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[bridei chronicles, anyone?] [Oct. 3rd, 2010|12:53 am]
Forest of SevenWaters

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I know I've been a total trash mod, but luckily you folks are blessedly low on the wank, so that's been fantastic.

Anyway, I've been out of the JM loop for awhile (jeesh, I remember when I was happy this comm had six members, then again, I also remember the long-ago days when I opened the first Gerard Butler community and it had 3 members besides me for, like, YEARS. Oh the nostalgia. BUT ANYWHO.), and just a couple of days ago I picked up "The Dark Mirror", the first of the Bridei Chronicles.

And I inhaled it. Read most of it this afternoon, in fact.

Seeings as I'm not going to get a chance to pick up the others til next weekend, what did folks think of it? I, for one, loved it. I adored the subtler character development of Bridei and I loved that Ferada surprised me. Plus I'm a geek for "Welsh" history, so huzzah for Mariller not calling it Wales but referring to the two kingdoms of the north (Gwenydd) and the south (Powys).

It's about time I reread the Sevenwaters trilogy so I could check out what came after the trilogy as well...
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[User Picture]From: marinshellstone
2010-10-03 06:32 am (UTC)
OMG, there aren't words for how much I love the Bridei Chronicles.

Wait til you read the next two...oh Faolan. There has never been a Juliet Marillier character I have loved more than Faolan! Some days I actually think I prefer the Bridei Chronicles to Sevenwaters!
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[User Picture]From: arysani
2010-10-03 11:52 am (UTC)
Oh *really*?

I really did just blow through it. I haven't done that with a book that long in a long time. I adored Bridei and Fola and Tuala (and was never entirely sure of Woodbine & Gossamer) and Erip & Wid and Uist.

Faolan was the Gael assassin, yes?
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[User Picture]From: marinshellstone
2010-10-03 03:56 pm (UTC)
yup that's Faolan. That was one of the things I loved most about "Blade of Fortriu" and "The Well of Shades" - how many different POVs she wrote from and how they all wove together into this larger tapestry. I found myself, with the later Sevenwaters books, so used to Marillier's style of writing that I could already see what was coming. Not so with the Bridei Chronicles - she keeps the pacing suspenseful and tight, the characters refreshing.

Love your icon ;)
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