Review: Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
4 Stars , Reviews / January 3, 2017

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 honest folktale, and as I reader, I find myself engaged immediately. In this book, we have a new character and plot that is central, and again, Blackthorn and Grim have their developing story ongoing as well. They have established a life in Winterfalls, Blackthorn treating people as a wise woman, Grim doing whatever needs doing, odd jobs, etc. A young girl, Cara, is sent to court and the princess of Dalriada requests Blackthorn to help the girl who has lived a rather simple and isolated life. At the same time, Grim is given a job to help build a structure for the girl’s father. It’s a very odd job in that the father requests secrecy about it and lays down many rules for Grim regarding…

Friday Firsts: Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
Friday Firsts / December 2, 2016

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well. He’s curled in a ball, shivering, under a piercing white moon. He’d forgotten how bright the moon was, how its light could go right through a man, cold in his bones, searching out what was hidden deep. Go away, he breathes, arms up over his head, knees to his chest, trying to be invisible. Leave me alone. But the light seeks him out, finding a way through the high canopy of the beeches, through the rough blanket of bracken and fern he’s scrambled together, through the rags of his clothing, right inside him. Into his mind, tangling his thoughts. Into his heart, probing his wounds. It’s been so long. How long has it been? How long has he been away? Marillier, Juliet (2016-11-01). Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim) (pg 1). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. My…