Review

TOWER OF THORNS is the second book in Juliet Marillier’s new Blackthorn & Grim fantasy series. Enthralling and magical with the lure that these events could have happened in the not too distant past. My kind of fantasy, magically wonderful reading.

Award-winning author Juliet Marillier’s “lavishly detailed”* Blackthorn & Grim series continues as a mysterious creature holds an enchanted and imperiled ancient Ireland in thrall.

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.

*Publishers Weekly (from Amazon)

While others discovered her books quite a while ago, the Blackthorn & Grim series is my first experience with Ms. Marillier. I’m pleased to have chanced across her most recent series.

In DREAMERS POOLMs. Marillier introduced Blacthorn, a wise woman/healer, and Grim, her companion/bodyguard.  Their relationship is one of mutual respect and need, acknowledged or otherwise. They met in a dungeon prison and understand each other in ways no one else can. DREAMERS POOL focuses more on Blackthorn’s backstory than Grim’s.

My kind of fantasy, magical…..

In TOWER OF THORNS we learn more about Grim’s past. I’m hooked on Blackthorn and Grim’s relationship and the slow reveal of their histories. I’m also beyond curious about the hidden agenda of Blackthorn’s deal with Conmael. There are so many layers to the plot and characters it’s easy to become lost in this world.

A monster in a tower, surrounded by thorns, who has to be rescued by a woman. This is the mystery to be solved. But with the appearance of someone from Blackthorn’s previous life and Grim’s demons surfacing, forcing him to face his past, there’s so much more.

This is my kind of fantasy. The stories come across as totally plausible and could have happened in the not too distant past, allowing the reader to lose themselves in this magical series. The problems and mysteries set before the duo could be the origins of fairy tales as we know them. Fey, little people, magic, cursed lovers, and more await readers in these magical tales.

I’m truly looking forward to more Blackthorn and Grim.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!