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Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
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Jul 19, 12

Read in May, 2012

A cursed castle, a disfigured king whose subjects despise him, and a beautiful young woman with the ability to scribe on the run from abusive kin. This medieval fantasy by Juliet Marillier is lyrically written and sweetly rendered. Much like a fairytale, the village of Whistling Tor is placed under a curse from a hundred years earlier when the first King delved into sorcery to create an immortal army. Lord Anulan is a disfigured shell of a man who is burdened with the curse that hinders his ability to rule or engage with his subjects...until he meets Caitrin.

When Caitrin, a talented scribe, comes across the castle while on the run from abusive kin who have taken over her dead father's estate, she meets Lord Anulan and his unusual household of servants. Caitlin is soon hired to use her abilities to transcribe documents that might just hold the key to breaking the curse and helping Lord Anulan become the king and ruler he's destined to be. Romance, adventure, friendship, and high drama ensue. An adult historical fantasy, this is a sweet stand alone book that is reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast. Marillier is an author to follow and her Seven Waters series, another historical fantasy loosely based on the fairy tale The Seven Swans, comes highly recommended and is on my list of books to read.
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