This is a stunning gothic love story based on the legends of Beauty and the Beast. Whistling Tor is a place of secrets, a mysterious, wooded hill housing the crumbling fortress of a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the district in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over Anluan's family and his people; those woods hold a ...
This is a stunning gothic love story based on the legends of Beauty and the Beast. Whistling Tor is a place of secrets, a mysterious, wooded hill housing the crumbling fortress of a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the district in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over Anluan's family and his people; those woods hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom. For young scribe Caitrin it is a safe haven. This place where nobody else is prepared to go seems exactly what she needs, for Caitrin is fleeing her own demons. As Caitrin comes to know Anluan and his home in more depth she realizes that it is only through her love and determination that the curse can be broken and Anluan and his people set free.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book and Marillier did not disappoint. Although this story cannot compare with the beloved Sevenwaters Trilogy, I found it brilliant in a different way. Heart?s Blood was gothic and eerie but not overwhelmingly so. It had somewhat of a Jane Eyre feel to it. I can truly say that it is the first ghost story I have ever liked. Marillier?s work is always thorough, and when I am finished reading, I feel satisfied. Each time I read one of her books, I fall in love with every character with their flaws and their secrets. She weaves together every element that is needed to bring the story to life and create a wonderful tale. The more I think about it the story and its characters, the more I like it. I couldn?t decide if I wanted to give Heart?s Blood 4 or 5 stars, but I decided to give it 5. Marillier never disappoints me. Her writings never fail to bring me adventure, excitement, love, passion? could a reader ask for any more? Thanks Juliet!
Publishers Weekly, 2009-09-21 Wearing her influences openly and simply, Marillier (Heir to Sevenwaters) incorporates familiar elements of mystery, fantasy and Irish history into a strong tale of very human romance. Trained by her father as a scribe, 18-year-old Caitrin yearns to practice her craft, but she must first escape a forced marriage to a brutal man. Her flight takes her to Whistling Tor, where the crippled, cursed chieftain Anluan rules over a wasteland of horrors. Against the odds, Caitrin makes a place for herself in a household of ghosts and in Anluan's heart, but when the Norman conquerors arrive, violence once again threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Not innovative but eminently readable, Caitrin and Anluan's love story is bittersweetly realistic, best suited to romance readers who like a bit of fantasy rather than fantasy readers who like a bit of romance. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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