Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Double Review: Dreamer's Pool and Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, a town with strong Scottish roots. She graduated from Otago University with degrees in arts and music, and has had a varied career which included teaching and performing music as well as working in government agencies.

Juliet now lives in a hundred-and-ten-year-old cottage near the river in Perth, Western Australia, where she writes fulltime. She is a member of the druid order OBOD. Juliet shares her home with a small pack of waifs and strays. Juliet's historical fantasy novels are published internationally and have won a number of awards.

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Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn and Grim #1)
Behind 432 Pages
Released: 1 October 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: PanMacmillan Australia
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At the Other End:
Embittered healer Blackthorn, wrongly condemned to death, is offered a lifeline by a mysterious stranger. In return, she must set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once loved. Not only that: for seven years she must agree to help anyone who asks for her aid. She and her companion Grim settle on the fringes of a mysterious forest in Dalriada, far from the place of their incarceration, and start a new life.

Oran, the crown prince of Dalriada, is waiting for his bride-to-be, Lady Flidais. Her letters and sweet portrait have convinced him that she is his destined true love.

But letters can lie.

To save Oran from disaster, Blackthorn and Grim will need courage, ingenuity, and more than a little magic.

Another fascinating and intriguing tale from Juliet Marillier. Although it's missing the romance that usually sweeps me off my feet, the storyline was still incredible.

There is a reason why Juliet Marillier is my all time favourite author (along with SJM) and this book still holds that strong. Usually with Marillier's books, I fall head first into the love story and shipping the two characters so hard that I literally swoon every time something happened. This book doesn't have that romance, and is all along the friendship lines, it was still a really great book and an even better storyline. It was interesting and intriguing, while still being mysterious and full of mischief from the Fae.

I had two small little reservations with this book. I did not ship Oran and Flidais one bit. They have written each other how many letters and they both believe that they are in love? Sorry, I couldn't get into that and they hadn't even met, just to top it all off.
The second thing was that I guessed the ending. It still didn't disappoint when it came down to it all, but I figured out what happened as soon as it was questioned that something was amiss. I didn't get all the details, but I did get the general gist of it all.

I loved Blackthorn and Grim's friendship. Even though we don't get any love between them, they are close companions and still make for a great story even if they aren't together. I was anxious to know what happened in Blackthorn's past and when it as finally revealed, I was shocked and understood her desire for revenge, even if the reality of it was a bit stupid (she wouldn't be able to take Mathuin on by herself, look where that got her in the first place). I loved how strong willed she was, she wouldn't let anyone tell her or do anything she didn't want done, and she didn't care who it was that told her. Then there was Grim, who was more of a silent thinker who was so different and yet so in tune with Blackthorn, that they made a brilliant pair of friends. We still haven't heard of Grim's past, and its still nagging at me to find out. I hope its revealed in the next book!

Sorry, can I just have a moment to say how GORGEOUS these covers are? Both Dreamer's Pool and Tower of Thorns are beautiful and its safe to say that these might be some of my fave covers out of all Juliet's books so far.

Another one of Juliet Mariller's fantastic series, I can't wait to see where it will head from here.
Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn and Grim #2)
Behind 400 Pages
Released: 1 October 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: PanMacmillan Australia 
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At the Other End:
Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion Grim have settled quietly in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn's bond to her fey mentor. But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim.

Lady GeilĂ©is, 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, the mysterious presence threatens both the safety and the sanity of all who live nearby. 

As Blackthorn and Grim begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together, it becomes clear that a powerful adversary is at work. Their quest is about to become a life and death struggle - where even the closest of friends can find themselves can find themselves on opposite sides.

A fantastic sequel to Dreamer’s Pool, that leaves you anxiously awaiting the final book in the trilogy. Seemingly deeper in the mystery, Tower of Thorns is a puzzle throughout in more ways than one.

You seriously can’t go wrong with Juliet Marillier. Honestly, her writing is amazing and the story lines are absolutely fantastic. You can vividly see everything that is happening throughout the book and see how it all plays out. You get to see a little deeper inside Grim and his past gradually (which is great, seeing as that’s what I was hoping for in the last book), and there is more of a fantasy story in this one as well with the Tower and all.

Even though I did predict what was going to happen with some things, I was really surprised with the mystery surrounding everything. I liked the suspense, and it wasn’t really until around half way through the book that we really kind of understood what was happening and what Blackthorn and Grim were going to be doing. It did feel like a slow book, but then again I didn’t have much time to actually read, so it might just be me.

I didn’t like Gileis, sure I felt for her when her story came out, but the way that she acted made me dislike her, especially because of how much I love Blackthorn. I didn’t like Flannan as well, he just didn’t sit right with me and I just had an off feeling about him throughout this entire book.

I was still surprised at the ending, especially the very last page/chapter, that had me thinking a lot at how the series is going to end and what is going to happen when Blackthorn acknowledges the truth. I’m excited to see what the final book has in store, especially because we know that she can’t leave Dalriada.

This is another fantastic book in the Blackthorn and Grim series that is full of fantasy and mystery, sure to grab hold of anyone who goes to read this fantastic series.

This novel was received for review via PanMacmillan Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. This review has me so excited to read Tower of Thorns! It has just jumped way up my TBR :D! Thank you for sharing, and you're right, the covers are absolutely stunning.

    PS What are you talking about on twitter, your reviews are perfect :D!

    1. It's amazing and the cover is absolutely gorgeous! You should read it as soon as you can :)
      haha no way, yours are so much better than mine! I'm envious :D


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