Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

September 26, 2021 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Den of Wolves by Juliet MarillierDen of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim #3) by Juliet Marillier
Published: September 27th 2016 by Pan Macmillan AU
Format: Paperback, 414 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Historical
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4 Stars

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 most recent ordeal she and Grim have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.

Despite her own struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada to care for a troubled young girl who has been brought to court, while Grim travels 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 desire for retribution. 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.

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 end, perhaps to the detriment of the supporting cast who tended to rely heavily on tropes.

The magic and mystery of the earlier books is carried over into this one, as well as the atmospheric setting and lush story-telling. The overarching narrative arc of the series was brought to a somewhat rushed close by Marillier, which was a little disappointing. The role of the fey, which I was hoping would be expanded in this novel, wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be.

As with other instalments, Den of Wolves can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend beginning with Dreamer’s Pool. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the series and Blackthorn and Grim have certainly grown on me over time. This series has become a favourite, and I’m sad to leave them.

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