What that purpose is Bridei cannot fathom but he trusts the man and is content to learn all he can about the ways of the world. But something happens that will change Bridei's world forever For Bridei finds a child on their doorstep on a bitter MidWinter Eve, a child seemingly abandoned by the fairie folk.
It is uncommonly bad luck to have truck with the Fair Folk and all counsel the babe's death. But Bridei sees an old and precious magic at work here and heedless of the danger fights to save the child. Broichan relents but is wary. The two grow up together and as Bridei comes to manhood he sees the shy girl Tuala blossom into a beautiful woman. Broichan sees the same process and feels only danger Into the Dark Lands.
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Broichan seems to have plans for Bridei, seems to be training him for a special purpose the older man will not divulge. But Bridei sees an old and precious magic at work and, heedless of the danger, fights to save the child. Broichan is wary but relents, for Bridei must grow to be his own man and make his own decisions. Read more Read less.
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The Dark Mirror snared my heart from Chapter One. I love everything about this book, the story, their religion, Broichan's pig headedness, Uist's unflappable charm, Faolan's sexy aloofness, Tuala's creepy hair-braid-chain; everything its not really creepy. Juliet Marillier has this power to draw me into her stories, well past the time any sane person would spend glued in one spot.
Many chores and errands were neglected, or put off while reading this book. It wasn't my fault.
Anyway, I'm extremely excited to start on Blade of Fortriu. Trying to wait a week or so before cracking it's spine. I'm attempting to pace myself and savor the Bridei Chronicles. I rampaged through The Sevenwaters series in one month. There was this hungry feeling for all things celtic, a strange glint in my eye, and I spent the entire month contemplating naming my first child Sorcha or Finbar.
Those were good times, and were over all too quickly. Cheers to the Dark Mirror! Thank you, Juliet, for another beautiful tale. One person found this helpful.
What a beautiful work of historical fantasy! Set in the Pictish kingdom of Fortrui in the 6th century, we are plunged into a fascinating world of druids and kings, and old conflicts between the Gaels and the Pritani, the ancient gods and the new Christian one. Marillier is a master storyteller. Her characters are timeless, each precisely themselves though perhaps they may remind us in their gravity and strength of their companions in Marillier's other works. So many characters are given a journey and a path to walk, instead of being flat background characters. Marillier writes lovingly about medieval and ancient times, allowing the brutal and dangerous nature of our ancestor's lives to show through without subjecting the reader to gratuitous violence.
You will cheer for Bridei and Tuala, and love and hate Broichan.
Marillier is a 5 star writer, but this particular effort really should get 4. Tuala is disappointingly wrapped up in her love interest for a Marillier heroine, and Bridei is somewhat annoyingly perfect. However, the political world they live in is too fascinating for me to pass up, and Ana and Faolan are much more satisfying characters, so I have high hopes for book 2!
It isn't until p my paperback version p. Something that makes the story have any reason or make sense.
THE DARK MIRROR is the first book in Juliet Marillier's Bridei Chronicles. Bridei is a young nobleman fostered at the home of Broichan, one of the most powerful . The Dark Mirror: Book One of the Bridei Chronicles. Juliet Marillier, Author. Tor $ (p) ISBN More By and About.
There is no love in this book.