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National bestselling author of "Heir to Sevenwaters"
Anluan has been crippled since childhood, part of a curse that has besieged his family. And only the young scribe Caitrin can unravel the web of sorcery woven by his ancestors before it claims his life-and their love...
ebook, 371 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Roc (first published October 2nd 2009)
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Kat Kennedy
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
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Tatiana
Jan 13, 2011 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kat Kennedy
Shelves: 2011, fairy-tales
I think Juliet Marillier's most successful books are the ones that follow traditional fairy tales the closest. Heart's Blood and Daughter of the Forest are the best of hers I've read so far.

And as far as fairy tale retelling goes, nobody does it as well as Juliet Marillier does. She has that special ability to take a centuries-old tale and fill it with interesting new characters, historical details, original and always very atmospheric setting - and voila, a great story that doesn't feel like an
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new_user
Nov 07, 2010 new_user rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance, Beauty and the Beast fans
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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 heroin
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Keertana
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Although Heart's Blood is only my second Juliet Marillier novel, I can already count her amongst my favorite authors...ever. Marillier has a distinct style of writing stories about kind, but fierce, female protagonists and tortured romantic interests, creating beautiful love stories all against a backdrop of fantastical imagination. If that isn't a recipe for success, then I don't know what is. Yet, with Heart's Blood, Marillier has surpassed her previous prowess, writing one o
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Kay
Aug 22, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Beauty and the Beast...without the hints of bestiality
This was a lovely book. Juliet Marillier, how do you do it? How do you write about such beautifully scarred individuals learning to find courage, play my heart strings like a harp, and create such a unique, sincere rendition without unnecessary melodrama and violence?

This is quite possibly one of the best renditions of Beauty and the Beast I've read or seen (though the Disney version holds a special place in my heart, yes, even with the talking silverware).

I think the core element of Beauty and
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Erotic Horizon
Every now and again I read a book that is simply perfection – Juliet Marillier – HEART’S BLOOD is one of those books for me. Prior to the release I remember seeing the cover and thought this book will knock my socks off and so said, so done.

The book starts of with Caitrin a young scribe making her way to parts unknown, running away from a greater evil. With only the bare minimum plus the tools of her trade as comfort, she is dropped off late in the evening in the woods near to what is known as W
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K.
I did it. I've broken my fairy tale re-telling cherry. I decided to start with Juliet Marillier's Heart's Blood as it seems highly regarded...and I know now why.

Heart's Blood contains all the essence of what we know of Beauty and the Beast, but is still an original in its own right. We have Caitrin, a talented scribe on the run from her abusive husband-to-be and his mother. She falls upon Whistling Tor, where the chieftain Anluan, a young man with physical deformities is suffering from many thi
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Erica (daydreamer)
Ahhh. *deep breath in and out, cue delighted, satisfied smile*

The best books are the ones that have me smiling with wonder and rapture when I read the last word on the last page, and I have to go back and read the last few paragraphs or pages. And Heart’s Blood was no exception. When I was finished, the story had me firmly wrapped inside its lyrical, fantastical allure, melting my heart to pure liquid with the endearing nature of the characters and the strength and complete love they showed whe
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Kathleen
3.5 stars. Despite some pacing problems, Marillier spins a captivating yarn in Heart's Blood, set in Ireland in the 12th Century, when Anglo-Normans invaded. Content includes one sex scene (not graphic, this is YA), dark sorcery, mutilation, battery, murder, etc.

Some say this is similar to Beauty and the Beast, but the supposed "Beast" (Lord Anluan) is not all that ugly. Nor is "Beauty" forced to live with him. She arrives voluntarily, seeking a job and safe refuge. The similarity rests in the
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Kim
This review won't retell the blurb, I find that awfully boring. I mean generally if your interested in a book you read the blurb first, right? So no need to rehash. However I will tell you my feelings on the book itself.

An absolute lovely read. Yes I realize it was based loosely on Beauty & the Beast, but it was very loose.

A story of finding love and devotion in the most unlikely of places. The idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that the soul is beautiful is aptly described
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Kelly
Sometimes a book comes along just when you need it. Heart’s Blood was like that for me. Between Juliet Marillier’s compelling tale-spinning and an underlying message about love and courage that I really needed to hear, it’s pretty safe to say I was moved deeply by this novel.

At its core, Heart’s Blood is a Beauty and the Beast story. Marillier mixes the classic fairy tale with some of the conventions of Gothic romance, sets it all in the medieval-Ireland setting she’s so good at portraying, and
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Patrícia
Opinião do Blogue Chaise Longue:http://girlinchaiselongue.blogspot.pt...

Australiana de nascimento com raízes irlandesas e escocesas, Juliet esteve sempre ligada ao folclore e mitologia destas duas culturas mas foi em Música que se formou, tendo sido cantora de ópera entre outros campos da música incluindo em coros. Durante 30 anos trabalhou para o Governo australiano até que em 2003, com o sucesso dos seus livros decidiu dedicar-se à escrita a tempo inteiro. Mãe de quatro filhos e avó de seis ne
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Amelmag
There are things I enjoyed about this book. The general idea was intriguing, and under the hands of a deft author could have been powerful. However, Marillier shows none of her old inclination to apply herself to the painstaking creation of subtle characters, eloquent dialogue, or moments heavy with meaning. Where did the magic of Daughter of the Forest go, where each word sung of stories beyond itself, and every silence was heavy with things unsaid?

The chemistry between the two main characters
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Amanda
I picked this up completely ignorant of the fact that this was a Beauty and the Beast retelling. See, I try to avoid reviews before reading a book, which is possibly one reason why I never knew this was a fairy tale retelling. Despite all that, I went in to Heart's Blood, and the moment the curse of Whistling Tor was explained, the moment our deformed hero, Anluan, made an appearance, I felt in my heart this drew close to Beauty and the Beast.
It's not that the curse was in any way similar to the
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Chachic
Originally posted here.

Let me just say that I love the US cover in the edition that I have, showing a girl standing in front of a mirror in a library. The library and mirrors play major roles in the story so it's an appropriate cover design. Heart's Blood is a haunting retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was surprised by how different the whole atmosphere in this one was compared to the Sevenwaters series. This one is much darker with a mysterious curse surrounding the chieftain of Whistling To
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Tania
To lose you is to spill my heart's blood.


3.5 stars. I think what I enjoy most about Juliet Marillieris the way she infuses fantasy titles with real world problems and emotions. Her titles are also very rich in historical details. Although I enjoyed this title, I would recommend that you start with The Sevenwater series. If anyone can make any suggestions for similar titles, I would be very grateful, as I only have one JM book left to read.

The story: Anluan has been crippled since childhood, part
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Maree
This book had a real fairy-tale element to it, I thought, in that it kind of had elements of a lot of different stories. There's the obvious Beauty and the Beast similarities, of course, but the book isn't one of those retellings with a twist or anything like that. It's its own separate tale.

This series is called Whistling Tor for a reason, and that house is definitely what makes the story. I actually don't know why it's considered a series, seeing as there isn't any additional information about
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Caitrin fled her home in Market Town with little to her name, just her prized writing box - the tools of her craft - and a few pennies, enough to get her away from her mean, domineering cousin Ita and Ita's son, Cillian, who in Caitrin's grief over her father's sudden death have taken over her home. Taught by her father, a master scribe, and having long aided him in his commissions, Caitrin was swallowed up by her grief when he died. Her sister Maraid married a travelling musician and moved away ...more
Nikki
I'm not sure Heart's Blood actually stands with my other five star books in terms of how much I loved it, but it's the first of Juliet Marillier's books I've read (the other two being Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret) that I felt genuinely excited about and eager to read, once I'd started. I ended up loving it quite a lot, with 'just a few more pages' syndrome and, near the end, excited little eeps and sighs. I'd hoped to enjoy Marillier's work more than I did, so it was lovely to thoroughly ...more
Rosa Ramôa
Adorei esta história...Sangue-do-Coração é uma história de amor condicionada por uma maldição!!!
Desprezo pela beleza física e apologia da beleza interior!O fascínio por pessoas fortes de personalidade...





Emily
This is the best retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I've ever read, especially because I had no idea that it was a retelling when I started the book (well played, Emily). It blows the more literal versions out of the water. Heart's Blood takes a very familiar story and anchors it in a historical setting that actually makes sense, and it flips some of the story's more problematic tropes on their heads. At its core, this is a fantastic book about medieval Ireland during the Norman invasions, a ...more
Katya
Why oh why are UK covers so... unimaginative? First "The Replacement" and now this. I swear, if I ever get a book deal, I am so going to be a nightmare to work with.

That aside, this book is what "Beauty" by Robin McKinley should have been - a novel that is not only historically accurate, but exciting, mysterious and, yes, romantic. However, unlike "Beauty", "Heart's Blood" doesn't spend a good third of the book building up to the meeting of the main characters, but instead reveals bits and piece
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Misty
Initial thoughts: Just manages a 5, but only because I'm judging harshly based on my theory that nothing, ever, in the history of awesome, will ever top Daughter of the Forest.

Review:

As I've mentioned on an occasion or seventy, I am a BIG fan of Juliet Marillier and count her Daughter of the Forest not only as my favorite fairy tale retelling, but among my favorite books, period. Because of this, I am always just about equal parts excitement and trepidation when I start a new book by her. A par
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Alyssa
I love everything about this book: the compelling narrative, the complex and likeable characters, the gothic setting, the triumph of good over evil and of course, the bittersweet romance. This is what fairytales are all about.
 Eden Creed
If not for the curse that is work, I would've finished this book a lot faster.

The beginning of the novel was a bit slow, but once the main character started to delve into the history of Whistling Tor, things got really interesting and the pages flew by for me.

I tend to have issues with female leads in novels. I don't know why, but I either dislike them or hate them. It's rare for me to love a female lead. I find them too sweet, too good, too perfect, too know it all. You name it. But that's my
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Sandra
I'm sorry but I know there will be some times when I will get carried away sending recommendations to all my closest GR friends.

This has been one of those. I haven't even posted this review when I was prompted and couldn't help it. And whom I would recommend Heart's Blood to? Well, everybody who hasn't read it yet, likes Fantasy and trust me a bit. I understand that agreeing to someone else recommendation requires a decent review previously. So once again, I'm trying.

This is my second novel by
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Courtney
It’s hard to say where Heart’s Blood went wrong for me. It’s got everything I look for in a good fantasy: a strong, curious heroine, an ancient curse, a compelling love interest and, most of all, the backdrop of my favorite fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. As far as I’m concerned, Juliet Marillier’s Heart’s Blood really had all the components needed to make a homerun. But something just didn’t add up for me; every single page left me utterly bored. I mean, not just bored. But bored . It hurts to ...more
Sarah
Who doesn't love the classic story of Beauty and the Beast? Disney gave it to me to grow up with and I always adore it when I run across another take on the original tale (some better than others). Juliet Marillier was the perfect author to take this on. The setting and lovely style she uses suit the story well, and she reinvented the characters in such a way that they were original and absolutely riveting.

A young woman on the run, offering her skills as a scribe to any who would take her in; a
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Josie
Eighteen year old Caitrin, scholar and scribe, runs away from an abusive home life to the mysterious, other-wordly settlement of Whistling Tor. People shun the place because the woods leading up to the Chieftan's keep are said to be infested with all manner of ghostly, hostile creatures, and the keep itself is said to be under an ancient curse. The Chieftan is never seen, but there are rumours he is a twisted, crippled, shadow of a man with no interest in protecting his land or people. Caitrin, ...more
Mel
Re-reading <3 Still a fantastic book. Review coming soon.

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This book is a loose retelling of Beauty and the beast and she manages to capture the sphere perfectly. As you might now, Beauty and the beast is my favorite fairytale and she does it justice. The characters are flawed, but have great characteristic features and you have to root for them. I liked the plot, the pacing and the world-building. This book is a re-read for me, but it’s just as good as t
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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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“How could you not know?" His voice was full of wonderment. "You changed me utterly. You were like a...like a bright, wonderful bloom in a garden full of weeds. Like a graceful capital on a page of plain script, a letter decorated with the deepest, finest colors in all Erin. Like a flame, Caitrin. Like a song.” 45 likes
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