The Path of Thorns by A.G Slatter review

The Path of Thorns was a first time read for me, from author A.G Slatter, who revels in gothic fantasy tales.

While admittedly I did struggle with the language initially, this quickly became an intriguing read with multiple threads to go at.

On the surface you will feel early on that you’ve got the story of this book sussed but Slatter is full of surprises, which will keep readers guessing.

Asher Todd comes to live with the mysterious Morwood family as a governess to their children. Asher knows little about being a governess but she is skilled in botany and herbcraft, and perhaps more than that. And she has secrets of her own, dark and terrible – and Morwood is a house that eats secrets. With a monstrous revenge in mind, Asher plans to make it choke.

However, she becomes fond of her charges, of the people of the Tarn, and she begins to wonder if she will be able to execute her plan – and who will suffer most if she does. But as the ghosts of her past become harder to control, Asher realises she has no choice.

Slatter packs chapters with heaps of gothic dread but also there is a tinge of romance which plays more subtly as the story develops.

Not my usual cup of tea, but I cannot deny it was an enjoyable read.

The Path of Thorns by A.G Slatter is available from 14 June 2022 from Titan Books.

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