HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier
Loading...

The Dark Mirror (2004)

by Juliet Marillier

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Bridei Chronicles (1)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
9912313,186 (3.86)35
  1. 10
    Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (AJtheLush)
    AJtheLush: Same Author, also wonderful
  2. 10
    Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel) by Sherwood Smith (Jen7waters)
    Jen7waters: Has the same kind of political royal intrigue going on, and a heroine who goes through a lot.
None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 35 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 22 (next | show all)
Generally I like Juliet Marillier but this book failed to grab my interest and I found it slow and plodding. Gave up finally to move on to one of the 1000 other books I want to read. ( )
  LindaWeeks | May 14, 2018 |
With a terser language than her Daughter of the Forest" debut novel, Marillier still brings to vibrant life a barely recorded past of Scotland. As before, the landscape is a character as vital as the human ones, and the descriptions of life in this early, early age are quite accurate. Life is neither easy nor guaranteed, and while not overtly cruel, it is not something we've come to expect in these days of central heating.

The dominant pagan religion is well thought out, including names of the different aspects of Goddess and God: Bone-Seeker, the Shining One, and an even darker name that is seldom spoken. Even the devotions of the Druid, Broichan, that he teaches to young Bridei are believable and well-grounded in an understanding of basic religious beliefs.

Especially appealing is Bridei's story and the strength of character he gains from the discipline and teaching he learns from Broichan, while still having doubts about whether he will ultimately achieve the kingship of the Picts. Aiding him throughout his young life is fosterling Tuala, who is not necessarily quite certain of her own place in the world. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
Marillier is a master of basing her fictitious novels around history, and has a firm grasp on some of the basic aspects of life and religion before Christianity overtook Britain.

Firstly, I enjoyed it. However..

There is much in this book, but it's central focus is on a love that cannot be, but is. And it kind of irked me. There was so much depth to play with here, but in the end I felt like I was reading a romance set in fantasy, rather than a fantasy containing romance. The ending was predictable but the struggle to get there was set at such a glacial pace! I was almost shouting at it to hurry up by the last few chapters. It's so glaringly obvious what the outcome would be, I wanted to slap the characters with their own book. The journey was just too long for a book with such a narrow scope. Sure, it played at the sides with bits and pieces to placate a fantasy reader but with no real consequence.

The world building was mediocre. If I wasn't already aware when this piece was set, I would've had no inkling as to it's time frame. If not for talk of druids, gods and chieftens, it could've been anytime before electricity was invented. I felt adrift. I wanted to see it, not just have it assumed I knew. Telling me there is a roaring hearth doesn't a picture make. I just wanted to feel the place and I didn't.

I liked the characters. But, I didn't want to do jigs for them. By the end, I was in despair that a I didn't really care about their struggles when I felt I should.

I am in two minds about reading the next in the series. I might be in the mood one day, who knows, maybe the Shining One will guide me back... ( )
  BookFrivolity | Apr 23, 2016 |
Juliet Marillier has written a trilogy based on Bridei, who was king of the Picts. Given the lack of written records, much of the detail of daily life has to be imagined from the available histories, mostly those of the Romans and Christian clerics. In spite of these challenges, the world feels real, and the characters live and breathe and populate the pages of this story with energy. As always, Marillier does a masterful job of blending the real and the magical in her story-telling. ( )
  nittnut | Mar 11, 2015 |
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 types of rituals, worship, and just a general feel. The two Fae or whatever they were supposed to be, were particularly annoying and, to me, pointless to the story. Overall, it was an OK read, and I'll continue to the second in the series. ( )
  a.happy.booker | Sep 24, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 22 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (11 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Juliet Marillierprimary authorall editionscalculated
Natale,VinceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
To good teachers, from whom we learn to think for ourselves.
First words
The druid stood in the doorway, as still as a figure carven in darken stone, watching the riders come up the hill.
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765348756, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:29 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

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 possible 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.… (more)

» see all 8 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.86)
0.5 1
1 5
1.5
2 16
2.5 1
3 51
3.5 17
4 96
4.5 8
5 70

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 136,329,306 books! | Top bar: Always visible