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Blade of Fortriu (#2 Bridei Chronicles)

Juliet Marillier

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Tor U.K.
05 January 2016
Horror & ghost stories; Fantasy; Australian Author Horror; Ghosts Horror; Aurealis Award
Blade of Fortriu is the second book in Juliet Marillier's Bridei Chronicles.

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.

And 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 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.
By:   Juliet Marillier
Imprint:   Tor U.K.
Volume:   02
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   726g
ISBN:   9780765309990
ISBN 10:   0765309998
Series:   Bridei Trilogy (Hardcover)
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   05 January 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Juliet Marillier is the author of the first book in the Bridei Chronicles, The Dark Mirror. She is also the author of the Sevenwaters trilogy: Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, and Child of the Prophecy and a fantasy duet, Wolfskin and Foxmask. She holds advanced degrees in music and languages, and has had a lifelong passion for both Celtic music and Irish folklore. She resides with her family in Perth, Western Australia.

Reviews for Blade of Fortriu (#2 Bridei Chronicles)

An engrossing, beautifully written work of historical fiction. --Booklist on Wolfskin A rich tapestry of love and loss, family loyalty and personal sacrifice. --Publisher Weekly (starred) on Child of the Prophecy The author's keen understanding of Celtic paganism and early Irish Christianity adds texture to a rich and vibrant novel. --Library Journal on Daughter of the Forest

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