The Dark Mirror (Bridei Chronicles 1) Paperback – Unabridged, 17 Mar 2006
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The dark mirror is the story of Bridei, the son of a king, who while still a small child is sent away from his family and country to be fostered and taught by a powerful druid in preparation for a very important destiny. One night under a full moon he finds a baby girl (Tuala) on his doorstep, a child of the 'good folk' and he takes her in, grateful to have a companion, and vowing to protect her.
The Dark Mirror tells the tale of Bridei and Tuala as they grow up and endure hardships and suffering before fulfilling their destiny.I don't want to go into further detail of the plot, but just to say that this has all the trademarks of a Juliet Marillier book. Strong characters, beautiful descriptive scenery and a powerful storyline. I could not put this down. Very highly recommended!!!
This is set in Fifth Century Scotland and bridei is being brought up by Broichan to be the King of Fortriu, unknown to Bridei at such a young age, and the desriptions of the Druidic rituals were really good and give you a wonderful picture of how life was back then.
One early morning a young Bridei wakes to find a small child on his doorstep, this is not just any child but, a child of the good folk, the fey child Tuala is taken in by Bridei on that midwinter morning and is not taken well by everyone Bridei is with. |However, it is Bridei's belief that the child was given to him by the Shining One (the Goddess) and decides to care for her.
With Bridei and Tuala becoming the central characters to the story, and both are wonderful and very likeable characters, I especially loved the character of Tuala her story was so fantastic and you could not help but, feel for her at how she wasd treated by Broichan.
To say anymore about this story would ruin it for anyone who wants to read this book, and would I recommend it? Well, Trudi Canavan's Priestess of the White was easily my favourite read of this year but, this has overtaken it.
So well told as with everything Juliet writes, reading some reviews a lot of people will always compare this to the Sevenwaters Trilogy, which remains my favourite series but, this is different to that and based around the time of the Picts, personally for me it was as good as Sevenwaters, Juliet is one of my favourite authors and I just loved this!
I would recommend this book, and for those who enjoys Marillier i would also suggest Jean M. Auels Clan of the Cave Bear, and the following books in the Earths Children series as another saga to enjoy.
I enjoyed this enough, and I really liked the main pair, but it was ruined for me by the attitude of Brideis foster father. He is just plain racist and we are given no good reason for his horrible attitude. I wanted to find something likable in the man, but I just couldn't.
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It is a really good story and I did get to love it. It a little over long with what seemed sometimes like needless dialogue that said It is a great story. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2014 by Avebury