Release Date: February 1st 2016.
Publisher: Random House Australia.
Source: Purchased myself 🙂
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Continuing the epic romantic fantasy series that began with Avery, Thorne is a story of courage, sacrifice, and forbidden love. Lovers in Kaya have always died together, bonded in death as in life. But rumors of a cure are rife. A team of young Kayans will be sent on a quest to find the answer—for the very nature of love is at stake. The beautiful but reckless Finn has never shied away from danger, and ending the bond means more to her than anyone knows. This adventure sounds thrilling, but Finn has always been willing to risk too much, and for the first time she has something—or someone—to lose. Crown Prince Thorne, in the neighboring land of Pirenti, has grown up rejecting the legacy of his father’s blood, keeping caged the beast that lies dormant within. But the moment he sets eyes on the wild girl from the Kayan cliffs, his usual caution is thrown to the wind. As the world crumbles around them, can Finn and Thorne cast off the shadows to find a love stronger than either imagined? Or is their true challenge to embrace the darkness within?
I was really looking forward to reading this book, but so hesitant at the same time because Avery, book 1, was amazing. I needn’t have worried because this book was just as amazing as the first.
Thorne was a breathtaking romantic fantasy that swept me off my feet. I was quickly drawn deep into this extraordinary world and held captivated, hardly able to put it down until the last page, and then was left wanting more.
Thorne is set twenty years after the events in Avery. An uneasy peace is kept between those of Kaya and its neighbours in Pirenti, once their greatest enemy. The people of Kaya have always died in pairs. The are cursed, or blessed depending on how you look at it, with a true love bond that means if one dies, so does the other. Now there might be a way to end the bond.
Thorne, the Crown Prince of Pirenti is sent to Kaya to do want he can to preserve the bond. Everyone is fearful of him, except one head strong, spirited girl. She wants nothing more than to end the bond.
Inexplicably drawn to Finn, Thorne agrees to join her team, searching for the answer on how to sever the bond. They drive each other crazy and get under each others skin, but the chemistry between them was off the charts. I simply adored the two off them.
Thorne and Finn are remarkable characters, but this book is full of remarkable characters. You can’t help but love Penn, and his obsession with counting numbers, or the wild Isadora with her mad fighting skills (I cannot wait to get inside her head and follow her story in book three), and then there is Finn’s twin brother, Jonah, so sweet and loyal.
And of course it was great to see Ava and Ambrose again.
Thorne is an achingly romantic fantasy and I absolutely loved it. It had me on the edge of my seat with all the twist and turns. It had great writing, a great story and great characters. I cannot recommend it enough. Although not YA, it definitely has cross over appeal, and fans of Sarah J. Maas looking for a fix between her books should give this series a go.
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