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The Dark Mirror (Bridei Chronicles 1) Paperback – Unabridged, 17 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Unabridged edition (17 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330426699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330426695
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An engrossing, beautifully written work of historical fiction and a portrait of a man's fierce struggle to find his own truth."--"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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First volume in THE BRIDEI CHRONICLES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I have just finished reading this book and love it as much as previous books by Juliet Marillier. I have read her Sevenwaters trilogy and Wolfskin and absolutely adore all of her books. Each one really draws you into the plot and makes you fall in love with the characters. I also have Foxmask but haven't read it yet. I just ordered book 2 in this trilogy and can't wait to read it!

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!!!
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By Clare VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
The beginning of Bridei's Chronicles (which I understand has a total of 4 books, 1 yet to be written) and tells the story of Bridei's life from when he was very young and taken as a foster child by the Druid Broichan.

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!
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Format: Hardcover
I have just recently discovered Marillier, she has a great gift as an author. I have been swept along with all her books, and the Dark Mirror is certainly no exception.
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.
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A special boy raised for a purpose, and a fey girl, brought together by a mysterious pair. Raised together with the inevitable romance blossoming just as life takes over and they are torn apart. Can they survive apart, and what of the others who separated them? Can the wee family pull back together when they need each other most?
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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I came to this after the Sevenwater trilogy. I live in Scotland and therefore was especially interested in a series based in my (adopted) homeland. I know a lot of the places she's referring to, and that heightened the interest for me. Compared to the Sevenwaters series books, this book was much slower, and for that, it has lost a star. I had trouble getting into the story, particularly as the main characters start out as children, and there isn't much action then. However, since this series is meant as a more overarching series of three books, I think the slow build can be somewhat forgiven. The Sevenwaters trilogy were more stand-alone books based on different generations of the same family. This is telling tales about the same characters over different periods of their lives and therefore, in some ways, more complex. But the usual Marillier gems are here - the sweet, intense love story, the magic, impish gods, and destiny. It just took a bit longer to get there than in Sevenwaters, but once it did (about a third of the way in), I could not put it down.
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Having really enjoyed the Sevenwaters books I was looking forward to this book. I was really surprised at the dark depths, interwoven with life changing love, set against a period when Christianity was starting to displacing the long standing religions of the time. Very powerful and at times very challenging. Into days world faith, secularism and rapidly changing cultures and society with outsiders and insiders, is rapidly changing everything we know and many people feel lost or displaced. Those themes are masterfully captured as are the impacts on rulers, religious leaders and ordinary folk. I look forward to reading Chronicle 2
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