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Den of Wolves

(Blackthorn & Grim #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  5,739 ratings  ·  711 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 aft
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Roc (first published September 27th 2016)
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Rebecca It was originally supposed to be a trilogy, but I believe the author wants to write more if her publisher is willing. So I think it's going to have a …moreIt was originally supposed to be a trilogy, but I believe the author wants to write more if her publisher is willing. So I think it's going to have a satisfying conclusion with the possibility for more. (less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
"I’ll go on any path you want," Grim said. "Might give you a push sometimes, keep you walking straight. But whatever happens, I’ll be right there beside you. Rain or shine. Shadows or light. Step for step. Always."

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
♛ 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)
Feb 05, 2016 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 suf
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 these
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
❤ Grim ❤

An Ode To Grim by Jess:

I will love Grim forever and a day,
Because not only does he believe in the fey,
But he's strong, he's gentle, he's made for me,
Come here Grim, I want to have your babies.

❤ Grim ❤


Grim lives in my man-pasture and I love him so much it hurts.

This was a beautiful finale to a lovely series. I cried several times because Grim is just so wonderful and Blackthorn was actually a decent human being this time around.

Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

DEN OF WOLVES picks up where TOWER OF THORNS left off. Blackthorn and Grim have returned to their cottage, Blackthorn curmudgeonly about her recent revelations and Grim silently and steadfastly enduring.

Once again, their attempt at a quiet life is interrupted, this time by a young girl who has been thrust upon our Prince to chaperone for an indefinite period of time. The girl is a wild thing, despite being the only daughter of a widowed lord, and she escapes into the for
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely perfect ending (or maybe not the end?) to a truly masterful trilogy. Honestly, reading Marillier's books makes you realise how good fantasy can be. This book is definitely going on my favourites shelf for 2016.

I would rate the series as a whole as a strong 5 stars, with each book showing progressively more depth and development for both story and characters, and consistently top notch writing throughout. Blackthorn and Grim is one of my favourite series to date and highly recommend
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Blackthorn and Grim have come such a long way. From traumatized survivors of the evil Mathuin's torturous lockup, to broken people doing their best to help people while under a powerful Fey's curse, to two people gradually realizing that they have something to live for after all.

In this book, Grim is called upon to help build a magical house for a nearby nobleman, but his involvement threatens to uncover a great wrong done long ago and covered up. Meanwhile Blackthorn is also dealing with the no
Mayim de Vries
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
“We are caught, Blackthorn and me. Caught by the promises we’ve made.”

No swoon. Let me rephrase that. This one was dreary; just Dreary & Irritating. If you are looking for alternative nicknames of the main protagonists, these are my propositions.

The concluding instalment to the Blackthorn and Grim series featuring the cranky healer Blackthorn and her stern companion Grim finalises two main motifs of the whole trilogy: the relationship between the protagonists and their final reckoning with the p
Grace A
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It was everything I wanted, a spectacular ending to the series. I fell in love with the main characters, Blackthorn and Grim from the first book in the series.
Her life was turned upside down when the dictator and oppressor, lord Mathuin killed her husband and only son, she didn’t think she had it in her to find love and acceptance again but Grim rekindled a fire 🔥 she thought was long spent.
Blackthorn was strong, resilient and can hold her own. Together she and Grim helped people whenever they
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Nov 25, 2015 marked it as wishlist


Me to Blackthorn and Grim:

Robin (Bridge Four)
This was a perfect ending to the Blackthorn and Grim tales and no less than I expected. There is a little bit of danger, a mystery to be solved and the slow retelling of some old story lost to the world once again. Blackthorn and Grim have come along way from their time together as prisoners. I really loved the slow build of their tale.

Grim I just love his character so much. He has the biggest kindest heart and he is the humblest of men. After the True Loves Tears of the prior book I was beyond
h o l l i s
".. even the bitterest, angriest, most wounded woman in all Erin could learn to love again."

Oh god, this series. This author. This story.

Coming back to this world, to these words, was like coming home. Marillier is unparalleled in her ability to weave Irish folktales and magic and fantasy like the very druids she sprinkles her stories with. And the tale of DEN OF WOLVES might have been the best in this series. However, it was, at it's heart, a story that was heartbreaking and tragic. It also ha
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
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
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Juliet Marillier at her best! My heart is happy.
After being missing for 15 years, Bardán stumbles back into Wolf Glen, searching for his lost treasure. But after being trapped in the land of Faerie he is both filthy and deranged and has no memory of the thing he lost, only that he is there for revenge.

All those years ago the overlord at Wolf Glen, Tóla had contracted Bardán to build him a Heartwood House, a magical Fae house that will bestow good luck upon the owner, but since his disappearance the house has fallen into ruin. Desperate for t
Kate Forsyth
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The final book in Juliet Marillier’s latest magical historical trilogy, Den of Wolves wraps up the story of Blackthorn and Grim beautifully. It draws together the familiar narrative strands of Blackthorn’s quest for justice and her fear of drawing too close to anyone with the situation of a young woman who does not seem to fit into her world. Blackthorn is a wise woman who has suffered terribly in the past, and Grim is her huge but gentle sidekick who worships the ground she walks on. Their stor ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lovely and addicting as the first two! Pretty sure there will be more too, which I hadn't been expecting but really really want. ...more
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

This is the most tender romance I have ever read in fantasy and there were so many soft, gentle moments that evoked an audible response in the form of a silly wee squeak, the likes of which I have never uttered in my life. I ran out of sticky tabs there were so many lovely moments... and I was only tabbing lovely moments.

The progression of this relationship from book 1 to book 3 has been one of my favourite things about this series. It's the kind of slow burn that I think would appeal t
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Juliet Marillier better keep writing books forever because I literally will never get enough of her stories. Each book feels like it was written especially for my tastes. Den of Wolves and the entire Blackthorn and Grim series is no exception. Such a satisfying ending to the trilogy. I love love love these characters and how they've grown together. Beautifully written and imagined. Something I will be forever aspiring to. ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I need this book nooooooow!


"Den of Wolves" huh?
I like it

Pool = water, Tower = air, Den = earth??
Wow I loved this so much, I have the biggest grin on my face right now!
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope. Hope fought hard to stay alive. Even when you thought it was beaten to nothing, burned to ashes, drowned deep, still it flickered away, waiting to be found again.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader:

Den of Wolves was a wonderful conclusion to the Blackthorn and Grim trilogy. If you read the first two, you can expect more of Marillier’s fluid prose, that quickly brings emotional connections to characters in a way that just feels simple and natural. The style of her writing just flows, and I honestly can’t pinpoint how it works so much better than other authors, but the end result is characters and events just feel like an
Jen Davis
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me everything I wanted to wrap up the trilogy of Blackthorn and Grim. Sadly, when I started, I didn’t realize this was the last story in the series, but by about halfway through, I had no doubts. These characters have come so far, their relationship forged in fire. Finally, here, we see the fruit of all their labors, the light at the end of the tunnel. There’s just one more set of trials they must endure before they get there.

A teenage girl, Cara, has been sent away by her father
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 been t
Diana Stormblessed
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series, 2018-read
3.5 Stars

And with this book I am done with Juliet Marillier. Overall i liked this series much more than Sevenwaters, but it still has some of the same downfalls the Sevenwaters series had:
*predictable plots (where the reader can predict "the big secret" hundreds of pages before the characters figure it out)
*lots of unnecessary words and filler. Different characters saying the same thing over and over.
*over convenient stories/plot points that aren't believable but are necessary to push the plot a
Den of Wolves was a satisfying conclusion to the Blackthorn & Grim series. I really like this series. It has a constant quality, depth of characters and wonderful writing. My only problem was that I guessed the solution to the mystery almost from the start and was sometimes bored when they struggled to solve it.
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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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