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Review: Brambles by Intisar Khanani

Review: Brambles by Intisar Khanani

‘In the kingdom of Adania, everyone knows what Princess Alyrra did to earn the court’s contempt, her mother’s disdain, and her brother’s hatred.

She betrayed her own.

Yet, the truth hides another story, one of honor and honesty, of a princess gambling her own life for another’s. It’s a tale of courage and consequences, and a choice that can never be undone.’

Brambles is a short story prequel to the events of ‘Thorn’, a review of which can be found here.

I loved Thorn and I’m looking forward to reading the next book set in this universe. Brambles is an excellent addition to the story and expansion of the events that are mentioned in the first novel and end up commanding a good deal of Alyrra’s fate. Her mother and brother are as awful here as they are in Thorn, subjecting her to emotional and physical abuse for being unwilling to play the game of politics as they do and set aside her moral compass, unable to comprehend how she might side with innocents in their employ rather than settle for being as vindictive as they and their more wealthy citizens are. What they see as weakness ultimately highlights how Alyrra is the best of them and a far fairer hand than the rest of her family, who are so fixated on the threat of their power being stolen from them that they exert it to a cruel extent to ensure that none will think to step out of line. I may have to re-read Thorn very soon!

I received an ARC of Brambles from Netgalley and the publisher.