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Thorn [9781471408724]

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Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family's cruelty and the court's contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future. But powerful men have powerful enemies - and now so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman's, giving Alyrra the first choice she's ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she's never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realise, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust herself. Inspired by The Goose Girl fairytale by the Brothers Grimm.
AUTHOR: Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveller. 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. Find out more at or on Twitter: @BooksByIntisar or Facebook: Booksbyintisar
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  • 4
    Magical reading

    Posted by liccyh on 3rd Apr 2020

    'Thorn' by Intisar Khanani is a completely charming take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Goose Girl and is cleverly recast as a coming-of-age story. Princess Alyrra, alone and unloved, is betrothed to a stranger from a foreign country. When an evil sorceress steals her identity, how can she carve out a new role for herself? She is gradually pulled further and further into a battle to save both the realm and its Prince. There’s definitely a dark streak to this book, but this blends cleverly with the contrasting romance theme. The characters are sympathetically and cleverly built up over time, and the world of the novel feels realistic (you know, for a world with talking horses). There’s a high proportion of dialogue, but that doesn’t get in the way of an efficiently paced plot.

  • 5
    Fallen In Love With This Book

    Posted by Bookworm 842 on 17th Mar 2020

    YA fantasy novels are not normally something that would pique my interest but after a sneak glimpse of the first few chapters I found that I was really intrigued to see where Alyrra's journey would take her and I'm so glad that I was given the opportunity to read this beautiful adaption of The Goose Girl.

    Princess Alyrra of Adania learns that she is to be betrothed to Prince Kestrin of Menaiya and as every classic fairytale goes, things never are a straight forward affair. In this story it is a powerful sorceress with a vengance for the royal Menaiyan family and with a cruel act casts a body switching spell on Alyrra and her narcissistic travelling companion Valka, who in allegiance with sorceress, plans the demise of Prince Kestrin.
    Stripped of her identity and forced to work as a goose girl, Alyrra finds herself on a new path of self-discovery, where she encounters an array of contrasting characters.

    Thorn is such an enchanting and elegantly well written read, with easy to follow script which is adequately paced.
    Intisar Khanani keeps you completely engaged throughout and I could have kept reading about Alyrra's journey forever. The pages are filled with joy and sadness that kept me up way past my bedtime and left me wanting to be apart of that magical world.

    With many thanks to Hotkey books and Readers First for my proof copy in exchange for an honest review.

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