Today Intisar Khanani, HarperTeen, and Xpresso Book Tours are revealing the cover of and an excerpt from Thorn, her YA Fantasy that releases on March 24, 2020! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!
And now for the reveal…Thorn by Intisar Khanani
Published on March 24, 2020 by HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Fantasy
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For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she's never had ... until she's betrayed.
Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family's cruelty and the court's contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.
But powerful men have powerful enemies--and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman's, giving Alyrra the first choice she's ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she's never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust yourself.
At the far end of the corral I spot the white. He watches me, head raised, bright eyes alert. My heart aches for him.
“I don’t know how I’m going to free you,” I say, resting my hand on the wooden rail. Tonight there’ll be a guard posted, and even now the kitchen staff pass the door at intervals, just enough of a presence that I dare not let him out. “Valka’s the sort that will send you to the knacker when she realizes she can’t ride you. I wish you’d gotten away when you could.”
“I chose to stay, princess,” he replies, his voice deep and gentle.
My mouth drops open. What? “Did you—did you just speak?”
The horse seems mildly gratified by my shock. “Yes,” he says.
I can see his mouth move, though his lips don’t quite shape the word that rings in my ears. He’s speaking, out loud, shaping sounds a horse’s mouth has no ability to make.
“I expect that should be obvious.”
I press my hand against the top of my head, as if I might thereby straighten my thoughts. Nothing makes any sense at all, except, perhaps: “Magic?”
He dips his head, for all the world as if he were a courtier.
“Are you cursed?” I demand, letting go of my head to catch the rail between us.
“No,” he says, his voice lightening with amusement. “Not at all. It is my nature to be able to speak. I merely prefer not to flaunt it before your kind.”
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. She is the author of The Sunbolt Chronicles and Thorn (HarperTeen 2020).
HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THIS COVER?!?!?!?!?!?! Oh my gods it’s so pretty! I can’t wait to read this book when it comes out (even though it feels like it’s SO FAR AWAY how are we already talking about books that are out next March…)! Are you adding this to your TBR? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!