Heart's Blood

Heart's Blood

Book - 2009
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Anluan has been crippled since childhood, part of a curse that has besieged his family and his home of Whistling Tor. But when the young scribe Caitrin is retained to sort through family documents, she brings about unexpected changes in the household, casting a hopeful light against the despairing shadows.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Roc/New American Library, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780451462930
0451462939
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 24 cm

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skyekilaen
Sep 25, 2018

Set in 12th century Ireland during the Norman invasion, this is a mashup of Beauty and the Beast with demon-summoning. Caitrin, a trained scribe, flees domestic violence and the threat of forced marriage to end up at Whistling Tor, a castle reputed to be haunted. Its master, chieftain Anluan, had what I think would be described as a stroke at 13, which caused permanent injury to one side of his body. When Caitrin finds out why he can't leave the castle, she offers to help, but both of them are carrying some fairly heavy baggage which gets in the way of both that effort and their growing mutual attraction.

There's a LOT going on in this book, and I sometimes felt like we could have tightened up the lot - especially because I guessed who the villain was fairly early - but overall I loved the atmosphere, the growing relationship between Caitrin and Anluan, and Caitrin's healing process. The magic was interesting, the secondary characters were fantastic, and I'm definitely interested to read more of Marillier's work now.

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mackie93
Jul 19, 2017

The best retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I've ever read!

Beatricksy Sep 12, 2016

A solid read. Spooky, what with tortured ghosts and misty forests, but it never really loses its grounding in reality despite its fantasy plot. Also, Mangus is amazing and if I were Caitrin, I would have gone for him. Just saying. He can do it all, and bake a pie while doing it. Can the prince bake a pie? I doubt it. Glad to recommend it for fairy tale fans, especially with its impressive female lead. It might linger with me for a good long while, honestly.

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julia_sedai
Jul 22, 2016

I love Juliet Marillier's books and this one didn't disappoint. It's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which is one of my all-time favourite fairy tales. This one takes place in Ireland in the middle ages or so. Besides being a great fantasy story and sweet romance, there is a lot of character growth. As usual, Marillier adds a lot of likable characters. Even though they are all flawed, the main character, Caitrin, does not hesitate to see the good in everyone. I recommend it for anyone who likes fantasy with a bit of romance.

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foxylady31
May 22, 2013

Facinating. Fast moving, with surprising twists. surprising ending. brings out love, trust, courage, loyalty and family values. Great telling of a fantasy myth. .

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ihmi
May 15, 2011

I loved this book. Totally recommend it to everyone. Kinda a retelling of Beauty and the beast

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20KBT10
Nov 19, 2010

Mysterious. Historical, with a mix of fantasy/ghost story. Touches on honour and morality. Really enjoyed it!

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andreareads
Oct 24, 2010

Mysterious and spooky. I particularly liked that the supernatural elements in the story were not stereotypical ghosts.

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Star_Struck
Apr 16, 2010

This is the first book by Marillier that I've read, and I quite enjoyed it. It isn't the type of book that I normally read (at all), but the characters and setting were fascinating and engaging. The main character was brave, intelligent, and open minded. The supporting characters were likable and interesting. (The love interest wasn't really likable, but I found myself rooting for him anyways.) The story was amazing, the plotline dark, complex and compelling. I look forward to reading more of her books.

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julia_sedai
Jul 22, 2016

Sexual Content: Nothing too steamy but it's there.

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20KBT10
Nov 19, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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julia_sedai
Jul 22, 2016

julia_sedai thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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20KBT10
Nov 19, 2010

p 138

I do not view suicide as wicked, just terribly sad. There is only one death, but it is like a stone cast into a pond—the ripples stretch far. Such an act must leave a burden of sorrow, guilt, shame and confusion on an entire family. A decision to end one's life must be still more devastating for those left behind. I cannot imagine the degree of hopelessness someone must feel to contemplate such an act. Even in the darkest time, even when God was utterly silent, I never...there was always something in my life, something I can't even define for you, that stopped me from taking that step. The thought of such utter despair chills me.

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