I received this book for free from Fairyloot, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
Series: Heart of Thorns #1
Published by HarperCollins UK on July 31, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Arc, Hardback
Source: Fairyloot, Publisher
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In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.
Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.
But when Mia's father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.
Heart of Thorns was an amazing, beautiful read. I was hooked from the beginning of Mia’s journey. Mia was a difficult character to get to like in the beginning, and she kept chasing her mind. She was also hard to like with her all-knowing ways that belittled others, and her need of revenge.
I actually only started to like her when Quin became more involved in the story. Quin was brilliant gentleman in this book, and from seeing the side-character an acceptation to the men that seemed to dominant in this world. He was kind and caring, considerate even, which was in juxtaposition with what appeared to be ever other man in this world.
I understood Mia’s uncertainty in this world. Why she delayed, the consequences where vast, but I wanted the story to move forward faster. However, once the chase was on, I flew through this book.
And then there was Angie, portrayed as the weak, delicate younger sister of Mia. She was a wet drip and one character I was glad to avoid. But she plays an essential role to the story and explains so much that confused me.
Also the world building in this story was effortless. Without even realising you are given a vast amount of information that is easily digestible and brought about a bigger desire to be part of the world.
And then that ending, what a way to go. I need the next book right now in my hand. I desperately need to know what will happen and I’m not sure I can wait until summer.
Heart of Thorns was a book that I never wanted to end, and one where I kept skipping a couple of pages as I was desperate to devour it. It was vivid and bright and just brilliant.