Thorn by Intisar Khanani | Cover Reveal + Giveaway

A Fantastic Goose Girl Re-Telling!

POSTED ON July 8, 2019 BY Austine IN Giveaway, Promo

Nothing like starting out the week with a COVER REVEAL for Intisar Khanani’s Thorn!

A little background on today’s post:

When I was in my second year of book blogging (so we’re talking like 7 years ago now), I started working with indie and self-published authors and the books they wrote became my main source of content here on the blog. I found some amazing reads during that time and Thornwhich was originally self-published, happened to be one of those books!

I absolutely adored this Goose Girl re-telling and when I heard that HarperTeen would be re-publishing it, I nearly lost it, I was so excited! And now here we are and I get to help reveal the cover for the re-release!

Oh, and there might just be a giveaway too 😉


Are you ready?



Because it’s BEAUTIFUL!



Allow me to introduce you to Thorn!


About the Book

I’m sure there have been at least some changes since I read this book but I have no doubt that it’s just as good as the original and I can’t recommend it enough!!

Thorn by Intisar Khanani | Cover Reveal + Giveaway
by Intisar Khanani
Series: Dauntless Path #1
Published on March 24, 2020 by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

A princes with two futures. A destiny all her own.

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

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About Intisar Khanani

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. She is the author of The Sunbolt Chronicles and Thorn (HarperTeen 2020).

Do I have your attention yet?

If not, make sure to check out the excerpt from Thorn below!


I lead the king down to the back entrance to the gardens, and we walk along between plots of dill, thyme, and chives. I wait, knowing he will speak when he is ready.

“How much does your mother confide in you?” he asks as we near the middle of the gardens.

I slide a look at him from the corner of my eye. “Enough. My lord.”

His lips quirk, the first true smile I have seen from him. “Is that honest?”

I pause beside a bed of borage. “How much do I need to know, my lord? You are here seeking a wife for your son.”

“I am,” he agrees. “How often do you participate in the discussions between your mother and the council?”

“I don’t, my lord. You should know I am not . . .” I hesitate, aware that I have no place telling this king what he should or should not know. Or jeopardizing such an alliance for my land.

“Not what?”

I struggle to find an appropriate way to finish. “Not—it is not thought my place to attend such meetings.”

“You would never inherit the throne?”

I could inherit, it is true, but I doubt the council would allow it given my history—and certainly not now that I might marry into another royal family, one that would be happy to add our lands to their own. Either way, should my brother die, the council would certainly pass over me in favor of our nearest cousin. “It is unlikely,” I say finally.

“I doubt that,” the king says. “It has been my experience that even young men die. What you mean to say is your council would not accept you should your brother die without issue and you were yet unwed. Why?”

If he knows all the answers, why is he asking? I look him in the eye and quip, “Perhaps I am too honest, my lord.”

He laughs. “And too straightforward. You will have to learn to play with your words more.” He reaches out, his fingertips brushing my arm where my brother held me. I flinch back reflexively, as if the bruises have already darkened—as if he could see them through my sleeve. He watches me, his eyes glinting in the sunlight. “Once you are Menaiya’s,” he says, “your brother will never hurt you again.”



To celebrate the cover reveal, Intisar Khanani is offering a Thorn-inspired prize pack! Included:

  • great snowy owl enamel pin
  • “quill” style calligraphy pen set
  • hand-painted watercolor feather on a page of Thorn
  • “fairy dust” candle

The prize pack + $25 gift card will be awarded to 1 US winner. A $25 gift card will be offered to 1 INTL (non-US) winner as well).

The giveaway is open internationally and ends July 18, 2019

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5 responses to “Thorn by Intisar Khanani | Cover Reveal + Giveaway

  1. Risah Salazar

    This sounds like a good retelling of the Goose Girl 😊 Can’t wait to read it! I’m loving the cover also ❤

  2. I just wanted to say thank you for all your support over the years–and for celebrating THORN’s cover reveal with me! 💕I can’t believe it’s been 7 years already!