Heart of Thorns came in this month’s fairyloot box. And it’s just gorgeous. I was lucky enough to have a copy that not only has the pages sprayed red, but also signed by the Author, Bree Barton.
Gwyrach are evil, a race of women who can inflict a lot of pain through touch. Any girl has the potential to be one, so everyone is forced to wear gloves. Mia wants to be a hunter, she has spent all of her life training with them, her mother was killed by one, but then her father agrees her marriage to the prince her whole world is turned upside down. She still vows to make a difference, by making sure the hunters have what they need, but shes getting headaches, and the Prince isnt what she expected.
On the day of their wedding little goes to plan, and she finds herself covered in the princes blood, running for freedom, whilst trying to make sense of the magic she has just used; the same Gwyrach magic she has spent her life trying to destroy.
Luckily Mia is a good linguist so can manage in the different places she visits, I really wish there had been a pronunciation guide to help. There are also parts of the book which are journal entries, these are written in a handwriting font which is a little difficult to read at times, especially when its words that you don’t know.
I was engrossed in the story and really enjoyed it, however when I finished it and took a step back I realised that its yet another, Girl fighting Royalty, with magic and a prince whose nothing like his father. Heres the thing, yes it was sent from Fairyloot so I didn’t actually choose it, but had I have been browsing a bookshop and seen it, the cover would have enticed me then the description would have made be hand over my hard earned pennies without a second thought. So many books that Im reading at the moment seem to have a similar plot. I know I shy away from the medical recoveries, and prefer the fantasy world, but it would be nice for someone to do something a little different in Fantasy that still has the strong female lead. ( As I write this I have already started my next book, Ash princess which has been on my TBR for a while, but suffers the same royalty vs a girl and magic theme, I do love it though)
The characters are good, there’s some self-learning in there, a question of trust, and looking at who people really are rather than what you want them to be, and a stark reminder that when someone has power everyone around them becomes their puppet.