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Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier ARC {4 Stars}

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier is the third book following my favorite wise woman and strongman: Blackthorn and Grim. I love how each book tells its own new tale that feels like it could easily fit alongside the Brothers Grimm tales, while continuing to build Blackthorn and Grim’s story. If you’ve enjoyed the first two or been considering starting this series, don’t miss this addition!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Den of Wolves from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier ARC {4 Stars}

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier (Blackthorn and Grim #3)
Published by Roc on Nov. 1st, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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...

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • A solid portion of Den of Wolves is focused on both Grim and Blackthorn’s character development individually. We got a bit about both of their pasts in the previous books, but this is more looking at the people they are becoming as they continue to heal from their ordeals. They have to decide what kind of people they want to be going forward.
  • We get a lot more information about the Fae in this book, with Conmael appearing again and his connection to Blackthorn being revealed.
  • I had originally thought this was the concluding volume, but I guess I was wrong, which makes me happy! However, there is a nice amount of ‘mid-series’ wrap up with some overarching plot points being tied up, hopefully allowing room for new developments in the next book.
  • I’m so impressed with each of these stories being able to feel so much like a classic fairytale without taking direct inspiration from any one fairytale and without feeling recycled from previous books. This tale about the heartwood house and the strange child was delightful to explore.

Weaknesses:

  • I really felt like there were two separate stories taking place at the same time in Den of Wolves. Blackthorn and Grim are basically apart from each other for much of the book and therefore are doing their own things without a lot tying back together at the end.
  • I really wanted Blackthorn and Grim to stay just close friends, but its looking like things are definitely going in a romantic direction between them.

Summary:

Den of Wolves is another lovely and addicting tale about our favorite wisewoman and her friend. I once again was enchanted by the fairytale mystery and loved learning more about these two characters. I can’t wait to read more!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

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Comments

  1. Hope to read more of her stories in the future, I like her taste in writing this novel. Two thumbs up!

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