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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  13,137 ratings  ·  1,325 reviews
Set in Ireland during the twelfth-century Norman invasion, Marillier’s outstanding fantasy is a Beauty and the Beast tale with gothic sensibilities.

Whistling Tor is a place of secrets and mystery. Surrounded by a wooded hill, and unknown presences, the crumbling fortress is owned by a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the district in tones of revulsion and bittern
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Kindle Edition, 453 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Roc (first published October 2nd 2009)
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Lora There is one where a man looks into a mirror that reflects his lustful view of a woman, it is somewhat detailed but not what I considered explicit.…moreThere is one where a man looks into a mirror that reflects his lustful view of a woman, it is somewhat detailed but not what I considered explicit. However, I did not let my kids read this book because of that and maybe a few other details. (less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
It is a well-known fact that I adore Beauty and the Beast retellings, so it's about damn time I reviewed this. It is not only the best retelling I have ever read, it is among my top five favorite books of all time. I can't even tell you how beautiful, fantastic, magical this story is. It truly has everything. It is a long story; don't be afraid of the length. It will fly by as you're immersed in it, and I, for one, wish it were longer. Also, the "Beast" is a long red-haired Irish dude with half ...more
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
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kat Kennedy
Shelves: fairy-tales, 2011
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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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


Actual rating : 3.5 stars

Trust me, I wanted to love this book so, so much. But if Heart's Blood casted a spell on me, captivating me, I encountered the same problems I had with Shadowfell, making it hard to entirely connect with the story, especially in the second half.



Fascinating settings : Think about an ominous forest, a mysterious castle, whose inhabitants have been suffering from a curse for years. What not to love?



If I wasn't completely won by the writing (I'll come back to that), I
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Bradley
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-shelf, fantasy
This is definitely my favorite of Juliet Marillier's books, but to be fair, it's only my second.

That being said, it wasn't a love at first sight, much like the main character in this Beauty and the Beast retelling. It grew on me, much as the Beast grew on Belle.

The later half was quite exciting and full of magic and trying to break the curse and there was plenty of ghosts and ghouls and armies and all the awesome Norman invasion historical stuff to keep me involved in the medieval world this dr
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♛Tash


Warning: this is a gushy review, so if you don't want to be embarrassed on my behalf, turn away now.

The story opens with Caitrin, our beauty in this BatB retelling, running away from her abusive guardian as far as money can take her. She goes as far as Whistling Tor, more on Whistling Tor later. Desperate, Caitrin takes a summer job as scribe to the reclusive lord of Whistling Tor, despite the discouragement of the local folk. She's determinedly positive (irritatingly so at times) to complete he
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Robin (Bridge Four)
This isn’t really a Beauty and the Beast retelling but it reminded me very loosely of one. Again, Juliet Marillier delivers a book that has the distinctive feel of an old school fairytale. There is a curse, a castle, a semi-disfigured man, a strong heroine with nowhere else to turn and mirrors that don’t reflect the world but have other things moving inside of them. It was bound to call out to me just waiting to be read.
There was an odd beauty in his isolation and his sadness, like that of a fo
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ by: Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

*3.5 stars* I think....


"Your coming here has changed everything, Caitrin. You have opened my mind to possibilities beyond any I had dreamed of. So I fetched the books. I knew you could translate them, but...Caitrin, the idea of any action of mine causing you hurt is...it's unbearable. You are...you're like a beating heart. A glowing lamp. I've never met anyone like you before."


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This book was beautiful....and the male lead was EVERYTHING I was looking for: Dark. Tortured. Broken...deeply and
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new_user
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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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Mellie Antoinette
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“One hundred years of ill luck; one hundred years of sorrow; one hundred
years of failure.”

All stories must begin somewhere. At the beginning. In the middle. In the “land beyond the gray.” They have shadows, souls, spirals and sentiment. And yet, they all have a small tie binding them together, the spirit of tales gone by, the luminescence of shadow black ink dripping from a feathered quill, the voice of the spoken word beating and beckoning to be heard.

“You came here with love in your heart.
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A.G. Howard
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful fantasy by one of my favorite authors! Loved the Beauty and the Beast elements, however subtle they were. My favorite retellings are the ones where the author makes the story completely and uniquely their own, just adding creative nods to the original here and there. Ms Marillier has perfected this technique. <3
Justine
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
One of the things I love most about reading a book by Juliet Marillier is that I know going in I'm guaranteed a satisfying experience. Heart's Blood absolutely delivers on that count.

This book is in many ways standard Marillier fare: excellent prose; varied and multilayered characters; familiar yet intriguing magic; an exploration of the themes of friendship, family, and loyalty; and, of course, a slow burn romance. But standard for Marillier is also the mark of excellence, and however many time
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Kaila
4.5/5 stars

“Even in that time of utter darkness, somewhere deep inside me the memory of love and goodness had stayed alive.”


This was a fantastic book, but I wasn't expecting anything less from this author. Anyone who knows me knows that I love all things Beauty and the Beast related. So, I was beyond excited when I found one of my favourite authors has written a retelling of my favourite gothic tale. This is by far the best Beauty and the Beast retelling as it took this old story and transfo
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Mimi
Closer to 4 stars but I'm rounding up because the writing is so lovely and earthy and dreamy, and the atmosphere is just perfect for this time of year when leaves and weather are starting to turn.

Will have to own this one in hardcover. And reread it until winter sets in.
Lindsay
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitrin, a young woman who trained with her father as a scribe, has come to Whistling Tor fleeing kinsman who have abused her. The Tor is a supernatural place peopled by uncanny forces and their strange chieftain Anluan. But Caitrin is far less scared of revenants, gigantic dogs and walking scarecrows than she is of who pursues her, so the Tor becomes a much needed home. Anluan is in need of a scribe for the summer so the arrangement works for both parties, but Caitrin quickly becomes fascinated ...more
Kay
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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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Eric
4.5 stars

Heart's Blood is a surprisingly entertaining and satisfying fantasy read. I read this book as a buddy read with my friends in the Bookish Buddies book club. Another great choice!

When I embarked on reading this book, I had the impression that it was sort of retelling of the original Beauty and the Beast. I don't recall reading the original story. Heart's Blood, for me, bore very little resemblance to the more popular versions (ala Disney) of B&B. There are no talking tea cups in thi
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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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 Simply Sam ツ
I’ve loved Juliet Marillier since reading Daughter of the Forest. She’s one of my bucket list authors that I hope to read, or at least attempt to read, all of her works. She has such an amazing way with weaving a tale, of creating emotions and atmosphere. Her books all feel a little bit like magic. I seriously love her style. So, when I discovered that she had written a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast it immediately went on my TBR list. Unfortunately, I have way too many books on that list wi ...more
Erotic Horizon
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Mili
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Bookish buddies! I loved this tale, you have to warm up to it but its very caring, gentle and mysterious. This is my first book by Juliet Marillier and I love her writing style, its detailed, has a classic vibe to it and flows smoothly!

Heart's Blood is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast. Its told from a first person POV, so in the beginning it seems very rammbly! But you know with every start of a new story you need warming up and getting to know the person in the story. It al
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Marquise
3.5 stars for this fairly good Beauty and the Beast historical fantasy retelling.

I'd like to link to Alienor's review instead of writing mine, because we're surprisingly so in agreement over the positive and negative points of this novel that it feels like I'd just be merely repeating her words.
Lata
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sad-happy end to a lovely story about a wonderful young woman, Caitrin and the haunted, lonely cursed place she at first escapes to then makes as her home. Juliet Marillier has written beautifully and sensitively of a variety of characters, and of hope. Hope suffuses this narrative, and that and kindness are Caitrin as she struggles to help the chieftain of Whistling Tor and all the unusual inhabitants.
I love the characterizations and the tone and language. Beautiful stuff!
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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Karith Amel
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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Mariana
Wonderfully written. Beautiful place. Beautiful love. What can I say? It changed me.
Ângela

“With courage and hope, we can conquer our fears and do what we once believed impossible.”

This is one of those books which starts slow but suddenly becomes full of unravelled action.

Once more, a great heroin, just like all the amazing protagonists that Juliet Marillier has already habituated us. And all the remaining characters (dead or alive)? Also amazing, of course!

I also enjoyed the portrayal of the castle and its soroundings, a mysterious, shady, full of whispers and magic, merged in a den
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Kim
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: has-read
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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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
“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.” 59 likes
“Even in that time of utter darkness, somewhere deep inside me the memory of love and goodness had stayed alive.” 44 likes
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