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A Treason of Thorns

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  124 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 always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.

ebook, 352 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by HarperTeen
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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...
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

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
Vicky Who Reads
Feb 04, 2019 is currently reading it
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
Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
Hannah F. Whitten
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Mackenzie Dering
The story begins with a girl who is devoted to a magical house in England. After the father was accused of treason and sentenced to house arrest, Violet was sent away. She returns years later. When she arrives, she finds the house in disrepair. After being told she's to "cure" the house in a specific timeframe, Violet realizes the depth of her devotion to the sentient building and to those she loves. Violet begins to discover that her fate is not sealed and that she can be whatever she wants to ...more
Madison Mary
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
"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 t
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Such a beautiful cover...
Celia McMahon
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss who continue to trust me with their books.

Last summer I had the chance to read THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS while on vacation in the UK. I was so enthralled by it that I rushed through touring the sights in London and Scotland just so I could go back to the Airbnb to read it. I couldn't wait to get back home to review it. After, I became a lifelong fan of Laura Weymouth. If you have a chance, add her on Twitter. She is the sweetest author I have ever had the opp
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Sentient house? Sentient house!
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't want to give away any spoilers - so this is kind of vague, but I don't think I've read such a truly original book for a long time! Set in Cornwall in an alternative past - the events that revolve around the Great Houses and the power plays are so inventive! The writing is beautiful and the pace brisk - like a YA descendant from The Secret Garden, The Great House and Tom's Midnight Garden with all The Gothic intensity entwined!

Laura Weymouth has done something remarkable, and produced a f
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written and exquisite world building this one is perfect for fans of Jane Eyre and CS Lewis and The Hazel Wood. (Also Jewish secondary characters celebrating Shabbat in England yayy!!)
London Shah
Jan 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
I cannot waitttttt. The Light Between Worlds, the author's debut, is one of my favourite fantasy reads––so utterly beautiful, moving, and skilfully done––so I'm *really* looking forward to this!!!
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Content Warnings: Animal injury (not a pet), blood, violence, repeated use of the word "s*v*ge", gorey imagery

Rep: SCs central to the MC who are Jewish & holidays that are celebrated throughout

Violet Sterling has grown up knowing she would be Caretaker of Burleigh House. When that destiny is twisted from her grasp, when the King attempts to warp her future and Burleigh itself is in danger, she must find a way to save itself and the Western Country form the magic that is overflowing and poiso
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
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I spent so many months waiting to read this book after its release was announced, and I’m so happy to say that I really enjoyed it! I think The Light Between Worlds is destined to hold a special place in my heart above almost all other books, but A Treason of Thorns is a gorgeously told atmospheric fantasy that reminded me a lot of romantic British literature like Pride & Prejudice and Wuthering Heights (which is my favorite classic, so that’s saying something)!! If you love stories about ha ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
A friend of mine had an ARC of this book and graciously sent this to me to read. I was so excited! But I noticed problems in the first chapter. I thought the magic system in this story was crazy unique - the house has all the power and its Caretaker wields a key to help hone its power responsibly. I haven't heard of a system like this before and it was really interesting to read. My problem with it though, was that I didn't get a true sense of the magic system until more than halfway through the ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an atmospheric read that I literally could not put it down the second I started reading it. And I tried, because I had things to do! But this book wanted me to know what it's story was so I sat down and I read and I read until it was done. Much like the Great House Burleigh in this story, it wanted to be known. It asks, "what are you willing to do for that which you love?" Will you give up who you are? Maybe your life? It's spooky and it's decadent and heart wrenching, everyth ...more
Bailey Clum
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The magic! Oh do I love magic! I was lucky enough to receive this arc at bookcon and I am so happy I waited in that two hour line! I loved this book! The way the magic was told and how the caretakers were put into the story made this feel so unique to me thy I had a hard time putting it down! I did however find it to be a bit repetitive at times, which got a bit boring, but the overall story made me feel so happy and excited that I quickly forgot about those small instances! This story is full o ...more
Tori Kiersten Frost
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm only a third of the way into the galley I received from the publisher and I already LOVE it! If you want something truly fresh in your fantasy novels and if you like a good historical drama, this is one for your TBR list.
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
I received this from HarperTeen through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

CW: parental abandonment, death of a parent, and general themes of violence and danger


Another impressive, lush, spooky read that's coming out this year. I can't believe how many great YA books are coming out that handle horror without overpowering the book as a whole. It's impressive and it makes me so glad that I received an early copy of this!

A Treason of Thorns takes place in an alternate English universe.
Caroline 💞🐉
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arcs, young-adult
Happy Book Birthday to this beauty!!!

This was a surprisingly good, quick read!

I received this ARC at Bookcon, and I immediately saw the cover and was absolutely in love!

This book isn’t anything wonderful, but it was still intriguing and I loved the writing style. It’s easy to follow and absorb.

Our story is about a girl (Violet) who lived in an enchanted and magical house. Literally - it reacts to things she says and when it senses danger, it will do things like make the wind pick up or other
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was lovely
Megan Houde
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Harper Teen for the advanced copy for my honest review!

Throughout the world there are houses that hold powerful magic, and in a small English town there’s such one called Burleigh House. Burleigh House is one of six Great Houses, that we’re bound together by a past royal. Violets dad is the caretaker and against the law he tries to find the deed to Burleigh to set it free, and for this he is sent to House arrest until the day he dies. And Violet is sent away to live elsewhere. You
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Having been such a big fan of The Light Between Worlds by Weymouth, I knew I had to pick up Treason of Thorns. What greeted me was a book about family, love, devotion, and magical houses. I have to confess, I am in love with the idea of magical houses, caretakers, and the bond between ourselves and the land. And if you love these ideas, then you definitely have to check out Treason of
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is really two stars for me, but bumping up to three because I really liked the idea of a sentient house.

The rest contains major spoilers.

The magic isn't really explained- how the houses got their magic to begin with, or how the caretakers can use that magic. The author has the MC say something vague, like 'no one really knows how it works or stated.' So the magic system isn't explained well. There are some further vague explanations towards the end, but not enough to form a clear picture.
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Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile 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, a spoiled cat, an old soul of a dog, and an indeterminate number of chickens. She is rep ...more