Thorn

ThornA Princess With Two Futures A Destiny All Her OwnBetween 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 FutureWhen 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 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 She Knows She Can T Remain The Goose Girl ForeverWith 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 Includes The Bone Knife, A Bonus Short Story Set In The World Of Thorn A fairy tale re telling of the Goose Girl I m very pleasantly surprised at how good this book was 3.5 starsPrincess Alyrra has never played well at being princess She just wants to do her own thing and let her abusive brother and cold mother do as they want, as long as she escapes their clutches.A traveling King shows up at the palace and makes an offer for Alyrra s hand in marriage to his son Prince Kestrin.Alyrra doesn t have a bunch of choices Stay and face abuse at the hands of her family or take that chance and go to another kingdom where she might get into something worse Her mother of course thinks it s a perfect arrangement so she sends Alyrra off.On the way they stop at a river to wash and Alyrra s handmaiden shows her true colors and with the help of a Fare Folk she assumes Alyrra s identity and Alyrra becomes the hand maiden Upon arrival at the palace Alyrra becomes the castle s goose girl She works the geese and shovels poop to tide her days She actually is okay with the switch because it gives her a chance to start her life anew Plus she has her horse, who talks with her about her choices Alyrra as a heroine is just about perfect She doesn t have that milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard, she is strong but willing to bend, she doesn t attention whoreand get this NO INSTA_LOVE Thorn 99 cent Sale For A Cause All proceeds from this sale will go towards helping a good friend cover the cost of international adoption of a pair of biological brothers with Saethre Chotzen Syndrome a condition that results in brain damage unless treated in the first year Evan age 7 and Raymond age 9 were each given up at birth, and were unable to receive treatment for their condition UK out here I was given this book for free on a read to review basis as part of the Thorn Blog tour I have to start this review by saying that this book really surprised me, mostly because the blurb is actually a terrible description of this book, and the actual story is totally different to what you expect having read the blurb Alyrra is a 15 year old princess Her father is dead, her mother is unkind to her, and her brother basically tortures her for fun.One day a king visits, and Alyrra is told that he has come to seek her hand in marriage to his son Her mother thinks that the king is a good ally, and so Alyrra accepts the proposal when it is put to her, as that is what her mother tells her to do.Alyrra sets off on her way to her betrothed s kingdom, taking with her a maid and a girl called Valka Valka is the daughter of a member of her mother s court, but she is in disgrace so they basically send her off with Alyrra to get rid of her.Half way along their journey, Alyrra goes off to wash at a stream and Valka follows her Once by the water a woman appears who Alyrra recognises as a sorceress The woman casts a spell, and suddenly Alyrra is Valka, and Valka is Alyrra Valka now feels that she has got her due she is now princess, while she sends Alyrra off to work as a goose girl once they make it to their new home.While Valka feels that she has beaten Alyrra, Alyrra is secretly pleased by the swap now she can do with her life as she pleases, rather than being forced to be a princess and to be a member of the court The only problem is that the prince, who Alyrra was to marry, seems to realise that something is wrong with Valka and Alyrra, and pays attention to the real Alyrra than she would like.Now that she is starting a new life, Alyrra changes her name from Valka to Thoreena, which is shortened to Thorn Thorn makes a life for herself in the stables and small town, while Valka as the princess is disliked The sorceress has not finished her trouble making though, and her next target is Kestrin the prince Can Thorn stand by while the sorceress kills Kestrin, or will she find a way to solve this whole mess, and save herself in the process As I said I was really surprised by this book, the blurb mentions nothing about the whole body swap thing, which is one of the main parts of the storyline I was quite shocked when this happened as I obviously wasn t expecting it Thorn Alyrra was a very quiet girl, but had strongly held beliefs Her mother said that her strength was her silence, which showed how little her mother really knew her, as Thorn was actually the one to speak out when she saw injustices being done, and even labelled herself as too honest I really liked Thorn for exactly that reason, she just couldn t sit by while bad things were happening, she took it upon herself to try and right wrongs no matter what the consequences to herself.I thought that Thorn s reaction to her body swap experience was a bit of an odd one, but it did actually fit with her character she s rarely complained about anything unless it was to aid someone else I m sure most of us would have thrown an absolute fit if a similar thing happened to us, but she just took it in her stride, and actually seemed to only see the advantages to swap Thorn s life was not easy by a long shot, and there were several points in this book where the things that happened to her were just so awful that I cried Throughout it all though she stayed strong and did her best and always looked out for others.As surprised as I was by this book, I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed it Thorn was just such a loveable character, and the storyline was full of twists and turns that I didn t see coming From the very beginning, Thorn captured my attention and held it, and I couldn t help but love this book.9 out of 10 Book length 4116 kindle locations I loved this book, absolutely loved it It s an object lesson for me, actually, in not pre judging a book, because this one ticks so many of my no boxes it s YA, it s a fairy tale retelling, it s first person present tense I back away , I gaze at him , it s or less a romance, it s about a princess who doesn t quite fit in, it has villains with no redeeming characteristics Had I known all that beforehand, I would never have touched it and I would have missed a lovely, lovely story As it was, it popped up on a list of free books, I started reading the sample and just kept reading, couldn t put it down, in fact.For those who know their fairy tales, this is a reworking of the Goose Girl story I didn t know anything about it, so maybe I missed a few subtleties, but I felt it worked perfectly well without any prior knowledge, and apart from a few oddities like the talking Horse there was nothing in there that couldn t be found in conventional fantasy One of the great strengths of this book is that the characters all feel truly rounded, so even though they are fulfilling traditional roles the princess, the prince, the witch and so on they have great depth and believable personalities The villains seem at first glance to be simplistically cruel and evil, but they all have enough backstory to make them credible, if not exactly sympathetic.The magic in the book is quite powerful, but the fundamentals are explained clearly enough to be believable, even the talking Horse The author has thought everything out very carefully, and it works so well that when the heroine is rescued by magical means, it makes perfect sense Not that she has to be rescued very often, mostly she is perfectly resilient and self sufficient, and manages to get herself out of trouble and help others as well I liked, too, that the magic is simply an integral part of life, everyone accepts it and it s properly regulated Interestingly, there is also religion, never explained or central to the plot, but just there, as a natural and perfectly normal thing There are also social customs which are alluded to without full explanations, like a system of debt between people if someone helps you out, you owe them a debt of comparable value At one point there s a discussion of a gift, and whether it incurs an obligation a debt or whether it s just a gift, freely given, and a decision is reached without any attempt to explain the rules of such an arrangement to the reader I rather like this relaxed attitude towards world building Some things just are, and don t need to be elaborated.The character of Alyssa, the princess, is central to the story, naturally, and the first person narration makes it imperative that she is both likeable and believable I feel the author pulls this off magnificently Of course Alyssa makes mistakes sometimes, but she copes well with the strange events which overtake her, and is strong minded, caring and intelligent without ever turning into the tedious type of kickass female protagonist so often depicted in fantasy these days On the contrary, she often feels overwhelmed and suffers a great deal, but she always tries to do the right thing, as far as she can There is a certain amount of angsting, but it s actually understandable, given Alyssa s predicament.The plot rattles along very nicely, with some unexpected twists and turns There are villains, of course, so bad things happen, but there are also friends who help out from time to time, just as in real life Also realistic is that physical encounters have physical effects if you roll down a cliff, for instance, or get beaten up, there will be cuts and bruises, maybe even broken bones, and time needed to recover The climax is a bit of a show stopper, a wonderful outbreak of magical manipulation with everything at stake, and no real certainty of how things will go And the author neatly side steps the clich d ending It s a fairy story, so of course good triumphs over evil, but the way that is achieved is refreshingly different And there s not the obvious happy ever after, either Rather, there s an acknowledgement that a lot has happened and there are bound to be scars, and a tentative sense of moving forward.This book surprised me It may be YA, but it addresses some very profound issues, like the nature of justice, the corroding effect of revenge, questions of loyalty and trust and honesty, and the inner goodness or not of people, regardless of what they look like, or their rank The romance element follows a traditional path but with great originality and commendable restraint The writing style is eloquently literate, and I barely noticed the use of first person present tense I had a very few minor quibbles there were a few places early on where I wasn t clear about relationships or what exactly was happening but nothing major enough to spoil my enjoyment A terrific read Five stars. Actual rating 4.5 StarsI received this ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This book was first published in 2012 as an indie book and it is being republished now by HarperTeen because an editor fell in love with it after reading the book And I can see the reason why.This book has a slow start, that much I can say So I didn t notice for a while that I came to love the story and much of its characters I only did after I got to the middle part.The story is so mesmerizing and at times heartbreaking It is than a simple coming of age story It is about knowing yourself, it is about trust, it is about deception, it is about revenge, it is about politicking, and most of all it is about learning that sense of justice is different for everyone Moreover, it is about finding your path after a previously rendered road was taken away from you.The protagonist, Alyrra, is written so magnificently Although at first, she was described as somewhat a slow, shadow of a self, but other than that, she is caring, intelligent and had a high sense of justness She had her doubts in her person but after a while, she came to believe in herself which magnanimously helped in the climax of the story.Moreover, I loved the tandem between Alyrra and Kestrin What they had is not an instant love between two people who are meant to be wed They took their time to know each other and in turn trust each other At the end of the book, Alyrra has not yet come to love Kestrin but is already furnishing the path to get there And this is the kind of relationship that I love to read about mutual respect and trust, not just about appearances.This book is a retelling of the classic Goose Girl Although I haven t read that particular book yet, I took the risk to read this before the classic And I am glad that I did that, because this book left me enthralled and I m sure that it will be one of my best reads this year Hopefully.Edit 16 01 2020Even Ms Intisar Khanani liked my review I am so honored and thrilled There s no doubt that I m going to buy the book after its release. To be honest, I m unsure what I should rate this novel Thorn turned out different than what I d been hoping for it was, to some degree, disappointing, but at the same time, a pleasant surprise But I did like the protagonist well enough, so we ll focus on that particular positive in the meanwhile.The thing about Alyrra is, that she isn t a strong female character in the sense that she s assured and unafraid to assert herself Rather, she s too passive She accepts that she has no choice no control She s tired and resigned, her shoulders worn from the weight of unwanted duties and the scars on her heart cutting too deep.There s a realistic edge to Alyrra s characterisation the feeling of being trapped and helpless, of being unable She has doubts and hesitations because she s been hurt over and over She doesn t act because she s too scared to do so.And while she did far too little for far too long, she was all the real to me because of it After all, healing doesn t happen overnight, but over time And she learns, piecing together her resolve and putting voice to all the pain inside She learns to let people in, to open up the innermost, intimate spaces of her heart and to trust again She learns to let her obligations outweigh her desires not because she doesn t have a choice, but because that s what she chooses for herself.The novel did have a few flaws, however There wasn t enough culture I didn t get the feel of the setting, although it was meant to have Middle Eastern influences And the middle was such a struggle to get through because some of the plot points were too random for me On top of that, the middling pace and the limited scope of the plot left me feeling unfulfilled But overall, the novel s a solid enough read it s honest and simple It doesn t aim to be , because it s all that it needs to be 3.0 5 note thanks to Intisar Khanani and Harper Teen for the ARC When a king asks Alyrra s hand for his son in marriage, she accepts happily knowing that she won t have to live with her cruel brother and bitter mother On her way to the other kingdom, she is cornered by her maid that used some magic from an ancient witch to switch their bodies At first, Alyrra hated the change but slowly, she learnt to cherish the simple life No princes, no courtly lessons, no dances But when prince Kestrin the dude she was to marry grew suspicious of the fake princess and ends up discovering Alyrra s identity, they have to do all in their power to save each other from darker forces that threaten to destroy them both.To be honest, the best part in the book was the romance The book wasn t centered on it and it didn t feel at all instalovy It was just the perfect amount of cuteness to warm the heart without making it too cheesy What I also liked was the fact that Kestrin was actually suspicious about Alyrra s identity yet he let her Iive her life like she wanted too He didn t torture her or force her to be princess again Kestrin, you re awesome balls.The world building was clear for me, and I really loved the subtle magic that filled the book without overdoing it.If I could change anything about Thorn, I would make Alyrra a little Bad ass I feel like even though her character was nice, she didn t have the physical action of say Throne of Glass, Graceling or EonaIt doesn t make the book any less good though.I liked it I ll wait for the sequel. Read for my 2018 women of speculative fiction challenge. This is how you survive one breath to the next, refusing each thought as it comes to you This is how you get through the worst of things Thorn by Intisar Khanani was originally independently published in 2012, and it is now being re released by a publisher in 2020 I was lucky enough to score an ARC in exchange for an honest review, and I m equally happy to be discussing the book today Spoilers follow, as well as a discussion of abuse and sexual violence.So What s It About from Goodreads 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 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 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 What I ThoughtWhen I m in the right mood, there is almost nothing that makes me happier than a good fairy tale retelling There s just something so endlessly comforting and magical and timeless about them to me, and I m delighted to report that Thorn is not just a good fairy tale retelling it is an exceedingly thoughtful, graceful and deliberate one The Goose Girl is not one of my favorite fairy tales, partially because it has so many moving parts that never quite gelled to me, but they are actually all integrated seamlessly here in one cohesive tale Everything from the talking horse Falada who is a wonderful character to the queen s protective charm, the sentient wind and the princess telling the true story to the hearthstones is included here And in the manner of the best retellings, there are new and unique elements as well, breathing fresh life into the story.In some striking ways I think Thorn is really different from the YA fantasies that have been the most successful in recent years, and I found that to be incredibly refreshing The romance here is almost entirely weighty, thoughtful conversations and slow building trust and if I remember correctly, they don t even kiss at the end of the story The villain is ultimately revealed to be a nuanced character who listens to reason, has clear motivations for her actions and displays compassion at the end of the day And, similarly to the other stories I have read by Khanani, the protagonist is deeply concerned with matters of personal accountability and justice.The F WordOne of Thorn s biggest themes is the examination of violence against women Alyrra comes from a background of abuse from her brother and experiences attempted sexual assault during the story In addition, her friend Violet dies after an attack and sexual assault Finally, the main villain s motivation stems from the way that her mother was viciously murdered by a member of the royal family This is a LOT of violence, and by now you probably know the standards that I ve developed for judging whether violence against women is used in a meaningful, feminist way or an exploitative one 1 Does the book present trauma in a psychologically accurate way, providing insight into the lived reality of survivorhood In Thorn s case the answer is a resounding yes I think Alyrra is an unbelievably well written character in all regards, but in this regard especially, and I m still puzzling over how Khanani pulled off what she did with such a delicate touch We see Alyrra stuck in silence and shame and absolute disbelief in her own worth and efficacy There is a huge shift in her behavior after Corbe s attack and we see her initial shock and the way that her symptoms increase afterwards She experiences dissociation and intrusive memories and can only sleep when she is protected by Falada.A few of her thought processes in particular struck me as viscerally realistic and relatable She is initially deeply wary and mistrustful of Prince Kestrel because SCHEMAS before she knows him as a person she just thinks of him as another prince and princes are dangerous Like my brother, he will either laugh at my anger or hold my impudence against me I dare not answer him In addition, when she defends herself from Corbe s attack and hurts him her main thought after the attack is to blame herself that she is just as bad as her abusive brother because she has hurt someone else just like he used to hurt her I can t tell you how common this kind of thinking is in an abuse survivor Finally, when she finally breaks her cycle of silence and tells her found family of fellow servants about Corbe s attack, the main thing that she feels afterwards is incredibly happy because someone believes her and cares about what has happened to her To someone who hasn t experienced abuse this might seem like a really strange response to talking about being attacked but I immediately identified this as something that had happened in my own experience as well there s nothing like the relief of finally being seen and being told that your experiences matter.2 Does the book examine the patriarchal systems and beliefs that facilitate violence against women Again, the answer is yes here We see this part of the story mostly with when Alyrra s friend Violet is killed The book as a whole is deeply aware of class divides and the inordinate burden of violence and oppression that the poor people of any society face, and Khanani is very upfront about the way that justice for women is entirely a class based affair Justice for the poor He laughs, sitting back There is justice for the rich here, and justice for the powerful But for the rest of us, there is very little of anything The guards are entirely apathetic about the fate of poor women Violet is victim blamed for what she was wearing and the guards are concerned with whether she belongs to another man than they are concerned with actually seeking out justice whether a man s proprietary claim has been violated rather than whether a woman s body and mind have been violated What s , privileged and well meaning noble men like Kestrel are unaware of the extent of violence that is happening to poor people, and Alyrra s class mobility as goose girl and lost princess allows her to experience all of this and be a bridge between worlds and a fighter for what is right.My only concern with Violet s death is that it takes the death of a woman of color to motivate a white woman to realize that she must take action It s something that I ve seen in a couple of YA stories recently and it s a trend that I m not a fan of for clear reasons Otherwise, though, I have nothing but good things to say about Khanani s handling of trauma and violence against women To me it s the standout element of a story that is full of excellent elements.Another thing that I really enjoyed was Alyrra s struggle with the notions of retribution vs justice She is initially disgraced at court because of her willingness to stand up for a servant girl unjustly accused of a crime, and this sets the tone for the rest of the story and her concern with standing up for what is right At first she is glad to have the men who killed Violent killed in turn, but later in the story when she is confronting the Lady she is forced to look at what the unyielding quest for retribution and vengeance may do to a person, and decides that there are other ways of finding justice that may be effective She even fights for the girl who stole her identity to be saved from her horrific punishment, although she is not successful in this regard At the end of the story she states that she is still unsure of what the right answer is and is still trying to figure out the right balance between mercy, justice, retribution and vengeance I don t know what justice really is, I tell him But I am trying to get right what I can I m right there with Alyrra in this regard.Another interesting aspect of the book is the extent to which it is a story about the act of acculturating to a new society It helps that it is a beautiful Middle East inspired world, and it s especially interesting that while Alyrra loves her new home she is still able to see its flaws and decides to fight to make it a better place.Ultimately, it s the story of a girl who has been hurt learning to overcome her lack of belief in herself to realize that she deserves to exist in the world and can change that world for the better, while also learning that she is worthy of love and connection and kindness for the first time That is a story that I will read over and over again.About the Author from Goodreads Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler 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.Intisar s current projects include the re release of her debut, Thorn, from HarperTeen 2020 and her indie epic fantasy series, The Sunbolt Chronicles 8 out of 10 This review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives please use Chrome Yandex browser or Android IOS to see the page otherwise, spoiler tags I use to make my post compact may not work Genre fantasy, retelling, YAStuff a la The Goose GirlFail a bit passive MCWOW prince, atmospherePOV 1st person, femaleLove Geometry none Quote Core I am the Lady who has lost her soul I am the princess who has lost her self I am the goose girl who has lost her way I am the child who can scream no We re all familiar with the fairytales by Grimm But does everybody remember the plot of Goose Girl If you forgot it just like me , then don t re read it, cause Thorn is really close to the original story, and thus you ll spoil for yourself all the plot twists So, MC is a princess of a tiny country which is decayed after its king s death Her name is Allyra She s skinny, brown haired and very timid No wonder This girl has no respect among court nobility, her brother used to beat her and her mother does nothing to protect her and thinks she s a waste of space The book starts with arriving of delegation from another another, rich and powerful, Kingdom Emissaries are looking for a bride for their prince named Kerstin There are many other princesses thereabouts but the foreign king wants Allyra Why Good question For Alyrra his choice is a chance to start a new life but she s afraid of it Her old life is bad but usual, the new one is unknown and unpredictable BTW, at the start our MC is pitiable and even silly but don t be fast to judge her She ll grow up.The night before Allyra s departure, she sees a man in her dream they are having a nice conversation about different dangerous things when a sorceress breaks into the room The witch has plans for the stranger and for Alyrra as well The princess has been already warned that in the country of her soon to be husband people don t live long members of royal family disappear, common girls miss on the streets, the prince itself is cruel and stuff Now the sorceress who wants to possess her or something like that Such a great perspectives our dear MC has But the marriage arrangement is already signed and there s no way back Allyra is leaving with Valka pretty but bitchy red haired devil , a daughter of a mean lord Daerilin, an escort and a new white horse As I said, this beast is very similar to the one from the Rapunzel s cartoon, but our horse is not only witty, it can speak The horse s name is Falada, he s wise and kind, plus has a snarky sense of humor On the way the the prince s kingdom, Valka lures Allyra to the river, where the sorceress is waiting for them The witch switch the girls s souls and puts an unseen chain around Allyra s throat if she tries to tell anyone that she is the princess in Valka s body, she d die.I was so frustrated The princess had already endured this much and now that I had to suffer with her quite all the book and I hated it But after several pages Allyra thought something like that I m not a princess any Wow, no evil brother, no politics, not foreign prince I m free I m happy And I was like, Wow, if you re happy, I m happy too BTW, the horse had seen what was done by sorceress and with Falada Allyra could be herself Upon arrival to the palace Allyra as Valka is given the cold shoulder a figurative one and is sent to the geese barn The princess adjusts without problems to hard labor and new conditions, she starts to enjoy her life, gets stronger and wiser, but our story is far from over The prince suspects that Allyra is not Allyra Thorn isn t an action packed book or a steamy romance or an adventure novel But the story is interesting and page turning At the very start you might feel yourself bored, since the story is told from the first person POV and Allyra isn t the party girl with a lot of friends unhappy thoughts are hell of a joy But it won t last long I can t say that this tale is totally my cup of tea I m not a fan of non stop hard times But I loved how it was written and what it was trying to say Intisar Khanani is a really good author and I d love to read her other books in the future Warning it s a dark retelling Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC for review Thank you Intisar Khanani and Netgalley for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review Having never to read Goose girl, I pleasantly enjoy reading this book The plot was alright, interesting enough to kept me reading for the entire time Despite the fact that the synopsis seems to empathise a lot on the romance, but the main focus was definitely beyond that I would have elaborate but I think it would be better getting in the story without knowing much The writing style is extremely beautiful, it gribs on the themes of the books perfectly Justice is not men beating each other up, Laurel says quietly Justice is teaching men that there is a law and, if they don t abide by it, there is an established punishment I really do like the Princess Alyrra, she s mature beyond her ages as well as that fact that she never acts irrationally But most of all it s her personality that really sparks my love for this book She s an extremely kind hearted girl, in defiance of being a princess she is not a spoiled brat, if anything she s considerate and generous always doing things with her best intentions Murders make one cold It takes away your soul, piece by piece It turns your heart to stone Is that what you want Prince Kestrin is alright too, not exactly swoon worthy but he definitely makes the book less tense I love his relationship with Princess Alyrra, they re interactions were extremely rare but cute Also there s no insta love, which made me love this book even It is easier to be strong when you have a friend supporting you Overall I give this a full 4 stars D Hope this helps I wish safety for Krestin, as little as I understand him safety for him and from him I just this one line hit mehhh in the feels I can t.Okay, okay, in all seriousness, let s get started.If you read and liked The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale like I did, don t be afraid to pick up Thorn by Intisar Khanani The storytelling is different, as I hoped it would it be For one, there are Fey and sorcerers in Thorn and I don t recall any in The Goose Girl which I read years ago, so I may be mistaken Thorn is confusing and complicated to follow and you may get tired of it because truths are kept in the dark and are revealed very late, but the story won me over in spite of my complaints Nothing s perfect Therefore, I will leave the flaws up to discussions with other reviewers and won t address them in my own review.You witness today that Princess Alyrra aka Thorn has become one of my favorite princess heroines She s strong, but she s not concrete She s submissive, but she s not a doormat She s clever, but answers don t come effortlessly to her front door She s selfish, but she s not self interested She s suffering, but she s not wallowing in her pity party She s ashamed of herself, belittle her self worth, and doubts her power, influence, and strength to a point of exhaustion She has insecurities Insecurities that aren t all about how fat she is or how unattractive she is Thank god YA authors, learn something from Intisar Even though at times I found Thorn s actions and beliefs unreal and far fetched, I forgive her because I like her too much to battle with my common sense Describing her is a challenge, so let me just say I was genuinely surprised by her character She s not a saint, and yet she s pretty damn close to one and she makes me feel like a devil for wishing the worst fate upon the bad guys It s not her forgiving and merciful attitude I admire about her, but it is her acceptance and eagerness to learn about a new kingdom and its language She doesn t coward away HA This sounds like a lie and her progress is shown throughout the book in a improvement of her understanding and responses to complex conversations.Aside from the characters and the morals, there is one other thing I really like and that is the dialogues.There are the brilliant dialogues.Exhibit A Your father offered me passage home if I informed him of certain matters concerning the princess When I refused, he sent me to my new duties, assuring me that should I wish to betray her, there will always be a willing ear As for Your Highness, you care for me only for the knowledge you believe I have Each time we speak, it is only that you may try to pull some fact for me you are convinced I know You would not help me to better my situation any than my father, for you need me to feel that I need you, that I will be in your debt for your help Is this not the game you play, or have I have I mistaken you Exhibit B How are the stables treating you Still shoveling dung An honest living often involves dealing with others filth Exhibit C If you are not tempted by power, wealth, rank or an offer of flawed protection, or by a personal concern for justice to be carried out for yourself, he looks up and catches my gaze, then what else is there The humorous dialogues.Exhibit D I wouldn t have thought a bump on your head would improve you so The next time you walk around looking like a rainy day, I m taking you to find another youth to save Said the Horse after Arylla injured her head due to rescuing a boy.Exhibit E And Laurel, Violet responds, sat up half the night listening to you stomp circles in your room not because she was worried about you but because she prefers to sleep sitting up with her eye open One of the best sarcasms I ve heard so far.And at times, the poignant heartrending dialogues.Exhibit F Thorn, let me tell you about dangerous Dangerous is cutting your finger on a rusty nail and getting lockjaw Dangerous is walking behind a skittish a horse and getting kicked against the wall Dangerous is walking anywhere in this city at night Dangerous is not helping someone stay safe Exhibit G I cannot protect you so far from court, he says Will you not return His words release me from the spell of his touch I pull my hand free There is nothing for me here, I say, my voice shaking A character can say so much than the words they speak, making their implication run deep and far There aren t endless amount of redundant and pointless dialogues monologues jumping out of the page to beg for my attention saying, Look at me I m quirky with my sarcastic remarks Or I m so philosophical and smart Love me Do you get where I m coming from Because I am honestly tired of books overdoing the sarcasm and wittiness of the characters and having these characters act and talk like childish idiots one minute then spout philosophies the next Boo Therefore, Intisar did an amazing job with giving life and meaning to her characters and her retelling Well done Well done, indeed.By the way, I need someone to fangirl with me The last paragraph that ended the book was so friggin adorable Way to make me desperate for Kestrin and Thorn I NEED TO SEE THEM FALL IN LOVE 3 Fulfill my needs ARC via Netgalley

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  • Paperback
  • 458 pages
  • Thorn
  • Intisar Khanani
  • English
  • 14 April 2017
  • 9781471408724