The Path of Thorns by AG Slatter

My Five Word TL:DR Review : I couldn’t love it more


Wow, this book.  I just loved it.  I really enjoyed All The Murmuring Bones by this author and was super excited for The Path of Thorns which is set in the same universe.  This is the gothic, dark, fairytale that I’ve been waiting for and I loved it without a single reservation.  Think Jane Eyre but with less a focus on the two central characters and the love they develop and more a tale of revenge, difficult promises to keep, witchcraft and much more.  Here are dark woods where creatures stalk at night, dark attics where all sorts of wrongs are committed and even a disused surgery just waiting to be revived.

As the story starts we meet Asher Todd as she arrives at the Morwood Family Estate to take up the position of governess.  Asher is a strong and capable character, determined not to be afraid of whatever seems to be stalking her through the woods upon her arrival.  She carries a carpetbag, many secrets, a few essential bits and bobs and more than one task to be completed.

I’m not going to delve into the plot here as the author plays her cards quite close to her chest and I will do likewise with this review.

The writing is excellent.  Slatter manages to create a wonderfully foreboding atmosphere packed with tension and suspense.  She keeps the twists coming as Asher slowly inveigles herself into the family life and becomes indispensable not only to the family matriarch but also as a protector of the children and their mother.

On top of all the deliciously dark secrets held within the walls of the house Slatter continues to create a fairy tale world where werewolves roam, ghosts rage and witches keep tight lipped about their abilities and she weaves into the tale themes of domestic abuse and sexual inequality.  In fact it’s amazing how much Asher is able to get away with simply because people often underestimate her.

So, I don’t have any criticisms for this story but I would mention that it is dark, and I don’t say that lightly.  There may be a strong fairytale vibe but don’t let that lull you into thinking this is akin to a Disney retelling because nothing could be further from the truth so be warned.  Dark content.

All that being said I couldn’t have loved this book more.  It’s absolutely my catnip.  I loved the strong gothic feel, the setting was perfection, the story compelling and to be blunt, I cannot wait to see what this author does next.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

My rating 5 of 5 stars

6 Responses to “The Path of Thorns by AG Slatter”

  1. Tammy

    I want to read this but my schedule just won’t allow it right now. But your review is making me reconsider my choices, lol. I loved All the Murmuring Bones as well😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved this one so much, it gave me that lovely warm glow reading it.
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The image of the werewolf on the cover captured my attention (I do love my critters…), but your mention of “dark secrets” and revenge made this book a ‘must’ for my TBR 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I thought it was so good. One of my favourite reads this year.
      LYnn 😀

  3. pagesandtea

    Jane Eyre + revenge + witchcraft you say? Sounds like a great combination to me 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I think this is one that I can heartily recommend for you – I think you’d love it’s gothicy goodness.
      Lynn 😀

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s