About the book:
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, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.
Inspired by The Goose Girl fairytale by the Brothers Grimm.
(Apologies – don’t know what I’ve done this week, but I CANNOT get the system to upload a photo of the – frankly glorious – cover. Click on the link below to take a look and get your copy.)
Review by Katy Haye:
I am utterly sold on Intisar Khanani’s books. I wish she could write faster because I could happily curl up with one a week. Thorn was another delight.
Alyrra is an abused and disregarded princess, who is promised in marriage to the prince of a much more powerful kingdom. She has no idea why she’s been selected for the prince’s bride, but fears she will be considered as disposable by her new family as by her old.
Without meeting the prince, she sets off for her marriage, suspecting that things will go wrong. And they do. Oh my, there is so much thrown at Alyrra/Thorn. What I loved most was watching her grow during the story, create a “found” family who value her for herself, and seeing her take steps, uncertain at first, into a future she chooses for herself. And she was absolutely magnificent during the finale – a smart and compassionate young woman moved to do the right thing simply because it’s the right thing.
Thorn is a gloriously satisfying, uplifting read. Grab a copy; you won’t regret it!