Read from 21 – 28 July, 2017
Synopsis: 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 realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.
Thorn will be re-released by HarperTeen in Winter 2020.
Bookish Things: 246 pages. I love the cover, but it’s likely to be redone when the book is re-released by HarperTeen. This is the first and currently only book in the Dauntless Path Series.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $7.99.
Betrayal, love, pride, friendship and greed are woven into a story that envelops the reader and takes them on the journey with Alyrra.
Princess Alyrra discovers many things throughout the story, chief among them, the sense of accomplishment through a hard days’ work. As a royal heir (even one that never really fit in at court) you’d be forgiven for thinking that you would rarely find one of such privilege ready and willing to get their hands dirty. But then to actually enjoy it, that’s unheard of! Yet Alyrra does this with aplomb.
Prince Kestrin is another matter. He presents as a sharp-minded royal, but glimpses of something more are ever present. Sadly, I fear that his growth and development fell a little flat for me. His character twists acting as plot crutches more than where his character felt it should go. I did like him, and I think he will make a fine male lead in a follow up story, but I’d have liked a little more substance to him in this.
Falada was an interesting supporting character, his curly, riddle-like teachings often providing insight and advice giving him a truly special role in Alyrra’s journey. It was his character arc that elicited the wet works from me… well done Intisar, I can’t say I’ve cried over a horse before.
I am, however, intrigued most of all by the Red Hawk, in particular his background and how he came to the position he is in at the time of Alyrra’s tale. I dearly hope there is more to his story.
Overall, this was a delightful read with enjoyable characters and a rich fairy-tale like world. I would strongly recommend it for all YA/Fantasy/fairy tale fans.
This was so very close to a 5 star read from me, but it doesn’t quite get there this time.