Author: Juliet Marillier

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

Posted November 3, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | | 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Den of Wolves by Juliet MarillierDen of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
Series: Blackthorn & Grim #3
Published by Roc on November 1, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

Feather bright and feather fine, None shall harm this child of mine...

Healer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.

Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl’s home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task—repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn’t take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems—the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies...

Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn’s sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice—to stand once again by each other’s side or to fight their battles alone...

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The words on the page here are beautiful; they are well-crafted into a flow of emotion and provide a view for the imagination. One can see the setting, the people. This is well-written. The characters are well developed, even the mentions are unusually defined. Den of Wolves is the third in the Blackthorn & Grim series, all of these books are excellent. I happily found these stories by receiving the second book, Tower of Thorns  (my review) in an AceRoc stars package. Even the covers are lovely.

The beginning takes us to a new group of folks at Wolf Glen and the daughter of the manor, Cara. Her mother has died (as in all fairy tales?!?). Cara is the age to begin finding a suitor. Her father and aunt are working to overcome her idiosynchrocies, as they see them. She gets sent to Oran’s household, Dalraida, where Blackthorn, as a healer, is set to help her.

Meanwhile Grim takes on a large building project at Wolf Glen and is away much of the time. Blackthorn and Grim each learn pieces of the puzzle and have limited opportunity to share information and debate theories. And life goes on with other happenings. Blackthorn’s hated Mathuin continues his horrid behavior which brings things to a head.

Blackthorn and Grim both grow and continue their way of helping others and solving puzzles. They discover more about the fey and some history of Conmael. Pieces of the three books intertwine and the couple learns more about themselves and each other. It looks like this will be the final book, but I’d love to read more of their solving problems, helping people and working to build their lives. Highly recommended trilogy.

About Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a major influence on her writing.

Juliet is the author of twenty historical fantasy novels for adults and young adults, as well as a book of short fiction. Juliet’s novels and short stories have won many awards.

Juliet lives in a 110 year old cottage in a riverside suburb of Perth, Western Australia. When not writing, she is active in animal rescue and has her own small pack of needy dogs. She also has four adult children and seven grandchildren. Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.)


Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Posted December 10, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

  I always think I don’t really like regular fantasy since it’s more like a historical fantasy rather than urban fantasy, but now reading these Ace Roc books I find I love it, some of it.  I read somewhere recently about the genre being timeless and that is true enough.   It doesn’t have the changing technology issues of urban fantasy or futuristic science fiction. But to get to the point, this book and its predecessor,  Dreamer’s Pool,  are interesting, wonderful, well-written books.  The main characters, Blackthorn, and Grim have their strengths and their horrid pasts they are hiding. Yet they can still be kind and supportive to others. These are thought – provoking books, not the romantic books with humor I favor for comfort reads. […]