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The Bridei Chronicles by Juliet Marillier — 4 out of 5 stars. Marillier is my kind of writer. I have now completed five books of hers and I love her style. She mixes history with fantasy in a way that makes everything come alive. The stories feel like fairy tales and yet they are darker than that — they have the low heartbeat of life throughout.
They are poetry and yet easy to read. I was able to enjoy these books on audio and, can I just say, the narrator for this audio book has the voice. Like — melt the ladies right down to their Maryjanes kind of voice. Each book in this series works toward the same goal — the rise of a new king to the kingdom to bring all the lands together.
It starts off at the core of it all; we see the future king grow up from the mere age of 8. In some ways that can make the first book a little slow and predictable. In others that predictability really clashes with the magic and wonder that arises and makes the whole scene really interesting. Book one may seem a bit slow as it establishes the new reign — but where book one lacks adventure, book two makes up for it.
Most of the story in the second installment takes place in a faraway land where secrets and suspicions run wild. Unpredictable love abounds and magic plays an even deeper role. The third book rounds out the other two perfectly. People who were once perfect are no longer one-dimensional. This book relies heavily on character growth and it happens so well. What Faolan went through in book two was crucial to put him in the right spot for book three.
I love the likely and yet unlikely romance that occurs in all three books. Marillier does a wonderful job of making it the focus but not the whole story. I find it hard to believe that the series is over. Maybe that is another series that has been created or yet to come. Regardless, I was sad to put these characters away. A little Disney-esque maybe, but it worked really well and tied off a lot of loose ends. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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The Bridei Chronicles Series
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The Bridei Chronicles by Juliet Marillier — 4 out of 5 stars. Marillier is my kind of writer. I have now completed five books of hers and I love her style. She mixes history with fantasy in a way that makes everything come alive.