Title: Dreamer’s Pool
Author: Juliet Marillier
Series: Blackthorn & Grim
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Synopsis: 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.
Review: The first two-thirds of this book took me sooooo long to get through. Way too much time was spent on day to day activities and trying to give us time to get to know the characters without anything really interesting happening. The three alternating point of views didn’t really help at all. U despised reading Oran’s parts, he is such an idiot and I really couldn’t be bothered to read his whining about how his life wasn’t turning out perfect like he wanted it to be. Bleh shut up dude, so many people have it so much worse than your privileged little ass. Okay to be fair, he’s not an entirely bad character, he does care a lot about his people, I just couldn’t stand his whining. I really only liked Blackthorn, Grim wasn’t so bad, I’d just rather have only read from one POV. Once things got going I could put the book down, even if I had already guessed, and figured out the plot of the story, long before Oran had even asked for help. This wasn’t a horrible story, it was slow to start but once things got going I was really interested. I will eventually pick up the second book but I am in no hurry to do so.