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Dreamer's Pool ✹ [BOOKS] ✭ Dreamer's Pool By Juliet Marillier ❃ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Em troca de ajuda para escapar a um longo e injusto encarceramento a amarga curandeira mágica Blackthorn jurou pôr de lado o seu desejo de vingança contra o homem ue destruiu tudo o ue lhe era ueri Em troca de ajuda para escapar a um longo e injusto encarceramento a amarga curandeira mágica Blackthorn jurou pôr de lado o seu desejo de vingança contra o homem ue destruiu tudo o ue lhe era uerido Seguida por um companheiro de clausura um homem grande e silencioso chamado Grim ela viaja para o norte rumo a Dalriada Aui viverá na orla de uma misteriosa floresta e terá de cumprir durante sete anos a promessa ue fez ao seu libertador aceder a todos os pedidos de socorro ue lhe forem dirigidos Oran príncipe herdeiro do trono de Dalriada esperou com ansiedade a chegada da sua noiva Lady Flidais Conhece a apenas por via de um retrato e da poética correspondência ue trocaram entre si e ue um dia o convenceu de ue Flidais era o seu verdadeiro amor Oran descobre porém ue as cartas também mentem pois embora igual em aparência à imagem no retrato a sua noiva vem a revelar se uma mulher muito diferente da criatura sensível e sonhadora ue escreveu auelas cartasNas vésperas do seu casamento o príncipe não vê saída para a o seu dilema Mas corre o rumor de ue Blackthorn possui um dom extraordinário para a resolução de problemas espinhosos e ele pede a sua ajuda Para salvar Oran das suas insidiosas núpcias Blackthorn e Grim vão precisar de todos os seus recursos coragem engenho astúcia e talvez até um pouco de magia.


About the Author: Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories Her own Celtic Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series the Sevenwaters Trilogy Juliet was educated at the University of Otago where she majored in music and languages graduating BA and Bachelor of Music Hons Her lifelong interest in history folklore and mythology has had a majo.



10 thoughts on “Dreamer's Pool

  1. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ says:

    32118 ON SALE for 299 by Rabid ReadsI know I mentioned that I'm a longtime fan of Juliet Marillier in the not too distant past How I kept reading Shadowfell despite it's lackluster beginning and how Raven Flight renewed my faith in her abilitiesThere are many reasons for that faith but the simplest way to explain it is that in fantasy there is a not uite stock character that I'm going to call the Storyteller original I know This character is often a grandparent figure a leader in an unofficial but easily recognizable capacity and is universally revered They tell their stories both to entertain and to guide and when they rule the pages of the book I'm reading I become absolutely enthralledJuliet Marillier is a Storyteller made flesh and DREAMER'S POOL is her most recent taleBlackthorn is a woman with the knowledge and ability to heal But she is not the typical peace loving woman who lives in the forest with a beautiful garden of strange and wondrous growing things No she is not She is a woman who has been rotting in a prison cell for nearly a year and she is a woman who thirsts for vengeance to the exclusion of almost everything elseSo when one of the fey folk visits her just after she's learned that the man who imprisoned her the man upon whom she dreams to avenge herself has arranged for her to be killed rather than having her case heard and offers her freedom but at a price she must swear not to seek the revenge she so desperately desires for no less than seven years She almost refusesBut she is thankfully not that blinded by hate and when part of the dank underground prison suddenly collapses Blackthorn knows it's her chanceShe doesn't escape aloneA giant of a man called Grim also escapes and the two of them make their way to where Blackthorn promised the fey she'd go togetherOran is a most unprincely prince According to his mother anyway He is a Romantic who has been avoiding the business of finding a wife bc he doesn't want it to be business And it's seems his wish is granted in the lovely Lady Flidais but when she arrives he finds her shockingly dissimilar to the woman with whom he'd been corresponding and he becomes convinced that something nefarious is afoot But is that simply wishful thinking?DREAMER'S POOL flawlessly intertwines these two separate stories so that the whole is much greater than the parts The slow but sure development of a real partnership between the emotionally vacant Blackthorn and the haunted by some unknown past Grim is heart wrenching to witness as is watching Oran's dreams seemingly crumble to dust But there are strange things happening in Oran's kingdom and they can all be traced back to a pool in a fey wood Will they discover the truth before Oran finds himself wed to a woman he neither likes nor respects? Read it and find out Highly recommended My other reviews for this series Tower of Thorns Blackthorn Grim #2 by Juliet Marillier Den of Wolves Blackthorn Grim #3 by Juliet Marillier


  2. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:

    Let me put it bluntly okay? Sometimes we must face the facts as unpleasant as they are Nothing in Dreamer's Pool brought me enjoyment Nothing That's why no matter how skilled Juliet Marillier might be with her words I cannot rate this book anything else than 1 star Yet it all started so promisingly Indeed the first two chapters out of 41 awoke my interest Blackthorn and Grim prisoners and driven with vengeance touched me with their hopelessness and I couldn't wait to know what their future would hold That is until that fae dude came in the picture I'm sure the guy has reasons to act the way he does but so far his motivations remain in the shadows and I can't wrap my head around the idiocy of it all This is not a feeling I enjoy Deus ex machina to its finest Truth is 15% in and I already knew that something was amiss unfortunately it did not get better The whole thing is boring and filled with pages and pages of countryside random life nonsense like I talked to some farmers about a troublesome patch of boggy ground and the need to dig a drainage ditch They could not agree on its position I suggested they consider a compromise that would not encroach too severely on either man's farm and told them to bring it to the council if they had not reached agreement by thenAnd it goes on and on and on Blackthorn says it better than I could There was some discussion The two fellows set out their arguments which had to do with rights of way and wandering cattle My mind was wandering too away from a matter that was of little interest to meEXACTLY I do not care about any of thisWhich brings me to What is the fucking point of this book? I would say to resolve a mystery But how in the world can I call this a mystery when I guessed EVERYTHING at 30%? It doesn't make me proud but it just shows how obvious the plot twists can we really talk about twists at this point that I do not know were The strings were so flashy and unavoidable that it annoyed me to no end to wait for the characters to finally get it As far as plot resolution goes Dreamer's Pool is a big fail for me This said even predictable some books manage to keep my interest because of their wonderful characters Dreamer's Pool is not one of those books Where are the complex and fleshed out characters? Because I saw none On the contrary they felt one dimensional to me having a tortured past doesn't make you layered If you act like a robot and that I as a reader can guess everything you'll dosay you are not complex Neither Blackthorn or Grim are and I just didn't care about what could happen to them whatsoever Not that they actually did something during most of the book mind you They honestly seemed as perplexed as I was about their role in the story And don't get me started about Oran the naive Prince waiting for his true love What a brat really Finally I am so very mad at the way sexuality is portrayed and how the boundaries between good and evil are linked to it I genuinely thought that we were past shaming women for sex and using it as a main characterization point but it seems that I was wrong In this world if you want to find the Evil Women just look at those who have sex As for the others they're most likely going to be raped view spoilerThis way the only consensual sex is in fact a manipulation and it doesn't sit well with me hide spoiler


  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I happily enjoyed this book I love this author too Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾


  4. Carla *Jen7waters* Carla *Jen7waters* says:

    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 wrongThat 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 worstSpeaking 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 earthuakes 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 specialI’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 animalA remarkable story with extraordinary unforgettable characters Go read it


  5. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    Dreamer's Pool the first in the Blackthorn Grim series by talented author Juliet Marillier is a solid medieval magical fantasymystery 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 nowA 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 hearingAn 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 inIt 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 uite appealing enough to me to want to spend time with them


  6. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    ►► 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 yearOkay Let's do this uickly shall we? Things to do places to go potential DNFs to read and all that crapSo 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? RightBut anyway Why didn't LOVE this uneualed masterpiece you ask? Let's see① 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 ② Tiresome tedious characters IncI 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 thereNow 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


  7. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    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 uite 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 otherthis 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


  8. Sԋҽʅʅყ ƚԋҽ Wҽιɾԃ αɳԃ Wαɳԃҽɾιɳɠ Wαɾɾισɾ Sԋҽʅʅყ ƚԋҽ Wҽιɾԃ αɳԃ Wαɳԃҽɾιɳɠ Wαɾɾισɾ says:

    Writing BFantasy B Action CPlot CAngstDrama FBlackthorn and Grim AOran 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 coolThen we meet OranHe'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'sThe 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 storyI 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 absorbedOverall this was a well written book It could just be that this particular type of drama is just not my thing view spoilerI 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


  9. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    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 yearand I’ve read A LOT of books this yearThis 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 partnershipMeanwhile 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 naiveté? 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 mysteryThis 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 world depth 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 impressedDreamer’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 eually 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 uniue 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 himThis 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 endAlas 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


  10. Bradley Bradley says:

    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 novelI 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 uite a few opportunities for fun and mayhem but alas this would not have served likely even supplanting the true tale of Blackthorn and GrimI'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 detailI 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 TalesThere'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


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10 thoughts on “Dreamer's Pool

  1. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ says:

    32118 ON SALE for 299 by Rabid ReadsI know I mentioned that I'm a longtime fan of Juliet Marillier in the not too distant past How I kept reading Shadowfell despite it's lackluster beginning and how Raven Flight renewed my faith in her abilitiesThere are many reasons for that faith but the simplest way to explain it is that in fantasy there is a not uite stock character that I'm going to call the Storyteller original I know This character is often a grandparent figure a leader in an unofficial but easily recognizable capacity and is universally revered They tell their stories both to entertain and to guide and when they rule the pages of the book I'm reading I become absolutely enthralledJuliet Marillier is a Storyteller made flesh and DREAMER'S POOL is her most recent taleBlackthorn is a woman with the knowledge and ability to heal But she is not the typical peace loving woman who lives in the forest with a beautiful garden of strange and wondrous growing things No she is not She is a woman who has been rotting in a prison cell for nearly a year and she is a woman who thirsts for vengeance to the exclusion of almost everything elseSo when one of the fey folk visits her just after she's learned that the man who imprisoned her the man upon whom she dreams to avenge herself has arranged for her to be killed rather than having her case heard and offers her freedom but at a price she must swear not to seek the revenge she so desperately desires for no less than seven years She almost refusesBut she is thankfully not that blinded by hate and when part of the dank underground prison suddenly collapses Blackthorn knows it's her chanceShe doesn't escape aloneA giant of a man called Grim also escapes and the two of them make their way to where Blackthorn promised the fey she'd go togetherOran is a most unprincely prince According to his mother anyway He is a Romantic who has been avoiding the business of finding a wife bc he doesn't want it to be business And it's seems his wish is granted in the lovely Lady Flidais but when she arrives he finds her shockingly dissimilar to the woman with whom he'd been corresponding and he becomes convinced that something nefarious is afoot But is that simply wishful thinking?DREAMER'S POOL flawlessly intertwines these two separate stories so that the whole is much greater than the parts The slow but sure development of a real partnership between the emotionally vacant Blackthorn and the haunted by some unknown past Grim is heart wrenching to witness as is watching Oran's dreams seemingly crumble to dust But there are strange things happening in Oran's kingdom and they can all be traced back to a pool in a fey wood Will they discover the truth before Oran finds himself wed to a woman he neither likes nor respects? Read it and find out Highly recommended My other reviews for this series Tower of Thorns Blackthorn Grim #2 by Juliet Marillier Den of Wolves Blackthorn Grim #3 by Juliet Marillier

  2. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:

    Let me put it bluntly okay? Sometimes we must face the facts as unpleasant as they are Nothing in Dreamer's Pool brought me enjoyment Nothing That's why no matter how skilled Juliet Marillier might be with her words I cannot rate this book anything else than 1 star Yet it all started so promisingly Indeed the first two chapters out of 41 awoke my interest Blackthorn and Grim prisoners and driven with vengeance touched me with their hopelessness and I couldn't wait to know what their future would hold That is until that fae dude came in the picture I'm sure the guy has reasons to act the way he does but so far his motivations remain in the shadows and I can't wrap my head around the idiocy of it all This is not a feeling I enjoy Deus ex machina to its finest Truth is 15% in and I already knew that something was amiss unfortunately it did not get better The whole thing is boring and filled with pages and pages of countryside random life nonsense like I talked to some farmers about a troublesome patch of boggy ground and the need to dig a drainage ditch They could not agree on its position I suggested they consider a compromise that would not encroach too severely on either man's farm and told them to bring it to the council if they had not reached agreement by thenAnd it goes on and on and on Blackthorn says it better than I could There was some discussion The two fellows set out their arguments which had to do with rights of way and wandering cattle My mind was wandering too away from a matter that was of little interest to meEXACTLY I do not care about any of thisWhich brings me to What is the fucking point of this book? I would say to resolve a mystery But how in the world can I call this a mystery when I guessed EVERYTHING at 30%? It doesn't make me proud but it just shows how obvious the plot twists can we really talk about twists at this point that I do not know were The strings were so flashy and unavoidable that it annoyed me to no end to wait for the characters to finally get it As far as plot resolution goes Dreamer's Pool is a big fail for me This said even predictable some books manage to keep my interest because of their wonderful characters Dreamer's Pool is not one of those books Where are the complex and fleshed out characters? Because I saw none On the contrary they felt one dimensional to me having a tortured past doesn't make you layered If you act like a robot and that I as a reader can guess everything you'll dosay you are not complex Neither Blackthorn or Grim are and I just didn't care about what could happen to them whatsoever Not that they actually did something during most of the book mind you They honestly seemed as perplexed as I was about their role in the story And don't get me started about Oran the naive Prince waiting for his true love What a brat really Finally I am so very mad at the way sexuality is portrayed and how the boundaries between good and evil are linked to it I genuinely thought that we were past shaming women for sex and using it as a main characterization point but it seems that I was wrong In this world if you want to find the Evil Women just look at those who have sex As for the others they're most likely going to be raped view spoilerThis way the only consensual sex is in fact a manipulation and it doesn't sit well with me hide spoiler

  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I happily enjoyed this book I love this author too Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  4. Carla *Jen7waters* Carla *Jen7waters* says:

    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 wrongThat 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 worstSpeaking 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 earthuakes 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 specialI’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 animalA remarkable story with extraordinary unforgettable characters Go read it

  5. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    Dreamer's Pool the first in the Blackthorn Grim series by talented author Juliet Marillier is a solid medieval magical fantasymystery 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 nowA 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 hearingAn 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 inIt 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 uite appealing enough to me to want to spend time with them

  6. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    ►► 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 yearOkay Let's do this uickly shall we? Things to do places to go potential DNFs to read and all that crapSo 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? RightBut anyway Why didn't LOVE this uneualed masterpiece you ask? Let's see① 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 ② Tiresome tedious characters IncI 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 thereNow 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

  7. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    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 uite 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 otherthis 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

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    Writing BFantasy B Action CPlot CAngstDrama FBlackthorn and Grim AOran 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 coolThen we meet OranHe'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'sThe 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 storyI 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 absorbedOverall this was a well written book It could just be that this particular type of drama is just not my thing view spoilerI 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

  9. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    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 yearand I’ve read A LOT of books this yearThis 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 partnershipMeanwhile 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 naiveté? 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 mysteryThis 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 world depth 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 impressedDreamer’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 eually 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 uniue 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 himThis 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 endAlas 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

  10. Bradley Bradley says:

    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 novelI 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 uite a few opportunities for fun and mayhem but alas this would not have served likely even supplanting the true tale of Blackthorn and GrimI'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 detailI 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 TalesThere'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

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