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La Espada De Fortriu

(The Bridei Chronicles #2)

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Tras cinco años de paz, los habitantes de Fortriu deben acostumbrarse de nuevo a la guerra. El rey Bridei está preparando un ataque contra los galeses para echarlos definitivamente del sur del país. Pero el monarca no está muy seguro de las alianzas que ha establecido con los otros pueblos que, como el suyo, desean librarse de los galeses. Duda especialmente de la lealtad ...more
Paperback, 564 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Maeva (first published 2005)
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Jolene
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
-SPOILER ALERT-

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
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
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
Stacey
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
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Libby Lanser
May 18, 2012 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.

*SPOILER ALERT*

The one thing I massively hate
...more
Dyanna
Jul 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF: 50% This is the first Marillier book that I do not finish it. The main reason is the main character Anna , that at first was a brave and wise woman with dignity but everything goes of the window the moment she meets Drustan. Her interactions with this man are absolutely cringe that I could not take anymore. The worst part is that in the end she remains with him 😣 I would have taken Faolan any day, he is a smart man with a kind heart , he really deserved the girl but maybe in the end as how ...more
Airmid
Sep 04, 2007 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.
Sarah
Jun 25, 2013 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
Rhiannon
Jun 04, 2007 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. ...more
Emilee
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kaleigh Gibbons
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
*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
...more
Sotiris Karaiskos
The king prepares for the great counterattack that will permanently drive out the invaders, trying to keep the secrecy and, above all, seeking potential allies. At that time, however, such a quest had a more personal tone as well as weddings of strategic importance were part of the game. So a woman who is very close to him and his queen takes on the difficult task of marrying one of the potential allies but somewhere there things go wrong and then love make its appearance that comes into direct ...more
Pris
Nov 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF.
I am so disappointed. Utterly, disgustingly, horribly disappointed. Juliet Marillier has grown up with me since I was a wee little child. I loved her Sevenwaters series and hold them close to my heart - they were like Harry Potter to an Australian child. Surely, she would never disappoint, I had thought. I was wrong. And now I'm pissed. Why? Why!? I think I'm going to lock myself in my room and cry for three days straight.

I'm kidding, I'm not that dramatic. However, I do feel as though this
...more
Nhi Le (The Literary Bystander)
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Ângela
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches-magic, travel

Amazing continuation, way better than te first one.
Faolan, a character impossible not to love.

“Death, of course, should not be feared, but awaited with certain wonder. To die was to step across a threshold into a new world, unknown, unimaginable.”
Holly
Feb 12, 2010 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
Kelcey
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
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
Carrie
Dec 07, 2010 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. ...more
Jessica
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nichelle Seely
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Oh dear. I really like this author. I love the Sevenwaters series, with its rich historical tapestry of Celtic Ireland and deep, complex relationships and mythic overtones. I so wanted to like this book, but I just didn’t.

Part of the problem with this second volume of the Bridei Chronicles is that it doesn’t have much of Bridei in it. I think the ancient history of the British isles is fascinating, and when I started this series I was eager to learn something about the pictish period, and the le
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Tiffany
Oct 07, 2011 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
A.J. Seiffertt
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Emily
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a okay book compared to the author's first series. It was a little difficult to get into, and I found myself skipping through the parts about Bridei or just scanning briefly to get the gist. I really started enjoying the book when Ana and Faolan started connecting on their journey through the forest. I found myself rooting for Faolan, which is understandable because the story is told from his perspective quite a bit. But then when they get to their destination, it's not long before Ana ...more
Tina
This began as a promising tale, but turned into something a little less. Like the reviewers before me, I agree that this had a magnificent cast of characters. The story, on the other hand, was a little too love-at-first-sight for my liking. In the beginning I had a great deal of respect for the character of Ana, but when she began turning into a great pile of mush, I had to turn my back.

I didn't care much for the politics, either. I felt that the book dragged a little when it came to discussion
...more
Frynne
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Juliet Marillier
SPOILER ALERT!!!!
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
...more
Andrea
Feb 11, 2010 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
Lara
Well, I definitely enjoyed this one more than I did The Dark Mirror, and it certainly surprised me. Unfortunately, I kind of wish it hadn't, because I just didn't really like the direction this ended up going. The romance parts never felt believable to me--any of them--and I could never quite bring myself to like Drustan. I am still looking forward to reading the third book, as I imagine it will follow Faolan on his various current quests, and he's always been my favorite character in this serie ...more
itisnttoolate
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm re-reading this right now, because I felt like spending some time with one of my favorite characters of all time - FAOLAN! Can I get some Faolan fan-girling in here?? :) I absolutely ADORE the Bridei Chronicles, maybe even more than Juliet's first Sevenwaters Trilogy, and that's saying a lot because those three books mean a lot to me. Anything you read by Juliet will be stunning, but I particularly recommend this one. ...more
Jen
Jun 09, 2011 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. ...more
Shanon
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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! ...more
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Juliet Marillier was born 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 Bachelor of Music (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a majo ...more

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