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Heart's Blood
     

Heart's Blood

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by Marillier, Juliet Marillier
 

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ISBN-13:
9780330451123
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
11/28/2010

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Heart's Blood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In medieval Ireland, eighteen-year-old Caitrin is an anomaly. Before he died, her scribe father not only taught her how to read and write, but allowed her to actively participate in his trade and supported her in the face of those who scorned the idea of a female intellectual. However, with his death, Caitrin is left at the mercy of her cruel and abusive aunt and cousin, whose treatment forces her to flee from her home with nothing but her scribing tools and the clothes on her back. She manages to find employment with Anluan, the mysterious and solitary clan chieftan of Whistling Tor. She stays with him and his household, reading, translating, recopying, and categorizing the contents of his library, for which he promises to pay her both in silver and in the elusive plant heart's blood, used to produce a rare and priceless ink. However, things at Whistling Tor are not quite what they seem, and Caitrin's work brings her into contact with a fantastic history of the place that its ruler would prefer be kept silent. I have read Marillier's work before, but unlike others who compare HEART'S BLOOD unfavorably to her SEVENWATERS books, I found myself much more caught up in Caitrin's story. Part of that has to do with her character; like most of Marillier's heroines, she's intelligent, plucky, and though she's dealing with her own personal demons, she has an infectiously dazzling strength of spirit. And although the story is told from Caitrin's first-person point of view, Marillier manages to portray with equal depths the complexity of Anluan's hidden past. Although the plot does perhaps lag in the middle in the sense that there is little outward action taking place, I felt like every single scene was significant for character development even if it didn't immediately advance the plot. By the end of the first chapter, I felt like this book had been written specifically for me. As a huge fan of the story of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, I saw HEART'S BLOOD as both an obvious and clever retelling that played fast and loose with some of the plot points of the original tale in order to convey the right feeling and allow the characters to gain more complexity of motivation. It's certainly nothing like the Disney version (well, except that there is a magic mirror), but I liked it better for that. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a compelling historical fantasy with strong characterization and beautiful writing.
holly9 More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book that Juliet Marillier has written and this book is no exception. The heroine was one who could relate to readers and the hero was not the typical knight in shining armor as found in many of the novels today. All characters experienced real feelings and dilemmas that were excellently portrayed through the use of fantasy. The unexpected plot twists kept the pages turning. As a lover of Gothic romances and stories, this novel reminded me of such favorites as Jane Eyre. After receiving this as a Christmas present, I have read it three times already. I only hope that a sequel will be forthcoming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a stand-alone wonder. It's thoughtful and sweet with a healthy dose of romance and mystery. I really think it's destined to be one of my all-time favorites that I'll come back to over the years.
JoeysMom More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book to read. Juliet Marillier wrote it fantastically. I borrowed it from my local library, at first read it seemed boring, unexcited, and as if it was never going to get good so then i brought it back and after a little while decided to borrow it again and try once more to read it b/c I was very curious to find out what happens to the two main characters in the story. I read it up to page on 100 before i returned it and when i got the second time i pushed my self to just keep reading on even though it seemed boring and as if nothing was going to happen. Then as you get passed the first 100 pages and get over it being boring it gets exciting and feels like the book is alive and i found myself not being able to put it down and then thought that the begging was boring and un lively because you had to get to know the characters and the story and all that usual boring stuff before it becomes alive and makes you feel like you are in it and that a book would not be complete without all the boring stuff. overall the book was amazing, i highly recommend it and i defiantly would reread it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite books and every minute I spend reading is another moment spent wonderfully. Descriptive and intense and beautifully written, I am so happy I discovered this amazing author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic read.
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Shellfish More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The story is filled with fantasy and mystery plus the characters are engaging.
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