Juliet Mariller’s Bridei Chronicles is a historical fantasy epic, telling the story of King Bridei and his quest to bring peace to his sixth century Pictish kingdom in. by Juliet Marillier includes books The Dark Mirror (The Bridei Chronicles, Book 1) , Blade of Fortriu, and The Well of Shades. See the complete The Bridei. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. THE DARK MIRROR is the first book in Juliet Marillier’s Bridei Chronicles. Bridei is a young nobleman fostered at the home.

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Blackthorn and Grim 2. The descriptions of how the characters meditate; becoming one with the earth, feeling the roots of a tree that reach down to the heart of the earth. Marillier would have lost me at that point, except for her truly lovely descriptions which made the story come alive for me. However, this book is not so simple. Their romance had too much angst for my liking.

Blade of Fortriu

He has quickly made it to the top of my list of favorite Marillier men after Bran, of course. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. But I was never a huge fan of the lancelot-guinevere Faolan-Ana part of the usual legend There is the requisite young boy destined for greatness; his distant but devoted mentor; his boyhood companions, who fall by the wayside; and of course, there is a girl with mystic powers who falls deeply in love with him and who he has sworn to guard but who none of his guardians approves of.


Book one in The Bridei Chronicles was a planned 5 book series that turned into a trilogy. It’s been five years since Bridei became king and he’s chroniccles to banish the Christian Gaels from Fortriu’s western shores.

And there will be spoilers. I would highly recommend this series for fans of Marillier, strong female leads, brooding heroes, slow burn romances between the two and hints of political intrigue… Title: Read more Read less. I guess I expected more because the previous novel didn’t have any truly evil persons in it, just a lot of misguided people or those whose ambitions kind of got in the way of each other.

To ask other readers questions about Blade of Fortriuplease sign up. All the loose ends in the story were wrapped up nicely while hinting at future possible story lines. He talks like an adult at age six, the occasional mispronunciation of a word notwithstanding.

The Dark Mirror (The Bridei Chronicles, #1) by Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier does a beautiful job bringing him to life same with all of the other characters, with the exception of Drustan. To die was to step across a threshold into a new world, unknown, unimaginable. Jul 11, Sandy Lender rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Son of the Shadows Sevenwaters.


This story is action packed with great detail to the characters’ emotions, frame of mind, and draws out what may have caused certain characters to react this way or a different way. Too much angst and too much whining on both ends.

In other words, she spends a lot of time, I think, on details, and sometimes that can seem overwhelming. From then on I had a hard time liking Ana.

Blade of Fortriu was ethralling, heart wrenching and at times a bit terrifying, I enjoyed it a lot more than The Dark Mirror. Also, I have a very hard time with love-at-first-sight nonse It was hard to pick a rating for this book.

Early on I thought I might give it 4 stars, but now I can’t bring myself to give it Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As the years pass, Bridei and Tuala begin to fall apart as they come to terms with their destinies.

I could almost sense when she was going to yank the plot in another direction, and after pages, it started to get a bit old. Customers who bought this item also bought. Those who have read The Dark Mirror. Finally, the lack of tension in the plot made it feel slower than it should’ve.