Title: Tower of Thorns
Author: Juliet Marillier
Series? Yes, 2 of 3.
Rating: 4/5 stars
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review.
Contains minor spoilers for Dreamer’s Pool.
I am happy to announce that Tower of Thorns is a superior sequel in every way. While I enjoyed Dreamer’s Pool, I felt it was slightly different from the usual Juliet Marillier books that I’ve grown up loving. With Tower of Thorns, we go back to her roots with magic, fairy tale and true love.
The Blackthorn and Grim novels operate on two levels. First, it focuses on the personal growth of Blackthorn, as well as her developing partnership with Grim. Secondly, there’s a monster-of-the-week type side story that head spear each book, narrated by a lord or lady that Blackthorn is assisting.
Monster in ancient tales were often a disconcerting mixture of man and creature… But in my book, the vilest and worst was the human monster.