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Blade of Fortriu Audiobook

Blade of Fortriu: Bridei Chronicles, Book 2

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Five winters have passed since young king Bridei ascended the throne of Fortriu. Five years, in which the people have felt a contentment unknown for generations. But the security of a people can vanish in a heartbeat, for wolves are often drawn to fields filled with fattened sheep. Bridei is determined to drive the Gaelic invaders from his lands once and for all. And so, with his land secure and his house in order, he prepares for war. One of Bridei's plans to win the war to come involves the beautiful young Ana. A princess of the Light Isles, she has dwelt as a hostage at the court of Fortriu for most of her young life. Despite being a pawn of fortune, she has bewitched all at court and is dearly loved by Bridei and his queen. But Ana understands her duty. And so she will travel north, to make a strategic marriage with a chieftain she has never seen, in the hopes of gaining an ally on whom Bridei's victory relies.

For secrecy's sake, Ana must travel at a soldier's pace, with a small band led by the enigmatic spymaster Faolan. Bridei implores Ana to trust him and see the good in Faolan…but Ana cannot see beyond his cold competence and killer's eyes. Then, when she arrives at the chieftain Alpin's stronghold in the mysterious Briar Woods, her discomfort and unease increase tenfold, for this is a place of full of secrets and her betrothed is an enigma himself. The more Ana tries to uncover the truth of her new life, the more she discovers a maze of polite diversions that mask deadly lies. She fears Faolan, but he may prove to be the truest thing in her world.

Or her doom.

©2006 Juliet Marillier (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Ttim San Francisco, CA, United States 10-09-15
    Ttim San Francisco, CA, United States 10-09-15 Member Since 2009
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    "disappointing follow up"

    Sadly this book fails to live up to the promise of The Dark mirror. For me it does this for 3 main reasons:

    1. There is too much romance and too little history for my tastes. Of course, for some this will actually be a good thing.
    2. Whenever any of the main characters is in a tight spot, a just-to-convenient coincidence occurs which results in saving the day.
    3. Michael Page has a rare off day as a narrator. For some reason the voice he uses for Bridei is completely different to that in the first book. I understand that 5 years

    has passed, but Bridei has only changed from a 21 to a 26 year old. Michael Page makes him sound like he is 60 in this book.
    This is odd, because the voice he uses for other characters is consistent with book 1.
    Also, his voices for adult males in general is just a bit too harsh ... and they all end up sounding similar after a while.

    I'll probably listen to book 3 to see how things pan out. Here's hoping for less love and more history!

    2 stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa 01-22-15
    Alyssa 01-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    I enjoyed this title immensely. I found it to be much more interesting than the first book in the series and my heart ached for the characters throughout. I can't wait to see what is in store for Faolan in book three!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    smmaglothin 01-09-15
    smmaglothin 01-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved it!"

    I've loved all of Juliet's books but I've found some of the audio versions are read in a super dramatic way that I don't really care for. but the first 2 books in this series have been awesome. Downloading the 3rd now :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 10-26-14
    Diana 10-26-14 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Second book better than first, on to third book!"

    I bought both books on a series sale, and wasn't happy with the uneven quality of the first book, but still considered it a 4 star book.

    The second book in the series has tighter writing, lots of intricate plot lines that weave together, and more sensory descriptions (mostly visual, some sounds, some tactile) than in the first book to help fine tune the mental imagery the reader/listener uses.

    The story is much more complex, interesting, and adventurous. Still lacking or awkward in the wit or humor department. It's great that authors do a lot of research and come up with intricate plot lines, but if an author can write despair and horrible treatment of people or fight scenes, what's wrong with some wit and humor as well in order to balance out the human experience.

    On to book three!

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    Cheri 10-17-14
    Cheri 10-17-14 Member Since 2016
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    "WHAT A WONDERFUL SECOND BOOK !"

    this second book in the series was just as good as the first. actually, it was maybe just that little bit better. i like the way it is written, not too much blood, gut and gore, no long drawn out sex scenes...the author gets the point across with out over doing the ugly, un-needed parts. kept my interest, and can't wait to listen to the third book.
    the only thing that kept this book from a full boat of stars was the narrators gravelly, harsh sounding voice on too many of the characters for the men. he did a very good job with the female voices, but for the men, well, after a while that raspy harshness starts to get on my nerves.

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    Dennis Dallas, TX 11-22-14
    Dennis Dallas, TX 11-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting story...but"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoy the magical realm in books, and like strong women/men who fight for what is right. I was very disappoined in this book, given I felt it was very slow to develop, and very little magical moments. Most of the book was given over to romance, not what I wanted to read, albeit, the story line was interesting, barring the hours of romantic and convoluted personal relationships.


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    Lin Cloward Manti, UT, US 08-25-16
    Lin Cloward Manti, UT, US 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great historical content, intriguing heart pounding story, some parts hold you waiting for the next page."

    Liked the characters, very strong, loved that there are more than one main characters.
    Did not like how sappy a couple of the love thought scenes became.
    Read all three of the books and really liked them.

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    sarah 07-10-16
    sarah 07-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this series love this author"

    Definitely a must read. I love this series and all her books in general. I recommend them to anyone

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    J. Friedman 11-09-15
    J. Friedman 11-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as book 1"

    If only narrators would take a little time to refresh their memories on what voices, accents, and pronunciations they used for a book before reading its sequel, it would make the experience for the listener so much better. That did not happen here and it was irksome and disconcerting throughout the whole book. The writing in this sequel isn't as good as in the first book either, and it almost reads more like a drugstore gothic novel than a work of elegant fantasy. It was still enjoyable, but disappointing after the first book.

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    Tracey 10-06-15
    Tracey 10-06-15
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    "Teasingly Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Blade of Fortriu?

    The romance between Ana & Drustan came from nowhere with these two characters instantly having a "meaningful" and deep relationship upon first glance. Ana's relationship with Faolan, on the other hand, matured throughout the story as did Faolan whom I grew to respect and understand as a complex and interesting character. I was rooting for him and Ana throughout the story. I had faith up until the increasingly ridiculous and formulaic end of the story that Juliet would unite the two. what a waste of time and dare I say, a betrayal on Juliet's part. Sickening, immature, half-baked, and unrealistic come to mind regarding the relationship between Ana and Drustan.


    Has Blade of Fortriu turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am uncertain about continuing the series, as I am unwilling to feel as disappointed and frustrated a I did reading Blade of Fortriu. I hope Juliet reads this feedback.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite scene was when Ana and Faolan had their first disclosing dialogue. What a tease; I though that it was going somewhere.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The build up of the relationship between Ana an Faolan.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected more from Juliet after reading the first book. Faolan was indeed the hero of this book. His union with Ana would have been as interesting as that between the characters in Juliet's first book.

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    "Another gripping saga from Julet"

    I would reccomend this trilogy to all Marillers Fans,good story line.now starting The Shade of Wells. Narration is excellent.Denise Swansea City.

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