Dreamer's Pool: A Blackthorn & Grim Novel

Roc: NAL. (Blackthorn & Grim, Bk. 1). Nov. 2014. 448p. ISBN 9780451466990. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698139169. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarFor reasons of his own, a member of the fae breaks the woman known as Blackthorn out of prison. In return Blackthorn must forbear to take revenge on the chieftain who imprisoned her for seven years and agree to use her healing skills to aid anyone who asks her for help. Accompanied by Grim, the giant of a man who guarded her sanity while in prison, Blackthorn settles in the healer's cottage near the estate of the heir to the throne of Dalriada. But there is something wrong in Prince Oren's household, and Blackthorn and Grim might be the only ones who can help.
VERDICT The best thing about this novel (and there are many good components) is that it's the opener for a series featuring the taciturn Blackthorn and mysterious Grim. Typical for Marillier (Daughter of the Forest) is the evocative setting of an ancient Ireland that echoes with fairy tales and just a hint of magic.

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