Rating: 4 / 5
I received this gorgeous copy of GIRL, SERPENT, THORN by Melissa Bashardoust in my June Fairy Loot box. I was also thrilled to get a complementary audiobook copy from Macmillan Audio through Netgalley. I wound up listening along with the print book in hand which made for a great reading experience!
GIRL, SERPENT, THORN begins with a curse. Born into the royal family, Soraya is cursed as a baby to be poisonous to the touch. She is kept hidden away, separate from her family and from anyone else for their safety and supposedly her own. Her twin brother is the Shah, ready to rule their people and about to get married to the girl Soraya once had feelings for.
As Soraya begins to contemplate stepping out of the shadows for the first time, she meets a man who seems to care for her just as she is, poison and all. Soraya makes decisions about her future which create devastating consequences for those around her and suddenly everything is turned upside down. Soraya seemed to be written in as the villain of her own story, but she must find her way to become the hero.
I really enjoyed this one! This book brings a lot fantastic elements to the table with family drama and political intrigue, flawed and multi-layered characters, romance and magic! I finished this book in less than a day because I was hooked on the story and the world that was being created. Some of the twists were ones that I could certainly see coming, but I didn’t find that detracted from my enjoyment at all.
I think this was a fantastic read on audio. The author pulled from Persian mythology and includes some great notes about the myths and characters at the end of the book. With some names and creatures being ones with which I am not familiar, having the audiobook narrator helped a lot! I thought the narrator did a great job of bringing the characters and story to life.
I would recommend this one for someone who is looking for a good standalone, well written fantasy read!