Surprisingly, Thorn to me resembles Cinders by Michelle Argyle, a novella that tells what happens to Cinderella after she marries her prince charming, a beautifully written book but dismal and grim! (this is all your fault brothers Grimm).
“He drops me. I lie on the ground, watching the way the dead leaves stir in the faint breeze.”
“We both wait then, I for the memory to crawl out of the flames, and he for my voice. Or perhaps he does not, for after a time he throws another log on the fire and rises and walks away, returning much later as I lie on my side watching the coals breathe white and red. He says nothing, and I have no words for him.”
The magic is unique and different, there was this one bloodspell that Hitomi had to break, how she executes the task, how the spell finally falters is simply excellent. I also loved how a mage can feel the work of another mage, magic is something that is sensed and detected, and when someone breaks your guarding spell for instance it can wake you up jumping!
Hitomi is also a stranger in strange land, because she’s from a different race (as her name suggests -and other indications- she is Asian to us) she was easily spotted and therefore a target for bullies. That is a part I can relate to, something I appreciate about this book.
Also the language, she travels to a knew land and couldn’t understand what the people there were saying, then, suddenly everyone she meets is understandable to her, they all speak the language of Karolene, the explanation to this was unconvincing to me.
“Fool He-Man! I wouldn’t do that if I were you”