i received a copy of the path of thorns from north south publishing au in exchange for an honest review.
the path of thorns review
asher todd, our main character, is an unreliable narrator. she does some very questionable things, and you can never trust what she’s told you. i loved this style of narration as you’re constantly kept on your toes as to whether she’s telling the truth or not.
the path of thorns has a very antiquated way of narration. the language made it difficult to read at times. i ended up using my audible subscription to download the audiobook, which improved my reading experience tenfold. i personally found the first 20% to be very tedious, but it picked up afterwards and was more engaging.
the magic system and the folklore was really interesting. i love how the author weaved magic in with the gothic setting. it created a dark and twisted tale that made me wish for more.
compared to the rest of the book, i found the ending to be extremely fast paced. i enjoyed the buildup from medium to fast in the second quarter. i enjoyed how certain characters redeemed themselves in the end and the plot was neatly tied up. (no loose ends!)
if you’re into gothic fiction, this book is definitely for you! it has strong victorian vibes, along with a mysterious miss asher todd. if that isn’t enough to convince you, how about these: ghosts!!, witchcraft!, murder (lots of it). the path of thorns is a haunting tale – one i want to read all over again.