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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"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)
"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.
"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!
"A *Grim* Fairy Tale, Indeed! (No Spoilers!)"
Wow! I thought the first book was good -- this one was toe curling!
There have been few books that I've been compelled to listen to, straight through, during any available moment, during every waking hour, until it was done. This is one of the best.
This second, beautifully crafted story of Blackthorn and Grim, follows them as they attempt to discover the mystery of the Thorn Tower. It gave me shivers. With the Fey front and center, with all their trixsy ways, it was very hard to tell friend from foe. Full of magic and mystery, love and betrayal, hope and despair -- everything that makes a fairy tale great -- this is one to re-listen to, over and over again.
That's it, that's all I'm telling. But I will say this: I loved it so much, that one hour from the end, I got up out of bed at midnight, to buy the third book! I hope there will be many more stories to come in this amazing series.
Narration: Natalie Gold is perfection reading Blackthorn, and Nick Sullivan's *Grim," has been softened in this second book, making all the difference. Great performances! The listening experience of this book is a mesmerizing one.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! For fantasy and dark fairy tale lovers, and those who love stories about the Fey. (Not for younger listeners, due to some violence and descriptions of murder, rape, and brutality.
"can't get enough Blackthorn and Grim!"
In my top 10, along with the other two books in this series
What sets this series apart from any other book that I've read/listened to is the relationship between the two main characters. It's a beautiful, caring, loving, but platonic relationship between two very damaged people. In a way it's a love story, but not a sexual one. Their relationship grew out of their shared traumatic experience, that drew them as close as you can get. They struggle to endure the memories and emotions that torment them, and so they develop a very deep and loyal bond to each other, providing support and guardianship in a way that no other person could provide or understand.
I wish that more audio books made use of multiple narrators. The recipe here is absolutely right - each narrator injected personality and emotion into their voices that made each of the characters come alive and which felt like a perfect fit for the way that the author described them. Sometimes when you listen to a book, the voice just doesn't fit the character, or the voice is annoying in some way. With this book there are no such problems. I did think that the person who does the voice for Lady Geiléis should be working as a voice actor for Disney...it felt like I was listening to the film 'Frozen' (and I say this in a good way!). She was great - they ALL were. Thankfully, the same narrators are used for the entire series.
I listened to this book and to the other two in the series in quick succession. I got so sucked in, and invested so much of my own emotions into Blackthorn and Grim's story that I never wanted it to end. I'm tempted to listen for a third time!
All three of the Blackthorn and Grim books are equally good, all top marks. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying these books.
"Much better than the first book!"
The guy who voices Grimm has REALLY grown on me. I've enjoyed Blackthorn's voice since the beginning of the first book. New addition, Susanna Jones, was great. The two women read with emotion and depth. Nick Sullivan's growling bass voice makes the character of Grimm shine.
The pacing of this book was better than the first. I never fully unraveled the mystery as I did in the first book. The characters are really growing on me and I look forward to the next book to see how their relationships develop. I'm glad I continued with the series.
I wouldn't say a complex or unpredictable story line but still an enjoyable an listening.
"Much slower paced then the first book"
A great read but it was so much slower paced then the first that I found myself really wanting to skip ahead. I stuck it out and trait was glad I didn't as I caught clues to things I would have been sad to miss.
"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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