"‘The Price of Thorns’ by Tim Susman is a highly readable epic fantasy full of highs and lows and with plenty of twists to keep you trying to figure out what might happen next."
A thief looking to reclaim his reputation finds himself embroiled in a magical quest for power and revenge. Nivvy, a thief cast out of the Thieves Guild and fallen upon hard times is hired to help the mysterious and impossibly ancient Bella retrieve her crown and kingdom. However, the quest is far from smooth sailing and what Nivvy uncovers could put himself and his new friends in danger. This is an entertaining epic fantasy story following a thief looking for redemption and personal acclaim who stumbles across a larger cause worth fighting for. The world building throughout this book is really well done, each town visited along the way is unique and the history of the world is shared through stories, which I found quite clever. There is a varied cast of characters, from former queens to former humans and powerful Djinn. Nivvy’s encounters with each of these as well as the people from his past change him, each step taking him to where he needs to be at the end of the novel. There is an LGBTQIA aspect to the story and the theme of finding out who you are in terms of identity and what you stand for is a common undercurrent throughout the book. ‘The Price of Thorns’ by Tim Susman is a highly readable epic fantasy full of highs and lows and with plenty of twists to keep you trying to figure out what might happen next. I think that this book could be enjoyed by the older teen YA readers (there’s a couple of expletives used) as well as adult fantasy readers.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador