Review: Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier

July 8, 2016 Review 16 ★★★★½

Review: Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
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Publisher: Penguin
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 416
Release Date: November 3rd 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Historical
Whistling Tor is a place of secrets and mystery. Surrounded by a wooded hill, and unknown presences, the crumbling fortress is owned by a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the district in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over Anluan's family and his people; those woods hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom.

For young scribe Caitrin it is a safe haven. This place where nobody else is prepared to go seems exactly what she needs, for Caitrin is fleeing her own demons. As Caitrin comes to know Anluan and his home in more depth she realizes that it is only through her love and determination that the curse can be broken and Anluan and his people set free.

For years, Bec has been occasionally constantly suggesting badgering me to read something by Juliet Marillier. So I eventually gave in and was like alright, I’ll try something by her, so Bec recommended HEART’S BLOOD, partly since it was a standalone. I didn’t think I would like it at all, and when I opened the first page I was like, “FOR BEC.” So, to be honest, I was absolutely dreading it.


Boy, was I surprised. HEART’S BLOOD became one of the only books this year (so far) that I actually was excited to get back to. I wanted to put everything off so I could continue reading and find out what was going to happen.

I’ve complained so many times about books that have huge, chunky paragraphs that slow down the pacing. Here’s where I eat my words. While even the dialogue was occasionally in large paragraphs, it didn’t bother me at all. Everything was so well described and the writing itself felt like magic.

I was totally unprepared for the feels.


HEART’S BLOOD was a near flawless read for me. The characters were fantastically developed and fleshed out, each one more unique than the last. They are all flawed, but it is their flaws that make them perfect. Plus, the character dynamics were great, and it was so interesting to see how the relationships between them all.

Caitrin, the main character, is a courageous and strong heroine, but she doesn’t start out that way. She is in a vulnerable place and it was amazing seeing her character evolve.

I finally understand why Bec sometimes always suggested forced Marillier on me. She has taught me well and now, as her apprentice, I must go forth and take over her job. So all I really have to say is READ THIS.


Rating Report
Overall: 4.6

16 Responses to “Review: Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier”

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Among others, Bec has been a large reason why I added this and other Marillier books on my tbr shelf. I’ve bumped this one up to my wishlist though so I WILL get my hands on it ASAP. It made me laugh that you were dreading reading this but ended up loving it so hard. Bec will never let you hear then end of this XD Better make up for it by pushing it FOR EVER!
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    • Alise

      Haha, yep, same! So many people absolutely rave about Marillier’s stuff. I’m not totally sure why I was so against it, maybe just because I was told to read it xD LOL

  2. Bec

    YASSSSSSSSSSSSSS THIS BOOK DESERVES ALL THE PRAISE. Now you need to get your hands on all the other Marillier brilliance

    • Alise

      I definitely will, I’m waiting for the all the books to come out so I can just read them all at once xD

  3. Jordon @ Simply Adrift


    Honestly, I loved this book so much! I first got into books by Marillier when I picked up Wildwood Dancing (Which by the way you should also read!) and I now love Juliet Marillier and will read any book she publishes. She is just such a fantastic storyteller.

    I like her Sevenwaters series as well, although I have yet to read all of the books in that series. I loved her Shadowfell series and also Blackthorn & Grimm. I just love her writing and her stories. SHE IS AMAZING!

    I’m glad you liked this book!
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    • Alise

      It’s pretty great! I’m definitely going to check out Wildwood Dancing now, so many people have said it’s awesome and I for sure want to read more from the author.

      Good to know! I know of those but I was planning on waiting until all the books are out so I can just read them all at once.

      Thanks! :)

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