A violet stands against the briars of Burleigh House.
The vibrant color shines bravely in the wild, untamed world of untold magic.
Burleigh House enraptures and captivates just as much as it entangles you behind an ivory bush.
In those feral lands, a violet can either be nurtured by its surroundings... or silently smothered.
In A Treason of Thorns Laura Weymouth conveys a special level of world building magic where the intensity of the atmosphere behind Violet's life and relation to Burleigh House. The language of A Treason of Thorns is another element that struck a chord with me. I was absolutely enchanted by Weymouth's immersive writing that takes us directly into Vi's heart and allows us to feel the life within Burleigh House and experience the interconnection between the past and future.
Following the literary style of Charlotte Brontë, Weymouth also correlated the ancient magic of land and house. The spirit of Burleigh House, much like, Thornfield Hall takes on an impressive persona of it's own and it was truly remarkable to see how Weymouth reshaped a background element to a primary character full of memories and mystery.
"A good Caretaker puts her House before king. Before country. Before family. Before her own life, even."
"Perhaps my House is broken, but we are a matched set, split apart in the same place, and a broken girl is just the thing for a broken House."
"Power is a seductive thing, Violet."
“In the labyrinth of my own mind, I count fears instead of stars.”
A Treason of Thorns
by Laura E. Weymouth
Release Date: September 10th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.
Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding.
When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain.
Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.
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Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, an old soul of a dog, and an indeterminate number of chickens. She is represented by the inimitable Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS.
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