Audio: Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis @stephanieburgis @EmApocalyptic ‏@TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAM

Posted June 29, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 6 Comments

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Audio: Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis @stephanieburgis @EmApocalyptic ‏@TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAMThornbound by Stephanie Burgis
Narrator: Emma Newman
Series: The Harwood Spellbook #2
Published by Tantor Audio on June 25, 2019
Genres: Fantasy
Length: 6 hours, 18 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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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.

Instead 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 more in this Harwood Spellbook series.


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 accent and historical wordings which I enjoyed.  There is a bit of distinction between characters with the male voices a bit lower.  I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip: HERE


About Stephanie Burgis

I grew up in America, but now I live in Wales with my husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, our sons, “Mr Darcy” and “Mr X”, and our sweet (and extremely vocal) tabby cat, Pebbles. I write fun MG fantasy adventure novels (most recently The Raven Heir) and wildly romantic adult historical fantasy novels and novellas (most recently Scales and Sensibility).

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Posted June 29, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 6 Comments

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