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Heart's Blood ❰PDF❯ ✩ Heart's Blood Author Juliet Marillier – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 l 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 doomFor 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 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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  1. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    It is a well known fact that I adore Beauty and the Beast retellings, so it s about damn time I reviewed this It is not only the best retelling I have ever read, it is among my top five favorite books of all time I can t even tell you how beautiful, fantastic, magical this story is It truly has everything It is a long story don t be afraid of the length It will fly by as you re immersed in it, and I, for one, wish it were longer Also, the Beast is a long red haired Irish dude with half It is a well known fact that I adore Beauty and the Beast retellings, so it s about damn time I reviewed this It is not only the best retelling I have ever read, it is among my top five favorite books of all time I can t even tell you how beautiful, fantastic, magical this story is It truly has everything It is a long story don t be afraid of the length It will fly by as you re immersed in it, and I, for one, wish it were longer Also, the Beast is a long red haired Irish dude with half his face kinda paralyzed and so in my mind I m imagining the other half to look like this.HHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGI don t have to summarize Beauty and the Beast to you This book is about a lovely girl, named Caitrin An orphan I know, an orphan It sounds clich i assure you it is not It is about pain, suffering mental and physical abuse A girl whose beauty is used to shame and abuse her into submission Ita spoke in my head, her voice a derisory whisper See the way men look at you You re made to be a whore, Caitrin Be thankful Cillian wants to wed you.Without him you d be headed down a path to ruin. There is no explicit violence in this book, but rest assured that its ghost is very much alive in our protagonist s mind and defines who she isThe bruises on my skin blue, black, yellow, an angry patchwork would fade There were other hurts, deeper ones, that would be harder to lose You did it, Caitrin, I reminded myself You got up and walked out. Her escape is where our book begins We are in a time long ago and far away, when the Norman conquests were taking place in Ireland Caitrin is a girl on the run, terrified of being found Penniless, with only the clothes on her back and the tool she carries with her she has been well trained by her father as a scribe It is how she hopes to earn a living and escape her would be captors.She wanders into a strange place called Whistling Tors A place whose nearby villagers regard with fear and superstition A place with a fearful and cursed chieftain, whose neglect of his duties and cursed appearance makes him a reviled personage to his people Caitrin hears that he might need a scribe It may be the last place in the world she wants to be, but it may also be safe refuge, and really, she has no choice.The rumors about Whistling Tors are not false If anything, they were grossly underexaggerated The woods is filled with ghostly spectres who haunt your every stepOh God, oh God someone screamed, as behind the rider a swirling mass flowed out from under the trees around the courtyard, not mist, not smoke, but something full of gaping mouths and clutching hands, something with a hundred shrieking, moaning voices and a hundred creeping, pattering feet. The Beast is a young chieftain named Anluan, who is tortured by his fate, something through no fault of his The romance is such a slow burn, and it is a joy to watch friendship and love blossom between them Romance is there, but I assure you it is subtle and believableI hardly know what to say Anluan spoke with some awkwardness, as if he thought his words might offend me Your kinsman was right when he called me a cripple I cannot ride, I cannot run, I cannot lead an army into battle Not an army made up of earthly warriors of Magnus s kind, anyway But this force I can command On Whistling Tor, the host is obedient to my will While you stay here, I can keep you safe I hope you will stay, Caitrin, now that you know the truth We want you here We need youLove and lust are written beautifully.There is a great mystery to be solved, a mystery that holds the key to freedom for Anluan and his living retainers, as well as the spectral ones, who are not merely malevolent spiritsWhen Anluan had brought them rushing to my aid they had screamed, wailed, assaulted the ears Now they were utterly silent Not creatures of ancient legend not devils or demons All the same, my skin prickled as I looked at them here a woman carrying an injured child, there an old man with a heavy bag over his shoulder, his back bent, his limbs shaking under an oak, a younger man whose fingers clutched feverishly onto an amulet strung around his neck There were warriors and priests here, little girls and old women TheI gazed at them, turning to look on all sides, theof them appeared, until the forest was full of them Ghosts SpiritsThere are no magical wardrobes and candlesticks here There is, however, a giant ghostly hound, a spectral monk, creatures from beyond time, anddark magic than you can shake a stick at This book has everything, and I truly come to love every single character in the book, living or dead.The elements of Beauty and the Beast are there the rose, in this case a rare flower called Heart s Blood, and the magic mirror, in this instance muchsinister than the original They are interwoven into the tale so well that it hardly feels like a retelling at all there is nothing forced about it The characterization and development is amazing, and the real world conflicts are interspersed with the magical, making this such a spectacular read It is a story of hope This is quite likely the best retelling of all time and I beg you to read it.Readreviews at The Alliterates


  2. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    Marquis de Sade is a rather famous figure Mostly for a lot of kinky sex acts because all of his sex fantasies included violence, criminality and blasphemy That and he really liked buttsecks Okay, so history remembers Marquis de Sade for the crazy, deviant man that he was But I think we re all forgetting the real point to the story of Marquis de Sade and that is love Love that conquors all Love that supports and love that understands and accepts After all, the Marquis de Sade had a very Marquis de Sade is a rather famous figure Mostly for a lot of kinky sex acts because all of his sex fantasies included violence, criminality and blasphemy That and he really liked buttsecks Okay, so history remembers Marquis de Sade for the crazy, deviant man that he was But I think we re all forgetting the real point to the story of Marquis de Sade and that is love Love that conquors all Love that supports and love that understands and accepts After all, the Marquis de Sade had a very lovely religious wife, Renee Pelagie de Montreuil who was always there to organize his orgies, hustle is prostitutes, bitch slap the hired help who tried to complain of the sexual and physical abuse being wrought out against them and also to break him out of jail.All of this while completely understanding that it was IMPORTANT for him to bone her sister on the side.That, my friends, is love I ve heard people complain that there isn t a strong romance in this book and I actually can t understand why I found the romance in this book to be powerful, beautiful and touching I truly felt that Anluan and Caitrin were perfect for each other Just like Marquis de Sade and Renee Pelagie de Montreuil were perfect for each other no, I m just jokin y all Caitrin and Anluan made a beautiful couple The creepy atmosphere of this story was so well executed, the castle and its occupants so seemingly alive that I felt true remorse when the story came to an end.Though the mystery was painfully obvious right from the get go, I never actually felt the sense that Caitrin was particularly slow on the uptake just that she was a trusting, good person with a lot on her mind and a lot of distractions.As a retake on the Beauty and the Beast tale, this one was both beautifully done and very, very PC.Caitrin is not kidnapped and is not a victim, nor is Anluan an actual beast though his short temper and deformity are quite realistic.This is the second book by Juliet Marillier that I have ever read and she s been consistently thoughtful and conscience about her prose, her message and her characterization I honestly look forward to readingbooks by her.I also honestly look forward to surpassing her in the Most Followed category for Australia Suck it, Marillier I ll get you one day


  3. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    I think Juliet Marillier s most successful books are the ones that follow traditional fairy tales the closest.


  4. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:

    Actual rating 3.5 starsTrust me, I wanted to love this book so, so much But if


  5. Bradley Bradley says:

    This is definitely my favorite of Juliet Marillier s books, but to be fair, it s only my second That being said, it wasn t a love at first sight, much like the main character in this Beauty and the Beast retelling It grew on me, much as the Beast grew on Belle.The later half was quite exciting and full of magic and trying to break the curse and there was plenty of ghosts and ghouls and armies and all the awesome Norman invasion historical stuff to keep me involved in the medieval world this dr This is definitely my favorite of Juliet Marillier s books, but to be fair, it s only my second That being said, it wasn t a love at first sight, much like the main character in this Beauty and the Beast retelling It grew on me, much as the Beast grew on Belle.The later half was quite exciting and full of magic and trying to break the curse and there was plenty of ghosts and ghouls and armies and all the awesome Norman invasion historical stuff to keep me involved in the medieval world this draws from All the characters became something special for me, too, thanks to the weight of their interactions and involvement with each other.Unfortunately, it took a while for me to get there I was kinda bored by the pacing of at least the first half and while it was really focused on the realism angle and strove hard to stick to reality in the retelling, I was only very mildly interested It was halfway between a historical and a slice of life with mild hidden past It took a while to build up to something cool.Even so, it ended nicely and it was still charming


  6. ♛Tash ♛Tash says:

    Warning this is a gushy review, so if you don t want to be embarrassed on my behalf, turn away now.The story opens with Caitrin, our beauty in this BatB retelling, running away from her abusive guardian as far as money can take her She goes as far as Whistling Tor,on Whistling Tor later Desperate, Caitrin takes a summer job as scribe to the reclusive lord of Whistling Tor, despite the discouragement of the local folk She s determinedly positive irritatingly so at times to complete he Warning this is a gushy review, so if you don t want to be embarrassed on my behalf, turn away now.The story opens with Caitrin, our beauty in this BatB retelling, running away from her abusive guardian as far as money can take her She goes as far as Whistling Tor,on Whistling Tor later Desperate, Caitrin takes a summer job as scribe to the reclusive lord of Whistling Tor, despite the discouragement of the local folk She s determinedly positive irritatingly so at times to complete her work and help everyone in the household, despite the scary shit going on.There are no beastly beasts here, only Anluan He s physically deformed, he s prickly and given to outbursts, and view spoiler he reluctantly commands the host, an army of the undead hide spoiler Anluan is an exceptional character, he is flawed in almost all facets, and in a genre dominated by perfect males who can make love on top of a horse while slaying a dragon, it s refreshing Besides from the physical deformities and weakness, he is just as naive, orso,than Caitrin.The romance, ah the romance I loved every minute of the awkward flirtation, if you can call it that Caitrin realizes that she s crushing on Anluan the day after she meets him, so naturally she had to teach him how to do calligraphy because she s got game She holds his hand the first few strokes, while he writes her name on the parchment over and over She blushes, he blushes just adorable Best thing about the romance in this book is that it never takes center stage, it is there, but it just doesn t run overimportant plot lines The rest of the characters in Heart s Blood are brilliantly drawn, I fell in love with all of them, so the ending, although heartbreaking, is apropos and touching.The setting, Whistling Tor, is just perfect for a BatB retelling Located high up on the hills of Connacht that s Western Ireland for us history noobs , Whistling Tor is isolated, eternally misty and surrounded by a dark forest, view spoiler haunted by the above mentioned host, hide spoiler.It is definitely not included in Connacht s tourism brochure.Needless to say I loved this BatB retelling, the best among I ve read so far Juliet Marillier s prose is poetic and graceful, and the language fittingHe was seated on the bench now He had his left elbow on his knee, his right arm across his lap, his shoulders hunched, his head bowed White face, red hair snow and fire, like something from an old tale The book I had noticed earlier was on the bench beside him, its covers shut Around Anluan s feet and in the birdbath, small visitors to the garden hopped and splashed and made the most of the day that was becoming fair and sunny He did not seem to notice them As for me, I found it difficult to take my eyes from him There was an odd beauty in his isolation and his sadness, like that of a forlorn prince ensorcelled by a wicked enchantress, or a traveller lost forever in a world far from home The plot moves gradually without being dragging, the action and the slow parts well proportioned.TL DR Tash adores this book to pieces


  7. Robin (Bridge Four) Robin (Bridge Four) says:

    This isn t really a Beauty and the Beast retelling but it reminded me very loosely of one Again, Juliet Marillier delivers a book that has the distinctive feel of an old school fairytale There is a curse, a castle, a semi disfigured man, a strong heroine with nowhere else to turn and mirrors that don t reflect the world but have other things moving inside of them It was bound to call out to me just waiting to be read There was an odd beauty in his isolation and his sadness, like that of aThis isn t really a Beauty and the Beast retelling but it reminded me very loosely of one Again, Juliet Marillier delivers a book that has the distinctive feel of an old school fairytale There is a curse, a castle, a semi disfigured man, a strong heroine with nowhere else to turn and mirrors that don t reflect the world but have other things moving inside of them It was bound to call out to me just waiting to be read There was an odd beauty in his isolation and his sadness, like that of a forlorn prince ensorcelled by a wicked enchantress, or a traveler lost forever in a world far from home. Caitlin is a scribe in a world where female scribes aren t accepted She has worked with her father her entire life and is great at what she does Her father has passed her work off as his own due to social convention but upon his death she has nowhere to turn and the family that should have protected her has something else in mind Without barely anything to her name she flees to escape the horrible fate into a land with a curse You think that would worse not better but Caitlin with take the curse over the people she left behind in a heartbeat.I loved the Manor house and all of the oddities there The mirrors were some of my favorite things as they seemed to hold so much magic Some mirrors reflect you as you could be, or the house at a different time of day or they let you into the mind of someone from the past Each mirror seemed special Learning about the curse in the slow way information was given to the reader left me on edge wanting to knowand I was very surprised when the truth came to light Caitlin and Anluan seemed like a natural fit and like most fairytales there isn t much to the buildup of their relationship and I found I didn t care As soon as they start spending time on page together you can see where the relationship is going but I liked that Anluan wasn t really a beast just gruff and marred by a palsy that made one side of his body weak Caitlin saw the man underneath and strived to help him with the burdens of the Cursed Host he was in charge of and the upcoming threat from an army.Caitlin is the hero of the story for sure and almost everything is from her PoV It made me feel like I was making the discoveries with her as the story progressed I liked that she wasn t a healer or just someone s daughter but had an actual skill set to contribute to society If you ve enjoyed Mariller s other tales this is on par with those in the feel, ton and pacing I think she isfor the patient reader that likes all the extra details and meandering down the path of the story in no hurry to get to the end


  8. Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ says:

    3.5 stars I thinkYour coming here has changed everything, Caitrin You have opened my mind to possibilities beyond any I had dreamed of So I fetched the books I knew you could translate them, butCaitrin, the idea of any action of mine causing you hurt isit s unbearable You areyou re like a beating heart A glowing lamp I ve never met anyone like you beforeThis book was beautiful.and the male lead was EVERYTHING I was looking for Dark Tortured Broken 3.5 stars I thinkYour coming here has changed everything, Caitrin You have opened my mind to possibilities beyond any I had dreamed of So I fetched the books I knew you could translate them, butCaitrin, the idea of any action of mine causing you hurt isit s unbearable You areyou re like a beating heart A glowing lamp I ve never met anyone like you beforeThis book was beautiful.and the male lead was EVERYTHING I was looking for Dark Tortured Brokendeeply and madly in love with the girl who came out of nowhere and gave him hope.But I must say that this might not have been the best choice for this long weekend where my own version of the beast was acting just like his namesake Soyeah Perhaps another weekend the story itself and not just Anluan would have captured my soul, but, as it is, the first 50% had a bit less Anluan than I would have liked, followed by a very, very good second half I m always so conflicted on how to rate these Mood vs story.Male lead vs everything else50 50 win lose vs again my moodSo, yeah I have no clue The mystery as to who was a cruel, evil bastard of a villain was easy to spot from a mile away, but it didn t take anything away from the story, so that wasn t the problem Perhaps her research I don t know Can t quite put my finger on it buteh Oh well Forof my reviews, please visit


  9. new_user new_user says:

    Are you feeling nostalgic about your Beauty the Beast days I mean the Disney movie Then you should totally read Heart s Blood by Juliet Marillier.Her novels are as elegantly picked out as her pseudonym Marillier s heroes and heroines are always so classy They never say, That bastard is a villain Let s chop him in three They always maintain their humanity, and it isn t because they re too innocent to think of crueler alternatives They re just above that, dude Her heroes and heroines h Are you feeling nostalgic about your Beauty the Beast days I mean the Disney movie Then you should totally read Heart s Blood by Juliet Marillier.Her novels are as elegantly picked out as her pseudonym Marillier s heroes and heroines are always so classy They never say, That bastard is a villain Let s chop him in three They always maintain their humanity, and it isn t because they re too innocent to think of crueler alternatives They re just above that, dude Her heroes and heroines have a purity to them, despite their mistakes, etc Somehow, you know they always mean well Is it because they only commit errors once it s well established that they are Good People I don t think so.I loved Anluan He s so brave and resilient Even after all the bumps and bruises, he s still willing to get up if he sees hope which word was repeated much too often, by the way, LOL Great secondary characters too Just as endearing as Lumiere and Cogsworth, if less comedic, LOL.Marillier is so adept at evoking emotion We truly feel the weariness and loneliness of leadership and the other burdens facing Anluan, where oddly one never sees this depicted except in passing.I loved the little similarities to BB, from the lonely cart trip and scary woods to the mirrors This makes me want to watch the movie all over again.Of the books written in this theme, Heart s Blood is probably the most evocative of the emotion intended in the original that I ve seen the highs and lows, the terrible villainy Fate, the beautiful heroics She writes a fairy tale like nobody else At the same time, the setting, characters, and plot are considerably different, so if you don t want to read a simple transcription of the movie, don t be worried That said, I ve seen Marillier plumb the depths of emotiondeeply, and her language and concepts e.g ancient lawmen seemed muchsimplistic here than her usual or adapted to a modern audience I think she wanted to appeal toreaders.So this is not my favorite work from her but still a fabulous read Even Marillier s lesser books are exceptional Recommended for all BB fans or romance fans PG 13, but if I like it, you know it s not kiddy, LOL


  10. Helena of Eretz ✰ Helena of Eretz ✰ says:

    DNF 50 pages from the endI m sorry, but I just can t do it any This is, quite simply, one of the slowest books I ve ever read Is it well written and atmospheric Absolutely, yes But I found neither the plot, nor the characters particularly compelling If I were being honest with myself, I d recognise that I was trying to force myself to love this, simply because it s a Beauty and the Beast retelling But there s no reason that I must love every single one ever written After all, I wa DNF 50 pages from the endI m sorry, but I just can t do it any This is, quite simply, one of the slowest books I ve ever read Is it well written and atmospheric Absolutely, yes But I found neither the plot, nor the characters particularly compelling If I were being honest with myself, I d recognise that I was trying to force myself to love this, simply because it s a Beauty and the Beast retelling But there s no reason that I must love every single one ever written After all, I was never too keen on Beastly So, I m parting ways with this book now It s by no means a bad book, but it wasn t the one for me I hope that others will enjoy itthan I have For other Beauty and the Beast retellings or books influenced by the tale, I d highly recommend Cruel Beauty Uprooted Echo North Hunted A Curse So Dark and Lonely


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