Natalie Jenner's Reviews > Asperfell
Natalie Jenner's review
Feb 16, 2020
ASPERFELL is a haunting and beautifully written gothic tale, which immediately captured my attention with the measured ease of its prose - an ease all the more impressive in a debut author. Thomas portrays her characters with skill and affection, and the heroine Briony is a particular delight. The slow burn of her romance with the reluctant and imprisoned prince, so doubtful at first of her unique abilities, was a genuine delight. This is a very early foray into fantasy and gothic fiction for me as a reader, but Thomas has delivered interesting characters and a propulsive narrative that would succeed in any genre. As dangerous and ominous a world as Asperfell was, I was not ready to leave it and am thrilled to learn that this book is the first part of a planned trilogy. Like Sarah Kozloff’s debut fantasy novel A QUEEN IN HIDING, ASPERFELL portrays another world in all its cinematic, medieval and bone-chilling glory, with a young female heroine whose journey to discover the full extent of her magical powers will inspire and hearten both adult and young adult readers.
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February 16, 2020 – Shelved