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Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
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Aug 11, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: fairy-tale-retelling, fantasy
Read in August, 2011

Juliet Marillier is a strong fantasy writer and excellent storyteller. Most of her books hold some connection to fairy tales, but the connection is stronger in some than others. Heart's Blood has distant hints of Beauty and the Beast (magic mirrors, a cursed household with enchanted servants, a disfigured hero), but the heart of the story is unique with a life and characters of its own.

Caitrin flees an abusive household and ironically finds safety in a holding plagued by a curse lasting several generations. As she searches through family documents in her position as a scribe, Caitrin finds herself drawn to the lord of the house and the cursed people who serve him. Her example of faith and hope begins to shatter the darkness encroaching on Whistling Tor. With captivating characters and an intriguing story, Heart's Blood is another strong novel.

A word of caution for sensitive readers, there is one scene that includes sex. The description is more implied than graphic, but it is there.

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