Books to the ceiling, books to the sky, my pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them!
A beautifully rendered retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. The atmosphere was appropriately gloomy, and the love story is powerful, sweet, and understated. And while the mystery was quite obvious to me, I never felt in any great hurry to have the story end.
I loved the character of Anluan. His disability and upbringing have completely sapped any self confidence he may have had in himself as a leader, and yet there's a quiet dignity and strength to him. Caitrin and he complement each other brilliantly.
In my opinion, Juliet is the best author I have read when it comes to re-told fairytales. No one else seems capable of making you feel like the story should have always been told just this way. I have yet to read a Juliet Marillier novel that I haven't fallen completely and utterly in love with, and I hope this feeling lasts