Thorn | Intisar Khanani | Review

“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.”





A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own

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 more 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 more 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.


Firstly, I want to say thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for sending me an e-arc of this book and for allowing me to be part of the blog tour. I am so grateful for this opportunity.

I must admit I didn’t know much about Thorn when I went into it, I was more drawn in from the wonderful cover. What I didnt realise until I actually read other reviews is that this is a retelling of The Goose Girl. I had never heard of this until I have just done a bit of research and from what I now know I believe that the retelling was done well.

I really like the world that this was set in. I didn’t see the early plot twist coming which meant that I was definitely taken by surprise. I did however guess the identity of the mage fairly quickly which I may have liked to be left in a bit more suspense for, but never mind. I feel like the plot points were fairly unique with themes that I haven’t really ever read about before in this particular genre. I feel like Thorn had a real cultural feel to it, with very little atmosphere and execution of this theme. I would have loved to have seen a little bit more because I feel it would have helped to immerse me into the world a little bit more.

Can we just discuss Violet. What a wonderful character. My heart breaks for her, each time I think about her I relive her moments in the book and just realise how much of a good character she is. The other characters however I did struggle to connect with unfortunately. The main protagonist, the prince and all the others just didn’t really speak to me. I found it really difficult to relate to them which led me to caring less about what happened to them which is a shame.

I did enjoy the fact that this was a slow burn book, there was no rush to get the information to the reader which helped you to learn the world and the magic at a nice steady pace instead of forever trying to keep up with what is going on. Considering this is a fantasy book, I devoured this in two sittings as I found it so easy to read and understand. It can come across as fairly daunting at a 400 plus page book but you will fly through the pages without even realising that you are doing so.

Whilst I found flaws in this book, and struggled to connect with the characters, I wouldn’t  say that it was a bad book. A lot of people really enjoyed this book, and as a whole I did too. I think you should definitely pick this book up and form your own opinion.

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