earns the regard and trust of the castle's inhabitants and the spectral 'host' that haunts its grounds. Oh and what a surprise- falling for Anluan! The characters are flat; Caitrin is annoyingly perfect, Anluan predictably troubled but lovable. The sub-plot of Nechtan and his creation of the 'host' is good, dark and compelling, adding a bit of substance to what is otherwise a lot of sentimental and descriptive padding.

One of the things I love about Juliet Marillier's previous books is her vivid portrayal of the beliefs, food, customs, clothing, politics etc. of a particular time and place. There is little of this in Heart's Blood- it could be set anywhere really and I wasn't drawn into its world.

This is not a bad book, it's an easy read and if you enjoy simple historical romances you might like it. Based on her other books though, I was expecting more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Burton VINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Caitrin arrives at Whistling Tor having fled her entire life. After her father's death, she was abused by her distant cousins to the point where she runs away with only her writing box, for she is a scribe by trade. Whistling Tor is not the average Irish town. The lord is reclusive, bound to the hilltop, and the villagers are frightened to go away and fear he does not care for them. Throwing caution to the wind, Caitrin travels up the hill when she hears that the lord is in need of a capable scribe that can read Latin and Irish.

I adore Juliet Marillier's work. I won this book in a giveaway before its release and I can't express how excited I was to read it. I have huge expectations for this author and the best part is that she hasn't let me down yet. Her fantasy world, with strong characters and often a large romantic sideplot, simply appeal to me in every way. Heart's Blood was no exception and I loved it. This book is all about moving beyond the past and forging a new future.

Caitrin is interesting because she is a very damaged heroine. She's been abused and lied to by people who claim they are her family. Her sister married and left her, not realizing what would happen. She flinches every time a man gestures in her presence. At the same time, she has a core of steel that hasn't been beaten down, and a very large part of this book is her recovering her strength, her ambition, and her determination to live her life. I loved Caitrin's character development. I felt like her struggle was very realistic; even when she knows, realistically, a man isn't going to strike her, she's been beaten into submission and it takes a long time for her to stop reacting in fear. Her struggles and her move towards becoming a courageous new woman makes her a character to cheer for.
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