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Thornbound Cassandra Harwood Scandalized Her Nation When She Became The First Woman Magician In Angland Now, She S Ready To Teach A Whole New Generation Of Bright Young Women At Her Radical New School, The Thornfell College Of Magic Until A Sinister Fey Altar Is Discovered In The School Library, The Ruling Boudiccate Sends A Delegation To Shut Down Thornfell, And Cassandra S Own Husband Is Torn Away From Her As Malevolent Vines Slither In From The Forest And Ruthless Politicians Scheme Against Her, Cassandra Must Fight The Greatest Battle Of Her Life To Save Her Love, Her School, And The Future Of The Young Women Of Angland Stephanie Burgis Is A Fresh New Voice And I Can T Wait To See What She Does Next Ilona Andrews


10 thoughts on “Thornbound

  1. says:

    Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature For over seventeen hundred and fifty years, ever since the great Boudicca herself had sent the Romans fleeing Angland with the help of her second husband s magery, a clearly defined line had been drawn in the public arena, never to be broken The hard headed ladies of Angland saw to the practicalities of rule whilst the mystical and emotional gentlemen dealt with magic. In this magical, alternative history version of England, called Angland, traditional roles are genderbent the women handle politics and rule the country, while men are the magicians For many years Cassandra Harwood was the only female magician in Angland, a single exception to a fixed tradition that many in power regret having allowed Cassandra is still kicking against the rules of society, even though she can no longer exercise her magical powers due to a deeply regretted choice in her past But Cassandra recovered from her disappointment at her loss of magic and, following the maxim that those who cannot do, teach, she is now scandalizing society in a brand new way by setting up a College of Magic for young women at her ancestral home, Thorn...


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    Hooray Thornbound is out now You can find it at , Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and iBooks.Here s a snippet from the end of Chapter One, just for fun At the other end of the house, the great bell sounded, vibratin...


  3. says:

    Another wonderful installment by Burgis It s opening day at Cassandra Harwood s new school for female magicians, and Murphy s Law is hard at play The Boudiccate is looking for every excuse to shut down the new school, the Great Library has taken a staunch position against the school, and as Cassandra quickly learns, all her supporters are paying a steep price for her vision Now, with an old nemesis come as the Boudiccat...


  4. says:

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.THORNBOUND starts abruptly on the night before students are set to arrive at Cassandra s brand new school of magic As you can imagine, chaos can t help but ensue Set in an alternative historical England, Angland, where women rule politics, and men are considered too emotional to do anything but magic, THORNBOUND is a wonderful addition to The Harwood Spellbook series I ve currently been going through a bit of a reading slump, and THORNBOUND was just what I needed to get me out of it My memory of SNOWSPELLED was of an excellent read, but I didn t remember the details As I started THORNBOUND, I was a bit worried that I was going to be confused, but Burgis has a way of writing that throws you immediately into the action, and revealing facts in a way that you feel as if you already knew them, and just needed a bit of help to remember I also felt like Burgis expanded on the world just enough, giving details as to political dramas and the various nations surrounding Angland.Cassandra spends a bit too much time arguing with those around her about the greater good and what is worth giving up and what isn t But ...


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    I think if you loved Snowspelled, you re really in for a treat with Thornbound And if you haven t read Snowspelled yet, you should consider picking it up Some time has passed since the ending of the last book and Cassandra is a busy bee getting ready for the grand opening of her new school She s taken on a huge responsibility putting all of this together and has worked herself near to the point of exhaustion when she gets some terrible news the school might not be allowed to stay open She ll have to endure a selected group sent by the Boudiccate to observe the school in action and make a final recommendation so her fate, and those of all her students, lies in their hands And, unfortunately for Cassandra, one of them is an old tormentor of hers.I really loved the pace of this book Right away we re thrown into a flurry of activity as Cassandra is finishing up last minute preparations From there it s one crises after another, Cassandra trying to handle everything herself, juggling all of these balls up in the air And despite being surrounded by friends and family, it feels like she s all alone, especially as Wrexham has been away for work since they married.At first I was a little upset that Wrexham was out of the picture for so much of the book because, well, he s kind of awesome I had to laugh though because he totally reminded me of Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon all you can do it and then is away for most of the b...


  6. says:

    I think a lot of my reaction to this book this series is that it wasn t what I expected it to be re gender reversal of power There s still a lot of battling against society s expectations and that makes me feel just sad and anxious It just maybe I would feel differently if I wasn t a...


  7. says:

    Good story line with family working together I enjoyed the twist at the end


  8. says:

    Review forthcoming.


  9. says:

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review 4.5 heartsInstead of being a new couple, Thornbound continues with the same couple and family from Snowspelled and follows it by a few months in timeframe Cassandra and her husband are trying to make their lives and dreams come true Of course, they don t know each other completely or what the other wants yet They are still learning about each other.This was just fun, a well told story There s plenty of young adults making their way in life They have different needs, and goals Some of them care about others and some don t The passion and energy of the young flow through their actions With the social aspects, some of the strategy is political There is quite a male vs female stereotype going.Some people just don t want things to change they are afraid of other changes There are blackmailers and angry fey who join the party Nothing can just be simple when you are trying to change the world I hope there will be in this Harwood Spellbook series Narration I still am enjoying Emma Newman s performance as the primary character is the same as the previous book The female character is the main point of view and she felt right for their thoughts telling the story There was a bit of an ac...


  10. says:

    This novella continues where Snowspelled left off Cassandra Harwood is intent upon starting a school of magic for girls, but her path will not be an easy one She expects pushback from the government, but opposition will come from unexpected sources, as well and at times, that opposition may be dangerous.I loved these novellas, and would recommend reading them back to back in order to get the full experience at once Burgis has other stories set in the same world, and I m sure I ...