Title: Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim #1)
Author: Juliet Marillier
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 2014
Edition: Mass Market Paperback, published in 2015 by Roc
Sometimes a book is a good read without being extraordinary and I feel this book fits into that category.
Dreamer’s Pool is told from three point-of-views. Blackthorn and Grim, who met in a prison, and Prince Oran, who falls in love with his betrothed through letters. The tree POVs are quite distinct and well done. They each give a slightly different perspective and they are all valid I feel.
This tale is more of a paranormal mystery than a fantasy in my humble opinion, but it did remind me of old school fantasy books. I liked that the main characters were not necessarily naturally kick-ass, but that circumstances meant they had to be. Their characters were well developed, though especially in the beginning not that likeable. It took me a little while to warm up to them, but in the end I cares about each and everyone of them. I feel there are things yet to be revealed about both Blackthorn and Grim and I like that.
Although the twist was pretty obvious from the start (well, most of it) I liked the way the story unfolded. I thought this novel was well written and well plotted and it felt like a ‘comfort read’ in the best possible way. It really is the kind of book to curl up with that does not make you think too much, but keeps you reading all the same.
I would like to read more from this author.
5 out of 7 stars