Thorn~A Review



If you have ever wanted to see what a true Ice Queen is like, look no further than Thorn by Anna Burke. You will find the ultimate of Ice Queens in the pages of this novel.

Thorn is a retelling of the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” with a WLW slant to it. The “Beast” in this tale is a stunningly beautiful, but cold and cruel Huntress who has been cursed to live in perpetual winter. All of her companions were turned into hunting animals, and she has roamed her lands for untold number of years hunting with them. That all changes when Rowan’s father makes a terrible mistake, and Rowan (the tale’s Beauty) pays the price and becomes entangled in the curse.

I have always loved fairy tales, and this is one of my favorites. This retelling is a rather dark version of the story, and fits in perfectly with the setting and the characters.

I am in awe of Ms. Burke’s descriptions in the story. She makes these characters and the setting real. From the colors of the winter scenes, the feel of the ice, snow and wind, the sounds of the wind howling and the voices in those howls, the smell of the stew cooking over a wood fire, the feel of the furs on the bed, etc. These vivid descriptions make the story real. I felt as though I was right there.

Another brilliant part of the story is when we get to see bits of the Huntress’ and Rowan’s thoughts in their own words, usually in a flashback moment. It was amazing how the words of the Huntress could send cold chills up my spine, and I could feel the longing and sadness in Rowan’s thoughts. All of this adds up to a beautifully written, absolutely gorgeous novel that I’m sure you will not want to miss.

Thanks to Bywater Books for allowing me to read this book for an honest review.

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