Book Review: Tower of Thorns



Title: Tower of Thorns

Author:  Juliet Marillier

Series? Yes, 2 of 3.

Rating: 4/5 stars


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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.

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Book Review: Dreamer’s Pool


Title: Dreamer’s Pool

Author: Juliet Marillier

Rating: 4/5 stars

Series? Yes


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I was in a bit of a book slump so I had to run back to a tried and true favourite author: Juliet Marillier. I love the unique characters and the lore used in this book – though my favourite Juliet Marillier remains The Sevenwaters Series.

The story follows three point of view, each character distinct and complex. Their tale is intertwined, though they were each pushed the story forward via different personal agendas.



I. Strong Female Characters

Compelling female characters are the hallmark of Juliet Marillier’s writing. Her ladies can be strong, they can be maternal/nurturing figures, they can have a touch of magic, or even a physical handicap: but they’re always intriguing with an untameable spirit. I love them, and the protagonist of Dreamer’s Pool is definitely one of those classic Marillier heroine. Continue reading “Book Review: Dreamer’s Pool”