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Door of Bruises

(Thornchapel #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,606 ratings  ·  331 reviews
𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐠𝐨, 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐤𝐢𝐬𝐬.
We are all, for better or worse, doomed to love each other until death do us part. My heart belongs to Proserpina and St. Sebastian—even if he no longer wants it. Even if she has left it behind to follow him.
Delphine’s fled back home, and Becket’s holy calling is in peril.
And now only Rebecca and I remain at Thornchapel t
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published November 30th 2020
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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

↑ These are the six young people this series is about. ↑

They've known each other since that summer they spent together as kids at Auden's family's estate in England - their parents were friends ... or something.☺
Now, twelve years later we're back at that house.

And that's all I'm going to tell you about this final book - well that's not even about this book! That was part of my review from book #1. But I just can't tell you much more about this!

Well maybe a tiny bit. We all remember how the last
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An abundance of riches in literary treasure, one that I didn't want to come to an end. Most writers stories are immediately and speedily devoured cause they're highly sought after.
Sierra stories are meant to be savoured, read slowly, because the journey is part of the prize. Sometimes I forgot what chapter was on, the words glittered like jewels and bedazzled me.
I learnt of many ancient rituals, was enriched in history and religion. Even though this expansive story is coming to an end, the chara
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-best-reads
“Sometimes even kings need to kneel.”

Should you write a book review when you are still high on the book?

I think probably not, but some of my favourite past reviews are the ones done when I’m in the moment. And right now, I am in that moment.

Reading, for me, is about the imprint a book leaves on your heart and your soul. You can read lots of books that come and go. They are fleeting; enjoyable in the now. Then there are the books you know will stay with you. Like this one.

Every antler horn will
PP's Bookshelf
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes in my reader life, I come across stories those make me feel I am unworthy of such genius. So much is the depth and diversity and impact of the story. Thornchapel series and its magnanimous ending, Door of Bruises is such a creation by Sierra Simone. An intricate, surreal and otherworldly tale woven into my very heart, soul and body. The rich texture of ancient religion, myths and rituals got enhanced by the all consuming, soul shattering and lustful love stories. Sierra Simone's best w ...more
Amour.Rebelle92 (Bran.d)
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘We are all of us bound together by thorns. We are all of us a family like the world has never seen.’<
‘What unites the two halves of me? What joins the teeth in the night to the tenderness, the love, the sacrifice? It can only be a humble heart.’<
Door of Bruises brings us on quite a journey of self discovery. Auden, Poe & Becket all truly will go to any length to save their friends and feel it is their own burden to do so. Rebecca has to decide if she wants to live her life alone or if she can f
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sierra Simone is a cruel mistress and I am completely, utterly ensorcelled and devastated. To worship at the altar of her words is to know the hurt that heals, the heart that yearns, the soul that seethes with forbidden appetites. Thornchapel is a cathedral to all that is Sierra Simone. She is a sorceress, pushing the boundaries of what is taboo and transforming them. The pagan and profane become an ecstatic form of erotic worship. The pain a balm for the battered heart.

Door of Bruises is the gr

Why did it have to end…
…like that???

Obviously spoilers ahead, so tread carefully!

I have been saving Door of Bruises for so long after its release last November, but I could only make it 3 months before diving in.

I want to preface this by saying that the only thing I wanted from this book and the end of the series was for Auden and Saint to end up together (no Poe) and even though it might seem I got what I wanted, I didn’t particularly enjoy how I got there.

When the inc
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
I am wrecked, but also completely sated. We shall call this the Auden Guest Treatment, folks.

This story is wild and magical and atmospheric and at times so desperately longing to break free from the pages that contain it, it’s impossible to truly encapsulate everything I feel after finishing it. But I am overwhelmed, not just because of how touchingly perfect the ending is, but also because this is my goodbye to Thornchapel, after being with this series from the very beginning.

It feels like a
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Hold The Door
*arc generously provided by the promo team in exchange for an honest review*

This series ends with an incredible installment. Everything I wanted, I received. I was entertained, scared and so invested in this freaking ending! What did you do to me, Sierra Simone?!?!!?? I can't say anything else other than if you loved the previous books, you'll love this, too. One last hurray for one of my favorite line-ups of characters of 2020! Don't let anybody spoil it for you. Go in blind an
ash |
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-22
A Lesson in Thorns 5/5 ★
Feast of Sparks 4/5 ★
Harvest of Sighs 2/5 ★

The way this cover just snapped!
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an ending!! I had a feeling that this story would be epic, I mean the series was so decadent and beautifully erotic how could it not be?

But this book, the way she wraps up the complicated tale of these characters. I was blown away. I literally couldn’t put it down. I binged it hard. Ignoring my family and real world obligations to lose myself with these characters.

I‘m not saying any more. Buy the series. Read the series. Then message me so we can gush about its awesomeness together!!

I re
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books



I still remember how much I loved the first book of this series and how crazy I went to want to see how this amazing storyline unfolded!! All the characters are perfect and what I can say confidently is that this series ended even more beautifully than it started!! The ending was perfect and it was everything I hoped it would be!

After that ending of the third book , I got the hint that this ending would not be perfect for all our dear chara
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not prepared for Door of Bruises. This book was so much more than I expected and from the moment I started I was completely sucked back into Thornchapel and all its mysteries.

Door of Bruises took me on an emotional journey. It backs up where things have left in Harvest of Sighs and the group is broken up. It is hard to review this book without giving away so many details. If you haven’t read any of the series I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading it and if you have read it then this book will slowly

“But I do know this: all of Thornchapel is a threshold of sorts, and when you are there, you are one too. I became a gate, a tabernacle, and an altar. A holiness of lanky limbs and angry lust, and a hallow of ink-stained fingers and unmet needs.”

I suppose, if I really wanted to do it, I could do the traditional reviewer thing and give you an overview of what you might expect concerning plot, character development etc… I also may be somewhat trite in my expressing that this story deserves mor
Mar 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Well, I need the signed series already!
Sue Ouellet-Cofsky
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sierra Simone's words, her prose, her poetry are capable of drawing you into a world that she has built. It is vivid imagery and felt emotions unlike almost anything you've read. In an email months ago, she mentioned that she wasn't sure how many of her readers would hate her when reading this story. I can see how she would fear that. It is an emotionally draining story, a sit in the edge of your seat, biting your nails story. A yell at the Kindle NOOOO story. But at the end of it, the story of ...more
Radd Reader
4.5 stars.
The final installment in the Thornchapel series.

The following are my thoughts:

- This book had much more Thornchapel intrigue, which I really enjoyed.

- As in keeping with other books, there is definitely some taboo and wowza......some pretty scorching scenes 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

- Did I get all the answers I

- Did that bother me.......not much. And honestly, I was sure I wouldn't be able to like this story without the Auden / Saint question answered (and in the way I wanted it to be
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable
Woah.. This was quite the conclusion to a very captivating series.

Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The beautiful, mysterious, ominous, erotic story comes to an end and oh what a glorious ending it was. You can not read this story without the prior 3 books. It is a magnificent journey of love and sacrifice intertwined with kink, friendship, and Convivificat. The Fab 6.... Auden, Proserpina, Saint Sebastian, Rebecca, Becket, and Delphine will embed themselves in your heart as you travel their austerious journey in Thornchapel.

The writing of Sierra Simone is simply magical and breathtaking. She
giulia ♡❁ུ۪
poe, saint and auden! that’s it, that’s the review
Claudie ☾
4.5 stars

This final volume was fantastic. It was everything I hoped for and more. I’m not sure what my friend Jan will have to say about some of the plot twists (can’t wait to read her thoughts, though!), but personally, I loved the supernatural turn this series took in book 3 (and in book 2, if you looked closely enough 😉), which was wonderfully expanded here. It was an unexpected treat for me, because I’m crazy about all things fantasy. It makes everything better, and this story was no excepti
AJ's book-reMarks
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Door of Bruises is the amazing conclusion of the Thornchapel Series. Sierra Simone takes her readers through some old pagan/druid rituals that evolve over centuries. The story picks up after everyone left Thornchapel, but they seem to be returning on their own. The odd color roses so dark red their almost black in color and are growing all over Thornchapel, taking over everything and now encroaching through the village. The elusive door to the chapel opens, and they are all trying to close t ...more
Cee Cee Houston
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Six people, six loves. One ending!!

I remember thinking, in the early spring of last year (March 2019) that a story revolving around six people was either going to be terrible or amazing. I needn't have feared. It was more than amazing. It was a superbly written, mind-blowningly starburst of wonderment and decadence. Reveraence and seduction. Lust and love.
Multiple narrators and storylines are, after all, Sierra Simone’s forte, and she stepped up to the plate when she wrote this 4 part series, wh
FS Meurinne
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, reviews
This finale torn me apart, the whole series is a masterpiece, you mind will be blown, so many questions and yet not enough, Going into the series I knew it was going to be a ride of a lifetime, every book I have read so far by Sierra Simone has, they are in their own category. The story will intertwine in your mind, will have you feeling like you are in the middle of the ocean with waves crashing over you from all sides, yet you keep reading. I can't really say more about this book as I don't wa ...more
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: menage
As always.. I am sad, happy, crying, horny, in pain and I feel very confused..

But this was a really beautiful story. I just.. I don't get it maybe?

But feelings...

And... yeah.. I'm still crying
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

We are all, for better or worse, doomed to love each other until death do us part. My heart belongs to Proserpina and St. Sebastian-even if he no longer wants it. Even is she has left it behind to follow him. Delphine's fled home, and Becket's holy calling is in peril. And now only Rebecca and I remain at Thornchapel to face the unknown. The door is open. The door that shouldn't exist; the door that p
Dec 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: the-worst, indies
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Brigid Brown
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I. Have. No. Words. Like how can I possibly do this MASTERPIECE justice??? Sierra Simone is an absolute Queen of the written word!!

Door of Bruises, like the previous three books, grabbed me from page one. But I read it slowly because I wanted to understand every single thing that was going on in the lives of the Thornchapel Six. There is a lot!! There is a mystical and spiritual happenings, there is love and forgiveness, and there are some seriously HOT AF sex scenes *fans self*. There was
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Door of Bruises is book 4, in the Thornchapel series, and must be read in order.

Sexually charged, emotionally and mentally debilitating, yet heat racing and scandalous.

I am astounded and in awe of this series. It’s everything I needed, without ever knowing it was exactly what I needed! Thank you mystical forces of the old ways!

Door of Bruises picks up where Harvest of Sighs (book 3) left off. At the mansion with one sad and heart broken Rebecca, and one utterly crushed Auden. Though the call o
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books, 2020
3 out of 5

This series is very unique, which is what I love about it. It’s dark academia mixed with romance/erotica and some fantastical elements. It definitely isn’t for everyone since it’s quite graphic and also deals with some very taboo topics. But what is great about it is that regardless of what I just mentioned, the plot was genuinely so captivating. Sierra Simone truly knows how build a plot that doesn’t let you put the book down.

With Door of Bruises, I was expecting it to explore more of
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