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Let me put it bluntly, okay Sometimes we must face the facts, as unpleasant as they are Nothing in Dreamer s Pool, the first in the Blackthorn I got bored and did a fair amount of skimming in the last half In fact, I was bored enough that I wrote half of this review two years ago, set it aside and never finished it But I m trying to remedy that now.A woman who a little later calls herself Blackthorn has been in the local despotic lord s d Dreamer s Pool, the first in the Blackthorn Grim series by talented author Juliet Marillier, is a solid medieval magical fantasy mystery It was also, truthfully, a little too slow paced for me I got bored and did a fair amount of skimming in the last half In fact, I was bored enough that I wrote half of this review two years ago, set it aside and never finished it But I m trying to remedy that now.A woman who a little later calls herself Blackthorn has been in the local despotic lord s dungeon for a year, falsely accused by him of a crime to hide his own habit of raping any of the local women he chooses It s a horrendous experience that has broken her in most ways, other than the desire for revenge She s looking forward to one thing the day she gets a hearing in court, scheduled for the day after the story begins So it s a bitter pill indeed when she learns that he plans to have her killed before the hearing.An elf lord appears, deus ex machine like, and offers her a choice he ll break her out of prison if she will agree, for a period of seven years, to 1 go live in a place of his choosing and exercise her healer craft, 2 help anyone who asks her for help, with or without expressly saying so, and 3 completely abandon her plan for revenge It s the last condition that almost kills her But with no alternative, she agrees The prison duly falls apart, a few prisoners escape, and Blackthorn heads north with Grim, one of her fellow former prisoners There she comes into the realm of a prince named Oran, who has a problem that he brings to Blackthorn He s been corresponding with his promised bride, Flidais, who he s never met But from all their letters he s certain she is a sweet, sensitive, honorable lady Now she s finally traveled to his kingdom to meet and marry him and she s not what Oran expected AT ALL She acts in a uncultured, promiscuous, lowborn manner Oran can t break off the wedding, but he can t help but think something s very wrong here Perhaps Blackthorn can investigate and help him Blackthorn rather reluctantly agrees binding elf lord promise kicks in.It was, in fact, an interesting mystery with an unexpected resolution it just took a little too long for it to get there I didn t feel like it justified all 400 pages There are some disturbing themes explored here rape, abuse, damaged souls and perhaps I was just mentally veering away from those dark waters Marillier also spends time developing Blackthorn and her companion Grim, and they re well rounded characters, if very rough around the edges They just weren t quite appealing enough to me to want to spendtime with them I happily enjoyed this book I love this author too Happy Reading Mel I happily enjoyed this book I love this author too Happy Reading Mel I ve been trying to write a review for Dreamer s Pool for a long time now, but it s so hard because I never know exactly how to express my love for JM s stories and characters Let it be known that she s my favorite author of all time, and she can do no wrong.That said, Dreamer s Pool is one of those freakishly unputdownable books, you know, when you can only make yourself stop reading when you desperately need food, a bathroom break, or when, sadly, it s so late that your eyes just give out Th I ve been trying to write a review for Dreamer s Pool for a long time now, but it s so hard because I never know exactly how to express my love for JM s stories and characters Let it be known that she s my favorite author of all time, and she can do no wrong.That said, Dreamer s Pool is one of those freakishly unputdownable books, you know, when you can only make yourself stop reading when you desperately need food, a bathroom break, or when, sadly, it s so late that your eyes just give out The thing is, there s always something happening in the story, something that makes you want to keep reading because you have to know what s going to happen next, and, in my case I just couldn t abandon the characters, because that s what it felt like every time I had to stop reading, Oh great, now Blackthorn is all alone in the dark, cold, scary forest, I m the worst Speaking of Blackthorn, she is a legend, truly one of those characters that I know will stay with me forever Once upon a time everything was horribly taken away from her, and that turned her into this combination of extremes 1 angry, badass, unstoppable force of nature, and I believe that there are tornados, and thunderstorms, and earthquakes, and hurricanes, and great floods all alive and kicking inside of her they re what keep her going, that and an unyielding need for justice and revenge and 2 lonely, self destructive, fragile, hurt, and broken, so broken, and really just a touch away to shatter completely, because after all she s human until JM tells us otherwise , and there s no way a person can go through what she endured and still be whole It s because Blackthorn is such an intense character that her unlikely pairing with big, gentle, awkward Grim is so appealing he s the only person that she ll listen to BARELY , the only person capable of actually reaching her when she s at the limits of pain and self destruction, blinded by the need for justice Somehow, among all the turmoil, Grim can bring her back, he can bring her back from the dark places inside her mind, and make her see things clearly again and all this just by saying a few words, or by staying as close to her as she ll allow him, and it s both heartwarming and heartbreaking And did I mention that they are just friends Yep, there s no romance between these two, at least not yet, but who knows what Tower of Thorns will bring To be honest, I don t even care, I like their relationship the way it is, and would love if they eventually became a couple, but if they don t, I ll still be content, because their friendship, the way it is, is something truly special I m not even going to say much about the plot this way I won t spoil it just that it s a mystery involving a princess, and that it reminded me a lot of the fairy tale The Goose Girl I don t know if it s actually inspired by the tale , tangled with Blackthorn and Grim s own stories, and their story together I especially loved Grim s POV chapters, because he s so sincere, genuine, unpretentious, and just raw, and I d always miss him so much when someone else s POV was up Of course I also loved Blackthorn s chapters with a passion, believe it or not but she s hilarious, hysterical, really Spirit animal A remarkable story, with extraordinary, unforgettable characters Go read it I had my eyes on this book since forever, so when i saw that one of my friends is doing a BR, I joined this book has three plot lines While Blackthorn and Grim s has been woven together from the start of the book, Oran met them somewhere just before the halfway Blackthorn is a healer and has been given a chance to live a quite life in exchange of giving up her vengeance mission She accepts and was freed from the prison Her fellow prisoner, Grim, joins her She decides to stay in the forest I had my eyes on this book since forever, so when i saw that one of my friends is doing a BR, I joined this book has three plot lines While Blackthorn and Grim s has been woven together from the start of the book, Oran met them somewhere just before the halfway Blackthorn is a healer and has been given a chance to live a quite life in exchange of giving up her vengeance mission She accepts and was freed from the prison Her fellow prisoner, Grim, joins her She decides to stay in the forest near Dalraida Oran, prince of Dalraida, is waiting for his betrothed but once she arrives, Oran started thinking that this is not the girl with whom he fell in love As the story progressed we see how these three characters help each other.this is an old school fantasy curses, fairy tales, myths, and magic, you will get all these in this simple tale there is also a mystery in the story but after a certain point this get very predictable As for the characters Blackthorn is the star of the book her past was painful and when she thought about it, she let it overshadow her present where I absolutely hated it She is presented as a strong and independent woman but her past turns her into a whiny women which I disliked about her Grim was another great character Though his past has not been revealed yet but I am very eager to know about what turned him into what he is now Oran s character really made me bang my head into the wall A great prince and king in the making but Oran as a lover was a big disappointment A good book with lovely characters and not so over the top story BR with my MacHalo Freaks starting January 1, 2016 DNF at 41% My first DNF of the year Get the maracas out of storage, people, this calls for a celebration I m sure this is the first of many, many DNFs to come, I m so excited right now And Ange picked this book for us, which means I get to choose a penance read to punish her for putting me through this, too Oh, I think 2016 is going to be a great year Okay Let s do this quickly, shall we Things to do, places to go, potential DNF BR with my MacHalo Freaks starting January 1, 2016 DNF at 41% My first DNF of the year Get the maracas out of storage, people, this calls for a celebration I m sure this is the first of many, many DNFs to come, I m so excited right now And Ange picked this book for us, which means I get to choose a penance read to punish her for putting me through this, too Oh, I think 2016 is going to be a great year Okay Let s do this quickly, shall we Things to do, places to go, potential DNFs to read and all that crap.So most of my slightly demented fellow buddy readers really enjoyed this story What can I say They re good people, really they are It s just that they keep reading books wrong Well, I have to admit it certainly doesn t help that they have such atrocious, dreadful, lousy, substandard taste in books But hey, they re good people, really they are So I guess I shouldn t complain, right Right.But anyway Why didn t LOVE this unequaled masterpiece, you ask Let s see Boredom It s a thingJuliet Marillier, you should be awarded a Nobel Prize for finding the cure to insomnia I could tell you that the story is slow paced but it wouldn t do it justice I mean, I stopped reading the book at the 41% mark and I was still waiting for something to happen Oh these people here talk and think and ramble, that they do They also talk and think and ramble sometimes Mind you, that s only when they don t talk and think and ramble It s really fascinating You d think an alternating POV type book would at least offer some variety it terms of tone and voice of character Don t be silly now It s all flatness, all the time Tiresome, tedious characters Inc.I couldn t bring myself to give a damn about a single character in this story They could drop dead for all I care That might be a good idea, actually That would mean something had finally happened But I don t think Marillier would have the guts to kill one of her MCs Nah, she only kills the lowly servants Because, you know, they re lowly And servants Such scum doesn t deserve to live But I digress So we have three alternating POVs, for three delightfully delightful characters Blackthorne an ungrateful, unlikable, whiny bitch You know, woe is me and all that stuff Grim think of a grumpy wood log brown bear hybrid, with the personality of a cardboard box Oran the guy prefers poetry and nature to killing and bloodshed If that s not pathetic, I don t know what is I d call him a wimp but that would be an insult to all the wimps out there.Now To be honest, there is one character I actually liked One character that actually had some personality One character that was full of life, interesting, and with some great potential for development One character that stole the show every time he appeared What character, you ask Why Bramble the dog, of course Yeah, we have a pretty stellar cast of characters here Added to the fascinating story, non stop action, and insane plot twists, it makes for a staggeringly spectacular read Anything else to add Nope, that s it Bye now Writing BFantasy B Action CPlot CAngst Drama FBlackthorn and Grim A Oran and Flindais F FFFFFFFFF FAILWhen I started this book, I thought, Wow, this is pretty good A straight fantasy I m actually going to finish and like Blackthorn and Grim were stuck unfairly in a rank and nasty prison where they were abused and severely neglected Blackthorn is approached by one of the fey named Conmael, and given a proposition I never was sure why she was chosen, but whatever, it s fan Writing BFantasy B Action CPlot CAngst Drama FBlackthorn and Grim A Oran and Flindais F FFFFFFFFF FAILWhen I started this book, I thought, Wow, this is pretty good A straight fantasy I m actually going to finish and like Blackthorn and Grim were stuck unfairly in a rank and nasty prison where they were abused and severely neglected Blackthorn is approached by one of the fey named Conmael, and given a proposition I never was sure why she was chosen, but whatever, it s fantasy go back to her old job as a healer and wise woman for 7 years in a small town called Winterfall and he would bust her out of jail She accepts Conmael literally busts the walls down and Grim helps her escape He tags along with Blackthorn and they form an unlikely alliance and reluctant friendship Sounds pretty cool.Then we meet Oran.He s a 22 year old prince He s a decent fellow, but somewhat immature and gullible His parents are like, Yo, you re old, get married already And he s like, But I m waiting for true love And his parents are like, Eff that, give us an heir Don t be ridiculous We put up with you liking poetry and nature walks instead of hunting and killing, but we re putting our feet down now And he s like, Life is so unfair So he finally gets a name of an 18 year old suitable for him, they start writing emotional letters with poetry, she sends him a painting of herself, and it s The marriage is on The girl is named Flidais that name, right and she comes to his town for their betrothal When she and her team of servants and guards arrive, she decides to stop by a spooky fey pond and take a swim Since she s so weird free spirited, her people are like, Okay, why not After that, things get weird So, the POVs with Blackthorn and Grim were excellent I really liked them Blackthorn was a strong female heroine Not typical, not virginal, not young and pretty Kind of the opposite actually Same for Grim Grim has a gentle soul and is great But, the problem is, the story kind of steers away from them in the middle and focuses on Oran and Flidais too much It seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the story.I hated the drama and the way the story went It was like a soap opera I didn t care about Oran I hated Flidais I ended up skimming through his parts because they were angsty and self absorbed.Overall, this was a well written book It could just be that this particular type of drama is just not my thing view spoiler I didn t like how accusations were made and Oran was falsely accused of rape and his best friend was turning from him, he was being isolated, while the reader knew what was going on That is very frustrating and made me ragey hide spoiler If this was strictly about the title characters and had another type of drama, not involving someone like Oran, I would have given this 4 stars As it is, I guess I will give it three Meh I am in no hurry to read the next book, but I might, depending on what the synopsis is This wasn t YA, but the sections with Oran and being in his mind and seeing how Flidais behaved, it almost felt like YA view spoiler And the whole not who you think she is trope reminded me of YA too hide spoiler This isn t a romance really, but there were romantic elements The fantasy aspects were kind of light too Not a lot of magic or magical creatures, but a little bit WIsh I would have liked it , but the angst and drama Man.Buddy read with the MacHalo group starting January 1, 2016 Angela s pick *BOOK ☝ Dreamer's Pool ⇻ In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada There she ll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her helpOran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love But Oran discovers letters can lie For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the lettersWith the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and than a little magic 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Spellbinding is the only word to describe Dreamer s Pool Reading it was like walking into a gorgeous, living fairy tale I just loved this book, it s probably one of the best I ve read all year and I ve read A LOT of books this year.This is the first in an adult series by Juliet Marillier, called Blackthorn and Grim Blackthorn is a woman we meet at the beginning of the novel, imprisoned for speaking out against a wicke 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Spellbinding is the only word to describe Dreamer s Pool Reading it was like walking into a gorgeous, living fairy tale I just loved this book, it s probably one of the best I ve read all year and I ve read A LOT of books this year.This is the first in an adult series by Juliet Marillier, called Blackthorn and Grim Blackthorn is a woman we meet at the beginning of the novel, imprisoned for speaking out against a wicked and corrupt chieftain Hours before she is to be executed, she is visited by the fey, who offers her a chance to escape in exchange for her promise to set aside her desire for vengeance Reluctantly, Blackthorn agrees and makes her way north to Dalriada to start her new life She is trailed by her fellow prisoner and escapee Grim, a hulking man of few words Unable to turn away anyone who asks her for help, Blackthorn also recognizes Grim s potential as an ally, and the two of them strike up a tentative partnership.Meanwhile in Dalriada, Prince Oran prepares to wed He has never met his future bride the Lady Flidais, though he has seen her portrait and they have written extensively to each other However, the crown prince is convinced that the sweet, compassionate and intelligent woman he has come to know through her letters is his perfect match, which is why he is dismayed when the Flidais who arrives at his castle is nothing like the Flidais he thought he knew Had he been taken for a fool, merely blinded by youthful naivet Or is there something stranger,mystical afoot Perhaps the newly arrived wise woman and her big strong helper could be of some assistance in this mystery.This is a tale of magic, set in a world where one imagines myths and legends can come to life, but it also feels surprisingly grounded at the same time, almost like a fairy tale infused with a bit of realism These elements gave the worlddepth and kept it from feeling too simplistic, but they were also muted enough not to be overbearing or risk completely obliterating the magical nuances Marillier tackles the craft of world building meticulously and flawlessly, striking the perfect tone I m beyond impressed.Dreamer s Pool is told through the perspectives of Blackthorn, Grim and Oran These three characters made this book a joy to read, and there s no hemming and hawing about it I loved them all equally They re very different people, and the way they re written by Marillier, you would never mistake any one of them for another Each person s voice feels unique and extraordinarily real and powerful The reader perceives the world and various events through a character s eyes, at the same time watching him or her develop along with the story We re with Oran as he grows from a young, carefree man into a thoughtful and worldly leader We re in Blackthorn s head even as she is blinded by her own personal biases and unaware of her flaws And Grim is just Grim He s simply an amazing and special man and there can be no other like him.This book made me wonder why I waited so long to pick up something by Juliet Marillier She writes so beautifully, with every word like an enchantment or spell drawing the reader deeper into the story There s a mystery here I couldn t wait to get to the bottom of, and then as we drew closer to the conclusion I didn t want this story to end Alas, it did But I m also glad this is going to be a series because I can t wait until we can return to the world of Blackthorn and Grim Until then, I ve bought other books by Marillier because I just can t get enough of her writing Dreamer s Pool gave me a taste, and now I m hooked This was a gentle Fantasy with all the traditional, read archetypal, side characters, but it s real strength is in being a great character driven novel.I consider Orlan and Flidais to be side characters in this story, with Blackthorn and Grim being the true gift from the author With Blackthorn and Grim, this shouldn t be much of a stretch to see, despite Orlan s PoV time, because that guy was just too idealistic and good natured and romantic a prince to make it as anything other than the subjec This was a gentle Fantasy with all the traditional, read archetypal, side characters, but it s real strength is in being a great character driven novel.I consider Orlan and Flidais to be side characters in this story, with Blackthorn and Grim being the true gift from the author With Blackthorn and Grim, this shouldn t be much of a stretch to see, despite Orlan s PoV time, because that guy was just too idealistic and good natured and romantic a prince to make it as anything other than the subject of the novel and not the real meat Flidais was much worse being the put upon trope princess who serves as a backdrop and not a real mover Which is a shame, because her real role Sans Spoilers did have quite a fewopportunities for fun and mayhem, but alas, this would not have served, likely even supplanting, the true tale of Blackthorn and Grim.I ve spent all this time on the side characters, but what s all the hullabaloo Think a revenge filled wise woman with a hulk of a devoted man watching over her, forced into service under the Fae to do good in a small little land, and you ve got just the tip of the ice burg The novel was complete unto itself, with a good take on an old, old celtic trope, missing almost all of the tripe twists that are expected on such an old tale, resting all of its strengths on characterization, depth of world building, and serious attention to detail.I fully enjoyed the novel It was such a nice change of pace from all the war driven fantasies I ve plowed through, recently, returning to the roots of Fantasy, as in Fairy Tales.There s a lot of plot drive about men and women, the nature of justice with rape, with perceptions and misunderstanding, as well as truly good hearted people being wrapped up in the whole mess And bad ones, too What can I say I think this is no way a flashy novel or ranking up there as anything I d peg as the standard, but as a very good novel with great characters, I think it s damn sweet