Heart's Blood

Heart's Blood

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National bestselling author Juliet Marillier revisits the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast in this "engaging Gaelic fantasy romance staring two fascinating reluctant souls"(Genre Go Round Reviews). Whistling Tor is a place of secrets, a mysterious, wooded hill housing the crumbling fortress belonging to Anluan--a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the region in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over Anluan's family and his people, and the woods themselves hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom. Then the young scribe Caitrin appears in Anluan's garden, admiring the rare plant known as heart's blood. Retained to sort through entangled family documents, Caitrin brings about unexpected changes in the household, casting a hopeful light against the despairing shadows. But even as Caitrin brings solace to Anluan, and the promise of something more between them, he remains in thrall to the darkness surrounding Whistling Tor. To free Anluan's burdened soul, Caitrin must unravel the web of sorcery woven by his ancestors before it claims his life--and their love...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 107 x 170 x 25mm | 238g
  • Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0451463269
  • 9780451463265
  • 30,565

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Praise for Heart's Blood "With her graceful storytelling and talent as a folklorist, [Marillier] crafts a love story with magical underpinnings."--Library Journal

"Incorporates familiar elements of mystery, fantasy, and Irish history into a strong tale of very human romance...Eminently readable, Caitrin and Anluan's love story is bittersweetly realistic."--Publishers Weekly

"Marillier provides a wonderful tale of love with a wee touch of the paranormal."--Genre Go Round Reviews "With her graceful storytelling and her talent as a folklorist, [Marillier] crafts a love story with magical underpinnings...[an] elegant tale of one woman's fight to save her beloved from himself."--Library Journal

"Heart's Blood is both a romance and a ghost story, and it works on both fronts...sure to please established Mariller fans and to win her some new ones. I'm already hoping there will be a sequel. There are enough fascinating characters in this book to spawn a whole new series."--The Specusphere

"A truly gorgeous, winsome book from beginning to end, and another book on the shortlist for favorite reads this year...a true gem, another beautiful novel from Juliet Marillier. Absolutely recommended, for old and new readers alike."--The Book Smugglers
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About Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, a town with strong Scottish roots. She graduated from the University of Otago with degrees in languages and music, and has had a varied career that includes teaching and performing music as well as working in government agencies. Juliet now lives in a hundred-year-old cottage near the river in Perth, Western Australia, where she writes full-time. She is a member of the druid order OBOD. Juliet is active in the field of animal rescue and shares her home with a small pack of waifs and strays. She is the author of the Blackthorn & Grim novels and the Sevenwaters series. Her historical fantasy novels and short stories are published internationally and have won a number of awards.
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Rating details

14,522 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 39% (5,691)
4 37% (5,435)
3 18% (2,625)
2 4% (602)
1 1% (169)

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I've just taken this description straight from Juliet Marillier's website, hope that's al-right to do. Not a review so much as a description for anyone who was curious! A haunted forest. A cursed castle. A girl running from her past and a man who's more than he seems to be. A tale of love, betrayal and redemption... 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; the woods hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom. And yet the derelict fortress is a safe haven for Caitrin, the troubled young scribe who is fleeing her own demons. Despite Anluan's tempers and the mysterious secrets housed in the dark corridors, this long-feared place provides the refuge she so desperately needs. As time passes, Caitrin learns there is more to the broken young man and his unusual household than she realised. It may be only through her love and determination that the curse can be lifted and Anluan and his people set free...show more
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