Violet Made of Thorns

The darkly enchanting New York Times bestselling fantasy debut

Gina Chen author


Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton

Published:25th Jul '23


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There's always a price for defying destiny.



Violet is a seer and a liar, influencing the court with her cleverly phrased - and not always true - divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not-charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to banish her once he's crowned.

But when the king orders her to predict Cyrus's love story for an upcoming ball, Violet accidentally awakens a dreaded curse that could ruin them all. Her wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can't change her fate - nor the doomed attraction growing between her and the prince . . .

The first in a darkly enchanting fantasy duology about a morally grey witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies.


'Entrancing' Joan He

'Violet made of thorns is thrilling, tense and highly addictive. A great read' Netgalley review - 5 stars

'Unforgettable' Hannah Whitten

'I would definitely recommend this book to the people that like books with an enemy to lovers trope, Beauty and the Beast vibes and romance' Netgalley review - 5 stars

Beautifully vicious. Filled with court machinations and cunning characters, Violet Made of Thorns is a fantasy you won't soon forget. Perfect for the fairytale reader who has always wanted the heroine to grow sharp teeth and bite Prince Charming * Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights *
An enchanting dark fantasy that turns tropes upside down while making us fall in love with the titular Violet, whose droll opinions and cunning self-protectiveness offer us a beautifully layered and endlessly fascinating narrator * Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ember in the Ashes series *
Fantasy fans-rejoice! Violet Made of Thorns introduces us to a lush land where dark curses and magic reign. Chen's prose is a delight * Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows *
The first thing I wanted to do when I finished Violet Made of Thorns was read it again. The second thing I wanted to do was write down all the moments that made me laugh, shiver, cry, fling the book across the room only to retrieve it five seconds later and apologize because I just can't put it down. Violet has everything: court intrigue, cruel witches, aloof but hot princes, ambitious girls who will do anything to win. If Gina Chen doesn't write five more of these I will riot * Victoria Lee, author of A Lesson in Vengeance and The Fever King *
Violet Made of Thorns is a sharp, witty story told in an unforgettable voice, taking classic fantasy tropes and changing them into something totally new, original, and remarkable * Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf *
Entrancing from start to finish. Violet is a one-of-a-kind protagonist, and Gina Chen has spun a consummate fairytale that will have readers gasping and squealing in turn * Joan He, New York Times bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find *
Chen weaves a delightful, sparkling tale of a sharp-tongued antiheroine who will have readers rooting for her from page one * June CL Tan, author of Jade Fire Gold *
Everything you want from an enemies-to-lovers fantasy starring morally grey characters * BuzzFeed *
I was hooked to every page. Gina Chen weaves magic into each sentence * Reach Plc (My LDN) *
If you're looking for your next addictive enemies-to-lovers YA fantasy story, look no further than Gina Chen's darkly magical debut . . . Full of court intrigue, witchy machinations and characters whose motives are as untrustworthy as their morals, it's a tale of fate-twisted destinies and the price that must be paid for defying prophecies * Culturefly *
It has everything I look for in a young adult fantasy * My London *
Full of court intrigue, witchy machinations and characters whose motives are as untrustworthy as their morals, it's a sizzling enemies-to-lovers tale of fate-twisted destinies and the price that must be paid for defying prophecies. Enchanting and utterly addictive * Culturefly *
A good few recent novels explore the relationships between current fantasy literature and the traditional tales among the foundations of the genre. This is one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking that I have come across. Quite apart from that, it's a skilfully written and entertaining second world fantasy novel in its own right. Highly recommended, and I look forward to reading whatever Gina Chen writes next * ParSec *

ISBN: 9781399707152

Dimensions: 196mm x 128mm x 28mm

Weight: 260g

368 pages