Juliet Marillier currently lives in the Swan Valley, Perth, Western Australia. Since graduating from the University of Otago, New Zealand, with a BA in languages and an honours degree in music, she has had a varied career that included working for government agencies, opera singing, and raising four children. Marillier now writes full time. Her lifelong interest in myth, legend, folklore and traditional music is a strong influence on both style and theme in her writing. A passion for early British history, reflecting her Celtic ancestry, is evident in her choice of settings. She is a member of the druid order OBOD and of the Australian Greens Party.
'Award-winning author Juliet Marillier's Blackthorn and Grim series continues as a mysterious creature holds an enchanted and imperiled ancient Ireland in thrall. Lady Geiléis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the prince of Dalriada's help in expelling a howling creature from an old tower on her land - one surrounded by an impenetrable hedge of thorns. Casting a blight over the entire district, and impossible to drive out by ordinary means, the mysterious presence threatens both the safety and the sanity of all who live nearby. As Blackthorn and Grim begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together, it becomes clear that a powerful adversary is at work. Their quest is about to become a life and death struggle - where even the closest of friends can find themselves entangled in intrigue.' (Publication summary)
'Embittered healer Blackthorn, wrongly condemned to death, is offered a lifeline by a mysterious stranger. In return, she must set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once loved. Not only that: for seven years she must agree to help anyone who asks for her aid. She and her companion Grim settle on the fringes of a mysterious forest in Dalriada, far from the place of their incarceration, and start a new life.
'Oran, the crown prince of Dalriada, is waiting for his bride-to-be, Lady Flidais. Her letters and sweet portrait have convinced him that she is his destined true love.
'But letters can lie.
'To save Oran from disaster, Blackthorn and Grim will need courage, ingenuity, and more than a little magic.' (Publication summary)