I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim, #3) by Juliet Marillier
Series: Blackthorn & Grim #3
Published by Roc on November 1st 2016
Number of Pages: 448
Purchase: At Amazon
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 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 aid her wealthy father with a strange task—repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn’t take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems—the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies...
Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn’s sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice—to stand once again by each other’s side or to fight their battles alone...
The big twist I saw coming very early on. That didn’t detract at all from the story though. Especially as I wasn’t sure of the why or the how. We also finally get confirmation about why Conmael has been helping Blackthorn.
I loved the song/rhyme that’s given in bits and pieces and then finally in full in the book. I usually skip over that sort of thing, but it really resonated and stuck in my head. I also liked the story of the Heartwood House, and how we got to see different versions of it, both good and bad.
I didn’t care for Cara’s father at all, he seemed way too cold and strict to have had a daughter as dreamy and connected to the forest as Cara was. I liked how the secrets were uncovered, and how they interlinked with each other, even when some didn’t seem like they would fit.
A lot of things were tied up with this book, some major plot lines from the previous books, as well as the ones from this book. But there are enough loose threads that another book could easily fit in.
If you like a lot of mystery and twists with your fantasy, you should read this series.