A Lesson In Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone
Cover Reveal: March 13th ♦ Release Date: March 21st
Cover Designer: Hang Le ♦ Image: Trevillion Images
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A Lesson in Thorns is unlike anything I have read, and yet it was a tad reminiscent of the Camelot Trilogy with the relationships and allusions to ancient traditions and tales. It is different in that there is bit more of a hedonistic nature to the story, as Thornchapel is built upon traditions and customs that have evolved from pagan times to present. And while, this was not my normal read, I was enthralled but it all just the same.
The host of characters runs the gamut. They all have different professions, different personalities, different socio-economic statuses, and yet something draws them all to each other. They are all connected to this home, to the land, to Thornchapel, and, as a result, to each other. The one thing that they all have in common seems to be their sexual proclivities, which is also a key component to the story. The one thing, though, that I always love about a Sierra Simone book is that this isn’t for shock value or to read a steamy, hot book. The sexuality of her characters turns into an examination of the human psyche – what we want, crave, desire. There is an examination of how these cravings form personalities and affect relationships. There is a freedom her characters have that makes it freeing for the readers, too.
The story was a bit slow for me in parts. There are many, maybe too many, moments that talk about the connection to the land and Thornchapel. These parts began to slow down the plot for me, and while I understand the need for this land and place to become its own character, in a sense, it took on such a large part of the plot. As the story progresses, though, and secrets are revealed, I became entranced by the mystery surrounding the place and that summer so long ago. I become intrigued by the involvement of parents and how that is going to play a part in their relationships. I need to know about how all the relationships are going to change and alter and grow. I need more Auden, Saint, and Poe. I need more Beckett. I need more Delphine and Rebecca. And I need more story after the way the first book ends.
In true Sierra Simone fashion, I was enchanted by her prose, by the sexual freedom of her characters, and at her examination of human nature. Add to that the mystery she seems to be developing, and I am in for the long haul.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Once upon a time, six children stumbled upon a wild place hidden deep in the moors, shrouded by secrets and fog. There we played a game among the roses and the thorns that would change us forever, that would follow us the rest of our lives. A game that ended with a hard kiss in the rain and tattered flower petals fluttering from above…
And twelve years later, we’re back.
I’m not going to dream of a forgotten place covered in thorns every night.
I won’t be enchanted by Thornchapel and its glossy, glamorous people. I’m not going to fall in love or have my heart torn in two.
I’m not telling the truth.
Because as this place slowly tightens its coil of secrets and thorns around us, as we uncover the knotted mysteries that grow here, the six of us begin to unravel into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Fulfilling the promise we once made as children in those whispering ruins, and awakening a fate that will either anoint us or leave us in ashes…
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About the Author:
Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.
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