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A Treason of Thorns

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  2,262 ratings  ·  530 reviews
Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic kept both the countryside and Violet happy.

That is, until her father’s treason destroyed everything.

Now she’s been given a chance to return home. But Burleigh isn’t what she remembered. Wild with grief, Burleigh’s very soul
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Laura Weymouth This book is not particularly similar to Outlander, though it is a historical fantasy (they fall within the same genre, but don't cover a great deal o…moreThis book is not particularly similar to Outlander, though it is a historical fantasy (they fall within the same genre, but don't cover a great deal of the same territory). However, A RUSH OF WINGS, my third novel, is quite comparable to Outlander as they both take place in the Scottish Highlands at the time of the Jacobite Uprising.

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Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
i honestly cant remember how i heard about this new release, but i managed to find a free copy, so i may as well read it, right? and having gone into this story with really no expectations, im actually quite happy with it. was i blown away by it? no, not really. but there is much to appreciate about this.

its quick and light to read. the narrative does tend to be a bit repetitive at times - mainly due to the lack of in-depth world building, so there is only so far the plot can go - but theres an
Weymouth is SLAYING the cover game.
First, The Light Between Worlds, and now this!

I can't wait to add this beauty to my shelves.
You know, to add it to my collection of unread books...

h o l l i s
My issue with A TREASON OF THORNS is that I found the best parts of it to be in the synopsis.

The tightly framed concept sounds fantastic in short form but loses itself in drawn out translation. The characters are underdeveloped, the romance is.. a stretch, and the plot itself feels like it's just spinning its wheels until it reaches a certain word count. It's repetitive both in tone and vocabulary and, ultimately, just stuck in one gear.

This is such a fascinating idea, and the author made it co
Mara YA Mood Reader
Dec 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, dnf
So basically there’s this magic house. It needs a “caretaker” who idk....channels the house’s magic so it doesn’t build up too much?
The house gets pissed a lot. And the floor rumbles its constant protest and misery.

And there’s a girl. She grew up in the house with her father’s ward, a boy. She loves the house very much. It’s her life’s ambition to become the next caretaker after her father. She’s extremely attached to the house and vice-Versa.

The plot is basically only about this. The house r
Holy crap! This book was so freaking good. I honestly don't remember when I bought the audio version of this - it might've been during on of their sales? No idea but definitely glad that I have it.

In A Treason of Thorns, you will meet Violet. All she ever wanted was to return back to Burleigh house. Unfortunately for her, her father committed treason and she has been on the run since. Besides her dad living out his punishment, her childhood friend is tagged along with him. Honestly, I never real
Finally, a book that utilises my niche passion for English stately homes.

A TREASON OF THORNS is a beautiful book set in an alternate England where Great Houses channel magic through the land. It's a really cool and unique idea that ties in neatly to my nerdy love of English stately homes, so there was no way I could not be invested.

I loved Weymouth's debut THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS, and this has a similar quintessentially British vibe to it. Weymouth builds up Burleigh House (also I keep writing
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My anticipation for A Treason of Thorns has been built to a feverish pitch ever since I first saw the cover reveal back in February!! I LOVED The Light Between Worlds, Laura Weymouth's debut novel and it became my #1 read for 2018. As A Treason of Thorns was also magical realism + historical + English setting I was so, so dying to read it. Then Laura contacted me to send me one of her ARCs (as her #1 fangirl!) and I was on 7th heaven. W
Grace A
Feb 18, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Violet Sterling's dream was to become the best caretaker to one of the magical houses in England, just like her father. Life was good for Violet; she was God-daughter of the king, her father was well known and respected, she was on the way to success herself.
Then her mother left, and her father was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Then, the magical house, Burleigh, dying, which spells devastating consequences for the whole countryside. Then there is the matter of the king, who ho
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Magical, mystical, enchanting, and with a setting that will sweep you back to old England, A Treason of Thorns will keep you engaged from the beginning clear to the action packed ending.

Legends and lore, magical bindings, endearing stories of home, both those we are born to and those we create, and becoming who we want to be rather than what is expected of us, A Treason of Thorns was beautifully done with effortless writing that was every bit as wonderful and emotional and it is magical.

*ARC p
Amber (The Book Bratz)
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Laura always has the best book covers, hands down. This one is absolutely stunning, the colors, detailing, it draws your eyes and leaves you starstruck. A Treason of Thorns is hands down one of the most unique books that I have read in a long time, dark, mysterious and utterly unique A Treason of Thorns will have you entranced until the very last page.

When Violet was a child her father, the caretaker of Burleigh house was accused of high tre
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
So when people say "I'd read this author's grocery list," Laura is that author for me. The writing in this (and The Light Between Worlds) is just so luxurious. It just pulls me in so I feel all of the world and connect with the characters with each step of their development. Her writing is PERFECT for Gothic fantasies and histories. Her and Lyndsay Faye have such iconic writing with that tone and I just cannot get enough of their stuff (literally. I've read basically all of their publications I ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“What if we don’t have to be what we were told to become?”

I think this is the central question of A Treason of Thorns, a book about the roles we’re born to play and the ones we choose for ourselves. Just as in her debut The Light Between Worlds, Weymouth beautifully explores our longing for home, especially a home that has been lost or changed. But the novel is also a hopeful rumination on the homes we choose for ourselves and the love we pour into them.

In addition to its compelling themes, the
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
3.5 Stars

I'm a bit torn when it came time to rate this book. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the characters but I did find that I started to get a bit bored and just wanted some action to happen. I also found myself confused at times with the magical elements of the house and between the binding and unbinding and what happened to this house or that house...I kind of just zoned out.

I especially enjoyed the side characters but would have liked them to be a bit more prevalent in the story since th
Vicky Again
Feb 04, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
By the way, you can check out the cover reveal for A TREASON OF THORNS on my blog!

Plus there's an excerpt, giveaway, and interview with Laura on the book! Go go go! Sentient houses and sinister magic and ALL the aesthetic feels your way!

Find the link here or click on the teaser below!

link to cover reveal
Hannah Whitten
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was perfect—from the swoons romance to the palpable atmosphere to the amazing characterization (of a HOUSE, which is quite a feat). The heroine is plucky and prickly and I love her.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigh... I...don't know... What do I say about a sentinel House that is alive, lives and breathes, has a heart with memories, and is magical ? What do I say about a House whose caretaker was to be Violet, but where her father altered everything so she could be spared?

What do I say about the author Laura E. Waymouth whose imagination brought out a fantastical plot of a House working its magic via a caretaker who had the key? Just BRILLIANT!! House and mortar made their foray...

Violet was supposed
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
DNF at something something percent.

Not digging the narrator's voice. Since this is an ARC and still seems interesting, I might pick this one up at a later time. Maybe.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The premise in A Treason of Thorns is really compelling, but the writing is so weak that it never lives up to the promise of its premise. The characters make decisions that feel unfounded and so the plot feels disjointed and unconvincing. (view spoiler) ...more
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One of the main reasons that I requested this book was because I thought that the cover was absolutely gorgeous and the synopsis had me intrigued. I really loved the idea behind this book, a magical house was very cool to read about. While I think that this was a good idea and I enjoyed the writing, I felt like A Treason of Thorns kind of dragged and I was a bit disappointed in it.

I didn't really connect very well with the
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: october-2019-tbr
I really loved this book I liked how unique it was and I really loved the characters I have no idea why anyone would call Violet a Mary-Sue she is one of the best characters I have read about lately. I really love the characters especially Violet and Wyn I loved how their relationship developed from friends to more. These two characters have been through so much they are so self sacrificing for each other they would do anything so the other could survive. They have suffered so much but came out ...more
 Vanessa  B. ♡
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
3,5 stars

I loved the story and how original it was.. magical houses all over Great Britain and Europe, whose caretakers channel their magic and help the country thrive. Sounds great! The problem is that there was not backstory to this or to the characters and the narrative was a little repetitive. I liked Vi, but Wyn was the star of the story. Despite the fact that there were enough signs to suggest that he wasn't just another character, he wasn't treated as he was supposed.
We have learned almos
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to read more books set in England
Unfortunately A Treason Of Thorns didn't quite have the magic that Laura's first book had, and I really had to force myself to read it, despite loving that it was set in Somerset, where I live.

A big problem that the story had was that I guessed the entire story within just a couple of chapters. The concept of a House being like an old God, and bound by cruel Kings was a great start to what could have been an incredible story, but it wasn't a stretch to guess that Violet would unbind her House, a
Laura Weymouth
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 5 stars because I wrote it
This is a gorgeously magical book, with a fierce heroine whose voice I loved. Isabel Sterling is determined to save the House she loves - and the boy she loves, too - and I loved her strength and determination as well as the magical system in which the Great Houses of England are given literal magical powers and individual personalities (but also a subjection to the whims of the king that can BURN). The symbolism is fantastic, and the relationship between Isabel (as would-be Caretaker) and her H ...more
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
This book is ... fine? Yeah, that’s about it. It’s not bad. It’s not great. It just exists, kind of like Burleigh House. It’s one of those books that it takes 3/4 for things to feel like they’re actually moving in the story.

One of my biggest issues with this book is that we’re given such an incredibly limited view on the world. The beginning and premise are so interesting, so promising – but the world building is weak at times. I have so many questions – about the Great Houses and the house magi
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth
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Okay, so, the concept of this novel? Amazing. The plot of this novel? Astounding. The execution of this novel? Excellent. Laura E. Weymouth has somehow created a plot I didn’t even know I wanted, and left me wishing more authors wrote about Great Houses and their connections to characters. With writing that is supe
Joanna Meyer
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-tbr
This book is lovely and fierce and brimming with heart, and I love it with all of mine. 💗💗💗
"A good Caretaker puts her House first.
Before king.
Before country.
Before her own life."

This is an eerie story filled with beautiful prose and rich in emotional turmoil.

*eARC provided from HarperTeen and edelweiss*

Violet's family have been the caretakers of Burleigh House for generations. However, when her father commits high treason and is sentenced to death, Violet must flee her House and those she loves. After seven years she is finally able to return, but when she does she sees
Set in an England where the Great Houses of the land have magic - like the actual brick and mortar houses - Violet has been brought up with the expectation of becoming the Caretaker of her house, Burleigh. A Caretaker's job is to put their House above everything else while managing the direction and intensity of the magic into the surrounding lands. When Violet's father is convicted of treason, he is sentenced to house arrest and Burleigh begins to decline as its magic is forced out of control e ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Laura E. Weymouth was one of the first authors who really gave me the feeling she understood depression and what it feels like. I was therefore very excited to read her second novel to see if once more she would surprise me with overwhelming emotions and a beautifully written character arc for the main character(s).

And although I didn't end up crying, like I did with her previous book, I would say that this book totally lived up to the expectations. Once again Weymouth manages to create a unique
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Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, and an ever-expanding menagerie of animal friends. She is represented by the inimitable Lauren Sp ...more

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