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Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

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Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
Roc: November 1, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free From Publisher

I’d go there again!
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Den of Wolves is the third and what I hope will not be the final book in the Blackthorn and Grimm series. While I loved Dreamer’s Pool and Tower of Thorns, I can’t help but appreciate the fact that Den of Wolves offers a satisfying conclusion, yet still allows for the possibility of more from Blackthorn and Grim.

Since the first book, I have enjoyed how Marillier combines a fantasy tale with elements that I generally associate more with the mystery genre. In each book, the healer Blackthorn and her man-of-few-words companion, Grimm, tackle a new mystery. That is no different in Den of Wolves. This time Blackthorns helps a troubled young princess, Dalriada, who’s father is building a mysterious house in the woods. Why is this house so important? Why must Dalriada be kept away from the house and the man who is instructing it’s builders? Those are both questions that Blackthorn seeks answers to. And Grimm is uniquely positioned to help as he’s been hired on to help finish the building of the home. (more…)

Joint Review: “Tower of Thorns”

22567177Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier
Roc: November 3, 2015
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Review Source: free from publisher.

Last year, Jaclyn read and loved Dreamer’s Pool. Stacey was less enthralled but has always been a big fan of Marillier. When the chance to read the second title in the Blackthorn & Grim series arrived, both jumped on it. For Jaclyn, it was an outstanding and beautiful read. For Stacey…

Read on for our full thoughts on the book!

The Book…

Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion, Grim, have settled in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn’s bond to her fey mentor, hoping to avoid any dire challenges. But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim.

Lady Geiléis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the prince of Dalriada’s help in expelling a howling creature from an old tower on her land—one surrounded by an impenetrable hedge of thorns. Casting a blight over the entire district, and impossible to drive out by ordinary means, it threatens both the safety and the sanity of all who live nearby. With no ready solutions to offer, the prince consults Blackthorn and Grim.

As Blackthorn and Grim begin to put the pieces of this puzzle together, it’s apparent that a powerful adversary is working behind the scenes. Their quest is about to become a life and death struggle—a conflict in which even the closest of friends can find themselves on opposite sides. (more…)

First Book Wows with “Dreamer’s Pool”

17305016Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier
Roc: November 4, 2014 (Fantasy)

I’d go there again!
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Dreamer’s Pool is the first in a new series by Juliet Marillier. I loved Marillier’s Sevenwaters series as a teen, yet was not impressed with her YA trilogy. So, I went into this one with mixed anticipation. What I got was a bit of a mystery and an introduction to some broken characters, who are flawed, grumpy, and wholly understandable.

Blackthorn used to be a healer. When she dared defy the leader of her clan, she’s thrown into prison. Now just days away from her court appearance, and her chance to finally speak out after years of abuse in the prison, she’s told that they’re just going to kill her instead. Before that can happen Blackthorn is visited by a fae who offers her a deal: for seven years she has to set aside her revenge and help anyone that asks for her assistance and if she agrees she will be set free from her prison.

Blackthorn reluctantly agrees to this deal and soon finds herself accompanied by Grim, another former prisoner. Grim’s past is much more mysterious, but he wants to go with Blackthorn and protect her. Blackthorn would much rather be alone with her anger, but Grim is the first person to ask for help even if he doesn’t not explicitly say anything. Over time the two start to build a home outside Dreamer’s Wood. Blackthorn takes up her healer trade and helps those in the surrounding villages. Grim throws himself into repairing their cottage and making it a home. Meanwhile Prince Oran is awaiting the arrival of his betrothed, only when she does arrive she doesn’t seem to be the woman that he thought she would be. Will Blackthorn be asked to help? Will she even be able to help, ignoring the drive to seek revenge that has never left her? (more…)

“Raven Flight” Doesn’t Really Take Off

17237161Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier
Knopf Books for Young Reader: July 9, 2013 (Young Adult; Fantasy)

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Raven Flight is the second in Juliet Marillier’s Shadowfell trilogy. In book one, Neryn discovered she was a Caller, one who possesses the gifts to call the Good Folk forward to fight on the side of the humans. It was a rough go for Neryn. She didn’t know who to trust or even if she wanted to be the Caller.

In Raven Flight Neryn has come to terms with her role as the Caller and it’s now time for her to hone her gifts. She’s used her ability in the past, but her lack of training makes her a danger to those around her. To learn more about her abilities Neryn will need to go on a journey and learn from the four Guardians. The journey is long and time is running short. (more…)

Another “chosen one” in “Shadowfell”

8452340Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
Knopf Books for Young Readers: September 11, 2012 (Young Adult; Fantasy)

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Shadowfell is the first in a YA historical fantasy trilogy from Juliet Marillier. While I liked this one, there was something about it that made it hard to get through.

As a teenager, I loved Marillier’s Sevenwaters series. I ended up moving away from fantasy books and essentially forgetting about this author. After hearing good things about Shadowfell from a number of readers, I thought I’d give it another try. The pressure was on to really enjoy this one, and unfortunately, I didn’t love it. I liked it, and I’ll read the remaining too books, but it was not a book that I had a hard time putting down.

Shadowfell is a coming-of-age tale following sixteen-year-old Neryn. Neryn has been on the run with her father since her brother and grandmother died. She has particular gifts that mark her as interesting to the oppressive king. He’ll either kill her or use her powers for his own purposes. After her father dies, Neryn decides to strike out for a distant settlement that she’s heard about: Shadowfell. Shadowfell is reputed to be the headquarters of the rebellion, and after seeing her family suffer at the hands of the king, Neryn is willing to be part of that rebellion. (more…)