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Blade of Fortriu (The Bridei Chronicles #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,988 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
The kingdom of Fortriu has enjoyed five years of peace since Bridei came to the throne. Now the king is preparing for the long-awaited war that he hopes will see the Gaelic invaders driven from the west forever. The princess Ana, a hostage of Fortriu since childhood, is sent north to make a strategic marriage with a chieftain she has never met - and with it gain an ally on ...more
Published by Tor Books (first published 2005)
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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
Sep 04, 2007 Airmid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Libby Lanser
May 25, 2012 Libby Lanser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mira, a escriba
Aug 18, 2012 Mira, a escriba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rapidame
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
May 21, 2008 Rhiannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 11, 2014 Emilee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 07, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Que história tão linda, tão Marillieresca! Estou absolutamente entusiasmada para ler o terceiro livro que acho que vai ser o meu favorito, tenho cá um feeling...
Rachel Houston
Dec 24, 2015 Rachel Houston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's rare that the second book in a series is better than the first, but this book is leaps and bounds better than Dark Mirror....and I loved Dark Mirror.
Apr 21, 2014 Jolene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Oct 14, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celtic-fantasy
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
Feb 12, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 really liked it  ·  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
Vitor Frazão
Jan 19, 2016 Vitor Frazão rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relido
É já a minha 2ª releitura e pelo prazer que me deu duvido que seja a últimos. Tudo se mantém, a força impossível de Deord, o sofrimento de Faolon, a coragem de Ana. Em conjunto com a sequela (que infelizmente neste momento está emprestada, senão li-a já de seguida) facilmente será o meu livro favorito.
Jul 03, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one more than the first! It gave updates on characters I already loved, and gave more insight into others, as well as introducing new characters. I love Faolan. I hope there is much of him in the last book!
May 10, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 07, 2015 Sofiya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So much better than the first book in "The Bridei Chronicles" but honestly still sub-par. Truly considering not even reading the next one, which is sad because I know this author can do better.

I can't pinpoint whether it's the writing/pacing or the characters themselves losing focus and becoming completely two dimensional and unrelatable halfway through. It started out really well with a typical boy-underestimates-girl-then-falls-in-love-with-girl formula. Faolan himself is a really good charac
I have to start out by saying that it is really hard for me to not like a Marillier book and while I did like this one, I had some problems with it. For some reason, this book took much longer than any other to get to the point. I put this book down a couple times for days at a time and didn't read because I wasn't looking forward to more slogging through the forest or more of Ana awkwardly hanging around waiting to get married to a complete jerk. Once we get to the last 200 pages of the book, I ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Later, later.
Apr 05, 2014 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 21, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 26, 2015 Marita_z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei mais deste livro do que do primeiro. Teve partes em que não o conseguia largar.. Isto é uma das coisas que gosto mais na Juliet, tece as suas histórias de tal maneira que quando damos conta de nós já passaram uma carrada de páginas...
'Bora lá para o próximo (e último.. :-( )
Oct 03, 2010 Shanon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fantasy, 2010
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!
Kaleigh Gibbons
*Spoilers (sort of)* To echo the sentiments of others, Blade of Fortriu receives three stars because of Marillier's incredible talent. HOWEVER, I am incredibly annoyed and displeased by the ending.

While I appreciate how Ana's love life took a different turn than I was expecting (the love connection is usually pretty obvious), the ensuing relationship made me gag. It was so superficial and obnoxious: this guy is SUPER MEGA HOT, also amazingly intelligent, also has literally no faults, and he end
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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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