Book Review: Thorn

14059999Title: Thorn

Author: Intisar Khanani

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: May 25th, 2012

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary: “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 realize, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.” – Goodreads

The writing in this book is nothing short of amazing. In fact, it’s some of the best I’ve read in a long time. Better than some best selling authors even, and that’s no overstatement. (Probably an understatement, if anything.) If there’s a single thing I’d have to say if my favorite about this book, it’d be the writing.

Guess what else is nice? The fact that I have finally found a fantasy world that isn’t strictly populated with white people, which is so, so, so incredibly nice. Such diversity sets this world apart and is remarkably refreshing.

I occasionally felt the novel was slow and anticlimactic throughout, though not too much for me to dock the books a full point. Even so, with today’s literature we as readers grow accustomed to fast-paced action tossing us from place to place, but just because a story differs from that trend isn’t a bad thing. If anything, it’s something to be welcomed for a change of scenery. The characters were nice and diverse, and the world is full and fleshed out. The plot itself was also well done.

I look forward to seeing what more Intisar has to offer. (In fact, she has yet another novel, Sunbolt, coming out June 17th!)

For its rich world, refreshing quality and astounding writing, being docked half a point for an occasionally sluggish pace, Thorn earns itself a solid 4.5 out of 5!

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Thorn

  1. Hi Eli – What a wonderful surprise and honor to read your review today :) Thorn was a long time in the making for me, and it is a story that is close to my heart. As you noted, it is pretty different from a lot of stories out there because it doesn’t have a lot of action–it’s more about growth and development than kicking butt (though I like to think Thorn came through on that too in the end, in her own way). Thanks again!

  2. I keep saying it’s good! Yeah, it was slow in a few places, but if that was the only problem for you, I cannot wait for you to read SUNBOLT! (It has sword fights, chases, duels, the works!)

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