The Dark Mirror
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 druids in the land. His earliest memories are not of hearth and kin but of this dark stranger who while not unkind is mysterious in his... show more
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 druids in the land. His earliest memories are not of hearth and kin but of this dark stranger who while not unkind is mysterious in his ways. The tasks that he sets Bridei appear to have one goal-to make him a vessel for some distant purpose. 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...and possibly wreck all of Broichan's plans. 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...for Tuala could be a key part in Bridei's future...or could spell his doom.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: March 6th 2007
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Pages no: 561
Edition language: English
Series: The Bridei Chronicles (#1)
(review originally posted on my livejournal account: http://intoyourlungs.livejournal.com/13707.html)I've heard of Juliet Marillier before, but only really in passing. I've heard more of less good things about her, but not much about this book in particular, so I was mildly looking forward to readin...
I rounding my rating up to a 3, but only because it's Marillier. I'm a huge fan of her Sevenwaters trilogy; after reading the reviews, I ended up buying The Dark Mirror used. I agree with a lot of what has been said here: this book may not be bad as far as general fantasy is concerned, but for Maril...
This book was a little slow for me. I enjoyed Tuala's POV but seemed to lose interest when it got to Bridei's. In many instances, the book reminded me a lot of Mists of Avalon, which is probably why I stayed with it to the end. The story is different than in Mists, but they share a lot of the same t...
The premise for The Dark Mirror is deceptively simple - groom a young boy to be king. Oh but what an epic adventure this is and it's only the beginning. You would think this would be a simple thing to accomplish - teach a boy what he needs to know in order to rule a country. But no, the Gods inte...
I picked up this book and it's sequel, The Blade of Fortriu, because I had read Marillier's Sevenwaters Trilogy. I am happy I did! This was just as entertaining and engaging as her Sevenwaters Trilogy. That being said...I recommend Sevenwaters over this one, but you should still enjoy these two.