Blade of Fortriu (The Bridei Chronicles, Book 2) by Juliet Marillier

By Juliet Marillier

Blade of Fortriu is the second one e-book in Juliet Marillier's Bridei Chronicles.

Five Winters have handed considering younger king Bridei ascended the throne of Fortriu. 5 years, within which the folk have felt a contentment unknown for generations.

But the protection of a humans can vanish in a heartbeat, for wolves are frequently attracted to fields choked with fattened sheep. Bridei is decided to force the Gaelic invaders from his lands as soon as and for all. And so, together with his land safe and his apartment so as, he prepares for war.

And one among Bridei's plans to win the battle to return contains the gorgeous younger Ana. A princess of the sunshine Isles, she has dwelt as a hostage on the court docket of Fortriu for many of her younger lifestyles. regardless of being a pawn of fortune, she has bewitched all at courtroom and is dearly enjoyed via Bridei and his queen. yet Ana knows her responsibility. And so she is going to commute north, to make a strategic marriage with a chieftain she hasn't ever obvious, within the hopes of gaining an best friend on whom Bridei's victory relies.

For secrecy's sake, Ana needs to go back and forth at a soldier's speed, with a small band led through the enigmatic spymaster Faolan. Bridei implores Ana to belief see the nice in Faolan…but Ana can't see past his chilly competence and killer's eyes.

Then, whilst she arrives on the chieftain Alpin's stronghold within the mysterious Briar Woods, her pain and unease bring up tenfold, for this can be a position of jam-packed with secrets and techniques and her betrothed is an enigma himself. The extra Ana attempts to discover the reality of her new lifestyles, the extra she discovers a maze of well mannered diversions that masks lethal lies. She fears Faolan, yet he may well turn out to be the truest factor in her world.

Or her doom.

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Cm. ŠŠ1. Mothers and daughters舒Fiction. 2. Family secrets舒Fiction. 3. World War, 1939舑1945舒Evacuation of civilians舒Fiction. 4. World War, 1939舑1945舒England舒Kent. 5. Domestic fiction. I. Title. 92舒dc22ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠ2010033472 ISBN 978-1-4391-5278-2 ISBN 978-1-4391-9934-3 (ebook) For Kim Wilkins, who encouraged me to start; and Darin Patterson, who was with me to the last full stop CONTENTS Š PART ONE PART TWO PART THREE PART FOUR PART FIVE Acknowledgments Hush 舰 Can you hear him? The trees can.

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