Award-winning author Juliet Marillier's "lavishly detailed" (Publishers Weekly) 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.
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"A Fantastic New Installment!"
I love that they use multiple narrators for this series and the fantastic job they do melding together so that the listener isn't jolted by the change.
The climax of the story threw me for a loop with the twist Marillier threw in. I loved it.
Nick Sullivan's Grimm is my favorite voice for this series. He makes Grimm sound exactly as I would imagine if I were reading the book rather than listening to it.
This was even better than 'Dreamer's Pool'. I loved the building of the relationship between Blackthorn and Grimm and this adventure put me in mind of a twisted version of the Rapunzel tale, with a curse and some fae involvement. Highly enjoyable and I will be waiting anxiously for book 3!
"Another winner from Marillier"
I am loving the journey as Marrilier explores Blackthorn and Grim--a departure from her usually very young heroines and heroes. They are made all the more interesting for their world-weariness and baggage that they must overcome. I can't wait for the next one.
Tower of Thorns, second book in the Blackthorn series, is as captivating as the first.
As in the first novel, character development is outstanding. The author's technique is very unique and consistent. The characters of Blackthorn and Grim present simplistically, but with significant depth. This writing engages the reader quickly, and holds the readers attention until the end.
The author tries a little too hard to summarize the first book's storyline, but it doesn't take away from this fantasy's overall success.
If you are a fantasy reader and have stayed away from adult fairytales like I have done, you might want to test drive this series. I will definitely be checking out other books written by this author.
"hard to put it down"
I enjoyed this book even more than the first. the drawn out storytelling lent suspense, though I guessed some of the surprises. I love the characters of Grim and Blackthorn, both are highly flawed and do not see their own self worth, but each sees the good in the other. Looking forward to more in yhhis series.
"Much, much better than the first in the series."
The first in this series was good, but jumped the shark. This? Marillier figured it out with this book. Desperately awaiting more installments in the series (though I am happy to wait a long time if that's what's needed to make another gem like this one)
"Even better than Book 1 if possible!"
Masterful storytelling. Lovable and believable characters with heartless villains, magical Fae beings, and a mystery! Love this writer!
"Great second book!"
Like the first one, Tower of Thorns is a slow burn, but SO worth it! The narrators' performances are perfect, great differentiating between all of the characters. Unexpected and satisfying ending. I can't wait for more!
"very well performed"
predictable but with a few...uncanny twists. definitely enjoyable and looking forward to more in this series.
"yet another wonderful book"
Again Juliet Marillier has woven a story to love that can be read and re-read over and over. Can't wait for the next one.
"This series has a special place in my heart!"
Grim may be my favorite fictional hero character ever. I love him so much; when he hurts, I hurt. Blackthorn is up there as well
"This author captures my attention"
As always never disappointed ..blackthorn and grimm find adventure and danger ,hope ,loyalty love and friendship ...i can never wait to see what this author brings to pass with her tales..this book gave me much pleasure must read or listen to here
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