Friday, 26 October 2018

Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns #1) by Bree Barton (Review)

       The Heart of Thorns is the beginning of the story of Mia, a hunter of Gwyrach, women with magical powers and the ability to stop a heart with a simple touch. They are seen as monsters. The Guild hunt them down on behalf of the King, and Mia's father is their leader. He has slaughtered countless women and girls for their Gwyrach abilities, and brought back their hands to be put in the King's Hall of Hands. Mia wants to join her father in this, but he has another idea. Mia is to marry the prince. She hates this, but as the wedding goes awry, and she is forced to re-think everything she knows and believes.
      I dislike this book. It felt like it was dragging on and on, and that it was more of a straight-man hating manifesto then an actually good fantasy novel. I couldn't help but constantly notice how the only men in this book that weren't portrayed as abusers, murders or rapists were a bi-sexual one and a gay one. Literally every other man was evil in this novel. It was so unrealistic it ripped me right out of the story. Also, things really slow down in the middle of the book. It just devolves into a rant about woman power and how oppressed women are; how that makes it okay to steal the will of men with magic, since its just revenge you see. It was gross. I felt dirty reading it. And to clarify, it shouldn't matter but for some it does, I am a woman. As a woman, I felt disgusted by how men were being villainized in this novel. It was also quite a boring read, which sucked. All in all though, the ideology in this novel is really what ruined it for me and I give it the rating of TWO AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

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