This is book number 1 in the Heart of Thorns series.
Gwyrach. Half God, Half Human, Only Female. With the simple touch of a hand they can freeze a man’s heart in his very chest or heal it from the mortal wound of a well-placed arrow. The healing part has been long forgotten though, and Mia Rose’s kingdom is ruled by fear. It is a world where women wear gloves, marry who they’re told to, and live as subservient citizens. A gilded palace or a shack is still a cage when it is a place that holds you and strips you of your power.
Learning to accept and love yourself for who you are, even if you’ve been raised to despise and fear it can be one of the hardest battles you’ll ever face. Our protagonist may have been raised to hate what she is, but if she can embrace herself and her power, then her future can be her own. Heart of Thorns is fast-paced, containing all the great elements of a good YA fantasy, while also giving readers its own beautiful mythology of witches. A truly enjoyable read that gives you danger, magic, and a world begging for just the right group of characters to shatter and rebuild it. – Constance
Inventive and heart-racing, this fierce feminist teen fantasy from debut author Bree Barton explores a dark kingdom in which only women can possess magic—and every woman is suspected of having it.
Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor won’t want to miss this gorgeously written, bold novel, the first in the Heart of Thorns trilogy.
In the ancient river kingdom, where touch is a battlefield and bodies the instruments of war, Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood. The same women who killed her mother without a single scratch.
But when Mia's father announces an alliance with the royal family, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Determined to forge her own path forward, Mia plots a daring escape, but could never predict the greatest betrayal of all: her own body. Mia possesses the very magic she has sworn to destroy.
Now, as she untangles the secrets of her past, Mia must learn to trust her heart…even if it kills her.