Dreamer's Pool is not easily pinned to one genre. At its most interesting, it develops a fledgling friendship formed by two very scarred individuals. Blackthorn and Grim have just escaped a nightmarish prison due to the interference of a fey noble. The fey gives Blackthorn a strict set of conditions: resume her work as a healer, offer aid to any in need, and forego her revenge on the chieftain who imprisoned her. Failing to abide would land her straight back to the same horrible night, awaiting her execution. Blackthorn and Grim establish themselves as a unique team as they build their life in a new community. They are cooperative and helpful, yet removed. Showing themselves to be both canny and just, Prince Oran enlists their help in solving his own personal crisis. Agreed to an arranged marriage with a lady whose correspondence indicated shared interests and temperament, he finds she does not match the personality and leadership expected. Feeling trapped, he turns to the team to help find answers. Dreamer's Pool shows Juliet Marillier's penchant for myth and mystery, as always set in an ancient and magical Erin. It is ultimately reminiscent of a fairytale. Most importantly, she introduces a duo I yearn to know better. For that alone I recommend reading.
After escaping her wrongful imprisonment, magical healer Blackthorn, living on the fringe of a mysterious forest with a former prison mate named Grim, is duty bound to assist anyone who asks for her help and must call upon her courage, ingenuity and magic when Prince Oran calls upon her. 35,000 first printing.