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Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim #3)

4.43  ·  Rating Details ·  720 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
The “powerful and emotionally-charged” fantasy series from the author of the Sevenwaters novels continues, as Blackthorn and Grim face haunting secrets and old adversaries...

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
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Roc
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Cee (The Mistress Case)
Feb 04, 2016 Cee (The Mistress Case) marked it as wishlist


Me to Blackthorn and Grim:

♛ Garima ♛
Before reading -

Nov-16? OMG

Requested ARC on netgalley, fingers crossed!

After reading -

Oh I'm going to miss these two!

Amazing journey, great story & fantastic fantasy!

Full review to come (may be)
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
November 2016?! Well, okay then. I am up and down with this series, but since this may be the last one, I feel like I need to finish it and see what happens.

Nov 01, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
Book Three of the Blackthorn & Grim series
Publisher: Roc
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Sep 14, 2016 Anya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sfff-books
Lovely and addicting as the first two! Pretty sure there will be more too, which I hadn't been expecting but really really want.
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Juliet Marillier is the Queen of beautifully written and unique Celtic fantasy tales and Den of Wolves the final in the Blackthorn and Grim trilogy again leaves no doubt of this. Although this instalment does take its time as it slowly unwinds the story of the secrets of the Heartwood House and the mysterious residents of Wolf Glen, it is the resolution of the relationship between fiery and damaged Blackthorn and her stalwart protector Grim where Marillier's writing shines. She again highlights ...more
Oct 07, 2016 Emma is currently reading it
I need this book nooooooow!


"Den of Wolves" huh?
I like it

Pool = water, Tower = air, Den = earth??
I'll do a real review closer to release date, but I think this finale is the best of the Blackthorn & Grim series for a number of reasons. No spoilers, just general feelings:

- the two extra POV characters in this one were far more likable than in the previous books. Throughout this series my main issue has been that the POV's outside Blackthorn or Grim were merely ones I tolerated, but in this I enjoyed Cara and Bardan.

-the steady character development of both Blackthorn and Grim that has be
Aug 30, 2016 Satima rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult readers of historical fantasy
Recommended to Satima by: I received an Advance Reader Copy in return for this review.
I was chuffed to receive an ARC of this novel, as it was penned by one of my favourite authors. Den of Wolves, the third book in the Blackthorn and Grim series, brings the adventures of this unlikely pair to a close. It does not, however, altogether preclude the publication of further novels featuring Blackthorn, healer and wise woman, and her only friend in the world, the quiet but reliable Grim.

In book one, Dreamer's Pool, we saw the pair escape from jail, where they had been incarcerated by
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Den of Wolves is the third installment in author Juliet Marillier's Blackthorn and Grim series. It is a series that is set in medieval Ireland. Healer/Wise woman Blackthorn and her trusty companion Grim have made a life at Winterfalls since arriving 2 years ago. They've become a focal points for those who need help with ailments, or those who need Grim's help in various jobs. Blackthorn has an apprentice healer (Emer) that she's trying to
Oct 14, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I am in awe, but now bereft! I have no idea how Juliet Marillier time and time again can just take me entirely and completely into another world – a world that I just want to keep reading about! This Celtic fantasy tale which is number three of the Blackthorn & Grim series just is so beautifully written you just have to take in every word and cherish every page. The characters are fantastic, the storyline gripping and I can only hope that there one day will be either a continuation of this ...more
Elizabeth "Liza"
Oct 02, 2016 Elizabeth "Liza" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-nov
Quite the Novel Idea of Wolves is the third book in Juliet Marillier's Blackthorn and Grim series and one of my most awaited released this year. Oh my goodness! It is SO good :)

Since I failed terribly in reviewing the previous books let me just gave you a basic premise. This series is very different of the books that I've read before. It's an epic adult fantasy at it's best. Blackthorn and Grim meet in a terrible prison whe
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
‘Den of Wolves’ by Juliet Marillier is the third and epic conclusion in the Blackthorn & Grim series. The first and second books, Dreamer’s Pool and Tower of Thorns were easily my favourites in the years they came out, and this volume is no different – now that I’m finished I immediately want to go back to the start and read them all over again.

Our main characters, Blackthorn and Grim (hence the title of the series), are once again put to test in this novel, as the dire state we first meet
Aug 20, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, myth
Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier may or may not be the last in this series. Originally planned as a trilogy, the characters of Blackthorn & Grim have reached a satisfying conclusion, and yet many readers are not ready for the series to end.

I liked Den of Wolves much more Tower of Thorns. The characters of Blackthorn and Grim have more depth and variety in this latest adventure, and again, Marillier melds plot, folklore, and myth in an intriguing way.

Grim separated from Blackthorn more than
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Oct 23, 2016 Elizabeth Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
Shelves: aww2016
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Den of Wolves was one of my most anticipated books of 2016. It didn't let me down, though it also didn't go quite where I expected.

The book is slightly less discrete than its predecessors. While there is a self-contained mystery, the resolution of Blackthorn's story (and, to a lesser extent, Grim's) forms an important plot thread. Key parts of Den of Wolves are set in the same locations as Dreamer's Pool an
Nov 08, 2016 Tien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please note this review is in relation to the third and final book in the Blackthorn & Grim trilogy; if you are interested you may find my review for book 1, Dreamer's Pool, here and book 2, Tower of Thorns, here. And if you're interested in the author's interview, my blog post

Juliet Marillier never disappoints –her prose as lyrical and captivating as ever. Her choice of fairy tale is obscure interestingly dark, if not intriguing, yet woven through them are patches of light/goodness. I very
Nov 08, 2016 Tehani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian, fantasy
I have absolutely adored this trilogy (if indeed a trilogy it is – I certainly wouldn’t be averse to more instalments…) and was thrilled when the author sent me an advance reading copy of this book. The world Blackthorn and Grim inhabit is fascinating, detailed and raw, with a rich tapestry of characters weaving their stories on the page. Marillier’s writing is sublime, a gorgeously captivating style that draws you in and simply won’t let you go.

Read the rest of my review here.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Books that get the five star treatment from me often have an emotional component to them, which would probably explain why I have consistently given the novels in the Blackthorn & Grim series full marks. That’s because every single one of them has been a boatload of feels, and this third installment is no exception. In fact, Den of Wolves might be the most poignant and moving of them all. I’ve laughed and cried with th
The Library Ladies
Nov 30, 2016 The Library Ladies rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
(Originally reviewed at

I had this book pre-ordered on Amazon, so it showed up the day after it was released, and I was ready. Door closed. Husband, I’ll see you later. I’m going to READ THIS BOOK NOW.

Per the usual, Blackthorn and Grim’s lives are once again caught up in the mysteries of their neighbors. These two never get any peace! This time it comes in the form of a neighboring landholder, Tola, his daughter, a mysterious stranger, and a fantastical heartwood house that
Oct 31, 2016 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Den of Wolves is utterly enchanting. It features mystery, magic light and dark, hard choices, friendship, love, risk, reward, and a satisfying resolution to several series-long storylines.

Blackthorn and Grim are no strangers to the machinations of the fey, and this time they’re faced with a case of a strange young woman, a ruined house with the potential for magic, and a mysterious wild man who may be the key to s
Oct 31, 2016 Kaylan rated it it was amazing

Expecting this not to come out until November, you can imagine how surprised I was to see this out on shelves in late October. Of course I promptly picked it up and finished the book I was reading ASAP to start this.

((First, if anyone sees in the description in either Goodreads or on the book jacket and thinks that ''Oh, no, Blackthorn is going to run off AGAIN after Mathuin. What a waste of character development!'' like I was - do not fret! The description is worded badly in that regard, a
Nov 16, 2016 Sherry rated it really liked it
Juliet Marillier’s fantasy novels sometimes seem like they could be actual Celtic legends, while others read more like fairy tales—not the Disneyfied sort, but those where people suffer real pain and loss before they reach a happy ending. The books featuring Blackthorn and Grim add a very modern overlay by exploring the effect of post-traumatic stress on the two characters. I think that added layer sets the books in this series among the best that the author has written.

In this installment of th
The third Blackthorn & Grim book is the best one yet, which is why it's a shame that this ends the series. Because I'm incapable of pure joy, I have some gripes about the plot and character developments - but I also had a great time reading this and could not put it down. This is a four-star read because I know, intellectually, that this book is wrapped up far too neatly, but the other side of my brain is busy with ALL THE FEELS (or whatever the kids say these days). I don't think this is Ma ...more
Lia Patterson
Nov 15, 2016 Lia Patterson rated it it was amazing
Den of Wolves is the third novel in Juliet Marillier’s Blackthorn and Grim series. Each book deals with the untangling of a mystery, but there is also an overreaching arc for the whole series, so I’d recommend reading the first two books before getting this one.

The novel is set in a long ago, mythical Ireland. Blackthorn is a healer and wise woman in a rural community, while her friend Grim, a big, strong man, is handy with all sorts of things, especially building. Although they live together in
I have absolutely loved Juliet Marillier's Blackthorn and Grim series, it really has got better with every book and as much as I'm sad that we've reached the end the last instalment Den of Wolves was everything I could have hoped for.

This story is a little different to the previous two because Blackthorn and Grim spend a lot of their time apart from each other. Grim has agreed to take on a difficult building job and it means working a lot of long hours and coming home late at night and exhausted
I found this book much more satisfying than the previous, though Dreamer's Pool is still my favorite of the three Blackthorn & Grim books. I would not object to more even though this is supposed to be the final book.
There are two stories intertwined here: one concerns a shy young woman named Cara, whose wealthy father, Tola, mysteriously sends her to stay with the local prince at Winterfalls while he completes a strange building project that had originally been abandoned around the time Cara
Rebecca Hager
Nov 19, 2016 Rebecca Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of Juliet Marillier's Seven Waters series more than once. I've read at least three of her other series. Sometimes I've read more than one of her books in the same span of time. I'm always left in awe. Frequently, I find myself unable to put her books away. When I realized that I her Wildwood Dancing trilogy was incomplete, I messaged her to inquire whether she would write its conclusion. She told me that the future of that book was in the hands of her publishers, however I ...more
2.25 Disappointed-But-Not-Without-Merit-Stars

This was my least favorite book in this trilogy.
I realize I am in the minority here.

What I Liked:
The secondary characters Bardan and Cara. They were my favorite secondary characters who had their own pov chapters of all three books. I really liked their voices.
The consistent character development and relationship growth between Blackthorn and Grim. Both reached a culmination at the end of this novel.
Marillier leaves the ending open for future books,
Amanda Kespohl
Nov 16, 2016 Amanda Kespohl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Come for the fairytale mysteries, stay for the complex and lovable characters.

Every time I pick up a Blackthorn and Grim book, I know I'm in for a suspenseful, sometimes heartbreaking, but always rewarding ride. This book was no exception. This particular tale follows our cantankerous healer and her gentle giant of a friend as they become entangled in the goings on in nearby Wolf Glen-- the construction of a heartwood house that brings special blessings on the person who completes it, the return
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Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Blackthorn & Grim (3 books)
  • Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn & Grim, #1)
  • Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim, #2)

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