- Hardcover: 342 pages
- Publisher: Harperteen (10 September 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062696904
- ISBN-13: 978-0062696908
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
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"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
"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
"[A] moving 19-century fantasy... 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."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Weymouth's prose is lush and evocative, filled with palpable descriptions and compelling mystery... Spellbinding."--Kirkus Reviews
"Weymouth captures a feisty character in Violet, a well-bred girl who doesn't take no for an answer. Rich in language and imagery with characters readers want to get to know better, this title's a keeper."
"A Treason of Thorns feels completely new and fresh... it's a story that will likely surprise you."--Culturess
"Lushly atmospheric [with] an unusual but compelling love triangle... A Treason of Thorns is told with nuance, delicate but deft world-building, and charged with emotion."--Canadian Review of Materials
"Moody and atmospheric, with beautifully descriptive images, this is fantasy and magic at its best."--Shelf Awareness
From the Back Cover
A HOUSE LEFT UNCHECKED WILL LEAD TO RUIN. BUT I WILL NOT LET IT RUIN ME.
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 by 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.
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Violet is a strong and brave protagonist, who believes her duty in life is to protect Burleigh and provide Burleigh with anything the House may need. She doesn’t believe her life is meant for anything else. But as she starts to clean up the mess that is Burleigh and reconnect with her best friend, she starts to understand that maybe, just maybe, her life can exist beyond Burleigh. That maybe her life can be her own and not shared with Burleigh. But how can Violet let go of her House and the love she has for it and her family name?
“A good Caretaker puts her House before king. Before country. Before family. Before her own life, even.”
Violet’s relationship with Burleigh is touching and moving; she treats the house as a loved one and vows to do anything to protect and restore Burleigh. Even if it means sacrificing her own life. Violet and Burleigh share a bond that not many Caretakers have shared with their Houses; Burleigh loves Violet in return and when she comes back, Burleigh shows her memories of the past. And in one of those memories, Violet understands what she needs to do: she needs to find Burleigh’s deed and unbind Burleigh from its contract with the devilish king. If she can free Burleigh, then the land and its people will prosper. But it isn’t as easy as it seems, and it could cost Violet her life.
Weymouth’s writing is mesmerizing and captivating; the scenes came to life and the characters were vivid pictures in my head, especially Burleigh. I could feel the anguish between Violet and Burleigh, and I could understand why Violet wanted to save her land and her House. Weymouth weaves a beautiful tale with beautiful writing that will easily make any reader feel a connection with these characters.
A Treason of Thorns isn’t just spellbinding; it’s gripping and magical. I loved the world building and character development throughout the book. I also liked seeing the struggles Violet goes through to try to restore her land; as the reader, I could tell she really wanted this, even after she discovered something else she wanted just as much. A Treason of Thorns is, overall, a beautifully written tale, one that I would easily recommend to anyone.
I’d love to give it five stars, but it’s written first person singular, present tense, so it’s somewhat slow and ponderous in the telling. We get only Violet’s POV, and she, being 17 and highly emotional, spends far too much time feeling and too little time doing, in my opinion. It really bogs down in the middle. Though I’m not the target audience, so I imagine the YA audience loves it. There are a couple of very clever devices the author uses to further the story and get us out of Vi’s head, which is refreshing.
It suffers from second book syndrome, slightly. Not as good as the first, but good enough to look forward to the third. One thing there is no question about, Laura Weymouth can write. But I hope the next book is in a more conventional style. Her world building is amazing. Her characters are compelling. I really want a deeper, more involved story next time. Meanwhile, this one is a winner.
One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet Stirling 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 Violet was turned out.
Seven years later, Violet is able to return. 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 must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house — before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.
A Treason of Thorns is everything I wanted and didn't get out of The Hazel Wood: eerie, magical, and a beautiful balance between dark and light. I'm a sucker for creeping vines, historical atmosphere, and the very idea of otherworldly magic that imbues a sentient house.
Violet is fiercely protective of Burleigh House, having been groomed from childhood to always place the House before anything else. Her unshakable faith that her entire purpose is to do so sets the foundation for the vast majority of the book.
Wyn, Vi's childhood friend, has been present in her life for almost as long. At first it isn't entirely understood what role he has to play but I loved the interactions between Vi and him almost as much as between Vi and Burleigh.
"What if we don’t have to be what we were told to become?"
As the book progresses, and Burleigh's deterioration accelerates, both Vi and Wyn must uncover the object her father died for..and all throughout their trial they begin to ask themselves what roles they really wish to play: the one they grew up being told or the one their hearts desire?
In the end, I suppose this is my gift and my curse—that however Burleigh or Wyn may change, however much damage they inflict or suffer, they will always be lovely and worthy of love to me.
Recommended for dark fantasy lovers and fans of The Innkeeper Chronicles.