Thorn by Intisar Khanani


A true fairy-tale retelling? Yes please!

The reason I love retellings is because they take a tale and bring it to life. The originals are usually nothing more than short stories, and we don’t get to fall in love with the characters or feel what they feel.

Well, thanks to amazing authors such as Intisar Khanani, now we can! Thorn is a retelling of The Goose Girl, a novel where a princess unwillingly switches places with a maid. This is actually not the first retelling of this particular story that I’ve read recently (the other being Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier) but this one stayed very true to the original story and really made it a better version of itself.

While I really enjoyed the story itself, the book did have some issues that could not be ignored. There were many instances where I could not tell who was speaking or whom they were speaking to. It persisted throughout the novel, so I think a thorough editing would do it much good.

Overall, it is a great retelling and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys them.


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