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The Thorn Queen

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Welcome to Glendoch!

Hidden to most, this glacial world once crackled with alchemy. Now it waits for war—divided and bound by strict rules. So when twelve-year-old Meylyne falls from a tree onto Glendoch’s sickly prince, she must flee or face imprisonment in the Shadow-Cellars. The only way she may return home is with a cure for the prince’s peculiar disease.

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Published September 18th 2018 by SparkPress
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✨Brithanie Faith✨
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ARC provided by NetGalley and SparkPress in exchange for an honest review.

The Thorn Queen by Elise Holland follows a young girl on an epic journey to find the cure for a peculiar disease. On this journey she faces things such as cursed wizards, poisoned guardians, and a wicked plot to sink Glendoch into shadow, as has happend to other worlds before it.


❇️This was such a fast-paced, easy read, that was magical from beginning to end. I truly believe that this book can, and will
Mel (Epic Reading)
DNF @ 30%

For the first couple chapters of The Thorn Queen I was starting to wonder if I was hitting a reading slump. I was also having a bit of trouble focusing and caring about another book I was reading. So I added a third book to the mix that was lovely, powered through it and two more. That made me realize that it wasn't me it was Elise Holland's story that was the problem.

Don't tell, show
While this is a middle grade level read there is really no reason why it would have to be dull and bori
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this eBook from the author, Netgalley, and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Meylyne is a half-human half garsyle garloch who is clumsy at doing Alchemy magic and is shunned by the other garsyles except for her friends two garsyles who accept her as she is. When she accidentally goes to the Above world and falls on the sick Prince Pram just to return her mother's Opal, her life is placed in danger. Now she must go find a cure to heal the Prince and
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This is an exciting middle-grade fantasy with a lot of potential. It could've been great with some additional world-building, more character development and maybe a glossary at the end because all this new vocabulary was confusing at times. But I still enjoyed the story a lot, it was full of original ideas, the characters were likable and it was overall quite fast-paced. I actually hope this will be a series because it does end with another unresolved quest and I'd definitely read more about thi ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this!

The Thorn Queen is a middle-grade adventure where we are introduced to Meylyne, a twelve-year-old alchemist in training.

It reminded me a lot of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland mixed with a fairy tale.

I hope this will be an ongoing series, I cannot wait to read the next one!

Thank you NetGalley for letting me borrow this!
2.5 stars
a rather disappointing middle grade fantasy. RTC.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The Thorn Queen is a great middle-grade fantasy novel!

There is an extremely plucky and likable heroine, Meylyne, who reluctantly undertakes an epic quest to save her beloved home. Along the way, we are introduced to a wealth of interesting and magical characters that help her along her journey.

The world building is rich and complex, which was a welcome surprise for a middle-grade story. Meylyne is a wonderful character that I think will really appeal to younger girls, as she is both uncertain
Jessica Gadd
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The Thorn Queen is a fun fast paced middle grade novel. The storyline was great and the characters were fantastic. So imaginative! It really takes you to another place :)
Rating: 5/5 Stars

What an enjoyable read. As this targeted for a middle school, younger audience I can say this was without a doubt highly enjoyable. I was engaged and entertained and this book is fun for both the younger target audience and for readers outside that range as well.

The writing is well-done with no errors that hampered my reading experience. The plot was well-paced with humor, magic, and fun galore. I felt such a nostalgia for my younger reading days and I remembered how much I love
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this middle grade fantasy novel - it was fast paced and fun! I like that Meylyne was gutsy and Blue was super cute - I definitely wanted to find out more about his background.

I struggled a little with the world building and different names for stuff, as I couldn’t quite keep it all straight, I felt a map or glossary could help - however, the e-arc may just not have them :)

I didn’t love the adults
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
“Never use your wings while you are angry.”

NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from SparkPress through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I think after this one I’m not going to request any more middle-grade books, all of the ones I’ve read so far have been underwhelming and The Thorn Queen wasn’t any exception. It’s honestly so hard for me to rate and review this book because this one is thoroughly stuck in “meh” zone for me and I’m stil
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
The Thorn Queen is a gorgeous MG fantasy that caught my eye while browsing on NetGalley. Just look at that cover! While I was expecting something castle-based and possibly Sleeping Beauty related, what I got was entirely different: an introduction to a really cool magical land, and an action-packed quest with a great heroine!

This book opens with our protagonist Meylyne up a tree, breaking rules - this is a good sign straight away that she's going to be my type of heroine! She is soon forced to g
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and SparkPress for the opportunity to read this book before publication!

The Thorn Queen was a fast-paced, creative middle grade fantasy about a young girl, Meylyne, on a quest to save her world—while simultaneously discovering herself. I enjoyed the world of the story, and would love to see it expanded in a series. The reader is immediately introduced to Glendoch, in the Above-World for Meylyne, where she sneaks to see Prince Piam in person. When she accidentally falls out
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was really fun! A bit overly complex at times, but still incredibly imaginative and a great read.

Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

The Thorn Queen is a delightful middle grade fantasy adventure novel filled with imaginative characters, magic, and world-building.

Our protagonist is Meylyne, a young girl who is suddenly thrust into a much larger role in her world than she ever anticipated--or wanted. Meylyne is a bold, endearing girl who is not so great at performing her Alchemy m
Mark Buxton
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My name is Meylyne, and I've been forced to break the first commandment, again, and reenter the Above-World. My only hope of avoiding life in the Shadow Cellars is to find a cure for the prince's aging disease. The Old Well of M'Yhr has said I must travel to the Valley of Half-Light where the soul-eating sphers live. Hope has been a loyal companion, and we've been joined by Blue, a tiny warrior. I never would have imagined an ogre named Grimorex would become such a valuable ally. However, someth ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little confusing at times I really liked the book. Great writing, good character development, and the unique creatures and places was a fun twist.
Story Eater
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2018
Elise Holland has delivered quite the exhilarating adventure tale in her new middle-grade novel, The Thorn Queen. Readers will enjoy intricate world and character building, and the story draws inspiration from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, 19th century fairy tales, and medieval tales of magic and sorcery.

The Thorn Queen is an epic middle grade fantasy adventure tale about young Meylyne, a female protagonist whose mother and father are from different parts of Glendoch - the Between-World and
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Meylyne is not your typical twelve year old girl. She is half human, half garsyle and really, really bad at alchemy. When Meylyne finds herself on an seemingly impossible quest to save the prince of Glendoch, she must learn to have faith in herself and her crew of unlikely heroes tagging alone beside her. Unfortunately, the further she progresses into her mission, the more she discovers that Glendoch is counting on her to save them from The Thorn Queen. Will Meylyne and her companions be able to ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy for review.

I really enjoyed this book. It's filled with magic, and magical beings and a crazy adventure! Meylyne, our heroine, is a half-human, half-garlyle hybrid. She is the daughter of the last Hearer and powerful sorceress in Glendoch. Glendoch has forgotten its magical past and now all creatures are separated from each other. There are Below World dwellers (snake-people), Between-World (where garlyles and such live) and Above-Wo
Tasha Leigh
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually I pick books for various logical reasons such as author, existing hype, the general description taking my eye. Here? I threw all that out the window... Look at that cover *squeal*

So, the short of it? I really enjoyed it for what it was, a middle grade novel about fallen kingdoms and an epic quest to save the world... Miss 9 loved it (she insisted on reading it once I was done.

Starting out I felt it was a little slow BUT once Meylyne started on her quest, I found the pace was quite enjoya
Mel Hawk
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thorn Queen tells the story of a young girl's journey to find the cure for a disease killing the prince of her kingdom Glendoch. Meylyne must find the cure for this peculiar disease or she may end up in the Shadow-Cellars. On her journey, Meylyne faces many obstacles on her journey, wizards, guardians and a plot to destroy her kingdom, Glendoch.
The Thorn Queen was a fast-paced and easy read that will be suitable for all ages. It was a magical story from start to finish and I had fun reading
Kyra K
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meylyne is a twelve year old Garloch (half-human, half-Garlsyle) alchemist-in-training, who is unexpectedly set upon a quest to save both her mother and her kingdom. I love that the protagonist is female, and would definitely recommend this book for young girls, however I feel that young boys would also greatly enjoy it.
The storyline and pacing of this book were great for middle school aged children who are likely to lose interest if left too long without an interesting occurrence, and there we
Micha Sevier
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Thorn Queen: A Novel is an exciting children’s adventure where twelve-year-old Meylyne is forced into a quest to find a cure for the prince’s mysterious disease. During her quest, Meylyne befriends interesting creatures and uncovers dangerous secrets regarding the terrible war her home of Glendoch is facing. One of these secrets is the identity of the terrible Thorn Queen.

I’m a lot older than middle grade but I really enjoyed this book. I found some of the characters’ and creatures’ names a
Jen Solak
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This middle grade book was possibly one of the most inventive I have ever read! The creatures in the world of the Thorn Queen are familiar, based on lions for example, but still entirely new! Tusked, talking lions who have a queen and once practiced alchemy, for example! The main character, Meyleyne is a girl of 12 who is about to go on an adventure that is a mix of Alice’s time in Wonderland and Dorothy’s journey through Oz. The book is done in a way where we learn about most of the creatures a ...more
Erin DiStefano
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thorn Queen by Elise Holland is a great middle grade novel. Meylyne, the protagonist, sets off on a quest to fix her own mishap--falling out of a tree and onto the crowned prince's head.

The story was well written and is a perfect segue for younger readers into epic fantasies. It has all the elements with unique twists and turns thrown in.

My biggest reason for giving it four instead of five stars is the lack of background. In some places I felt like Holland throws in too much information wi
Books, Brews & Booze
I got to about page 200 and had been enjoying the book and the characters, when the happenings in the book featured a surprising twist and I found myself rushing to read so I could find out what happened!

The main character, Meylyne — I really felt for her, especially after we learn certain truths. What a story. It’s engaging for adults but it’s also suitable for older pre-teens and older.

I love a good fantasy world and “The Thorn Queen” didn’t disappoint. Also, a shout-out to the cover illustrat
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are honest and my own.

I'd like to start by saying that this was a funny and delightful read! I've never read any fantasy novel with this unique style and world building! I loved all the unique creatures we meet from start to finish, and i could definitely recommend this to anyone who loved Alice's adventure in wonderland!! This was such a fantastic and light read, and I'm honoured i got to review this book.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful imagination creates a multi-level world with rich, inspiring characters. The young female protagonist is one to admire as she embarks on her journey to redeem herself and save others. I look forward to reading more in what I hope is a start to a new series. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the advance copy. I know my 8th graders will love reading the book. #TheThornQueen
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received my copy of The Thorn Queen from the publisher through NetGalley.

This book is charming and adorable times ten. There's adventure, plenty of twists and turns, betrayal, and triumph. I really liked the book..

..except for the last chapter, which makes strong case for the worst denouement ever realized. But really, don't let that stop you from enjoying this book. It's a really fun read.
Felicia Allen
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't want this book to end! I love the world that Elise Holland created. She created species of magical beings, landscapes, rules, and customs seamlessly worked into an amazing tale. Meylyne was the perfect protagonist finding things out about herself and learning to deal with them while trying to complete a quest and save the day. For as much that goes on in this book, it could have easily become a very cumbersome read. However, it was beautiful, fun, and had surprises around every corner. ...more
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