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Among the Beasts & Briars

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  5,945 ratings  ·  1,426 reviews
Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young,
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Ashley Poston
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Far-off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!
Miranda Reads

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Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
theres nothing inherently wrong with this book, so i feel super guilty about only giving this 3 stars. but i just wasnt connecting with the story as much as i wanted to.

this has a very classic fairytale vibe. theres a little bit of magic, faraway kingdoms, spooky woods and some adventure. and i think because this story is very reminiscent of childhood tales, it felt just a wee bit too juvenile for me. again, this isnt a fault of the books, i was just in the mood for a fantasy story that is a li
Charlotte May
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would have liked more, but what I did get was lush. 💖🥰👑

“You trekked among the beasts and briars, and the deep heart led you all the way to Voryn.”

If you like your fairyales sweet and Disney-esque then Among the Beasts and Briars is for you!

Usually I’d find something like this a bit too twee but with this third lockdown I honestly needed something happy and that is what I got!

Cerys lives in the Village-in-the-valley with her father, the royal palace gardener. Her best friend is the Queen to
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
November Owlcrate! There are some awesome things and the book exclusives are beautiful. Click the goodies link under pic to see the stuff.


Damn it to hell!! It’s always the best covers! The Owlcrate edition is amazing with sprayed edges and the art under the dust jacket. I’m just going to keep it for a bit and think!!!!

I mean this may even be a 2 star, I just didn’t connect. I did love Fox and the Bear but for once it felt like this needed to
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

“You trekked among the beasts and briars, and the deep heart led you all the way to Voryn … [The deep heart is] what we call that feeling inside you, the part that leads you, draws you forward – toward some great purpose.”

If Uprooted and The Bone Houses had a love child, it would be Among the Beasts & Briars. And considering that those two books are some of my favourites OF ALL TIME, that’s high praise indeed.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
I picked up Among the Beasts & Briars because I've been having a craving for a good YA fantasy, and I haven't read one in ages. Unfortunately, this book's terrific start was slowly squandered into a meandering middle that ultimately ended up disappointing me and not satisfying any cravings whatsoever.

The first king of Aloriya long ago struck a bargain with the Lady of the Woods to wear a magical crown in exchange for his kingdom's protection against the evil lurking in the woods. Three hundred y
The cover and description for Among The Beasts & Briars are what first intrigued me and grabbed my attention. Once I noticed the author I couldn’t resist because Geekerella was a cute read. How thankful I am to have picked this up because it turned out to be a sweet and magical tale. This is most definitely a book I would’ve devoured when I was a younger reader.

The story begins in the kingdom of Aloriya, with a coronation about to take place for the new queen. An old curse that was once controll
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
"It was said that the first king of Aloriya was born with fire in his blood"

Among the Beasts and Briars feels like a soft fairytale complete with talking animals, magical forests and lost princes. I would recommend this for someone looking for a light fantasy that almost feels like a bedtime story. For more seasoned fantasy readers, or those who prefer extensive world building and magic systems- perhaps pass on this one.

I definitely had to suspend my disbelief at some times and simply let the s
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“IT IS SAID that the first king of Aloriya was born with the fire in his blood.”

5 ⭐

This is one of my favourite reads of March. This book had a fairytale setting and after reading scary and gruesome books this was nice for a change!

There are 2 cities...The magical forest city of Voryn and Aloriya. The woods are known for their horrors and monsters..
Ceryn, the daughter of the royal gardener lives in Aloriya with magical powers unknown to anyone. She has lost her mother and many other
Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars rounded up?

[ BUDDY READ with my OTP BR bestie, DARCE! ]


OKAY; WTF WAS THAT ENDING?!? HOW COULD POSTON DO THIS TO US?! PLEASE tell me we'll get MOREEEEEEEE! Literally there is SO MUCH WORLD to explore! So many characters to elaborate on! So many opportunities for stories!

Anyway, regardless of all that... I loved this lush, vivid, whimsical, yet dark, fairytale SOVERYMUCH.

My goodness... SO much here to love! I loved the slow burn romanc
Ashley Poston
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi everyone! Happy reading! I love this book so incredibly much, and I hope that you do, too. I wrote this story because I wanted to remember what it felt like to have a happily ever after--a story with danger and romance and magic spells and princes in disguise, and all the while you knew there would be a satisfying ending. I hope I managed, at least a little bit.

Into the woods you go, my friends.

Content Warnings: Frightening Situations, Secondary Character Death, Trypophobia, Bleeding/Self-Har
Buddy read with my OTP buddy reading babe, Ashley!


Ahhh this was amazing! I loved literally every aspect of this story, from the characters to the world-building to the romance. Ashley Poston’s writing was superb and I can’t wait to read more by her, if her other books are anything like this one then I’m in for a treat!

Our story begins on coronation day for the new queen of this little town. The queen – who also happens to be the best friend of the protagonist – is set to inhe
My first look at this spectacular cover:

Granted, I will pick up anything written by Ashley Poston.

This ridiculously beautiful cover is just the icing on the cake!!
♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Super happy this was the November Owlcrate book and also THE COVER IS SO PRETTY

'It is said that the first king of Aloriya was born with fire in his blood.'


Oh, what a marvelous breath of fresh, original fairy tale air! This was dazzling in a quiet, classic way. It's not for those seeking something sharp, breathless, or twisted. This is merely a fairy tale and it claims no other title. It's simple and quaint and, y'all, I think we need more books like this in the midst of our high-octane,
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
I have no idea how to rate this. I loved it, but as with every other fantasy standalone, I feel... Idk, unfulfilled? It felt like a smaller story taken from the middle of a larger one. I hope we get more from this world though!
Cait (Caitsbooks)
Thank you so much to Edelweiss and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Check out this review (and more) over on my blog!

Quick Stats:
4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Among the Beasts and Briars was exactly what I needed. Get swept away in this original fairytale full of fantastic characters and terrifying woods.

// Content Warning: Violenc
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cursed forests, rare magically-inclined heroines, male love interests in strange situations... I think I have a type.

Another fast and easy read! I sped through this because I just couldn't put it down. One of my favorite standalone reads this year!
✩ Yaz ✩
4 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"He was a fox, and I was a gardener's daughter, and there were no stories for enchantments such as us."

Once upon a time, in a Kingdom known as Aloriya, a young king braved the woods to protect his kingdom from the monsters lurking in it. He reached Voryn, a magical city deep in the woods where he met Lady of the Wilds. For his courage, The Lady gifted him a magical crown that will protect his kingdom from any dangers and ever since the Royal Family have had a gift of magic and the Ki
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arcs
In a time where it can be so hard to escape from the news, Among the Beasts & Briars swept me away to Aloriya -- where Cerys can grow plants with just a drop of her blood and a pesky fox who loves to steal scraps from the baker can be good friends with a gardener's daughter.

It's rare for me to read a book that's this immersive; every time I put it down, I felt a little bit dazed as I remembered that I had ordinary things to do like coursework and dishes. The writing was so beautiful and descrip
Among the Beasts & Briars was actually pretty interesting and entertaining. In it, you will meet Cerys who is the daughter of the royal gardener. As a kid, she and a couple of her friends would go on daring adventures throughout the wild forest.. but one day she and the Princess made it home.

After some complications, Cerys sets out on another adventure to recover the kingdom of Voyrn which is know lost within the forest. Along the way, she meets a fox and bear. Both were hilarious and had some s
Amber J
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I loved this story so very much. It starts out strong with action within the first two chapters. It's an amazing story about enchantments, curses, friendship, bravery, love, and adventure. The female main character is strong and compassionate. The male main character fights against his nature to be there for her.

I prayed I was going to love this book. When I saw this cover I fell in love. Then to find out it was written by the same author who wrote the Heart of Iron series was even better,
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-arcs
This book was pretty entertaining and I really enjoyed it even though the author scared me right at the end... I loved all the little twists in this book as they kept me engaged and interested by what happened to these characters. The fact that there was a fox and a bear as friends in this book was an added bonus. I also loved the lgbt rep here and there.

In this story, you follow Cerys the daughter of the royal gardener when after the death of the late King, his daughter and Cerys' best friend
First off, let me say that I totally judged this book by the cover and how beautiful it is and was found wanting.

If this entire story were told through the eyes of "Fox," it would probably be 4+ stars. He was the most significant narrative presence in the entire book.

Among the Beasts and Briars starts out with a REALLY young feel on the teenage end of young adult. I definitely feel like in my mid-30s that I was not the intended audience at all for the first half of the book. It was good enough
ShanShan ✨
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved everything about this book! The story was so easy to just fall into and didn’t have a gazillion characters to keep track of. It was just simple but full of magic and lovable characters such as Fox, Cerys and even Seren. Fox made me laugh through most of the book and kept me entertained. I adore this story and definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys stand alone books.
Jan 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
1/21: The reread was even better.


This made my heart so very happy. If there is a way to claim Fox, I'm doing so now.
It is said that the first king of Aloriya was born with fire in his blood.

This is one of those books where I feel guilty rating it low because I see the potential, and I see how close the author is to making her mark, but still, I can't bring myself to rate any higher because, despite the beautiful cover, the story was lacking in every aspect possible.

I felt as though I were watching Among the Beasts & Briars unfold from behind a glass wall. I could vaguely see what was happening, but it wa
Mild and easy to digest, like an unsalted saltine cracker. Maybe a good choice for a new Fantasy reader.

A little kingdom borders a cursed forest. Legend is that centuries before, the king ventured into the wood to ask the queen to stop her creatures from attacking. Shocked and saddened by this news, she gave him a magical crown in good faith, by which he would have the power to keep his people safe from hers.

The forest denizens have a completely different version of those events.

Reads like a cla
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