Thursday, March 24, 2022

Review: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Release Date: March 24, 2020 
Pages: 512
Source: Hardcover 


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.

Includes The Bone Knife, a bonus short story set in the world of Thorn. 
BUY LINKS: Goodreads




A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own.


“Try not to embarrass us,” my brother says. “If you can.”


The Short: Essentially nothing happens. Body snatchers, her talking horse dies, and Alyrra’s happy being poor and taking care of geese.

Couldn’t finish it.

The Princess Alyrra gets turned into the Goose Girl by a spoiled, mean-hearted chick and she’s like this is cool. The wretch is living the princess still continues to torment the goose girl. Goose girl is befriended by a talking horse who is murdered and she feels a bit sad. Then she meets a thief thug and some conspiracy with children—IDK. But 300 pages in and the most exciting thing was the cool talking horses being killed. Nothing happens. She makes no choices, she doesn’t do anything but give away some jewelry to some poor kids, I think.

I really want to enjoy this one, especially since it sounded interesting and it was such a popular book.

Really struggled with this one. After more than a year sitting on my nightstand waiting to be finished, I called it. DNF’d at page 293.


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 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.

Intisar is the author of the Dauntless Path books (Thorn, The Theft of Sunlight), and her indie epic fantasy series, The Sunbolt Chronicles.

Happy Reading!


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