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review 2017-01-01 10:36
Der Blackthorn-Code: Das Vermächtnis des Alchemisten von Kevin Sands
Der Blackthorn-Code - Das Vermächtnis des Alchemisten - Kevin Sands,Alexandra Ernst

Worum ging es und wie war es?

 

Ich habe ganz vergessen, eine Rezension zu diesem Buch zu schreiben. Dabei ist es ein wirklich gelungener Auftakt zu einer sehr spannenden und dynamischen Jugend-Krimi-Reihe im London des mmh... 17. Jahrhunderts. Christopher Rowe ist ein begabter, kluger Apothekerlehrling, der bei Benedict Blackthorn lernt und zu seinem Meister ein sehr freundschaftliches Verhältnis hat, was durchaus unüblich ist für eine Meister-Lehrling-Beziehung der damaligen Zeit. Christopher wird nicht geschlagen, genießt die Aufmerksamkeit seines Meisters und wird gut behandelt. Doch eines Tages ist alles anders. Seltsame Morde erschüttern die Stadt und verunsichern die Apotheker-Gilde, denn die Opfer sind immer Apotheker.

Ist Meister Blackthorn auch bedroht? Oder gar Christopher?

 

Der Blackthorn-Code fiel mir in der Buchhandlung auf und sprach mich, was Schreibstil, Idee und Cover angeht, gleich an. Leider hatte ich nicht gewusst, dass der Auftakt einer Reihe ist, denn nun muss ich einige Monate warten, ehe es weitergeht und ich will jetzt schon wissen, was mit diesem oder jenem Charakter passiert. Oh man. Nein, wirklich ein guter Start, der mich überzeugt hat, dass Kevin Sands da eine tolle neue Welt kreiert hat und Idee und Umsetzung deckungsgleich sind.

 

5 Sterne für dieses spannende, dynamische und abwechslungsreiche Jugend-Krimi-Debüt.

 

Lest es!!  

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text 2016-11-03 15:00
Cover Crush: Blackthorn & Grim trilogy by Juliet Marillier

Cover Crush is a feature originally thought up by Erin at Flashlight Commentary.  Every Thursday, she publishes a post featuring a book jacket/book cover that she really likes with a short commentary about it.  I discovered this weekly feature via It's a Mad Mad World  and decided to join in the fun!

Judge a book by it's cover?  Absolutely!

 

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Blackthorn & Grim is a young adult high fantasy series written by Juliet Marillier.  She is one of my favorite high fantasy authors even though I've yet to read all of her work.  Mainly, her writing is beautiful and magical.

Den of Wolves, the last book in this trilogy, was published and made available this week, and so I thought, what better way to celebrate than squee about how pretty the covers for all three books are.  Fantasy novels tend to have a lot of really good cover illustrations, and the Blackthorn & Grim trilogy is no different.  And while I've always liked most of the covers for Juliet Marillier books, I can't say that any have ever actually stood out as much to me.

But the three of these covers, from the illustration to the type setting, it's all just so pretty that I can't stop looking at them.  Specifically Den of Wolves--it was the one that drew my attention the fastest, more than likely because of the bold red background.

The last time I started a Juliet Marillier fantasy trilogy, I breezed through one book after another and had the entire series finished in no time.  So this time, I decided that I would patiently wait out the publication of the last book before even trying to get a hold of the first.

I feel I've become quite impatient in my old age to wait around to finish an ongoing story, and this whole trilogy thing that's been going on is a bit frustrating sometimes.

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/11/cover-crush-blackthorn-grim-trilogy-by.html
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review 2016-10-31 20:54
Rezension "Der Blackthorn-Code: Das Vermächtnis des Alchemisten" von Kevin Sands
Der Blackthorn-Code - Das Vermächtnis des Alchemisten - Kevin Sands,Alexandra Ernst

Christopher Rowe ist Lehrling beim Apotheker Benedict Blackthorne. Als immer mehr Apotheker in London von ermordet werden, entdeckt Christopher, dass ein perfider Plan hinter den Taten steckt.

 

Die Geschichte wird in der Ich-Perspektive von Christopher erzählt. Der Protagonist ist ein Teenager, der sehr neugierig ist und alles ausprobieren will. Dazu gehört, auch mal mit Schwarzpulver zu experimentieren und fast das Haus in die Luft zu jagen. Obschon er eigentlich recht schlau ist, stellt er sich manchmal ziemlich doof an… Das Buch spielt Mitte des 17. Jahrhunderts in London. Ob es unser London, wie wir es kennen, sein soll, oder in einer unserer sehr ähnlichen aber doch fremden Welt spielt, habe ich nicht herausgefunden. Allerdings gibt es da einige historische Unkorrektheiten, die nicht zu unserer Welt und ihrer Geschichte passen. So seufzt Christopher darüber, dass er als Lehrling nur Sonntags frei hat, dabei war es für die arbeitende Bevölkerung zu dieser Zeit ein Luxus, einen fixen freien Tag pro Woche zu haben, Hausangestellte hatten oft nur ein bis zwei Mal pro Monat am Sonntag frei. Auch die Anwendung von Zitronensaft bei Skorbut, rund 100 Jahre vor den ersten ernstzunehmenden Studien darüber und eine weltverändernde Erfindung 200 Jahre zu früh (dazu will ich aus Spoilergründen nichts Näheres sagen) haben mich etwas verwirrt. Daher sehe ich hier zwei Möglichkeiten: entweder ist Christophers London doch nicht ganz unser London, oder der Autor hat sich grosszügige schriftstellerische Freiheit zugesprochen (sprich: schlecht recherchiert).

 

Die Handlung ist unterhaltsam und actionreich aufgebaut, wird nie langweilig und ist doch nicht überladen. Stellenweise hatte ich allerdings etwas Mühe, die verschiedenen Nebenfiguren zu unterscheiden, die teilweise eher blass blieben.

 

Der Schreibstil des Autors Kevin Sands lässt sich flüssig lesen und bietet mit seinem Humor immer wieder Anlass zum Schmunzeln. Einige Zeitsprünge durch Rückblenden können den Lesefluss allerdings etwas bremsen. Während eigentlich nichts wirklich „fantastisches“ passiert, würde ich das Buch doch in die Fantasy-Schublade stecken, es fühlt sich zumindest „fantastisch“ an. Der Schluss ist recht blutig, sodass ich sehr jungen und sensiblen Lesern davon abraten würde.

 

Wenn ich es richtig gesehen habe, bildet „Das Vermächtnis des Alchemisten“ den Auftakt zu einer Buchreihe, die ich gerne weiterverfolgen werde.

 

Mein Fazit

Gute Unterhaltung für Jugendliche und Erwachsene.

Source: aglayabooks.blogspot.com/2016/10/der-blackthorn-code-das-vermachtnis-des.html
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review 2016-10-31 13:15
Review: Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim) - Juliet Marillier

http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/10/review-den-of-wolves-by-juliet-marillier.html

 

Den of Wolves is utterly enchanting. It features mystery, magic light and dark, hard choices, friendship, love, risk, reward, and a satisfying resolution to several series-long storylines.

Blackthorn and Grim are no strangers to the machinations of the fey, and this time they’re faced with a case of a strange young woman, a ruined house with the potential for magic, and a mysterious wild man who may be the key to solving the mystery of what’s wrong in Wolf Glen. To talk much about the story’s main case would be to spoil it. I will say that I loved the magical elements, how Juliet Marillier weaves different plot threads together into a compelling tapestry, and how everything comes together is incredibly satisfying. Blackthorn and Grim are forced to spend a lot of the book apart, which makes it all the more difficult for them, but it also gives them time to come to terms with their changing relationship. As much as I liked the Wolf Glen plotline, what really made Den of Wolves special to me was the continuing evolution of the two central characters.

Blackthorn is one of my favorite fantasy heroines. She has a strong will, is rough around the edges, and is as likely to snap at somebody as hold her tongue. But she’s also giving, caring, and possesses an inner warmth that hasn’t been snuffed out, even in the face of all that she’s suffered and survived. Blackthorn has been tortured physically and emotionally in unimaginable ways, but she still stands strong and fights for what’s right. Her thirst for justice has threatened to be her undoing more than once over the course of the series, and she has some hard choices to make in Den of Wolves. I have loved watching her develop as a character over the course of the series and this is the story that will make or break her.

If Blackthorn is the soul of the story, then Grim is its heart. The big-hearted man who is more than he sees himself to be grabbed my heart from the first Blackthorn & Grim novel, Dreamer’s Pool. Grim is a kind, honest man who would protect a stranger from harm, even at great cost to himself. He’s been through hell as well and has faced his demons, coming out all the stronger, though it’s a heartbreaking struggle for him still, especially when he doesn’t have Blackthorn by his side. He’s Blackthorn’s rock, and finally we get to see him take a brave step and risk changing their relationship. It’s clear Grim is in love with Blackthorn and has been for some time, but she’s got her walls up so high that for a long time she hasn’t been able to see what’s right in front of her when it comes to Grim. Whether or not the two friends become something more is a question that’s been hanging over readers’ heads for the entire series, and the answer is beautifully delivered in this tale.

Den of Wolves is the third book in the Blackthorn & Grim series, and I’d recommend reading Dreamer’s Pool and Tower of Thornes before diving into this story. The threat of Mathuin of Laois and Blackthorn’s deal with Conmael are more important than ever. Ms. Marillier has a lot to juggle in this story, but she does so with such ease and fluidity that I could not help but be enthralled. Den of Wolves may or may not be the final book in the Blackthorn & Grim series, and though I definitely want more, this is a wonderfully satisfying conclusion. Ms. Marillier has a deft hand with myth and magic, but it’s her characters who really make this series shine. I absolutely love Blackthorn and Grim and I cannot wait to revisit them again soon!


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/10/review-den-of-wolves-by-juliet-marillier.html
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review 2016-09-20 22:09
some what like Harry Potter
Avis Blackthorn and the Ring of Enchantment (An Avis Blackthorn Magical Adventure, Prequel Book 0) - Jack Simmonds

Avis Blackthorn is in trouble. He's just borrowed his parents prized possession... a very valuable possession -- the Ring of Enchantment. When Avis uses it to bring his teddy rabbit Sedrick to life, he thinks he will have a best friend -- and his parents need never know. But Sedrick runs off with the ring and into a salt circle and vanishing into the fairy world.

Now Avis must follow him and get the ring back before his parents find out, but he ends up getting more than he bargained for... from marching killer broomsticks and a witches curse, to a pig called Horse and a boy called Bernard. As well as trying to find Sedrick, Avis must help the fairy world, or face being trapped there for life, and it means coming face to face with a very evil witch if he is ever to succeed

What did I think of it:
3.5 stars
its an ok read, some people say it like the Harry Potter series, in a way it kind is but I think that Harry Potter series is a little better, here is some of the things that doe make it resemble Harry Potter:
Harry Potter:
1: Wizarding School : Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
2: the wizarding world is cut off from the normal world
3: Dark Wizard Lord: Voldemort
5: Harry goes to school at age 11
6:they use wands
7: when over some one see something their not to see their memory is wiped
7 Ron- lives with his family ( Mr and Mrs . Weasley , and has 5 older brothers and 1 sister )
Avis Blackthorn
1: Wizarding School: Hailing Hall School for Wizards
2:Avis lives in other dimension called :Seven Magical Kingdoms
3: Dark Sorcerer: Malakai
4: Avis uses a channeller( its lets you to do magic)
5: Avis goes at age 12
6: Non-magic lands: Outside
7: when over some one see something their not to see their memory is wiped
8: Avis : lives with his family ( Mr and Mrs: Blackthorn and his nine siblings)

so if you liked Harry Potter you might like this series.

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