Heart's Blood Hardcover – Unabridged, 2 Oct 2009
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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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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.
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.
Caitrin - protagnist receives 1.5*
Anluan, Magnus etc receive 5*
1. Caitrin was an overly dramatic, PITY-ME, weepy, TSTL, Woe-is-Me, annoyign character. Her rpose and internal monologues were homicide-inducing and an utter waste of time.
2. the baddie was so obvious that sometimes I felt like was screaming at my kindle (however, the fear of getting myself sectioned avoided such displays of frustration).
3. the author adds needless, tedious observations, stories, memories and side-plots to thicken the principal story and it was tedious, e.g. Caitrin's former life and the people at Little Cross were of little interest to me and i skipped those pages.
4. Caitrin's transformation to a "strong" woman who confronts her bullies was tedious
Otherwise a very dark, magical Gothic Romance that is massively engrossing and enjoyable.
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.Read more ›
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This is a standalone book, rather than one in a series and is another great story from Juliet. Give it a go. Read morePublished 5 months ago by uk kindle user
This book was amazing. A retelling of the beauty and the beast tale. Very good!Published 6 months ago by DAK
Unfortunately this book was a bit too scary for me, but then I really don't like horror of any sort. I have a very vivid imagination. Read morePublished 23 months ago by sparky
It's so easy to become lost in the wonderful world of Juliet Marillier, a magical dark tale of love a courage I highly recommend.Published on 29 April 2014 by Amazon Customer