"Tower of Thorns" is a second book in the Black & Grim series. It was as good as the first one. So, let me list all the things I enjoyed about this book:
1 - the atmosphere of magic and danger
What I simply adore about this book is the atmosphere of a fairy tale, a very odd fairy tale with magical creatures, cruel and mischievous fairies, dangerous curses. The author uses the Celtic mythology with the Fairy Folk, elves and changelings and draws her readers into their world. And there is no guaranty of a happy ending.
2 - two amazing main characters
There is not enough phrase to express how wonderful Grim and Blackthorn are. They are two broken people, suffering heavily from PTSD, trying to create a new life for themselves. They are too wounded to even consider love or open affection, but they are fiercely loyal and protective of each other. Blackthorn can be extremely snappish, but she is also strong, intelligent and vulnerable. Grim is so protective and devoted to her, it was impossible not to care for them.
3 - an intriguing puzzle to be solved
Just as in the first book, in "Tower of Thorns" Grim and Blackthorn have to find a solution to a puzzle that no one else could solve. There is a course involved, dangerous magic, tons of lies, secrets and devious intentions.
4 - a growing affection between Blackthorn and Grimm
The author masterfully shows how a reluctant friendship develops into something much deeper and stronger. The plot thickens slowly and also the relationship between Blackthorn and Grimm develops slowly, almost reluctantly. I have great hopes for Blackthorn and Grimm. They deserve a happy ending!
To sum up, I was enchanted by this book. I am looking forward to reading the last book in the series.