Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier


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

I’d go there again!

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…)


“Flamecaster”: A Revenge Read

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
HarperCollin: April 5, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free From Library

Beach Vacation

Flamecaster is the first book by the much-hyped Chima that I’ve read. I’ve wanted to read Chima’s Seven Realms series for a long time, but alas, time, there is never enough. Instead, I decided to jump right into Chima’s new series, which I understand is connected to the Seven Realms series. Having not read the other series, I think I can safely say that Flamecaster can be read as a standalone series.

Flamecaster follows the adventures and revenge plots of four people. There’s Ash, a young prince who’s family has been targeted by a rival king. Like Ash, Jenna’s friends have been murdered by the same king, and now she is being hunted down by the king because of the mage mark on the back of her neck. Lila is playing multiple sides, but it’s anyone’s guess who’s side she’s really on. And perhaps the most mysterious of all, Destin Karn, son of the powerful general that serves the dastardly king seems to have his own operation running that is contrary to his king. Each of these characters have their own motivations, but what ties them all together is their hatred for the current king of Arden. (more…)

Half a King’s Revenge

18666047Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea #1)
Del Rey, July 15, 2014 (Fantasy; Young Adult)

My rating: Beach vacation (3/5)

He had always been weak, but he never felt truly powerless until they made him a king. (p. 32)

After reading The Blade Itself I’ve pretty much jumped on the Joe Abercrombie bandwagon. I was quite curious to give his young adult foray a try. Would it be just as grim? Just as violent? I can’t say I was necessarily disappointed, but I will admit that I didn’t like it as much as The Blade Itself.

Prince Yarvi is training to become a minister, as the younger, and crippled son, he really has no other option, until his father and elder brother are killed by an enemy. Yarvi suddenly finds himself, completely unprepared, sitting on the Black Chair as king:

It took a fearsome effort to turn his head back toward the Black Chair.

Could he truly sit in it, between gods and men? He, who could hardly bring himself to touch it with his crippled joke of a hand? He made himself reach out, his breath coming shallow. Made himself lay his one trembling fingertip upon the metal.

Very cold and very hard. Just as a king must be. (p. 29)

And as king, Yarvi finds that he must vow to get revenge on the enemy that killed his father and brother, only it seems the enemy might be closer to him that he ever would have suspected. (more…)