Book Review: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Book review of Thorn by Intisar Khanani

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.


We all need our quiet, I think. We all have our unspoken wishes, hopes we cannot mention, choices we may yet regret.”

GENRE: Historical, Fae, Fantasy, Young Adult

FORMAT: Kindle edition


Alyrra is a princess.
And that’s all that is interesting about her. And in the first half of the book itself, this very interesting thing is taken away from her.
I thought she would fight back but alas, nothing. I have never seen a main character as passionless as Alyrra in all my book-a-holic life. Being righteous is one thing but being bland is another.

She loses her title. Surely, she will fight to take it back. Nope… She is going to be content with being demoted.
She loses her dear friend. Surely, her blood is going to boil. Nope…. She will let nature take its own course and weep about it.
Miss Sacrifical let things be. In Thorn by Intisar Khanani, the MC hardly takes control and takes any action. Always things are thrown her way, so that the narrative could be taken forward.
Many times I found myself skipping pages , then going back and reading it after all because every author deserves a fair chance. But well, let’s say I should have skipped many pages of Thorn by Intisar Khanani.
Even till the end, she is all sacrifical , all for people she didn’t even know properly, let alone love them. There has to be a valid reason for sacrificing ones life and doing the right thing is , even as noble as it sounds, quite boring. There has to be a vested interest of the MC in doing so, so that the reader may connect with that emotion at least, if not the character itself.
Alyrra is Miss Goody Two shoes throughout and hence, a pretty boring character, even with all her righteousness.
And yes, let’s talk about the Fae aspect of it now shall we. I don’t know why authors feel like they can get away with vague poetic descriptions just because its Fae. We know its Fae, but still its has to make sense right?
And the climax of Thron by Intisar Khanani…. Ughhh!!!!.. Blandddddddddddd………..

Conclusion is simple. Reading Thorn by Intisar Khanani felt like eating cardboard dipped in sour milk.

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