The Thorn Queen
by Elise Holland
Publisher: Ingram Publisher Services | SparkPress
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Format: ARC from Edelweiss
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Meylyne, a 12-year-old girl, broke one of Glendoch’s First Rules by performing alchemy. She goes in search of a cure for the disease ailing the prince to lessen her punishment and stumbles across something darker happening within the shadows.
This is a middle grade fantasy book. The world building is simple, but with enough details to create a vivid picture of the people and the world. This is the story of a traditional journey where Meylyne is joined by companions who have their own unique personality quirks and help her along the way. Creatures that appear in this world are talking snakes, talking lions, ogres, and more.
Meylyne not only is thrusted into an unfamiliar world where she must trust her companions and make her own decisions, but she also learns to accept her own heritage. Meylyne’s companions are an interesting group who always do their best to help her without asking for anything in return. I enjoyed seeing their friendship build throughout their journey.
The pacing of the story is quick. There is always something that happens that draws the reader deeper into the world. A clear antagonist is introduced into the story and thwarted in the end, but I felt Meylyne’s reactions were quite muted. Do not expect an antagonist with a complex past or agenda since it’s middle grade.