Friday, 9 August 2019

Audio: Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis

The Harwood Spellbook, Volume 2
By: Stephanie Burgis
Narrated by: Emma Newman
Series: Harwood Spellbook Series, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
Release date: 06-25-19 Tantor Audio
Historical fantasy

I do like these because they are short, and short can be so good at times. They also work while being short.

This is a historical fantasy where there is magic, fae and elves. Angland is ruled by women, and they marry mages, and it is the men who has to care for their reputations. It is an intriguing world, I do want to learn more about elves and fae.

Cassandra has magic and was allowed to study, and I can't believe it but I kind of agree with the women politicians. If she is allowed, and more is allowed, then men can become politicians too, and then men can rule Angland, just as they do the rest of the world. I do see their point in not wanting more women to study. But at the same time women have the right to be mages too, and the same goes for men who do not want to be mages.

So in this one she is trying to start her school for female mages. But the politicians are not happy, the mages are not happy, Cassandra has no magic anymore, her husband is away all the time, and it is bluebell season...that is not good.

It is an amusing book set in an interesting world.

I liked her voice, it felt so very English and the time. She had nice young and old voices.

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.


  1. This one sounds good especially with the world building, and pretty cover too.

    1. It would make such a fun show when I think of it

  2. So I gather this is a series that you have to read in order?

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. Hmm, well I mean you could not, but they are under 200 pages both so it is easier to do in order

  3. Oh my goodness these are in audio!? Okay, I must hit up

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  4. I'm not fond of fae for the most part but this sounds interesting.

    1. There are not really there, just heard about so you can take it

  5. Sounds fun. Cute cover too!

  6. Politicians are never happy lol

  7. I just downloaded this one to listen to, so I'm skipping your review - except the last line! Woo! (I do like this world a lot!)



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