Friday, February 8, 2013

Thorn: Review & Giveaway !

Title: Thorn
Author: Intisar Khanani
ISBN: 1470181339
Publisher: CreateSpace
Book Source: Author

Goodreads Synopsis:

For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.

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.


I found this book whilst I was on Goodreads a few months back. It sounded very interesting and the idea intrigued me so much that I had requested the book from the author. The author then told me that I could do the book review on the day of the new cover reveal and I thought it sounded like a great idea, so here I am!
I actually liked the old cover of the book, but completely love this one. It's so catchy! The synopsis as well was very intriguing and so was the choice of title.

The author's style was very new to me, but mainly because I don't think I've ever read something based on the world she created. The book has a very hooking start as we're introduced into a meeting with people from another kingdom and how the protagonist - Alyrra- feels about said visit. Alyrra is a very complicated character, she lives among people that enjoy torturing her - especially her brother - she is told she's a constant embarrassment and not fit for her role. She  feels left out and lonely, and we get to sense that from the start as things begin to change when she has an active role to play.

I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the descriptions Intisar made, it helped in getting into this new world and living through everything with Alyrra. I enjoyed the character development and liked how she wasn't one of those whiny protagonists. Even though she seemed distant at first, it improves and I liked that!
An interesting read!

Rating: 3.5/5


Author's Bio:

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 first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, 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. Intisar's next two projects include a companion trilogy to Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her short story The Bone Knife, and a novella series set in a fiction world of eleven kingdoms all controlled by a corrupt Council of Mages. Thorn is her first novel.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Aliaa -

    So glad you enjoyed Thorn! It was an interesting story for me to work through, since at heart it is about the power of choice--and choosing what you want for your life when so many of your choices have already been made for you. So I had to start with a character who _didn't_ want what most people would expect: instead of wanting to be princess, she wanted out. Thus, her tortured background. I do feel guilty about that sometimes :) Thanks so much for your review!