Book Review – The Thorn Queen by Elise Holland

thorn queenWelcome to Glendoch!

Hidden to most, this glacial world once crackled with alchemy. Now it waits for war—divided and bound by strict rules. So when twelve-year-old Meylyne falls from a tree onto Glendoch’s sickly prince, she must flee or face imprisonment in the Shadow-Cellars. The only way she may return home is with a cure for the prince’s peculiar disease.

Convinced she will perish, Meylyne and her companions embark on their journey—and before they know it, they are knee-deep in a plot to sink Glendoch into shadow, like other worlds before it. Poisoned guardians, cursed wizards, and cunning witch-spirits bound into wands are just some of the dangers that dot the way of their travels.

And behind it all is the Thorn Queen. Mysteriously magnetic (or murderously vengeful, depending on whose side you’re on), she is always one step ahead of them …


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I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this middle grade fantasy novel – it was fast paced and fun! I like that Meylyne was gutsy and Blue was super cute – I definitely wanted to find out more about his background.

I struggled a little with the world building and different names for stuff, as I couldn’t quite keep it all straight, I felt a map or glossary could help – however, the e-arc may just not have them 🙂

I didn’t love the adults in this too much – especially Meylyne’s mum!

I really enjoyed the action, but wanted a bit more time between to figure things out occasionally- but I think that was just me! I do like that it really moved along.

It is light hearted for a story about revenge/ saving the world, which I really enjoyed – the author really struck an excellent balance on that. And it really is fun, and a quick and easy read. If you like middle grade fantasy I’d definitely suggest giving it a go.


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