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Tower of Thorns

(Blackthorn & Grim #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  6,962 ratings  ·  783 reviews
Award-winning author Juliet Marillier’s “lavishly detailed”* 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 tro
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Roc (first published September 29th 2015)
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Martine Depends on what you mean by clean. If you mean free of anything sexual between the main protagonists, then yes. Although there are adult themes and so…moreDepends on what you mean by clean. If you mean free of anything sexual between the main protagonists, then yes. Although there are adult themes and some implied violence, although no descriptions. (less)

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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE who loves Grimms' fairy tales
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Last year in DREAMER'S POOL we met Blackthorn and Grim, who quickly became two of my new favorite characters.

They are both wonderfully horribly broken, but that mutual brokenness is what made them so compatible.

As friends, as cohorts, as travel companions . . .

Blackthorn, fueled by her implacable hatred of the man who took everything from her, quickly stole the spotlight--not only is she a healer, a position regarded with respect, she is the more forthright of the two.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I read a whopping number of books last year. Like, the final tally was probably somewhere close to 200. And out of the dozens upon dozens of books, do you know which one stood out to me the most? Juliet Marillier’s Dreamer’s Pool. It should come as no surprise then, that its sequel Tower of Thorns is hands down my most anticipated novel this fall. Heck, most anticipated novel this year. We’re talking, if there’s one book I
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮

I kind of want Blackthorn to die because she doesn't deserve Grim.

This wasn't as good as the first one. Grim was even better this time round, but his perspective was the only one I really wanted to read.

The writing was beautiful but the story dragged A LOT.

So talk. Very secret. Such betrayal. Wow.

I look forward to reading the next one, because, Grim.

3 marry-me-grim Stars

Thanks for the buddy read, you MacHalo Grim lovers!
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
*** 4.65 ***

Another buddy read with the lovely MacHalo Freaks!!!

I LOVED it!!! I don't even know what more should I say... This is the second book in the Blackthorn and Grim series and if you can believe it, it is even better than the first. We got to know a lot of Blackthorn's life before her imprisonment in the previous volume, now we get to find out a bit more about my beloved Grim!!! Grim is so wonderful to me, that I expected him to walk off the pages of the book in reality and in this case
Mayim de Vries
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
“Strike hard. Strike true. Free us.”

Blackthorn, a wise woman miraculously rescued from unjust prison by a fey named Conmael is bound to repay this small courtesy spending seven years of her life in service of people: she must agree to every request for help and to stay within the borders of Dalriada. The problem is that not only the most reasonable request can be burdensome if we have no say in the matter, but also Blackthorn happens to be a cantankerous and not really sociable person. The only
A.G. Howard
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Under a big deadline so not much time for long reviews, but I really enjoyed this second book. It had some "beauty and beastly" elements woven in very creatively. Grim remains my favorite character of this series; however, he and Blackthorn are killing me with their slow-burn romantic revelations.

Robin (Bridge Four)
No matter how many old stories a person knows, there is no preparation for finding yourself right in the middle of one.

This can’t be truer for our main characters Blackthorn and Grim. This time they find themselves is a tale that is a little bit of a mash up of Beauty and the Beast with Sleeping Beauty with some twists and a few little people. I like the fairytale aspect of this story, how it feels like a story within a story. But we the reader only learn small parts at a time and ha
Althea Ann
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The sequel to 'Dreamer's Pool,' 'Tower of Thorns' also works as a stand-alone. The beginning contains a quick catch-up on the events of the previous volume (including one of my complaints about the first installment: (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tower of Thorns is a wonderful sequel to Dreamer's Pool, the book that first introduced the characters of Blackthorn and Grim.

Juliet Marillier has an amazing storyteller's voice, and her prose shines with the practiced ease of decades of experience. Blackthorn is as prickly and defiant as ever in this book, but her admiration and trust in her companion Grim is as strong as ever. Grim remains loyal, steadfast, and without guile, determined to help Blackthorn and keep her safe, no matter the cost
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier
Book Two of the Blackthorn & Grim series
Publisher: ROC
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 no
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I feel like a bit of a traitor. I LOVE Juilet Marillier! The first book in the Sevenwaters series "Daughter of the Forest" is probably my favourite book of ALL TIME! Yet, I haven't finished Blackthorn and Grim yet! HOW DARE I?!

The Story
Blackthorn and Grimm are off on another adventure. Blackthorn with her promise to Conmael, is unable to deny any requests for help and of course, it gets her into some trouble. This time with a monster in a tower that she is called upon to banish. How is she goi
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Only four stars because she didn't pull my heart out through my throat and squeeze it into a messy pulp. Daughter of the Forest reigns unchallenged yet. ...more
Cee (The Mistress Case)

Juliet Marillier and I are in a committed relationship.

Okay, I lie. It's one-sided. I'm committed to her. I have the utmost faith in her storytelling abilities and she has never once disappointed me. Sure, she did underwhelmed me with Dreamer's Pool and its plot and mystery, but I absolutely loved her characters. She didn't fail to make me care deeply for her characters and now I am strongly attached to companions Blackthorn and Grim. I love these two as friends. (Although I wouldn't be against
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a low key read and didn’t turn out too bad. It is another fairy love story but instead of a happy ending, it was somewhat tragic.
Lily and Ash fell in love, love at first sight, Ash was under a curse and Lily swore to break him free of it, the chance to do so comes once every fifty years, after trying a failing several times; she sought out the help of the brilliant wise woman and healer, Blackthorn to help her out. I won’t call the conclusion a happy ending for Lily and Ash...Nonethele
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, magic
Enchanting and wonderful. I fell completely in love with Grim in this story and can’t wait to read the next.

To give less than a four star rating to a Marillier's story, feels almost sacrilegious, but, YE gods of books, this was boring!
On and on about past traumas, and roof... fixing. Honestly, we get more descriptions of Grim fixing a roof that we do about interesting stuff, like lifting up a curse.
I don't know what has happened to Marillier's magical touch, but I'm afraid that her latest stories have become quite tiresome.
I fell in love with both Blackthorn and Grim in Dreamer's Pool but this series is honestly getting better and better with each new book. I'm not sure that I have enough words to do Tower of Thorns justice but I'm going to try because I really do want everyone to discover these wonderful books for themselves. Although this book does work well as a stand alone I do think you'll be missing out by not reading the series in order, mainly because both books are excellent but also because it's been so ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Blackthorn and Grim continue on their long path towards healing while being the goto team for supernatural issues in Northern Ireland.

Prince Oran and his pregnant wife travel to court taking Blackthorn and Grim with them. There they encounter the Lady Geiléis who has come to court seeking aid. Her lands are plagued by a monster who screams all day, every day, from the top of a tower ringed with impenetrable thorns. To hear the monster is to be afflicted with despair, and many travelers have come
 Simply Sam ツ
Well, that does it. Grim really is just the best. He's loyal, steadfast, and just so pure in his feelings and actions. There's no ulterior motives there. There's no deceit. He is just a quiet, thoughtful, observant man who is dogged in his determination to see Blackthorn safe and happy. I love him so much. He deserves to be part of an amazing story.

And as for Blackthorn...let's just say that she needs to experience some major growth in the next book. Her character just felt off. She was not cun
3.5 stars. I didn't like Tower of Thorns as much as I liked The Dreamer's Pool. I think it suffered a little bit from middle book syndrome, but it was still good. Some of the disconnect I felt I think came from the fact that I was listening to the audio version of the book (we listened to it in the car on our road trip) and I had a hard time keeping my mind on it a few times. I thought the story dragged in the middle a little bit and I got tired of both Blackthorn and Grim lamenting the past so ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second book in the Blackthorn and Grim series (see the first review here), and I am falling even more in love with these two. Before I go on, two things: One – this fantasy series must be read in order for it to make sense. And two, at this point, this is not a fantasy romance, just a fantasy. There are some romantic elements in side characters in this story, but it’s not a sex-it-up in fantasyland type of book. However! Blackthorn and Grim have their own special bond which makes me smile ha ...more
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I receive this ARC from Pan Macmillan Australia via NG in return for an honest review.

Ahhhhhh this book was good!! so freaking good!! 5/5 stars!!!!!!!!!

Julier Marrilier you are magic and can do no wrong! How do you write one book after another that i absolutely love time and time again!? You are the reason for my obsession in all things Celtic!

I love this book and i think anyone with great tastes in historical fantasy would find this sublime!

okay, okay, I'll try to keep my love-fest to a mini
Kate Forsyth
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Juliet Marillier’s books are an enchanting mix of romance, mystery and historical fantasy. Tower of Thorns is the second in her new series ‘Blackthorn & Grim’ which tells the story of the damaged and disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her faithful companion Grim. Both have been badly hurt and betrayed in the past, and they carry the scars deep inside them. In this episode of the series, the two friends are asked to help a noblewoman who has a strange and uncanny problem – a creature has taken u ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
This is an absolutely gorgeous story, impeccably written by an author I had enjoyed in the past and had somehow forgotten about.

Two companions who escaped cruel captivity in the dungeons of an bad lord, Grim and Blackthorn have been settled in a town in Dalriada waiting for a vow to end before Blackthorn at least, is free to seek revenge upon the lord. They are drawn into helping a noblewoman put an end to a monster in a tower on her land, whose daily screaming is devastating the district, but s
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sequels, 2016
I have decided that Juliette Marillier is like a basket weaver. Her writing style, at least for this novel and the previous Dreamer’s Pool, starts out slow and builds in both novels to an exciting crescendo. At first, the shape of the story may have you wondering what is going on, but of course, this leads to curiosity and the desire to keep reading just so you can find out. Each piece of the plot is carefully laid, with a purpose, no matter how small. As the novel builds toward a conclusion, an ...more
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-fantasy
Celtic magical fantasy read with highly atmospheric writing and setting.

There were 3 POVs - the older healer h was observant, capable but unlikeable - with a very violent yelling and breaking(other people's) things temper. She was rash, bulldozing over others, mean to people who only wished her well, thoughtless and wore blinders lots of times. She had a healthy case of self-hate going on. The H was sympathetic but he was self-effacing and after a point it got tiring hearing him putting himself
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
You'll probably find this hard to believe, but Dreamer's Pool was my first Juliet Marillier novel. And despite how many reviews I read that said this series was boring and not as wonderful as her other books, I still wanted to give it a chance. Blackthorn's plight intrigued me when I read the summary, and it was even more captivating once I began listening to the audiobook. How she often fought with herself and her thirst for vengeance. How she learned to care and be brave again after her ordeal ...more
I wrote a long review for this but it somehow never got uploaded. Curse you, faulty internet!

So basically,
1. Blackthorn is awesome.
2. Blackthorn and Grim make a good team, and even maybe, a good couple? Loved the twist towards the end.
3. (view spoiler)
4. Loved the story about the tower of thorns! Tragic, original and completely engrossing.

I liked this better than Dreamer's Pool. It was consistently engaging.

This slow burrrrrrn romance is entirely based upon the loyalty and respect that the main characters are building for each other and it is simultaneously adding oodles of tension, whilst being one of the healthiest relationship progressions I've ever read. I've honestly never seen it done like this before. Yes, I've read really great friends-to-lovers stories where this kind of thing occurs, but I've never seen so much care and attention given to the very foundation of a relationship. H
Anne - Books of My Heart
4.5 stars

My review at The Book Nympho:

I always think I don’t really like regular fantasy since it’s more like a historical fantasy rather than urban fantasy, but now reading these Ace Roc books I find I love it, some of it. I read somewhere recently about the genre being timeless and that is true enough. It doesn’t have the changing technology issues of urban fantasy or futuristic science fiction.

But to get to the point, this book and its predecessor, Drea
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Juliet Marillier was born 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 Bachelor of Music (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a majo ...more

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