My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thorn is a about a young princess coming to terms with the reality of an arranged married. She has realised that she is nothing more than a bargaining chip for her mother, but understands that it is her duty to do what she can to ensure the safety and well-being of her countrymen, even if that means accepting the hand of a prince that she has never met and the unknown life that awaits her in the far off capital city of a powerful king. But there are forces in play that she doesn’t understand and all the trials of an alien culture pale against the ancient evil that threatens to destroy her and her new life.
This is a well-written fantasy novel from a new Muslim author. It may not appeal to everyone but will definitely resonate with many young women who have had an arranged marriage and experienced the fear of entering a new family and trying to find a place within their traditions, whilst avoiding the pitfalls of the household politics.