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Kindle Edition è Thorn eBook Þ


Thorn [EPUB] ✻ Thorn ✾ Intisar Khanani – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk For Princess Alyrra choice is a luxury she's never had until she's betrayedPrincess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank Between her family's cruelty and the court's contempt she For Princess Alyrra choice is a luxury she's never had until she's betrayedPrincess 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 futureBut 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 This is an alternate cover edition for BSAD.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 246 pages
  • Thorn
  • Intisar Khanani
  • English
  • 04 April 2016

10 thoughts on “Thorn

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    I did a little Video Review for this gorgeous little bookThe Written Review “We all need our uiet I think We all have our unspoken wishes hopes we cannot mention choices we may yet regret” Princess Alyrra spent her life balanced on the precipice of fear her brother finds joy in being cruel and her mother could care less Her greatest wish is to fade into the background and live her life outside the shadow of her familyThen one day a neighboring king visits their small kingdom and with him comes the proposal of the young Prince KestrinWith her mother and brother remaining to rule over their kingdomAlyrra knows this is her only chance to find her own life “ I've found that acting when you are afraid is the greatest sign of courage there is” On the way to her betrothed a sorceress curses Alyrra forcing her to swap bodies with Valka a noblewoman in her kingdom that absolutely hates AlyrraWhile Valka stumbles her way through the difficult role of princess Alyrra sinks into her new identity as royal goose girlthough the prince seems a bit suspicious of her intentionsAt first Alyrra couldn't be happier with her new role but this new perspective allows her to see the ugliness of the kingdom in a way she never would have from the palace Will Alyrra keep her head down and accept the status uo? Or should she dig deep and learn to speak up? “Which of us has not made mistakes when faced with than we can handle?” Oh my goshThe Goose Girl is one of my favorite childhood books and let me tell you this version of it was stunningI am a huuuuuge fan of fairytale rewrites and this one was no exceptionI loved Alyrra's character her grit and determination was inspiring Her cleverness and wit made me love herI adored the way Alyrra and the prince circled each other their relationship was such a slow burn but at the same time I wouldn't change a thing Every time the two of them danced on page it made my heart happy And the big reveal? It had me grinning like no tomorrowThe plot to this one was lonnnng The book itself was over 500 pages and yet there wasn't a thing I would cutThere's so much that happened in this book and the plot itself was paced just perfectly for the 500 pages All in all I am overwhelmingly happy that this is the start to a series I cannot WAIT for the next one A huge thank you to Anela Deen and Intisar Khanani for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  2. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    A fairy tale re telling of the Goose Girl I'm very pleasantly surprised at how good this book was 35 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 clutchesA traveling King shows up at the palace and makes an offer for Alyrra's hand in marriage to his son Prince KestrinAlyrra 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 offOn 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 INSTALOVE

  3. Lerizza Mae (books&teacups) Lerizza Mae (books&teacups) says:

    Actual rating 45 StarsI received this ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThis 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 whyThis 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 partThe 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 youThe 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 storyMoreover 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 appearancesThis 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 HopefullyEdit 16012020Even 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

  4. Sarah Elizabeth Sarah Elizabeth says:

    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 tourI 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 blurbAlyrra is a 15 year old princess Her father is dead her mother is unkind to her and her brother basically tortures her for funOne 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 doAlyrra 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 herHalf 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 homeWhile 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 likeNow 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 uite shocked when this happened as I obviously wasn’t expecting itThornAlyrra was a very uiet 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 conseuences to herselfI 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 swapThorn’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 othersAs 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 book9 out of 10Book length 4116 kindle locations

  5. Pauline Ross Pauline Ross says:

    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 uite 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 factFor 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 sympatheticThe magic in the book is uite 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 elaboratedThe 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 predicamentThe 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 clichéd 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 forwardThis book surprised me It may be YA but it addresses some very profound issues like the nature of justice the corroding effect of revenge uestions 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 elouently literate and I barely noticed the use of first person present tense I had a very few minor uibbles 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

  6. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    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 eually happy to be discussing the book today Spoilers follow as well as a discussion of abuse and sexual violenceSo 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 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 girlBut 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 forWhat 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 uite 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 ueen'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 uniue elements as well breathing fresh life into the storyIn 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 justiceThe 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 one1 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 FaladaA 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 himIn 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 matter2 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 anythingThe 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 rightMy 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 elementsAnother 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 uest 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 canI'm right there with Alyrra in this regardAnother 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 placeUltimately 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 againAbout 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 fantasyIntisar's current projects include the re release of her debut Thorn from HarperTeen 2020 and her indie epic fantasy series The Sunbolt Chronicles

  7. may ❀ may ❀ says:

    Book 2 completed for #RamadanReadathoni absolutely love the new and fresh take this book had to offer YA fantasy right from the start i was entranced by the writing it's descriptive and lyrical and kept my interest even during the slower parts of the boko the main character was great she was caring and kind and showed her power through friendships and alliances i thought that was pretty cool to see her hold power in court without having to be a sword wielding warrior this is a retelling based off the story 'goose girl' but i have no idea what the goose girl story is and that just goes to show that this book can stand on it's own the conversations it brought on justice and revenge were really interesting this book got dark at some points so definitely be aware that there are themes of abuse and rape that a character suffers and oh my god it made me want to cry 😭😭😭 it was heartbreaking to read those scenes and the character was such a precious doll and kfjdlafjla im so sad the magic element of the story was really cool too i didn't entirely understand all the implications of the magic and how it worked so rip to me there are some really really lovely friendships in this book and i absolutely adored how the book took time to build those and show those trusting tender moments with us the book was very slow burn the romance is just a hint and holds future implications than anything my shipper heart was SCREAMING also there's a magical talking horse and omg i loved him sm ??? the main conflict resolution was a hit rushed in my opinion i feel like it was solved relatively easily and while it was realistic in some ways i was kind of confused how it just Happened overall though i really thought this was a refreshing take on a fantasy story and i really like how it played out i'm so interested in the next companion book i cant wait jfkljslfja “We all need our uiet I think We all have our unspoken wishes hopes we cannot mention choices we may yet regret”

  8. Camly Nguyen Camly Nguyen says:

    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 Kestrinthe 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 bothTo 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 ballsThe world building was clear for me and I really loved the subtle magic that filled the book without overdoing itIf 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 thoughI liked it I'll wait for the seuel

  9. Gail Carriger Gail Carriger says:

    This review is of the ORIGINAL self published version of this book The new version may have substantial changes A retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale as a YA fantasy This is beautifully written and easy to gobble up with a clean plot and some stunning imagery At times I found myself a touch annoyed with the main character she's uite passive but this may be a conseuence of the source material after all that's what most fairy tale heroines are passive In the end I wished the romance thread was a little stronger but it was nevertheless a hugely absorbing and fun to readThe most amazing thing about this book is the sense of place It took me back to my archaeology days and through that back into time in a way that even working with artifacts never has Truly remarkable

  10. Fanna Fanna says:

    March 30 2020 ➝ Sum it up in points✔ retelling of the Grimm's fairy tale The Goose Girl✔ female protagonist finds her strength purpose✔ societal themes of justice and entitlement✔ free thinking Horse sentient Wind✔ slow building genuine romance✔ villainous witch robinhood type thief Thorn is YA dark retelling of a fairy tale that doesn't confine to the mere recounting of fantastical occurrences but also explore themes important enough to discuss in a world of injustice royal hierarchy and risks imposed by hidden slavers and a revengeful witch A wonderful storyline that empowers the female lead to strengthen her backbone for others and oneself it definitely shows women empowerment without the usual support by males deemed necessary in such context Shocking twists that are largely inspired by the original story this fantasy hooks anyone interested in secrets capable of exploitation regretful actions from the past lost and found identities and a serving of emotions with all of the above Another aspect is the commendable representation of trauma that has risen from childhood familial pressure and grown because of constant comparisons to create bad impressions The slow pacing of the story is essential to its atmosphere but was a personal drawback Overall an emotionally heavy story that depicts excellent character development especially of a female finding her purpose ➝ Trigger Warnings✔ domestic abuse✔ belittling bullying✔ animal death off page✔ choking authoritarian uestioning✔ physical emotional abuse✔ sexual assaultMarch 29 2020 This took me so many days because I had to keep it aside at around 35% for the tough traumatic and slow paced story line but once I returned I was hooked because the plot does create peaks during the later half of the story and I understood the representation from another perspective Full review to comeMarch 10 2020 ✔ retelling of the Goose Girl story✔ royalty sorcery✔ grounded naive but strong female protagonist✔ themes of finding one’s voice and standing up for othersFebruary 2 2020 So excited to be a part of the blog tour for this fantasy retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale Received a digital review copy via Edelweiss

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10 thoughts on “Thorn

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    I did a little Video Review for this gorgeous little bookThe Written Review “We all need our uiet I think We all have our unspoken wishes hopes we cannot mention choices we may yet regret” Princess Alyrra spent her life balanced on the precipice of fear her brother finds joy in being cruel and her mother could care less Her greatest wish is to fade into the background and live her life outside the shadow of her familyThen one day a neighboring king visits their small kingdom and with him comes the proposal of the young Prince KestrinWith her mother and brother remaining to rule over their kingdomAlyrra knows this is her only chance to find her own life “ I've found that acting when you are afraid is the greatest sign of courage there is” On the way to her betrothed a sorceress curses Alyrra forcing her to swap bodies with Valka a noblewoman in her kingdom that absolutely hates AlyrraWhile Valka stumbles her way through the difficult role of princess Alyrra sinks into her new identity as royal goose girlthough the prince seems a bit suspicious of her intentionsAt first Alyrra couldn't be happier with her new role but this new perspective allows her to see the ugliness of the kingdom in a way she never would have from the palace Will Alyrra keep her head down and accept the status uo? Or should she dig deep and learn to speak up? “Which of us has not made mistakes when faced with than we can handle?” Oh my goshThe Goose Girl is one of my favorite childhood books and let me tell you this version of it was stunningI am a huuuuuge fan of fairytale rewrites and this one was no exceptionI loved Alyrra's character her grit and determination was inspiring Her cleverness and wit made me love herI adored the way Alyrra and the prince circled each other their relationship was such a slow burn but at the same time I wouldn't change a thing Every time the two of them danced on page it made my heart happy And the big reveal? It had me grinning like no tomorrowThe plot to this one was lonnnng The book itself was over 500 pages and yet there wasn't a thing I would cutThere's so much that happened in this book and the plot itself was paced just perfectly for the 500 pages All in all I am overwhelmingly happy that this is the start to a series I cannot WAIT for the next one A huge thank you to Anela Deen and Intisar Khanani for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  2. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    A fairy tale re telling of the Goose Girl I'm very pleasantly surprised at how good this book was 35 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 clutchesA traveling King shows up at the palace and makes an offer for Alyrra's hand in marriage to his son Prince KestrinAlyrra 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 offOn 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 INSTALOVE

  3. Lerizza Mae (books&teacups) Lerizza Mae (books&teacups) says:

    Actual rating 45 StarsI received this ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThis 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 whyThis 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 partThe 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 youThe 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 storyMoreover 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 appearancesThis 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 HopefullyEdit 16012020Even 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

  4. Sarah Elizabeth Sarah Elizabeth says:

    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 tourI 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 blurbAlyrra is a 15 year old princess Her father is dead her mother is unkind to her and her brother basically tortures her for funOne 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 doAlyrra 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 herHalf 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 homeWhile 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 likeNow 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 uite shocked when this happened as I obviously wasn’t expecting itThornAlyrra was a very uiet 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 conseuences to herselfI 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 swapThorn’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 othersAs 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 book9 out of 10Book length 4116 kindle locations

  5. Pauline Ross Pauline Ross says:

    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 uite 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 factFor 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 sympatheticThe magic in the book is uite 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 elaboratedThe 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 predicamentThe 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 clichéd 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 forwardThis book surprised me It may be YA but it addresses some very profound issues like the nature of justice the corroding effect of revenge uestions 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 elouently literate and I barely noticed the use of first person present tense I had a very few minor uibbles 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

  6. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    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 eually happy to be discussing the book today Spoilers follow as well as a discussion of abuse and sexual violenceSo 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 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 girlBut 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 forWhat 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 uite 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 ueen'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 uniue elements as well breathing fresh life into the storyIn 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 justiceThe 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 one1 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 FaladaA 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 himIn 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 matter2 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 anythingThe 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 rightMy 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 elementsAnother 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 uest 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 canI'm right there with Alyrra in this regardAnother 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 placeUltimately 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 againAbout 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 fantasyIntisar's current projects include the re release of her debut Thorn from HarperTeen 2020 and her indie epic fantasy series The Sunbolt Chronicles

  7. may ❀ may ❀ says:

    Book 2 completed for #RamadanReadathoni absolutely love the new and fresh take this book had to offer YA fantasy right from the start i was entranced by the writing it's descriptive and lyrical and kept my interest even during the slower parts of the boko the main character was great she was caring and kind and showed her power through friendships and alliances i thought that was pretty cool to see her hold power in court without having to be a sword wielding warrior this is a retelling based off the story 'goose girl' but i have no idea what the goose girl story is and that just goes to show that this book can stand on it's own the conversations it brought on justice and revenge were really interesting this book got dark at some points so definitely be aware that there are themes of abuse and rape that a character suffers and oh my god it made me want to cry 😭😭😭 it was heartbreaking to read those scenes and the character was such a precious doll and kfjdlafjla im so sad the magic element of the story was really cool too i didn't entirely understand all the implications of the magic and how it worked so rip to me there are some really really lovely friendships in this book and i absolutely adored how the book took time to build those and show those trusting tender moments with us the book was very slow burn the romance is just a hint and holds future implications than anything my shipper heart was SCREAMING also there's a magical talking horse and omg i loved him sm ??? the main conflict resolution was a hit rushed in my opinion i feel like it was solved relatively easily and while it was realistic in some ways i was kind of confused how it just Happened overall though i really thought this was a refreshing take on a fantasy story and i really like how it played out i'm so interested in the next companion book i cant wait jfkljslfja “We all need our uiet I think We all have our unspoken wishes hopes we cannot mention choices we may yet regret”

  8. Camly Nguyen Camly Nguyen says:

    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 Kestrinthe 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 bothTo 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 ballsThe world building was clear for me and I really loved the subtle magic that filled the book without overdoing itIf 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 thoughI liked it I'll wait for the seuel

  9. Gail Carriger Gail Carriger says:

    This review is of the ORIGINAL self published version of this book The new version may have substantial changes A retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale as a YA fantasy This is beautifully written and easy to gobble up with a clean plot and some stunning imagery At times I found myself a touch annoyed with the main character she's uite passive but this may be a conseuence of the source material after all that's what most fairy tale heroines are passive In the end I wished the romance thread was a little stronger but it was nevertheless a hugely absorbing and fun to readThe most amazing thing about this book is the sense of place It took me back to my archaeology days and through that back into time in a way that even working with artifacts never has Truly remarkable

  10. Fanna Fanna says:

    March 30 2020 ➝ Sum it up in points✔ retelling of the Grimm's fairy tale The Goose Girl✔ female protagonist finds her strength purpose✔ societal themes of justice and entitlement✔ free thinking Horse sentient Wind✔ slow building genuine romance✔ villainous witch robinhood type thief Thorn is YA dark retelling of a fairy tale that doesn't confine to the mere recounting of fantastical occurrences but also explore themes important enough to discuss in a world of injustice royal hierarchy and risks imposed by hidden slavers and a revengeful witch A wonderful storyline that empowers the female lead to strengthen her backbone for others and oneself it definitely shows women empowerment without the usual support by males deemed necessary in such context Shocking twists that are largely inspired by the original story this fantasy hooks anyone interested in secrets capable of exploitation regretful actions from the past lost and found identities and a serving of emotions with all of the above Another aspect is the commendable representation of trauma that has risen from childhood familial pressure and grown because of constant comparisons to create bad impressions The slow pacing of the story is essential to its atmosphere but was a personal drawback Overall an emotionally heavy story that depicts excellent character development especially of a female finding her purpose ➝ Trigger Warnings✔ domestic abuse✔ belittling bullying✔ animal death off page✔ choking authoritarian uestioning✔ physical emotional abuse✔ sexual assaultMarch 29 2020 This took me so many days because I had to keep it aside at around 35% for the tough traumatic and slow paced story line but once I returned I was hooked because the plot does create peaks during the later half of the story and I understood the representation from another perspective Full review to comeMarch 10 2020 ✔ retelling of the Goose Girl story✔ royalty sorcery✔ grounded naive but strong female protagonist✔ themes of finding one’s voice and standing up for othersFebruary 2 2020 So excited to be a part of the blog tour for this fantasy retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale Received a digital review copy via Edelweiss

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