Book Review

A Treason Of Thorns

A Treason of Thorns

by Laura E. Weymouth

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: September 10th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

A Treason of Thorns

(9/10/2019)

Content Warnings

A Treason of Thorns portrays characters dealing with anxiety, emotional and physical abuse (non-graphic) and gaslighting. It also contains mild body horror.

Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.

Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding.

When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain.

Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.

We’ve never been free, Violet. Would you even recognize us, I wonder?

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Praise For A Treason Of Thorns

“A Treason of Thorns is a fierce and haunting book that grew brambles around my heart and held me captive. I could not escape the power of its wild magic, or the raw, indomitable spirit of its heroine as she fought to redefine the meaning of home.”
–Margaret Rogerson, New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens & Sorcery of Thorns

A piercing, luminous tale of legacies and devotion, and the many faces of home: a place you remember being loved, a place you fight to protect, and a place that may eat you alive.”
–Rosamund Hodge, author of Cruel Beauty

Lyrical and inventive, this story of heart and home, of love lost and found again, is sure to stay with readers long after the last page is turned.”
–Megan Bannen, author of The Bird and the Blade

A Treason of Thorns is an original, engrossing YA fantasy that explores the bonds of family, the cost of freedom, and what truly makes a home. Built like a rolling clap of thunder, Weymouth’s tale is spun of dark magic, unspoken love, and finding the balance between fate and freedom.”
–Sarah Henning, author of Sea Witch & Sea Witch Rising

With lush prose and an eye for atmospheric detail, Weymouth adeptly spins a tale in which the heroine is torn between passion and purpose, destruction and duty.”
–Publisher’s Weekly
 starred review

Rich in language and imagery with characters readers want to get to know better, this title’s a keeper.”
–Booklist

Weymouth’s prose is lush and evocative, filled with palpable descriptions and compelling mystery.”
–Kirkus

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Thank You so much Harper Teen and Edelweiss Books, for this early Arc, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own @gwendalyn_books_

Thank You so much Harper Teen and Edelweiss Books, for early ARC

A broken girl is just the thing for a broken house

Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to her home, Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept her happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.

Laura Weymouth’s gripping, A Treason of Thorns is a masterfully captivating, and gripping tale. I really enjoyed this utterly unique., this atmospheric historical fantasy. Weymouth spellbinding storyline progression, kept me interested from start to finish.

The main character, Violet Sterling is from a long line of caretakers of the magical house of Burleigh. It’s legacy demands devotion from its caretakers. They must forfeit family, love and sometimes life for the sake of the dark magic of the House.

Weymouth luminous fantasy of unspoken love, and the cost of freedom is one that you will not forget.

I have to say, I am a new fan of Weymouth Books. This is definitely a Book I am going to purchase a paper copy

What really stood out for me was the books premise, it is is unique in that it brings us to a world built entirely around this house,

@gwendalyn_books_ #ya #yafantasy #Ireadya

Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, an old soul of a dog, and an indeterminate number of chickens. She is represented by the inimitable Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS.

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Madeleine L’Engle, CS Lewis, Ursula Le Guin, Garth Nix, Melina Marchetta, Erin Bow, Robin McKinley, Peter Beagle