Friday Reads: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Friday Reads: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing a few quotes from Thorn by Intisar Khanani. I love a great retelling and this Goose Girl retelling is so interesting and original.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.

THIS WEEK’S BOOK: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Thorn Intisar KhananiTitle: Thorn
Author: Intisar Khanani
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 20, 2020

Summary (from Goodreads):

A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own 

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl. 

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.


Includes The Bone Knife, a bonus short story set in the world of Thorn.

Amazon “Book Depository

BOOK QUOTES: Thorn by Intisar Khanani


“Try not to embarrass us,” my brother says. “If you can.”

I look out at the empty courtyard and pretend not to notice Lord Daerilin smirking to my left. He has always enjoyed my brother’s barbs, especially so these past three years.


I do not remember falling asleep, but when I open my eyes, the shutters have been thrown wide. An owl, pearly white in the darkness, perches upon the sill, its great eyes watching me.


The writing in this book is so beautiful. I have never read a retelling of The Goose Girl before and I am being swept away into this intriguing story. It is a bit darker than I thought it was going to be and has me on the edge of my seat.

About Intisar Khanani

Inistar Khanani

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, 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.

28 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

  1. Ashley S. says:

    I’m a big fan of retellings and this one sounds so good! I don’t think I’ve read a Goose Girl one, so I’m very interested in this. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. Debra Branigan says:

    This one has been sitting in my TBR pile. It’s time to pull it out. I am so interested in this retelling. Best wishes to the author on her novel.

  3. Dorothy Boucher says:

    This book sounds interesting and I did add it to my goodreads collection, do let us know if they do a giveaway on this book or if the book goes down to .99 its what I can afford.

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