Dreamer's Pool

Dreamer's Pool

Book - 2014
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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 help. Oran, 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 letters. With 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 more than a little magic.
Publisher: New York, New York : ROC, [2014]
ISBN: 9780451466990
Branch Call Number: FIC FAN
Characteristics: xi, 434 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 24, 2020

It was nice to read Juliet Marillier again. I always like her books and this was no disappointment.

Meant to be an adult fantasy/mystery, I wouldn't say it's necessarily for adults only, although it does deal with sensitive topics like abuse and rape. Also, the main character isn't young, she's in her 30s, and she has dealt with a lot in her life.

It's a bit of a rambling style, and I was wondering where it was going, but everything turned out in the end, although I'm already ordering the next one so I can see what happens.

Feb 04, 2019

I love Marillier's Sevenwaters series and I am happy to read any of her books. Dreamer's Pool was a good read, but so far I would say Sevenwaters is her strongest work.

Jul 12, 2018

This was grittier and more suspenseful than the dreamy cover might lead one to believe. Having never read this author, I was expecting something like Patricia McKillip and got something more like Katharine Kerr. I was pleasantly surprised.

Apr 24, 2018

I feel like her books always take 100 pages to get into the story, but they are always interesting, not your usual fairytale

Jan 31, 2018

I love this series, Blackthorn & Grim. The characters the story the ending, where I wish this story continued!

Jul 06, 2017

At page 123.
Told from three characters' viewpoint, two of which are interesting.
The third is excruciatingly wordy and bland, you figure out which one. It's upper-crust, hoity-toity yawndom.

Beatricksy Jan 09, 2017

I don't know what this book is. I don't know if it's a fairy tale retelling or something original. If it IS Goose Girl, then it's missing pretty much all the original elements. It's surely not a mystery, because the mysteries are dispatched too easily. The twist for the main one is obvious by page 118 (note that the main mystery begins on page 107). I don't even care for the fantasy elements, which are never allowed to shine and have to content with Deus ex Conmael ready with TNT, fast horses, and a lawnmower (yes, I'm being serious) to set the world exactly as the protagonists need it at any given moment. The plot is so juvenile it's practically a children's story, but the content--rape, murder--is pretty adult. It IS a compelling read if only because Marillier has an excellent grasp on how to spin a sentence, so the descriptions are gorgeous. But otherwise, don't bother. Marillier has written much better books than this.

Aug 24, 2016

I am a fan of much of Marillier's work. I would have said that this was not equal to the Bridei Chronicles, but I knocked it over in a few days and will probably read the next in the series so still good reading.

Jun 06, 2016

Fascinating book...I couldn't put it down until finishing it.

Jun 03, 2015

I rather enjoyed this novel, the author wove historical fiction with contemporary messages trending in social media regarding gender equality and social justice. I look forward to the next book.

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Feb 21, 2018

Sexual Content: non-graphic, but there is adult content

Feb 21, 2018

Violence: mostly off-stage or in the past, but there are some disturbing incidents

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DreamerDreamsOn Jul 24, 2015

DreamerDreamsOn thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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