June 23, 2021

#BookReview: Thorn (Dauntless Path #1) by @BooksByIntisar

Synopsis: 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.


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


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: A princess, a king, a talking horse, and magic!! I loved everything about this story!! After reading Brambles I knew I had to read this one and luckily enough I had it on hand and I am so glad that I did. I read this over a few days and fell in love with the story.  It had some great twists and turns and one killer ending. This is a must read for any fantasy reader. 


"A lovely, atmospheric fairy tale fantasy about a girl and her found family. I loved it!"

-- "Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

About the Author

Intisar Khanani resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Visit her online at www.booksbyintisar.com.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

From the Author

Writing fantasy has been one of my lifelong passions. I wrote the first draft of Thorn during my senior year in college. I had always wanted to write a novel, so I challenged myself to write a chapter a week. I decided to use one of my favorite Grimm's fairy tales, "The Goose Girl," as the basic storyline and optimistically set to work writing. How hard could it be if I already had the plot? I remember sitting down to read my completed first draft and nearly falling asleep. Suitably chastened but undaunted, I spent the next ten years on revisions and rewrites. I worked through about 13 drafts before deciding to publish. I hope you'll find this story as enthralling as I have. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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