- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038574322X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385743228
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Set in a well-drawn fantasy kingdom that is home to humans, fairies, ogres, and witches, Princess of Thorns chronicles the early life of Princess Aurora, the briar-born child next in line to inherit her deceased father's kingdom of Norvere. Unfortunately, Aurora's grandfather chose an ogre as his third wife. After conspiring to bring about the demise of her husband and her son, Queen Ekeeta imprisons the rest of the family. Aurora's mother sacrifices herself so that Aurora and her brother Jor can escape, and they spend 10 years in hiding with the fey, but a disturbing ogre prophecy requiring a briar-born child makes the ogres hunt them tirelessly. When the prince is captured, she'll stop at nothing to save him, but doing so requires a risky journey across lands rife with spies and traitors. Using her fairy blessings, the princess is as strong as any warrior, but her blessings come with a dark side as well, and she fears that she'll never be able to enjoy a happily-ever-after. Compelling and action-packed, Princess of Thorns weaves in elements of classic fairy tales, such as "Sleeping Beauty," "Rapunzel," and "Swan Lake," while still telling a unique and compelling story of its own. The combination of adventure; lovable, complex characters; and a touch of romance make this a book that teens will be drawn to, especially those who appreciate strong female protagonists. The message of empowerment is well developed, and this cleverly conceived novel is a highly recommended first purchase.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT
"The combination of adventure; lovable, complex characters; and a touch of romance make this a book that teens will be drawn to, especially those who appreciate strong female protagonists." ---School Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story of Aurora has some familiar elements to it, as it’s a bit of a twist or continuation of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Aurora is the daughter of Sleeping Beauty and her handsome rescuer, but her parents happily ever after never quite materialized. Aurora has grown up in a cruel and unforgiving world, and is forced into some pretty unfortunate circumstances. I thought Aurora was an amazing main character, and the bravery and strength she possessed was exactly what I was looking for when I started reading. She’s also a sympathetic character but I never really found myself feeling sorry for her, because she is just so capable and brave. Go on girl!!
I also found it really intriguing that she spent much of the book disguised as a man, not as a way to create an image of strength and capability to others, but as a way to disguise herself so she could accomplish what she needed to. Aurora is smart, strong and bad-ass and, thanks to her fae lineage, the woman knows how to handle herself in a fight! She reminded me a lot of Celaena from the Throne of Glass series and Scarlet from the Scarlet series, and because of that she’s earned a spot on my roster of favorite female fantasy characters.
As part of Aurora’s journey, she finds herself paired up with a prince that has his own secrets to keep and battles to fight. Being the bad-ass female that she is, Aurora quickly enlists Prince Niklaas’ help in her quest to rescue her younger brother and reclaim her throne from an evil queen, and they become a dynamic duo. It was pretty interesting to see their relationship develop while Niklaas is under the belief that he’s travelling with a man. Stacey Jay did a fabulous job creating layers in each of her main characters, allowing them to become individually distinct but even better together. Their chemistry was absolute perfection, and when Niklaas finally discovers his travelling companion’s true identity, things are taken to a whole new level. Don’t expect sunshine, roses and love poems though…this is a uniquely complicated relationship and I was totally sucked in to seeing how on earth Aurora and Niklaas’ relationship would evolve.
I’m going to be honest and say I wasn’t a huge fan of Niklaas’ at first. He was a bit cocky, a lot arrogant and totally clueless when it comes to women. But, as the novel progresses his character growth is absolute perfection, and by half way through the book I was alllll about him! I was rooting for Niklaas just as much as I was rooting for Aurora, and their individual stories come together so perfectly and this makes the novel that much more intriguing.
Princess of Thorns hits all the right fantasy notes and completely delivers in the world-building category as well. This is the first Stacey Jay novel I’ve read and I was completely blown away by how beautifully she presents the world in which this story takes place. Aurora and Niklaas travel far and wide, and each location was more spectacular than the last. I got completely lost in the fantasy of this world, making it so easy for me to get totally sucked into the story.
If you love romance and high-fantasy, I highly suggest Princess of Thorns be added to your reading list as soon as possible. It’s incredibly adventurous, beautifully written and totally delivers on the swoon, and if you ask me that’s a perfect combination. Maybe it will make your favorites of 2014 list as well!
I thought this story was great. The only problem I had was I wanted to smack Aurora and Niklaas through out the whole book, especially at the end. It's like get over it and get on with it. Other than that, I loved the story line. When Aurora had her powers from being fairy blessed, she was bad to the bone.
Aurora is trying to find an army to help save her brother Jor and fight the evil Ogre Queen Ekeeta. Jor is a prisoner of Ekeeta and being tortured to try to find Aurora.
She picks Niklaas up along the way and finds out he wants to marry Aurora so it will break the curse he has on him that will happen on his 18th birthday. He has no idea that he is traveling with Aurora because she is disguised as a boy, her brother Jor actually. It was confusing at first. I had to get used to them referring to her as a boy. And she also tells him to call her Ror for short so it's a little crazy.
Aurora and Niklaas spend some time together traveling and grow very fond of each other. He starts to care about Aurora as a brother. Aurora starts to have feelings for him but knows it won't work out. If she kisses someone it makes them lose themselves and become a slave to her.
Needless to say, there are some evilness going on, a little fighting, a few surprises that turn things totally around that I wasn't expecting. But it all turns out in the end. I really did enjoy the book.