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Award-winning author Juliet Marillier's "lavishly detailed" (Publishers Weekly) 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 trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim.

Lady Geiléis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the prince of Dalriada's help in expelling a howling creature from an old tower on her land - one surrounded by an impenetrable hedge of thorns. Casting a blight over the entire district, and impossible to drive out by ordinary means, it threatens both the safety and the sanity of all who live nearby.

With no ready solutions to offer, the prince consults Blackthorn and Grim. As Blackthorn and Grim begin to put the pieces of this puzzle together, it's apparent that a powerful adversary is working behind the scenes. Their quest is about to become a life-and-death struggle - a conflict in which even the closest of friends can find themselves on opposite sides.

©2015 Juliet Marillier (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Much, much better than the first in the series.

The first in this series was good, but jumped the shark. This? Marillier figured it out with this book. Desperately awaiting more installments in the series (though I am happy to wait a long time if that's what's needed to make another gem like this one)

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Another winner from Marillier

I am loving the journey as Marrilier explores Blackthorn and Grim--a departure from her usually very young heroines and heroes. They are made all the more interesting for their world-weariness and baggage that they must overcome. I can't wait for the next one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Enchanting characters that will win you over.

A medieval mystery series, Blackthorn and Grim are two dispossessed souls trying to do go in a world they no longer believe in. Blackthorn because of a deal made with the Fae, and Grim because he'd follow her anywhere. I have enjoyed the mysteries, though at time I felt they could move on a bit faster. Nonetheless, I enjoy the language and the characters enough to be content.

I'd listened to the first Blackthorn and Grim book by Marillier a while back. It is done with a full cast and when I heard Grim for the first time (though the voice actor is delightful) I cringed. I didn't think I'd like him enough to stand a whole book with him. But thanks to Marillier, by the time I was done with that book, I liked Grim. And a third of the way through this one, I loved him. The relationship between stubborn Blackthorn and her "lump of a man" is something you find yourself rooting for, though her obtuseness about his feelings at the end was a bit unbelievable. After all, she is supposed to be wise.

Nonetheless, I am looking forward to the next installment to see what trouble they can get up to now. If you like fantasy and a bit of romance, you'll love these books.

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Tower of Thorns, second book in the Blackthorn series, is as captivating as the first.

As in the first novel, character development is outstanding. The author's technique is very unique and consistent. The characters of Blackthorn and Grim present simplistically, but with significant depth. This writing engages the reader quickly, and holds the readers attention until the end.

The author tries a little too hard to summarize the first book's storyline, but it doesn't take away from this fantasy's overall success.

If you are a fantasy reader and have stayed away from adult fairytales like I have done, you might want to test drive this series. I will definitely be checking out other books written by this author.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A Fantastic New Installment!

What made the experience of listening to Tower of Thorns the most enjoyable?

I love that they use multiple narrators for this series and the fantastic job they do melding together so that the listener isn't jolted by the change.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tower of Thorns?

The climax of the story threw me for a loop with the twist Marillier threw in. I loved it.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Nick Sullivan's Grimm is my favorite voice for this series. He makes Grimm sound exactly as I would imagine if I were reading the book rather than listening to it.

Any additional comments?

This was even better than 'Dreamer's Pool'. I loved the building of the relationship between Blackthorn and Grimm and this adventure put me in mind of a twisted version of the Rapunzel tale, with a curse and some fae involvement. Highly enjoyable and I will be waiting anxiously for book 3!

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hard to put it down

I enjoyed this book even more than the first. the drawn out storytelling lent suspense, though I guessed some of the surprises. I love the characters of Grim and Blackthorn, both are highly flawed and do not see their own self worth, but each sees the good in the other. Looking forward to more in yhhis series.

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fascinated

imaginatively captivating story that kept me wondering. just love the stories within the stories she weaves in ancient lands.

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 01-10-18

A great little twist to an old fairy tale.

Don’t read this series if you are looking for a light-hearted story, there is no real happy ending here. Yet in a way there is. I recommend reading them in order. I love the friendship that Blackthorn and Grim have and I look forward to listening to the next book. The character development is excellent every character I feel is well developed and engaging. There is plenty of mystery, fantasy in the Fey variety, and new twist to an old fairytale. I am only going to take a small break between this book and the next it is a bit of a dark story. Narrators do an excellent job.

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  • Ruthi
  • On a Mountain In Oregon
  • 01-06-18

Engaging & Lively

What made the experience of listening to Tower of Thorns the most enjoyable?

"Tower of Thorns" managed to be fully immersive. It truly felt as if you were entering another world when you listened to it. It helped snap me out of a panic attack related to PTSD, actually. Fitting, with the characters in this series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grim, probably for the PTSD reason I stated above. There is so much more to him than you first realize, too. He gets more & more complex as the stories go on. Bit sad that there are only three books in this series.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Oh, everyone was so perfectly cast for this book/series! I couldn't have imagined any other narrators for the parts, they were just spot-on.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Anyone can change, if given the chance...

Any additional comments?

This was my series of the year for 2017. It was just a wonderful series to escape into. I thoroughly loved all three books. I am so glad I took the chance on getting them during one of the sales, though it would've been worth it to pay full price for them as well.

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A real page turner with several twists and turns!

I love this story and the characters! Do not want to put it down. The ending was a real surprise! Already starting book 3.

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  • claire newman
  • 12-02-15

This author captures my attention

As always never disappointed ..blackthorn and grimm find adventure and danger ,hope ,loyalty love and friendship ...i can never wait to see what this author brings to pass with her tales..this book gave me much pleasure must read or listen to here

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