Review: Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

den-of-wolvesReviewed by Jen

This book gave me everything I wanted to wrap up the trilogy of Blackthorn and Grim. Sadly, when I started, I didn’t realize this was the last story in the series, but by about halfway through, I had no doubts. These characters have come so far, their relationship forged in fire. Finally, here, we see the fruit of all their labors, the light at the end of the tunnel. There’s just one more set of trials they must endure before they get there.

A teenage girl, Cara, has been sent away by her father to live with Prince Oran and his wife, Flidais. This, after a strange, wild man named Bardan arrived at their home.  Her father doesn’t explain much to her, but Bardan was once the builder of the unfinished “heart house” that was started before Cara’s mother died. Now her dad is hellbent on resuming the project, only it’s shrouded in secret. Grim is tasked with helping Bardan complete the design. [Read more…]

Review: Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

tower of thornsReviewed by Jen

I can sum up the best thing about this book in just one word: Grim. He is almost all of my favorite hero tropes, rolled into one man. Tortured. Gentle giant. Devoted to a heroine who he thinks he is not good enough for. Loyal. Steadfast. Good… except when it’s time to drop the smackdown. That’s not to say that I don’t like the heroine. I do. Blackthorn is incredibly empathetic in all of her anger, confusion and lack of social skills. For goodness sake, she has been through the worst kind of hell. But Grim is the soft gooey center of this book. [Read more…]

Review: Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

dreamers poolReviewed by Jen

It seems I am a little late to the party on this introduction to the Blackthorn and Grim series… and I’m even further behind when you consider that this is my first book by Juliet Marillier. For the most part, I enjoyed it. I think that has a lot to do with the three empathetic characters who lead the story.

Let’s start with Blackthorn. As the book begins, she has been in prison for a year –and not just the kind of prison where you miss good food and freedom. This is a pit, where she is abused and broken in every way.  She lives only for the possibility of vengeance, but it looks like that, too, will be taken from her. Just before she is to be killed, a stranger –an elf– shows up and offers her a choice. He will get her out if she moves north, leaving her vengeance behind. For the next seven years she must return to her calling as a healer, turning down no one who needs help.  Begrudgingly, she accepts. [Read more…]