Den of Wolves

Roc: NAL. (Blackthorn & Grim, Bk. 3). Nov. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9780451467034. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698139244. FANTASY
Grim, companion to wise woman Blackthorn, is asked to travel to nearby Wolf Glen to assist with a building project for Lord Tóla. He is rebuilding the ruin of a heartwood house—a special dwelling only one haunted, fey-touched man knows how to construct. As the project progresses, Tóla sends his daughter Cara to stay near Blackthorn in Winterfalls. Grim has been sworn to secrecy about the project, but his protective nature won't let him stand by when Bardán, the wild man supervising the construction, is mistreated. Bardán, Tóla, and Cara all seem tied up in an old secret Tóla is desperate to keep. Meanwhile, Blackthorn's sworn enemy might finally be brought to justice, leaving her with a difficult choice.
VERDICT This is another emotionally powerful entry (after Tower of Thorns) in Marillier's fantasy series set in ancient Ireland. The growing bond between Grim and Blackthorn is consistently a pleasure to follow in each book as they lean on each other to get through every challenge.

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