Genre: Historical

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Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

September 26, 2021 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Den of Wolves is the final instalment in the Blackthorn and Grim trilogy, chronicling a new adventure for the duo while tying up their stories admirably. This time, they're enmeshed in a mystery at Wolf Glen, where Grim is contracted to build a mystical structure while Blackthorn takes the daughter of the house under her wing.

Given the way Tower of Thorns ended, I was expecting more significant developments in the dynamic between Blackthorn and Grim. In keeping with the personalities of the characters, however, the resolution was slow and subtle. The characters remained nuanced and likable right to the...

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Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

July 5, 2021 Reviews 0 ★★★

Set less than a year after the end of Dreamer’s Pool, Tower of Thorns takes up with Blackthorn and Grim as they journey with Oran and his wife to the King’s court. They are soon swept up in a new adventure, investigating a curse that afflicts the Lady Geiléis and…

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Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

January 27, 2021 Reviews 0 ★★★

Dreamer’s Pool is a grim but atmospheric novel that weaves magic and mystery into a vivid tale in a medieval setting. Blackthorn and Grim are an unlikely pair, making a new start at the edge of a forest after escaping prison.

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Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

March 18, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Whisper the Dead is the second book in this wonderful series that follows three teen witches in the regency era. Emma, Penelope, and Gretchen have recently found out that they are witches of the powerful Lovegrove line, and are now struggling to control their powers in an increasingly dangerous world.

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Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

July 8, 2014 Reviews 3 ★★★★½

Razorhurst is a brilliantly crafted story that will keep you flipping pages until the wee hours of the morning, despite being slightly lighter in speculative fiction elements than what I usually read.

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All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

April 4, 2014 Reviews 1 ★★★★

This is a brilliant, brilliant book, and I am extremely annoyed I held myself back with it. It’s a raw, emotive narrative about Judith, who went missing with her best friend two years ago. Judith returned, Lottie didn’t.

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Venom by Fiona Paul

Venom by Fiona Paul

July 9, 2013 Reviews 2

It took me a long time – more than half way through the novel – to really get into Venom, and there was a time when I contemplated not finishing it. Something about Cassandra and her predicament refused to click with me, and I couldn’t see the so-called romance between…

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Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory

Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory

June 9, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Stormbringers continues the journey of Brothers Luca and Peter as they investigate mysterious events occurring all around Europe for the Pope, in the hopes of discovering if the end of the world is nigh. Travelling with them are Lady Isolde and her companion Ishraq. I think Philippa Gregory has delivered an…

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The Iron King by Maurice Druon

The Iron King by Maurice Druon

January 16, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I hate the word unputdownable. I really do. But I’m going to use it, because that’s exactly what The Iron King is: terribly difficult to put down once the cover is cracked. I shouldn’t be surprised as the series comes highly recommended by none other than George R. R. Martin…

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