I’m a huge fantasy reader. I always have been. I love quests, princesses, knights, witches, magic, kick as heroines, quick smooth talkers, scum of the earth characters you love to hate – the world building, the explanations of history, as well as how thick most fantasy books are, and also that they’re usually part of a series.
Juliet Marillier I’ve been reading for a while. I love her Sevenwaters series. It’s completely fantastic, and if you haven’t read it yet, you should jump on that. Like right now. Stop reading this, and go read that, and then come back here and read this. Go.
This book – Dreamer’s Pool – is book one in a new series called Blackthorn and Grim. It’s not as epic a tale as the first book in the Sevenwaters series, but it’s still very good. The book is split between 3 characters perspectives – Blackthorn, Grim, and the prince Oran. Blackthorn and Grim have been essentially rescued, and the payment for such a rescue is that Blackthorn owes 7 years of aid to anyone who asks her for help. That doesn’t seem so bad really, except well, it kind of is.
I don’t want to spoil too much of the plot here, but suffice it to say, it’s a great book, and I’m excited to see what book two is because while the plot of the novel was resolved satisfactually, the over arching plot of Blackthorn and Grim and their story is only just beginning, and that is something I can’t wait to read more of. Dreamer’s Pool left me wanting more, and that is definitely a good place to be.