Dark, Gripping, And Utterly Unique, This Atmospheric Historical Fantasy From Critically Acclaimed Author Laura E Weymouth Is Perfect For Fans Of The Hazel Wood And CaravalViolet Sterling Has Spent The Last Seven Years In Exile, Longing To Return To Burleigh House One Of The Six Great Houses Of England, Burleigh S Magic Kept Both The Countryside And Violet HappyThat Is, Until Her Father S Treason Destroyed EverythingNow She S Been Given A Chance To Return Home But Burleigh Isn T What She Remembered Wild With Grief, Burleigh S Very Soul Is Crying Out In Pain As Its Tormented Magic Ravages The Countryside, Vi Must Decide How Far She S Willing To Go To Save Her House Before Her House Destroys Everything She S Ever KnownA House Left Unchecked Will Lead To RuinBut I Will Not Let It Ruin Me Weymouth is definitely slaying the cover game.First, My issue with A TREASON OF THORNS is that I found the best parts of it to be in the synopsis.I ve now had two very perplexing reactions to Weymouth s first and second novels and I m realizing that she just might not be for me 1.5 starsFull review to come around release day I received an ARC from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review. Magical, mystical, enchanting, and with a setting that will sweep you back to old England, A Treason of Thorns will keep you engaged from the beginning clear to the action packed ending Legends and lore, magical bindings, endearing stories of home, both those we are born to and those we create, and becoming who we want to be rather than what is expected of us, A Treason of Thorns was beautifully done with effortless writing that was every bit as wonderful and emotional and it is magical ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. By the way, you can check out the cover reveal for A TREASON OF THORNS on my blog Plus there s an excerpt, giveaway, and interview with Laura on the book Go go go Sentient houses and sinister magic and ALL the aesthetic feels your way Find the link here or click on the teaser below ARC received via publisher The full review can be found at The Book Bratz Laura always has the best book covers, hands down This one is absolutely stunning, the colors, detailing, it draws your eyes and leaves you starstruck A Treason of Thorns is hands down one of the most unique books that I have read in a long time, dark, mysterious and utterly unique A Treason of Thorns will have you entranced until the very last page When Violet was a child her father, the caretaker of Burleigh house was accused of high treason and sentenced to spend the rest of his days in Burleigh house, without his key that helps him channel the house magic forcing himself to channel house magic through himself Burleigh is one of the six Great Houses in the country and it s magic keeps the land healthy and prosperous Violet and the house servants are exiled, but Wyn, Violet s childhood friend is forced the face the sentence with her father Ripped from everything she has ever known Violet must learn a new way of life In the years leading up to this Violet s father taught her the ways of the house, so when he passed on she would become Burleigh s caretaker Only Burleigh house is failing and Violet only has the summer to prove that she can save her beloved house before it is destroyed by her Godfather, the King Full of mystery, a determined girl and a bitter sweet romance A Treason of Thorns is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it The magic system and the Houses in this book is amazing.The complexity of it, but described in ways that doesn t make it confusing at all, Weymouth did an amazing job in keeping me intrigued and wanting to know about Burleigh House and the magic surrounding it Burleigh s personality is one that is quite unique The House does respond to its surroundings and does what it can to help Violet and keep her safe It s temperamental and its moods change in the flash of an eye I think Weymouth did a great job giving something as inanimate as a house its only personality and characterization, especially when it is the main focus of this book I really enjoyed Violet s character From page one she shows her dedication to her Burleigh Nothing comes before the House, not even family Upon returning to her beloved home it is in shambles and Violet is determined to save it before it is too late As she works on repairing her relationship with Wyn, she teams up with the most unlikeliness of partners to do what needs to be done The only way to save Burleigh house is to find it s deed, the very crime that her father was punished for Overall I really enjoyed A Treason of Thorns This book lived up to every expectation I had and Weymouth s prose is beautiful and will suck her readers in I can t recommend this book enough So please, pick it up and read it This book was perfect from the swoons romance to the palpable atmosphere to the amazing characterization of a HOUSE, which is quite a feat The heroine is plucky and prickly and I love her. Check out reviews Perspective of a WriterThe BuzzMy anticipation for A Treason of Thorns has been built to a feverish pitch ever since I first saw the cover reveal back in February I LOVED The Light Between Worlds, Laura Weymouth s debut novel and it became my 1 read for 2018 As A Treason of Thorns was also magical realism historical English setting I was so, so dying to read it Then Laura contacted me to send me one of her ARCs as her 1 fangirl and I was on 7th heaven When the post office didn t deliver the book I felt like I was on the edge of a cliff about to spiral into the abyss of despair So by the time I received the second copy my expectations were high like mega high.And look at the cover of A Treason of Thorns It totally deserves to take up space on EVERYONE s bookshelf for beauty alone And the design and title are so spot on for the story It s creepy, dark and full of betrayal If you re attracted to the cover and title then you will enjoy the book The PremiseA Treason of Thorns is about a sentient house and the young girl who was very willing to put Burleigh House first before family, before king and country and even before love in order to become its caretaker Vi comes back from exile to find Burleigh run wild and the countryside dying due to its magical kickback She finds the boy from her childhood grown and bitter, his relationship with the house dark and twisted I LOVE this premise It s rare to find a story where an inanimate object is alive but it sounds super great, right Are your expectations as high as mine too A Treason of Thorns delivers on so many points The sentient house was nailed to perfection I especially loved its morally grey nature How it expected its residents to put it first, to sacrifice whatever was needful to it The history about the magic of the great houses was stellar and fleshed out the different outcomes that Vi was trying to prevent It upped the stakes Vi s memory mining to try to piece together her father s hunt for the deed This is one of my favorite things that Burleigh was able to do The magical moments No spoilers but Burleigh is than sentient, it s magical too I loved the idea of mortar and the different ways it came out in A Treason of Thorns Vi s loved ones were spot on I won t expose them all but from her father s old servants who were like beloved grandparents to new friends, like a certain princess I loved them and how Vi relied on them and they in turn influenced her Wyn He gets his own category He was my favorite part of the mystery I like that he s secretive and angry and you aren t sure if its at Burleigh, her father or Vi.As you can see the world building was truly incredible I really loved the world of the 6 great houses and would actually welcome a companion novel though I m not adverse to reading ANYTHING Laura Weymouth writes I was so satisfied at Vi s decision in the end my worst fear was averted after learning about her father s choices A Treason of Thorns is poignant nevertheless I like that about Weymouth its never a straight up gooey happy ending but true to those who have to make hard choices and live in the real world.My ExperienceWhile I enjoyed A Treason of Thorns it didn t blow me away I recommend it, okay TBH I thought Laura Weymouth would kill this premise and it is super creative But its not my top book of the year like I hoped it would be I just wasn t as wowed by the execution of A Treason of Thorns as I was The Light Between Worlds Part of my struggle was that I wasn t buying the king He s made out to be this straight up evil dude and it didn t make sense to me It didn t mesh with the end and his motivations were a mess It would have been better if he were morally grey like the house Small shifts and he d have added a lot to A Treason of Thorns Laura is a hidden master at morally grey characters and I would have welcomed a masterful opponent to Burleigh However if you like your villains evil through and through then you won t be bothered by this.The romance left a lot to be desired this time In The Light Between Worlds the girls being in love didn t really have anything to do with the plot It was a great secondary benefit of the story and thus didn t need to stand up to heavy scrutiny in other words it could be portrayed in light strokes For A Treason of Thorns that doesn t work How Vi feels about Wyn is VITAL to her struggle and motivations And you don t keep loving the boy you knew at 8 after 7 years have past Your old feelings could jumpstart new feelings but we needed many and varied moments to believe And those moments weren t strong enough to bear the weight of the romance s role.I loved the idea that at the heart of A Treason of Thorns is Vi s relationship with her father It was made very clear that to Vi her mother was a traitor So it made her father that much important to her I liked the idea of seeing the human side to her father, but I didn t buy how it was executed We needed to see him with Wyn before, during and after and we only saw after We learned about during but I felt rather distant from it though it was horrifying There wasn t the foreshadowing I needed to believe he was as Vi learned he was at the end.It sounds like I m trashing A Treason of Thorns I m not honest I do recommend it However it was hard not to compare it to The Light Between Worlds that blew me away And Laura Weymouth is such an excellent story teller and writer that it makes it easier for me to spot small things that would have made the book perfect to me.If you love the title and cover for A Treason of Thorns then you ll love the book What you see is what you get creepy, gorgeous, dangerous and prone to draw blood You ll never regret picking up a Laura Weymouth book And I can t wait to read what she has for us next Authenticity Writing Style Plot Pacing World BuildingA Cover Title grade Thanks to the author and HarperTeen for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews Please like this review if you enjoyed it bow bow It helps me out a ton What if we don t have to be what we were told to become I think this is the central question of A Treason of Thorns, a book about the roles we re born to play and the ones we choose for ourselves Just as in her debut The Light Between Worlds, Weymouth beautifully explores our longing for home, especially a home that has been lost or changed But the novel is also a hopeful rumination on the homes we choose for ourselves and the love we pour into them.In addition to its compelling themes, the premise of A Treason of Thorns is totally original, the setting is immersive, the prose is beautiful, and characters are likeable The ending is deeply satisfying, and I finished it with the best sort of tears.Bonus points for a sentient house, a gothic atmosphere, a brave main character, and a sweet romance. A good Caretaker puts her House first Before king Before country Before her own life This is an eerie story filled with beautiful prose and rich in emotional turmoil eARC provided from HarperTeen and edelweiss SUMMARY Violet s family have been the caretakers of Burleigh House for generations However, when her father commits high treason and is sentenced to death, Violet must flee her House and those she loves After seven years she is finally able to return, but when she does she sees that her House is in ruin and the magic surrounding it has become corrupt Violet must find a way to cure her House before the King burns it to the ground However, Violet s devotion to her House begins to cloud her mind and she begins to lose sight of reality Violet must navigate her heart and save her House before the magic consumes and corrupts her entirely REVIEW My favourite part of this novel is the rich imagery and the vivid world Weymouth created Weymouth managed to create an eerie and magical atmosphere that lasted throughout the entirety of the novel I could envision Burleigh House in my mind and see the creeping vines and decaying walls I truly felt like Burleigh was alive and that the House was a palpable living thing I am truly amazed at the way that Weymouth managed to give life to something society views as inanimate Through her writing you could feel the pain of the House and Weymouth did a fantastic job at showing you how all the characters and Burleigh were feeling without outright telling you as a reader I was constantly intrigued by Wynn and pitied him He was pushed into a life and served a fate he never wanted, but his steadfast loyalty to Vi had my heartstrings pulling Both Wynn and Violet are torn between their duty to the House and their hearts it makes for a compelling story that leaves you constantly wondering what decision they will make Violet s love for her House teeters on the line of obsession and she begins to lose sight of reality and life It was so amazing to watch the progression of this story and the pull of Burleigh House I am in awe of how Weymouth crafted this sentient house I think the biggest issue that I had, and the reason this book is just a solid 3 star , is the fact that there were many times the story felt juvenile While I was intrigued by the story, I never really cared too much about our main character You understood Vi and the turmoil she was going through, but I just could not connect with her and that hampered my experience I wish the characters were fleshed out because there was a lot of potential for this book to be a 5 star Also, it didn t bother me too much but I do want to inform that the writing can get a little repetitive in regards to the magic system and the caretakers However, I believe that this book will be a favourite of a lot of people, it just wasn t for me.I also received a finished copy, curtsy of the publishers HarperTeen, and BOY is it beautiful This is easily the most gorgeous cover of 2019.
- 352 pages
- A Treason of Thorns
- Laura E. Weymouth
- 25 August 2017 Laura E. Weymouth