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Olive Kennedy doesn't believe in fairy tales.

In a desperate attempt to earn income, fairy world therapist Olive Kennedy resorts to finding clients at the Texas Renaissance Festival. When she discovers the corpse of her client's husband discarded in her booth, she realizes that earning her next paycheck is the least of her worries. Even worse, Olive learns the murderer may be a magical monster from the fairy realm. The fae and their escorts arrive from Faythander to aid in the investigation, but they do not travel alone. Olive must confront the one person she never wished to see again. Kull — her ex.

After months with no contact from Faythander, Olive hoped the magical drama was over. Yet it seems she'll never escape the beings who haunt her nightmares, or be free from the man who took away her happily ever after.

Bloodthorn is a thrilling fantasy for fans of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Dreamthief, book one of the Fairy World MD series, has received more than 100 five-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. It has been nominated for the Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB book of the year award, as well as the prestigious RONE Awards. It is also the #1 bestseller in both the Fairy Tales and Mythology categories.

Reviewers are raving about Bloodthorn...
"[Bloodthorn] is by far my favorite book of the series." -Jenny Bynum, Black Words White Pages
"This is one of those series that consumed me [...] and left me in tears!" -Cheree Castellanos, 2 Girls and a Book

If you love fantasy, don't miss this enchanting read!


First published April 25, 2016

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Tamara Grantham

31 books388 followers
Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than half a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series, the Twisted Ever After trilogy, and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 200 reviews.
Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series.
Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks, and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made. You can find her online at www.TamaraGrantham.com.

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Profile Image for Leah Alvord.
Author 2 books35 followers
November 11, 2020
This cover does not disappoint. I am content.


After ten months of nursing a broken heart, Olive Kennedy no longer believes in fairy tales. Which would be just fine, if the fairies didn't arrive on Earth with the tale of a creature no one is certain exists. A creature that feeds off of dark energy, and might be a shapeshifter committing the murders of Olive's unique set of clients.

Working at the Texas Renaissance Festival in the hopes of scraping together enough to live off of, Olive never expected for bodies to drop in her lap, Fairies asking for her help on the recommendation of her stepfather, the Sky King, or that her ex––King Kull of the Wults––might be playing bodyguard to her royal guests. None of which will cease plaguing her life until she retrieves the Fairy Starstone––an object that absorbs all of the dark magic uttered by Fairies, so that they can cast nothing but good, pure spells.

As the death toll rises, and a new drug reveals itself in every case, Olive learns that this mysterious creature, the bloodthorn, has set its eyes on her and her magic. Feeling like a piece moved about on a game board, Olive knows that not all is as it seems, but she can't figure out how to break the pattern.

Even Kull's luck might not get her through this time.

Initial Thoughts:

Well, I mentioned the cover, right? Okay, then we're good there. My initial reaction was, of course, utter glee that I was able to read this as an ARC. Then it was a whole new refreshing experience being able to immerse myself in the Olive/Kull/Faythander adventures once more.


Olive is an emotional wreck in this installment. If you've read Spellweaver then you know why. She has good reason to be angry all the time. Even if it does last ten whole months, and her employer is beginning to question her ability to help clients when she's so unwilling to help herself. Add a dash of magic disobedience, and she's not in the best of moods. Throw in the man who broke her heart and another demand to save Faythander, and Olive is a little on the weary side. And it brings out a whole different woman than the one we've dealt with before.

Kull has also undergone dramatic psychological shifts in the past ten months. So much so that the people who once worshipped him now avoid him like the plague. Having inherited the crown of the Wults, he has to think politics all of the time. Though being on a rough-and-tumble adventure for the sake of the Fairies, it brings out a little more of his old self.

(As a nod to a brief side character that I am praying I see more of, I'd just like to say that Grandamere is fabulous!)

By the way, I am waiting for Brent to reveal his bad guy status. Even though he might prove to be an ally at some point, and not all that evil, I still dislike him. Very much. For eternity. I don't care how much he proves me wrong.

Plot & Setting:

The setting is once more basking in Texas while melding with Faythander. Wherever Olive is, you're there. You feel the change when she goes from Earth Kingdom to her home world, and it's the little things that let you journey with her. Setting is very important, and this is always done well in these books.

The plot here was very specific in what it had to do, and it did it. As Olive followed her leads, she did so with a single-mindedness of a desperate woman. The answers she needs are within reach at all times, and she knows it well. Of course, there are also new questions that need answering by the time this journey has reached its end.

Writing Style:

I chose to do a reread of Bloodthorn while I was coming off of an Ilona Andrews binge. Wise move on my part. While the voices are different, there is a bit of a similarity in style that made this the perfect 'hair of the dog'. Olive could have been best friends with some of the snarky, witty, ferocious women in the Andrews universe. Though there are so many darker moments in this book than in previous experiences, Olive still has a witty retort, or exacerbated remark at hand to fight back. Even when she is struggling, it is always with the idea that she'll keep moving forward. It is a style of writing and characterization that I absolutely love.

Overall Opinion:

This book offers more sides to both Olive and Kull, and even a few side characters, than we have previously seen, which brings with it a whole slew of emotions. The adventure and mystery surrounding them carry the reader away and leave them hungering for more. It is a book I very much enjoyed, and one I will always recommend. (After you read the first 2.)
Profile Image for Angela Archer.
Author 20 books71 followers
July 21, 2016
After finishing Spellweaver with a big old "WHAT HAPPENS NEXT FOR THEM?" question burning in my mind. You can bet that I was anxious to get started on Bloodthorn.

Just as with the first two in the series, Bloodthorn opens with action and does not stop. Well-written, the mystery and suspense pours from page after page, leaving you turning them as fast as you can read them. The plot twists and turns take you by surprise, all in a good way that just makes you want it to go on forever.

While there is a side to Kull that makes you want to drop kick him throughout the first part of the novel (you understand why he's acting like he does, but still you want to shake your fists in the air at him . . . admittedly, I might have actually done it.), Olive SHINES from beginning to end.

And speaking of the end, Kull redeems himself.

From the first page to the last page, this novel didn't disappoint! Well, except for when it ended and I was done with the book. Can I just say I can't wait for the next one? And I'm hoping for several more!

This series is a must read!
Profile Image for Tonja Drecker.
Author 3 books191 followers
February 7, 2017
Although this is the third book in the series, it's as exciting and gripping as the first.

Olive has decided to stay on Earth and put all the pain of Faythander behind her as best as she can. But her magic is getting more and more unpredictable, and she start to hallucinate several of her Wult friends in the crowds around her. When a ritual murder happens in her store and black magic pores from the crime scene, her hopes of living a somewhat normal life are squished again.

This book takes off after the emotional ending of book two, with a heart-broken Olive trying to get her life back in grip. This is not a book that can be read as a stand-alone, since her emotional scars and how she's dealing with them from the last adventure are what ground this story right away. Olive's pain is tangible, and she's coping like a champ. When the world crashes down around her, it's hard not to feel right along with her. But her fighting spirit and determination to still concentrate on what needs to be done make her easy to cheer for.

The plot is well woven, and although Olive is forced to save the world again, it isn't regurgitated. There surprises are unexpected and fall just at the right times to keep the flow going. But then, there aren't many slow moments anyway. The monster is creepy, the danger clear and the scenes eerie. When it comes to the fights, Olive and her companions may or may not win-which keeps the tension and uncertainty high until the very end.

The romance is wonderfully frustrating, and it's hard to decide if Olive would be better off with or without her hero. But the actions from both parties are understandable and never forced.

Summed up, this is a fast-paced read for strong heroine fans who love magic and fantasy worlds along with a romance, which has to be fought for. And I can't wait to dive into the next book.
Profile Image for Maribel Platypire Reviews.
74 reviews42 followers
February 26, 2017
With each new installment, I find myself getting more immersed and addicted to this series. I read this book back in April of 2016, but I never got around to reviewing it. So I decided to review it, but I had to reread it to fully give my opinion. I found I still like this book, even though Kull’s rough attitude frustrated me at times. Don’t get me wrong, I still love him, and I still find him humorous, especially in regards to his love for Dr Pepper.

I love that this book expanded on the background of some of the characters. Take for example, Brett. We got to see a different side of him in this story, and it made him more likeable, versus the opinion I first had of him in Dreamthief. To me, this proves that each character is multifaceted and not one dimensional, even if they are not main characters in the story.

I don’t want to give too much away, but let me repeat something I’ve said before in regards to this series; each book is a surprise. In a good way. I pride myself on usually being able to guess who is the character responsible for all the bad things that happen, but I never seem to be able to do that with this series. I get close, I always guess the accomplice, but never the main person.

As for Olive, I feel for her, I really do. She can’t seem to catch a break! Whether it involves saving Faythander or trying to fix her love life, it always seems that there is something causing her problems. I feel like she deserves a nice, long vacation.
Bloodthorn gets 4/5 Platypires!
Profile Image for Anne Fox.
Author 25 books50 followers
June 18, 2023
Apparently, the review I posted via my iPad didn't make it here, so I'll try to post another.

This is the third of the Olive Kennedy series that I've read, and once again I find myself uncharacteristically enjoying a fantasy.

This time, Olive finds herself aiding in finding a magical stone that has been stolen by an evil entity, who intends to use it along with energy gathered from beings he's killed to summon a yet more evil entity. On the sidelines we find Kull, the Wult warrior now king, who she once loved. But he's a changed man, and she finds she can hold only a glimmer of what she felt for him in the past remaining after hearing tales of his brutality. Will that change? What? You want a spoiler? You won't get it from me, as the book is to good to pass up.

Many hardships are encountered as Olive and those accompanying her go in search of the stone in order to return it to the Faythander fairies. The action is unrelenting and the emotion infused in the tale will captivate.

Just a few editorial issues made me subtract a star, but I'm sure most readers would hardly notice them.
Profile Image for Jeanne Johnston.
1,335 reviews13 followers
July 3, 2017
To be fair, two stars may be more due to the fact I started this without realizing it was the middle of the series. Nothing in the title page to indicate it was #3 and by the time I realized it, I was committed.

That said, I got a heavy young adult vibe that kind of turned me off (not necessarily the case as I've found many YA books very well done). Still, a lurking murderer no one can identify, elves, fairies, Vikings, and dragons... I was pretty into it by the climax. Now to figure out where #1 and the rest are to see if my enthusiasm continues to build.
11 reviews
June 30, 2022
The third installment of the series and just as good as the last one, i really felt for Olive this time as not only is she tired and broken for the events of the last book but she is also reeling from a broken heart, then the one thing she doesn't want or isn't ready for is a trip back to faythander to face realities she really isn't ready to face and with it come a roller-coaster of emotions and another massive challenge to overcome question is what a waitson the other side, can't wait to read the next two in the series.
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174 reviews22 followers
September 13, 2021
Olive just can't catch a break. Once she's almost healed from one event along comes another. Who would have thought trying to work a booth at a Renn Fair would bring so much trouble. Not only that but people from her past who she thought were out of her life come running right back into it. Book 3 has just as much action as the first two, possibly more.
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16 reviews
January 20, 2018
Absolutely amazing!! The end had me scrambling for the next book in the series, literally at 3am I was buying it on Amazon to continue reading!! If you love anything mythical, medieval, dragons, warriors, magic, you have GOT to check out this series! By far the best I have read in years!!
Profile Image for Marlene.
315 reviews7 followers
July 1, 2018
Yet another good book. Love the fact that there are many of the same characters but also like meeting new ones. This one had me from the get go yet again. As some questions get answered, more questions appear.
5 reviews
March 17, 2018
She does it again

Olive Kennedy is a fascinating character. Tamara Grantham brings her to life. I can't wait to read the next book.
Profile Image for Lindsey.
170 reviews
March 20, 2017
Great book! I had a hard time putting it down because I needed to know what was going to happen. Some nice twists and I can't wait to read the next book.
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122 reviews6 followers
May 31, 2016
When I saw this book was available, I jumped at the chance to read book three and offer up my review on it. I've read the first two in the Olive Kennedy, Fairy Land, MD series, and I've loved both Dreamthief and Spellweaver. Once again Tamara Grantham takes us back to the world of Faythander, this time to help the fairies. Taking place months after the events of Spellweaver, this one finds Olive working at the Texas Renaissance Festival in an attempt to earn more money, and things seem to be quiet. Things soon change when she finds herself the center of attention after a series of murders, and the prime suspect. She offers to help with the investigation, and soon realizes that much more is going on, and it requires a trip back to Faythander. One of my favorite fictional felines returns as well – meaning Han Solo.

While that sums up a lot of the plot for the more action-oriented segment of the story arc, there is still the romantic side, as Olive tries to work through her feelings and where her relationship with Kull actually stands. I think it it really this element of the story that I was drawn to, as I felt a lot of frustration. There were times I wanted Kull to wake up and see what he had, and Olive to see what she could have again if she really wanted it. I could see glimpses of what they had previously, and there were times when I found myself thinking “Wake up you two. You're great for each other.” There were definitely a lot of ups and downs in this part of the story. That's the mark of a good writer and compelling characters when I'm very much invested emotionally with both characters.

Also, I'm pretty excited, as there's hints of the continuing story, and further development of one of the sub-plots which has yet to be fully explored. If the hints in Bloodthorn are any hint, I definitely want to read book four to see where this series is headed.

My rating is 5/5 platypires.
Profile Image for Courtney Toohey.
56 reviews34 followers
January 31, 2017
I have been a fan of Tamara Grantham’s Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series since I picked up Dreamthief when it first came up. Her characters are so captivating and the worlds she builds so complex that it is always a joy to read installments of this series. Bloodthorn is no exception to this idea.
A bit different than Dreamthief and Spellweaver, we find the main character and heroin Olive, working at a Renaissance Fair to pay her bills. Not thrilled with her job, Olive is basically doing only what is necessary to insure she have basic necessities and nothing more. Her last trip to Faythander did not go the way she had hoped, especially when it comes to her relationship with Kull. In every aspect of her life, Olive felt like a failure, and that is who she became.
The story really picks up when there are some nefarious things happening around the fair grounds. People start turning up dead, but their bodies are splayed in a ritualistic manner with a different type of flower in each victim’s eye sockets. Olive can immediately feel the call of dark magic, and she is hopeful to find the killer, but she won’t return to Faythander to find him. At least, that’s what she thinks.
I adore how Grantham can weave such seamless tales between two different realms. Not only that, one realm is riddled with different species, kingdoms, and customs, all of which are perfectly constructed. Never once was I distracted by the logistics of the worlds in which the story lives, which is a sign of incredible story telling.
I fell in love with these characters a long time ago, but every time I read one of Grantham’s books, I am reminded just how large a grip they have on my heart. When I am reading her books, I never want them to end. When they inevitably do, I am left feeling so many different things, but the greatest of these is joy.
I give Bloodthron 5 stars. This series has absolutely everything you need to create a wonderful story, and I can’t wait to read the next book!
Profile Image for Cheree Castellanos Edits.
286 reviews26 followers
April 16, 2016
The end of Spellweaver crushed me for Olive, and I was so nervous as to where she was going to go from there. Bloodthorn starts 10 months after we leave Olive, and she is working at what I picture in my mind as kind of a Renaissance fair mixed with a carnival flair, and living in a little trailer with her cat, out in the lot with all the other people working there. And once again Faythander needs her help or all is lost. Good thing she is around because she is very handy in saving the world! But there is a catch, there is always a catch, and that is Kull, King of the Wults comes with the Fairies to protect them according to a sworn oath. Poor Olive.
Just like the other books, the action and depth of the adventures are non-stop, but there is so much heart and emotion to this book that the other two were leading up to, which is crazy because they were loaded with emotion! Olive was always content to be alone, and travel wherever she was needed to help people, and she was happy that way. But love had touched her, and then was ripped away without warning, and now she has to learn to live without it and deal with the heartbreak and loss.
She is suddenly thrown back into a crisis while also having to face the cause of her greatest pain. I love the banter that goes on between the characters here, and the more their relationships grow, the better it gets. Kull was a real jerk in this book, and I had a hard time not being really really mad for Olive, but she controlled herself way better than I could.
The conclusion was epic, and left me wanting, and needing more! With every crisis Olive conquers, she finds out more of the prophecy that she is the Deathbringer, and the stronger she seems to grow. I LOVED the ending to this book! I was in tears!! The end came too soon, I didn’t want to leave my Faythander friends and am dying for the next book already!
April 23, 2016
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This story is by far my favorite one out of this series so far. It's mysterious, magical, and quite the page turner. There were also surprises lurking around every corner too. This book had a lot of suspense, and I loved the power, strength and how courageous Olive became since the beginning of the series and I absolutely loved the new and improved Olive in this story. She showed her fear and yet, learned to not take crap from nobody. Olive actually scared me in this story. I highly recommend this story to all to enjoy. It's full of so much compassion and surprises that it will make keep turning page after page from beginning to end. I am very anxious to read more about Olive and her adventures that I know are yet to come.

The author provided me with a digital ARC copy of the book for review purposes only. No remuneration was exchanged.
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1,977 reviews3 followers
April 24, 2016
I was so excited to get this book and yet, at the same time, so nervous. The two books previous to this in the series were so gripping and strong that I was almost afraid that this would not match up.
I'm so glad to have been proven wrong!
We rejoin Olive 10 months on from the end of the second book, and within moments feel as though we've been with her all along.
Readers of the series will already know of Olive's links with the fairy world Faythander and her life on Earth and how she struggles to maintain her balance.
But something else is forging links with both Faythander and Earth and their links are most definitely not benign.
Will Olive be able to maintain her hard won balance? Will she end up losing her place in Faythander, or as bad, her life on earth- such as it is?
Yet again Tamara Grantham is responsible for my hubby being neglected and my housework going undone as I HAD to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen.
3 reviews
June 27, 2016
I cannot help myself...I have a problem, but it is the best possible problem for a person to have! I read this book in one sitting and I cannot wait for more!!! I received my book in the mail on June 21st @ 4pm. (Yes...in the mail...I absolutely cannot do electronic books. There is something magical to me about being able to turn the pages and place it on my bookshelf like a trophy when I'm finished.) I had some fro-yo and started reading. When I closed the book just before 1am, (my stomach growling because I skipped dinner) I had a bit of a tear in my eye; in part for Olive and Kull, but also because there were no more pages to read. I cannot wait for the next installment! Grantham's writing style makes you feel like you are actually part of the story and I cannot wait to see what adventures we will go on next!
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530 reviews72 followers
January 3, 2023
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I voluntarily received an ARC of Bloodthorn by Tamara Grantham in exchange for an honest review.

Tamara Grantham has created the perfect adult fantasy series. The Olive Kennedy series combines romance, adventure, and mystery to create a magical story that I can't get enough of. I grow to love these characters a little more with each new book. Seeing Olive and Kull struggle to cope with the loss each of them have experienced made my heart ache for them. I really missed Kull's sense of humor and charismatic personality in Bloodthorn.

I am starting to warm up to Heidel and actually like her. A part of me things she and Brodnik would work well together as a couple. I think she deserves a happy ending after everything she has been through in the past. I can't wait to see how each character's story progresses in the next book.

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Author 2 books32 followers
September 30, 2016
Bloodthorn, Book 3 of the Olive Kennedy Fairy World MD, by Tamara Grantham is a wonderful conclusion to this outstanding series.

Olive has been home for about 10 months since her last adventures in Faythander, is just as broke as always, and has chosen to rent a booth at the Houston Ren Faire and live on-site in a camper.

Then something strange happens. A large yellow tent appears in the empty field behind her rented camper. Inside she finds Fairy royalty and their Wult guards, including a certain King Olive hasn't seen since she left Faythander.

More danger and mayhem ensues as Olive tracks down the Bloodthorn, a being of unsurpassed evil.
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566 reviews31 followers
April 25, 2016
This is the third book in the Fairy MD series and for me this was my favorite of them so far. All of the books have had a mystery element to solve but this went above and beyond and I was absolutely captivated. Beautiful imagery, an amazing story, and the promise of more books to come! Can't ask for better than that.

5 Starts from me! V""V
Profile Image for Darlene.
9 reviews
July 16, 2016
These books keep me hooked! I hated that I finished so quick, now I have to wait!
I love how the story line is progressing and taking your mind to so many places of what's next. It was a great mixture of scary, romance and intrigue. I love the inner thoughts of Olive and how she works. Can't wait to see how she handles her next quest!
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29 reviews
October 12, 2016
This is yet another excited read from this author's Fairyworld M.D. series. Filled with emotion, danger, thrill, unexpected twists, and above all...Hope. Can't wait for the next part of this amazing tale!
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Author 10 books172 followers
January 9, 2017
What an emotional roller coaster!!

Gah, Olive & Kull's relationship had me on an emotional roller coaster. This author really knows how to hit readers in the feels. Add to that an amazing fantasy adventure and how can one not love this amazing story?!
2 reviews
April 29, 2016
Their pain made me cry.

Hard to believe a fairy tale story would move me to tears. Their struggle to do the right thing is ongoing like ours.
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