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Thursday, June 28, 2012

(Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!) Thorn By: Intisar Khanani

Hello! Today I'm hosting for Enchanted Book Promotions! The title is Thorn By: Intisar Khanani. This is a YA Fantasy, and wow it was good! Click Here for the full schedule! Down below I will have the synopsis, an Excerpt, my Review, and a Giveaway you will not want to miss, so read down for details! :) 


Princess Alyrra’s strength lies in silence. Scorned by her family, she avoids the court, spending her time with servants. When her marriage is unexpectedly arranged with the prince of a powerful neighboring kingdom, Alyrra feels trapped. As the court celebrates her match, dark rumors spread about the unexplained deaths of the women of her new family. Alyrra begins her journey with mounting trepidation. Betrayed while traveling, she seizes an opportunity to start a life away from court.

Walking away from a prince whom she doesn’t know should have been easy. But from the moment she sets eyes on him, Alyrra realizes that her freedom could cost him his life. Without any magical defense of her own, she is plunged into a lethal game of sorcery and deceit. Now Alyrra must decide whom she can trust and what she’s willing to fight for—before her silence proves fatal. 


“Well, Alyrra, you are off. Are you worried?” I incline my head in assent. “With good cause,” Mother agrees, her voice relaxed, sleepy. “I have devised some help for you against the sorceress, if she is truly a danger. It is a simple but potent spell.”

I nearly choke—magic? Since when has my mother dabbled in magic? And how abysmally little I know her if I do not know this! She unfolds a square of white silk no larger than a kerchief.

“What spell is that?”

She smiles a slow cat smile. “Watch.”

She picks up a needle that glints gold in the lamplight and pricks her finger. As the first drop wells up and falls to spread on the silk she begins to chant:

“Heart’s blood, ruby drop
Bind my love to you;
Mind’s blood, dark drop,
Bind my knowledge to you;
Soul’s blood, last drop,
Bind all strength to you.”

A wave of dizziness passes over me. I stagger sideways, bumping into the edge of the desk. When I raise a hand to my face it comes away damp with sweat.

“What have you done?” 

This was really a fantastic read! The story itself was enchanting, magical. I have not read a Fantasy story in a while, so this was pretty refreshing. Princess Alyrra is around fifteen, and she is different from what a Princess should be. She keeps to her self, does not get along well with her Mother, especially her brother, whom is pretty mean to her (we get hints on his actions towards her). She spends some of her time in the outdoors, or with the servants. But...then a King from a nearby Kingdom seeks her to be betrothed to his son, Prince Kestrin. Along the way to his Kingdom, something drastic happens to Alyrra, and it's huge; I was surprised! That's what I liked in the story, the unexpected, as it had me turning the pages quickly! This novel was really creatively well written. The language used is as if we are back in Older times, and it was just wonderful, and I felt more connected to the story. Khanani is very descriptive with everything: setting, costume, characters.
 I was more than satisfied on how this ends, and believe me, this is a story you do not want to miss! 
*My Rating: 4/5
*My Audience Rating: PG

(This Giveaway is open only for US/CA residents. The prize is a Green Fantasy Cloak/Cape made by the Author herself!) 

Author Bio:
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and young daughter. Intisar writes grants and develops projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which is as close as she can get to saving the world. Her approach to writing fantasy reflects her lifelong passion for stories from different cultures. She is currently writing a trilogy set in the same world as Thorn. This is her first novel.



  1. Hi Marissa,

    Thanks so much for featuring Thorn on your blog, and for your review. I am so glad you enjoyed it! I really enjoyed writing Thorn, though it took me a long time to be ready to let it go (11 years! I guess that explains how I developed those twists and turns in the took a while!).

    All the best,


  2. It was a wonderful story, and I thank you for sharing it with us :)


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