Author: Juliet Marillier [Website][Facebook]
Series: Blackthorn & Grim, Bk 1
Length: 434 pages
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
The series title "Blackthorn & Grim" caught my attention when I saw this on Wowbrary... it's the Grim thing. I had to read the synopsis, and though it obviously was unrelated to anything "Grimm", the concept sounded very intriguing.
This was the second book I read on my trip to the Dominican Republic, and it was a great choice. Blackthorn and Grim's circumstances in the beginning are horrible, drear, and, quite frankly, hopeless. But I guess there is always hope, because they end up on a journey that, if finished could bring a new chance at life.
The characters have very strong perspectives, and I always appreciate that in a book. The character that really stood out to me was Grim. I really, really liked him. If felt sorrow for his hurts, and proud when he showed himself off well. I also liked Blackthorn, but I didn't relate to her all-consuming sense of bitterness and anger. Perhaps if I walked in her shoes. But I would guess that I'm more the type to react to troubles in life more like Grim than Blackthorn overall. I cared least for Oran's perspective, though he seemed like a mostly okay guy. I was always impatient to get back to Blackthorn or Grim, though.
When it came to Oran's issue, I did suspect what was wrong long before anyone else. So I simmered with impatience while I waited for Blackthorn and Grim to discover what was wrong. There is also another mystery in the story that I guessed, somewhat off hand, and then dismissed so it managed to surprise me when it came back up. And even then I never guessed all the details.
While not the longest ever, this is a book of substance, and I moved relatively quickly through it. It had its moments of high emotion, and by the end I was crying. I cannot wait for book 2, Tower of Thorns, expected to be out in late 2015.
Interview with the author can be found here:
Darkstars Fantasy News Interview with Juliet Marillier