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Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim) Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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- Publisher : Ace (November 3, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451467019
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451467010
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.15 x 1.34 x 9.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 - the atmosphere of magic and danger
What I simply adore about this book is the atmosphere of a fairy tale, a very odd fairy tale with magical creatures, cruel and mischievous fairies, dangerous curses. The author uses the Celtic mythology with the Fairy Folk, elves and changelings and draws her readers into their world. And there is no guaranty of a happy ending.
2 - two amazing main characters
There is not enough phrase to express how wonderful Grim and Blackthorn are. They are two broken people, suffering heavily from PTSD, trying to create a new life for themselves. They are too wounded to even consider love or open affection, but they are fiercely loyal and protective of each other. Blackthorn can be extremely snappish, but she is also strong, intelligent and vulnerable. Grim is so protective and devoted to her, it was impossible not to care for them.
3 - an intriguing puzzle to be solved
Just as in the first book, in "Tower of Thorns" Grim and Blackthorn have to find a solution to a puzzle that no one else could solve. There is a course involved, dangerous magic, tons of lies, secrets and devious intentions.
4 - a growing affection between Blackthorn and Grimm
The author masterfully shows how a reluctant friendship develops into something much deeper and stronger. The plot thickens slowly and also the relationship between Blackthorn and Grimm develops slowly, almost reluctantly. I have great hopes for Blackthorn and Grimm. They deserve a happy ending!
To sum up, I was enchanted by this book. I am looking forward to reading the last book in the series.
This can’t be truer for our main characters Blackthorn and Grim. This time they find themselves is a tale that is a little bit of a mash up of Beauty and the Beast with Sleeping Beauty with some twists and a few little people. I like the fairytale aspect of this story, how it feels like a story within a story. But we the reader only learn small parts at a time and have to be patient to get to the ending and learn the moral and peril of the story along with Blackthorn and Grim.
I have to say that I love Blackthorn and Grim together. They both have extreme trauma in their pasts and have found a friendship and balance with one another. But dare I hope that it is growing into more than friendship…I dare, oh I dare. I ship them so much and really hope that both can heal a little from the past to be able to move on with the other. But still it is good to see how they have grown together and understand the other.
Grim is the best! He is the kindest soul and just the giving way he thinks about Blackthorn is fantastic. He is always giving when it comes to her and always kind. No matter if he might be a little jealous that a man from her past has found her and they can’t spend as much time together he is happy that she is happy.
“About happy endings. Folk like a story to finish well. Doesn’t matter if that’s true to life or not. Helps to hear about folk being content. About good folk getting what they deserve. While you’re listening you can believe, for a bit, that you’re good too. Worth a happy ending.”
Blackthorn again struggles with the promise made to Fey creature Conmael to help any who ask and not leave the borders of the land she is in for seven years. She still has a strong desired to see Mathuin, the man who destroyed her entire life punished and she will again struggle with the need for vengeance and the right thing to do.
Some of this was dark. Grim’s feelings about his own past and the struggle he has dealing with it. His feelings of not being enough for Blackthorn. But there is always hope and I loved how this story progressed not only the character development of Grim and Blackthorn but also the overall plot of Mathuin.
This is a slow rolling story with a lot of character development and so it won’t be for everyone. There is no Disney HEA either if that is what you are looking for. But there is a fairytale feel and it isn’t quite a Grim fairytale either. I’m happy to be in the in-between with Grim and Blackthorn yet again. After the ending I’m holding out a lot of hope that those two will find their way from this friendship to something much much deeper. Because they of course deserve a little, not a lot of happy after all that they have been through.
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The only thing I haven't worked out is why Conmael helped Blackthorn in the first place! Again beautifully written with the only surprise being that I continued to read it having realised the plot early on.