Heart's Blood

Juliet Marillier, Author . Roc $24.95 (416p) ISBN 978-0-451-46293-0

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.)

Reviewed on: 09/21/2009
Release date: 11/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 405 pages - 978-0-230-01791-7
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Mass Market Paperbound - 403 pages - 978-0-451-46326-5
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