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Perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Sorcery of Thorns, this exhilarating, page-turning fantasy will pull readers into a lush and stunning world where nothing—and no one—can be trusted.

I did not choose this fate. But I will not walk away from it.

Children have been disappearing from across Menaiya for longer than Amraeya ni Ansarim can remember. When her friend’s sister is snatched, Rae knows she can’t look away any longer—even if that means seeking answers from the royal court, where her country upbringing and clubfoot will only invite ridicule.

Yet the court holds its share of surprises. There she discovers an ally in the foreign princess, who recruits her as an attendant. Armed with the princess’s support, Rae seeks answers in the dark city streets, finding unexpected help in a rough-around-the-edges street thief with secrets of his own. 

But treachery runs deep, and the more Rae uncovers, the more she endangers the kingdom itself.

Praise for Intisar Khanani’s Thorn:

“Set in a dark and dangerous world. Well-written and dramatically told, teens will find much to love in a novel in which the princess grows to become a force to be reckoned with.”  —School Library Journal (starred review)

“Khanani beautifully crafts Alyrra’s quiet but clear journey of self-definition." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Young Adult
March 23
Eighth Grade

Customer Reviews

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I LOVE this book

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!

I love Rae, how stubborn and good she is. I love how all the relationships are treated, between Rae and friends, between Rae and family, between Rae and the people she gets to know. I love how the different kinds of violence are treated, how we get to see Alyrra handle the violence directed at her with the support of Kestrin, and how Rae begins to think about the verbal violence directed at her because of her disability and how she deals with the physical violence directed at her. I love that they all decide to do some self defense because everyone should learn self defense! I love how Rae's concern about one person begins to spiral out into a feeling of responsibility for her community and that she doesn't do this alone. She's not some lone crusader solving all the worlds problems by herself, she has a team, and support and allies, which is how change happens in the real world.

I do not love the cliffhanger, but you won't see me taking any stars away from this excellent book because of it! I can't wait for the next book though!

Before the connection to human trafficking became really clear, this book actually made me think about how it could be a metaphor for gun violence in the US. How people don't want to see it and deny it and the people who are affected by it have to live their lives with it always hanging over them and with nowhere to go to for help.

I love seeing writers get better as they write more books (and I stop reading the ones who don't) and Intisar Khanani just keeps getting better! If you want a non-European setting and a heroine who is strong in many different ways and an integral part of many communities read this book!

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