RELEASE DATE: March 24th 2020
AUTHOR: Intisar Khanani
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own
Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.
When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.
But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.
With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.
This was my first book by the author and I’m very much impressed with her work. That gorgeous cover is the first thing that grabbed my attention but after reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read it. I never read the classic goosegirl tale, but I did enjoyed this book. Even though the pace was a bit slower than I had expected, It was an wonderful read with all the fairytale vibes.
Thorn tells the story of a fifteen year old princess Alyrra of Adania. She’s a burden to her cruel family and she often faced abuse from her brother. When a king of Menaiya makes an offer for Alyrra’s hand in marriage to his son Prince Kestrin, she doesn’t have a choice. Alyrra feels with this marriage she can be finally free of her family. During her journey to the new kingdom, a sorceress switches her identity with her handmaiden Valka who hates Alyrra. With this change, she gets the opportunity to live her own life. She takes a new name as Thorn and becomes the palace Goose girl. During her stay in the kingdom, Alyrra sees the suffering of the people and she really wants to help them. When she learns about the sorcerer plans for Prince Kestrin, she wants to save him by getting her identity back.
Thorn aka Alyrra isn’t your classic YA fantasy heroine who’s fierce and stubborn. She’s extremely kind hearted, insecure, and honest. She’s vulnerable, but she’s not weak. Despite her insecurities, she always stood strong and fought for what is right. She’s a perfect combination of Cinderella and Belle. Her character growth was very well done. Prince Kestrin is definitely a swoon worthy guy. Despite having a fiancé, he’s attracted to the suspicious Goose girl. I enjoyed the slow burn romance between Kestrin and Thorn. I’m glad it wasn’t a insta-love. The secondary characters were also pretty good especially Red Hawk. He steals from the rich nobles and gives them to the poor street children. He’s just like Robin Hood and I really loved his character. I can’t wait to know more about him.
The plot was interesting, but it’s not a fast paced read. Personally I’m not a fan of slow reads but this still kept me hooked till the end. The first half was a slow journey, but the second half totally makes up for it. There’re few themes that might be triggering to some readers so read with caution. The author’s writing was beautiful and captivating. I absolutely loved it. The book was written in Alyrra’s POV. The world the author had built was fascinating and I really want to explore more of it.
Overall, it was a good read! The execution scene at the end was a bit disturbing, but it was a satisfying conclusion. I can’t wait to read the next book which will have a new set of main characters.
I highly recommend this book if you’re into Dark Fairytale retellings!
TRIGGERS: Emotional/Physical Abuse, Violence, Rape Attempt, Animal death.
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