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Blade of Fortriu (The Bridei Chronicles #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  4,273 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Five Winters have passed since young king Bridei ascended the throne of Fortriu. Five years, in which the people have felt a contentment unknown for generations.

But the security of a people can vanish in a heartbeat, for wolves are often drawn to fields filled with fattened sheep. Bridei is determined to drive the Gaelic invaders from his lands once and for all. And so, w
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Tor (first published 2005)
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Sep 04, 2007 Airmid rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who have read The Dark Mirror
Shelves: sci-fi_fantasy
I like this book as it focused on two relatively minor characters in the first book. None of the previously developed characters were forgotten and neglected. The fleshing out of Ana and Faolan were well-done.
Mira, a escriba
Na Escócia antiga, havia um jovem rei, um espião destroçado com um amor impossível e uma derradeira batalha para ser vencida. Agora, as portas desse mundo voltam a abrir-se.

Cinco anos volvidos desde os acontecimentos d´ “O espelho negro”, Bridei está no trono e juntamente com Tuala, a rainha e sua amada de longa data, têm um pequeno bebé chamado Derelei.Contudo, nem tudo é um mar de rosas… Em 555 d.c. a guerra contra a invasão celta está iminente e os preparativos militares vão avançando rapidam
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After finding The Dark Mirror somewhat lacking, it took me awhile to get around to reading its sequel, Blade of Fortriu, but I wasn't disappointed; surprisingly, this middle book is actually the best of the trilogy. It begins five years after Bridei's rise to kingship, just as he's about to go to war with the Gaelic kingdom of Dalriada because... well, because they're Gaels and therefore should go back to Ireland. He sends off the hostage princess Ana as a bribe for the mysterious chieftain Alpi ...more
Libby Lanser
Easily the best in the trilogy. I am happy that it was the first book in the trilogy that I read. I read the others simply because I wanted to fill in some gaps and cravings to know more. But it wasn't crucial.

I give the book a high rating because I love Faolan and his character developement. He was shown in his strengths and chiseled away to show his weaknesses. I could relate to his desire to run away from his pain as well and put it all behind him.


The one thing I massively hate
Neide Parafitas
Volvidos 5 anos desde os acontecimentos decorridos em "O Espelho Negro", a história centra-se agora em 2 personagens secundárias do livro anterior: Ana e Faolan. Ana, a princesa refém de Fortriu e Faolan, o guarda e espião de Bridei.

Uma guerra há muito esperada é preparada para banir do Ocidente os invasores Celtas e Ana é enviada para Norte para se casar com um homem importante que não conhece para ganhar um aliado para Bridei. Durante a viagem, Ana é escoltada por Faolan, um homem que despreza
This one is not my favorite Juliet Marillier novel. I loved everything but the female protagonist and the "love story." She had such potential, starting out, but then, in an unexpected twist, she falls in love with a pretty face, at first sight... it feels a bit contrived.

The writing, the scene descriptions, the plot, the other characters - all excellent, and I did really enjoy it.

I do really look forward to the next in the series, which continues the story of the main male protagonist, who is
Depois de um primeiro volume que não me conseguiu agarrar eis que o segundo volume das "Crónicas de Bridei" me agarrou de tal forma que tenho pena de já ter terminado.

Neste segundo volume a história centra-se em Ana e na sua viagem, na qual é acompanhado por Faolan, duas personagens já introduzidas no livro anterior que mereceram um maior destaque.

É fabuloso vermos a forma como a personagem Ana evolui ao longo do livro assim, como termos uma maior consciência da humanidade de Faolan.

Um livro
I don't know if it's me or Juliet Marillier who had changed. Either way, I was really disappointed in this book, the sequel to The Dark Mirror, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The narrative was completely weighed down by melodrama and clunky exposition.
Barbara ★
WOW what an adventure! King Bridei embarks on a campaign to rid Fortriu of the Christian Gael's. This is a major undertaking involving all the chieftains of Fortriu. One of his ploys for success is to get the chieftain of Briar Wood (Alpin) and his huge fighting force to stand against the Gael's. To do this he offers marraige to his ward (hostage), Ana. The journey to Briar Wood is a major focus of the book. Ana and Faolan (King's assassin) set off with a guard in hopes of a treaty which would b ...more
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It was hard to pick a rating for this book. It had so much potential. I really enjoyed the first part of the book and could hardly put it down. Everything was going swimmingly until Drustan and Ana met. Oh the cheese! From then on I had a hard time liking Ana. Why is she so drawn to Drustan? To me he seemed infantile. Despite Marillier describing the "intelligence" in his eyes, his words and behaviors only showed a childlike ignorance. Also, I have a very hard time with love-at-first-sight nonse ...more
I am very into romance. I tend to judge a book by it's romantic dialogue, which isn't very intelligent or fair, but that's me. This is the reason this book got 3 stars for me. I wasn't at all pleased with the romance in this book. I felt like Ana chose the wrong man and I just couldn't enjoy it for that reason alone.

I was so miffed at this book. I adore Juliet Marillier, and she has a way of writing something that stirs your soul and makes you ache. I was so furious with the female character that I could have slapped her. I suppose that is an accomplishment of the author's writing skills.

I fell in love with Faolan from pretty much the beginning of the book. I dug him in The Dark Mirror, but of course Blade of Fortriu reveals far more about his character and personality.

I loved how he grew f
Let me start off by saying that Juliet Marillier can sometimes be a little formulaic. That's not to say her books are not enjoyable for all their predictability; they are extremely enjoyable. I thought this book was going to follow that same pattern: A journey, a man with a dark, haunted, secret past and the woman who brings him back to light, seen in Son of Shadows, Heir to Sevenwaters and to an extent, Seer of Sevenwaters. However, this book is not so simple. In every other Marillier book, the ...more
It's been five years since Bridei became king and he's anxious to banish the Christian Gaels from Fortriu's western shores. Success depends upon many carefully planned and executed offenses such as false intelligence, surprise, and an alliance or at least a vow of neutrality from the wild Caitt. The only way to do so seems through a strategic marriage between the princess of the Light Isles and the Caitt chieftain Alpin. Although Ana's been a royal hostage most of her life, she is loyal to Bride ...more
May 15, 2014 Ines rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Juliet Marillier
Faolan is one of my fav characters ever. It's been years since a character has meant this much to me. I love Juliet's writing, and this trilogy is amazing. I'm only sorry about the ending. I don't understand why authors create imaginary universes where magic can happen, and love happens, but monogamy is always the possible ending. Ana loves two men, but she can only have one. Why? Why is this the only happy ending? Clearly we see that she is loosing one of them, no matter what s
I thought this book started out wonderfully. The story line moved forward at a good pace and wasn't drowning in details like the first book. Also I LOVED Faolan, one of favorite of Marillier's leading men. But it all kind of fizzled out toward the end. The whole story went in a direction that I wasn't expecting and didn't like. Once I could see it was going there I had a hard time being interested in the rest of the book. Lots of skimming through the last 1/4 of it. There were other things I did ...more
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Ana, a princess of the Light Isles, is being sent to make a strategic marriage for her King Bridei. Little does she know that her party will be changed, and that the self she presents will need to be ripped apart before life can proceed.

Ana's character development is particularly convincing, as is Faolin's. Drunstan is a bit more of an unknown element, but I think it suits him. Faolan is enigmatic, and it's nice to see t
Book 2 in the Bridei Chronicles sees Bridei and Tuala settled and two years into Bridei's reign as king of Fortriu. Marillier turns her attention to Ana, the hostage from the Light Isles who has grown up at court. She is a political prize and very pretty, so Bridei decides to use her to create an alliance with Alpin of Briar Wood, an unknown quantity. Ana sets off, miserably, on the journey to her new life, accompanied by a party of men-at-arms led by the inscrutable Faolan. Ill luck besets the ...more
I liked this one much better than the first in the series. The characters were much more exciting and likable, even Broichan who I couldnt stand in the first book. Foalan, I totally loved in this one, but I also felt really bad for him too. At first I didn't like where Mariller was going with this story, and then I reconciled myself to the inevitable no matter how strange, and even somewhat disappointing it was.
I waited nearly a year between reading The Dark Mirror and this book. I regret waiting! I enjoyed Blade of Fortriu so much more and found myself completely engulfed in the story and world!
I think I would have enjoyed this one more than the first one if it hadn't been for an instalove moment that messed up what seemed like real love that was still developing. I'm not sure I can forgive her for that after doing such a good job pulling Tuala and Bridei together in the first book. Full review to come.
One of Marillier's better works. Not, surprisingly, because of the complicated love story, but because of the wonderful reality of the world, its politics, and its power players.

I enjoyed this book significantly more than the first in the series, mostly because Bridei and Tuala (the protagonists from the first book) aren't in it as much.

I'll not comment much on the love story except to say that I found it to be both compellingly real and still very much unfulfilling. I hope Marillier continues
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Blade of Fortriu was ethralling, heart wrenching and at times a bit terrifying, I enjoyed it a lot more than The Dark Mirror. I found the characters to be more layered, and more interesting. However upon contemplation, I can honestly say that I wouldn't have enjoyed this novel as much as I did had I not become completely enamored with Faolan. I found him to be intriguing and dark and you guys know how I love a man who broods! Though I did like Ana for the most part, I didn't entirely enjoy or be ...more
Book two of the Bridei Chronicles starts with war looming over King Bridei's court, wanting to drive out the Gaels in the West. To strengthen his chances at victory, King Bridei offers hostage and Princess of the Light Isles, Ana, to the Caitt Chieftain Alpin as a bride.

Bridei's right hand man Faolan is assigned to escort Ana on her long journey to Briar Wood; their journey is perilous, with their group lost to a flooded river, Ana saving Faolan's life. Upon arrival at Briar Wood Ana is made pri
I don't know why but I really, really hate Bridei.

Just getting that out of the way. So I just finished this book and while the story was good there were a few things I really didn't like about it. **Spoilers** Drustan's whole story. Near the end Alpin admits to himself that it wasn't Drustan's fault. Wow. Shocker. But I hated that. Why can't the guy locked up actually be a bad guy despite what his beloved believes? Because it wouldn't make a perfect ending? Boo-hoo.

Another thing I didn't like wa
Jan 15, 2012 Bethany rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of great fantasy
After The Dark Mirror, I had high expectations for the next installment of the Bridei Chronicles. I was not disappointed.

Blade of Fortriu follows mostly Faolan, Bridei's most trusted bodyguard and spy, and Ana, the palace hostage from the Light Isles. In the book Ana is finally, at the age of 19, sent off to be married to a powerful cheiftan in order to form an alliance and ensure that Alpin, Ana's intended, does not assist the Gael's during wartime. Unfortunately, little is know about Alpin an
Depois dos acontecimentos decorridos em O Espelho Negro, este livro apresenta-nos uma história diferente. Cinco anos passados desde os acontecimentos anteriores, A Espada de Fortriu não só nos dá a conhecer a nova vida de Bridei e Tuala como se centra em duas das anteriores personagens secundárias que me suscitaram mais curiosidade: Ana e Faolan. Num espaço diferente e com uma narrativa ainda mais forte e introspectiva, Marillier volta a surpreender e a mostrar que não é só Sevenwaters que ela s ...more
Lígia Bellini
I got a little disappointed with Bridei on the 2nd book. I loved the fact that he became such an amazing king, but seeing him sending away a friend to a king, he didn't even know how would he be, was cruel. And all because he wasdetermined to eliminate theChristianityfrom Fortrium. Alpin is a monster! I hated him since the beginning he appears on the story. He is brute, rude and disgusting. I felt sorry for Ana all the time, but it was great to see how strong and fierce she was,speciallydealing ...more
This was a great follow up to the first in the series. I enjoyed it a lot more actually than the first. One thing that I both enjoyed and got annoyed with was the fact that this was following a few storylines at once. I'm used to Marillier just moving on to a new set of characters with each book with a few references here and there to those from the last. In this one, Tuala and Bridei, as well as a number of others, remained a large part of the story. So it was great to see this continuation, bu ...more
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Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a ...more
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The Bridei Chronicles (3 books)
  • The Dark Mirror (The Bridei Chronicles, #1)
  • The Well of Shades (The Bridei Chronicles, #3)
Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1) Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2) Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters, #3) Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #4)

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