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REVIEW: Girl Serpent Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Girl, Serpent Thorn, follows the young Soraya. Soraya lives in a world that is inspired by Persian myths. To set this world up for you, the people in this world have been protected by a legendary bird called the Simorgh, but the simorgh has not been seen for centuries and is long missing from the world. Soraya is born to royalty, her twin sister is the Shah of the land and whilst in her infant hood it is discovered that Soraya has poison in her veins and now hides in the shadows so that her family would not have the burden of her curse placed upon them. One day when a parik, female demon, attacks the Shah, Soraya finds herself attracted to the mysterious man that helped her sister. When the parik reveals that she might have a way for Soraya to break her curse she enlists the help of the charming warrior but in order to break the curse, she may have to betray her family and so must consider whether breaking her curse is worth losing her family.

This tale is full of twists and turns throughout the novel that will have you glued to your seat. It’s a book where you want to finish it to see the conclusion, but don’t want it to end at the same time. I, myself, do not know much about Persian mythology but this book made me intrigued and I do definitely want to see more books inspired by them. This book carries an intricate plot and creative world building inspired by the persian myths.

3 out of 5 stars.


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