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Thorn by Intisar Khanani & Giveaway

Summary: Princess Alyrra’s strength lies in silence. Scorned by her family, she avoids the court, spending her time with servants. When her marriage is unexpectedly arranged with the prince of a powerful neighboring kingdom, Alyrra feels trapped. As the court celebrates her match, dark rumors spread about the unexplained deaths of the women of her new family. Alyrra begins her journey with mounting trepidation. Betrayed while traveling, she seizes an opportunity to start a life away from court.

Walking away from a prince whom she doesn’t know should have been easy. But from the moment she sets eyes on him, Alyrra realizes that her freedom could cost him his life. Without any magical defense of her own, she is plunged into a lethal game of sorcery and deceit. Now Alyrra must decide whom she can trust and what she’s willing to fight for—before her silence
proves fatal.

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My Views:  This is a kind of book that will help you settle in comfortably and when you have, it will pull the rug under your feet. Yes, it’s like that. Unpredictable and tossing-turning. I like that!

I love the setting of the story (you must be knowing by now, how I go ga-ga over historical fiction). I fell in love with the character of Princess Alyrra. And the twists that the story throws are ah-mazing. Personally I am not much of a lover of fantasy and magic but they are just a part in this book not the whole.

Also, the topics this book touches on show the character of the writer and there is so much depth to every incident and sentence. This is a work of beauty.

And to imagine this being the author’s first work, I am more eager to read more of her work. No wonder it has taken years of work in the making. It is books like this and authors like these that make me want to give up my dream of writing and keep reading. Writing is too much work. 😉

You need more reasons to go buy this book? It is currently free on Amazon. Go grab it!

4.5/5 stars – I really really liked it.

Author Bio

Over the years, I’ve considered different occupations based on how my name, Intisar, has been mispronounced. There’s “Intistar” (Galactic Space Commander?), “Interstar” (Lowly Space Shuttle Captain?), and “Inastar” (Nuclear Fusion, here I come!), just to list a few. So how is my name really pronounced? Pretty much how it’s written: In-ti-sar Kha-na-ni.

I was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and have grown up a nomad, with multiple stints living in Saudi Arabia, boarding school in New Hampshire, and college split between Minnesota and Colorado. My family is from Pakistan, and I still have extended family there. My husband, young daughter and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio where I work with the Cincinnati Health Department on projects to improve community health, which is as close as I can get to saving the world. We’ve lived in Cincinnati longer than I’ve ever lived anywhere in one go—over five years.

Writing fantasy has been a lifelong passion. I wrote my first novel, Thorn, during my senior year in college. I had always wanted to write a novel, so I challenged myself to write a chapter a week. I decided to use one of my favorite Grimm’s fairy tales, “The Goose Girl,” as the basic storyline and optimistically set to work writing. How hard could it be if I already had the plot? I remember sitting down to read my completed first draft and nearly falling asleep. Suitably chastened but undaunted, I spent the next ten years on revisions and rewrites. I worked through about 13 drafts before deciding to publish.

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Intisar will award an autographed bookmark at every stop, and a $15 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Earn extra entries by following her on Facebook.

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Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

22 thoughts on “Thorn by Intisar Khanani & Giveaway

  1. I missed the book when it was free(figures!) but I’ll have to get a copy, it sounds intriguing!



    1. I’m sorry you missed it! However, it turns out a few of my international readers had trouble getting the free download, so I’ve priced Thorn at only 99 cents (or the international equivalent) for a limited time to make up for that. It’s not free, but it’s close 😀


  2. The premise of this story caught my attention immediately. I’m interested to see how she overcomes the curse and if (and how) she wins back the Prince.


  3. Hi Pragya –

    Thanks so much for your wonderful review. Writing Thorn certainly was a tough endeavor, but I didn’t work on it full time the past eleven years (thank goodness!). It was something I just kept coming back to until I was ready to let go of; I’ve drafted a few other novels in between and hope to publish them soon as well. I hope you stick with your dreams of writing! It’s definitely worth it. And don’t worry, there’ll always be time to read another good book 🙂

    The Amazon free promotion runs through this Wednesday, June 27. Thanks for spreading the word about it!

    All the best,



    1. Hi Intisar,

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I loved your book. It was amazing. I respect you for all the hard work you put in it. And thank you for yours words of motivation. 🙂


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