I got the first 28 pages of this book from readersfirst.co.uk and this is my first impression
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Re-released Date: 24 March 2020
Sample Pages: 28p
My First Impression Rating:
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, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a re-released with a bonus short story. Initial published date: January 2014
Thorn is a retelling of “The Goose Girl”. I wasn’t blown away by the begging of this book. You have your trope princess that doesn’t act like one and likes to spend time with the kitchen staff and riding and she is to be married to a prince she never met.
Her mother and abusive bother hate her. It is hinted that she did something very bad and I’m guessing she is probably responsible for the death of her own father.
The king of the kingdom she is to be married to drops hints about the fact that Alyrra is known for being honest and I suppose it’s some kind of foreshadowing or interesting fact about her personality but, to be honest, it didn’t do anything for me.
Also from the very early, we are also introduced to the king’s captain with, if I had to guess based on the way he is introduced, he will probably be the love interest and we’ll probably have some kind of love triangle between Alyrra, Sarkor the captain and Kestrin the price.
What did picked my attention, however, is the fact that Alyrra has some magical ability and it looks like it has to do with the wind or with elements in general. The way that this was introduced was well done and it made me a little more interested in reading the rest of the story than I was initially.
So here is my first impression based on the first 28 pages.
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