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Thorn 2

by Intisar Khanani
Publication Date: 31/03/2020
4/5 Rating 2 Reviews
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For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she's never had... until she's betrayed.

Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family's cruelty and the court's contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future. But powerful men have powerful enemies - and now so does Alyrra.

Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman's, giving Alyrra the first choice she's ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she's never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realise, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

Inspired by The Goose Girl fairytale by the Brothers Grimm.

Fantasy romance (Teenage)
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United Kingdom
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Intisar Khanani

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveller. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters.

Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.

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  • feels like a fairytale

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    cw for sexual assault and violence against women, victim blaming. there are some explicit scenes of this but it’s also a recurring theme throughout the novel as a systemic issue.

    we love a girl with her talking horse and the wind as her friend who just wants to be left alone more than anything but she just has to have a conscience and just has to find the prince worth saving and just has to love this country as her home and want to make it better. how inconvenient.

    thorn is a retelling of the goose girl by the grimm brothers and listening to the audiobook really felt like listening to the fairy tale of princess alyrra the goose girl that’s been passed down for generations and probably has a barbie movie made about it. i loved the audiobook of this.

    if you’re after a plot heavy book with lots of twists and turns, this isn’t it. the plot of thorn is very simple, a quick google search of the goose girl fairytale pretty much tells you everything about the plot. thorn is focused on Alyrra’s character development, showing her grow from the shadow, wallflower princess doing everything she can to avoid returning to court life, her day to day life as a servant revealing the deep injustices that divide her new home that prince kestrin, from his shelter and privilege in the palace, cannot see and her finding a found family who love her. I loved watching alyrra learn what it’s like to be loved, the confidence and surety she grows into, and her struggle between comfortable denial and her duty. I loved that Alyrra was front and centre throughout this novel and the choices she made in the end were for her and not for anyone else. i love her friendship with the prince, her family in the stable, her relationship with the Lady and valka. i’m excited for the sequel, i know Alyrra isn’t the POV character but I am so invested in her future i will take any scraps of her I can get.

  • Magical reading

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    :: Spoiler Alert ::

    'Thorn' by Intisar Khanani is a completely charming take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Goose Girl and is cleverly recast as a coming-of-age story. Princess Alyrra, alone and unloved, is betrothed to a stranger from a foreign country. When an evil sorceress steals her identity, how can she carve out a new role for herself? She is gradually pulled further and further into a battle to save both the realm and its Prince. There’s definitely a dark streak to this book, but this blends cleverly with the contrasting romance theme. The characters are sympathetically and cleverly built up over time, and the world of the novel feels realistic (you know, for a world with talking horses). There’s a high proportion of dialogue, but that doesn’t get in the way of an efficiently paced plot.