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Centuries and centuries ago, the Vale was split in two in a war between witches. Ever since, an evil darkness has been climbing, climbing, climbing out of the Break, infecting everything it touches. The people of the Vale fight it with discs made of lightning—and with an ancient spell. Brier Skystone is the youngest, most talented lightning harvester the Vale’s ever seen. Centuries and centuries ago, the Vale was split in two in a war between witches. Ever since, an evil darkness has been climbing, climbing, climbing out of the Break, infecting everything it touches. The people of the Vale fight it with discs made of lightning—and with an ancient spell. Brier Skystone is the youngest, most talented lightning harvester the Vale’s ever seen. Her twin sister, Thorn, is a sensitive artist who’s braver than even she knows. And young Queen Celestyna Hightower is determined to be Mender of the Break, the last of her family to bear the weight of anchoring the spell—which is really more of a curse. As the darkness keeps coming, these three girls will each undertake their own perilous journeys to try to save their home—and each quest reveals an electrifying surprise. Perhaps they’ve been fighting the wrong monster all along. Fast-paced, memorable, and surprising, Thornlight is a perfect introduction to Claire Legrand’s work and will appeal to fans of Kelly Barnhill and Jessica Townsend.


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Centuries and centuries ago, the Vale was split in two in a war between witches. Ever since, an evil darkness has been climbing, climbing, climbing out of the Break, infecting everything it touches. The people of the Vale fight it with discs made of lightning—and with an ancient spell. Brier Skystone is the youngest, most talented lightning harvester the Vale’s ever seen. Centuries and centuries ago, the Vale was split in two in a war between witches. Ever since, an evil darkness has been climbing, climbing, climbing out of the Break, infecting everything it touches. The people of the Vale fight it with discs made of lightning—and with an ancient spell. Brier Skystone is the youngest, most talented lightning harvester the Vale’s ever seen. Her twin sister, Thorn, is a sensitive artist who’s braver than even she knows. And young Queen Celestyna Hightower is determined to be Mender of the Break, the last of her family to bear the weight of anchoring the spell—which is really more of a curse. As the darkness keeps coming, these three girls will each undertake their own perilous journeys to try to save their home—and each quest reveals an electrifying surprise. Perhaps they’ve been fighting the wrong monster all along. Fast-paced, memorable, and surprising, Thornlight is a perfect introduction to Claire Legrand’s work and will appeal to fans of Kelly Barnhill and Jessica Townsend.

59 review for Thornlight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Claire Legrand just has a way with words. Whether it is something light and fluffy like Thornlight or spooky, gritty like Sawkill Girls. Thornlight is a comapanion to Foxheart and while you do not have to read Foxheart first, as with all companions, it is a good idea to do so to get some of the references and context. Otherwise Thornlight is a self contained story on it's own. I really had such a fun time with this story. It is not the greatest thing I have ever read but it was exactly what I nee Claire Legrand just has a way with words. Whether it is something light and fluffy like Thornlight or spooky, gritty like Sawkill Girls. Thornlight is a comapanion to Foxheart and while you do not have to read Foxheart first, as with all companions, it is a good idea to do so to get some of the references and context. Otherwise Thornlight is a self contained story on it's own. I really had such a fun time with this story. It is not the greatest thing I have ever read but it was exactly what I needed at the time. Lately I have been reading some meh books and books that deal with more adult topics, so it was time to take a detour. Give my brain and mind something that was not so serious. Thornlight is a story about sisterhood and facing your fears and finding the strength with yourself. It is a very self empowering story told through the perspectives of three very different ladies. We have Thorn who is a girl that is living in her sister's shadow and trying to find her own place in the world. Brier a girl who is the greatest Harvester the Vale has ever known. Last we have Celestyna, the queen of the vale who is trying not to repeat the mistakes of her predecessor's. Each lady goes on a very different journey and each has a very distinct voice. There are also some loveable side characters like Noro, Mazby, and Zaf to name a few. The world of Thornlight is not vast but it is rich with history and and you get to learn quite a bit about the Vale in Thornlight. Now, I will remain quite vague about the world, only because the plot of this story is very world driven. It is the driving force of the story from the very beginning. Once again Thornlight was just what I needed at this time and I am very thankful for such a light hearted, yet empowering female driven story. Claire Legrand deserves so much more praise and I urge you to give her books a shot. They have been some of my favorites in just the past 2 years.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Carina Olsen

    I have been waiting years for this companion novel to Foxheart. And then, suddenly, it's here. And I got a chance to read it early. I could not resist. I am so glad that I did not. Because Thornlight was every kind of perfect. I loved it beyond words. Giving it five stars, of course. This story was simply way too incredible. Sigh. As always, the writing was so perfect. I never have any trouble falling in love with Claire's writing. She's amazing and her books have all been so too. Claire also wri I have been waiting years for this companion novel to Foxheart. And then, suddenly, it's here. And I got a chance to read it early. I could not resist. I am so glad that I did not. Because Thornlight was every kind of perfect. I loved it beyond words. Giving it five stars, of course. This story was simply way too incredible. Sigh. As always, the writing was so perfect. I never have any trouble falling in love with Claire's writing. She's amazing and her books have all been so too. Claire also writes the very best characters. And stories. This book was simply way too good. And I enjoyed it very much. I wish it had been even longer; I kept wanting more. This book is told from three point of views. All amazing and all needed. I never had issues with jumping from one to the other. And I loved reading from all of them. Sigh. I shall try my best to not post spoilers about this precious book. But I will be sharing some details. All good, all awesome. This book was long and so precious and I loved every moment of it. We get to know twins Thorn and Brier. And Queen Celestyna. There is so much to love about this. Like in Foxheart, there was magic. But not in the same way. Not many people in this place had magic. The witches were gone. There was a big chasm splitting their land in two. With darkness escaping and changing the land. With a monster trying to climb out of this place to kill them all. It was so awesome. Thorn and Brier were twelve years old. And completely different. Brier was the hero of their town. Best at harvesting lightning to help them. She even has her own unicorn. He was great. Brier was amazing. And Thorn was not. She was the shadow of her sister. She swept trash from the streets. People did not notice her. She was quiet and shy and cried all the time. I loved her to pieces. And she and Brier were the best of friends. They loved each other the most. Their parents were even alive, haha. But away at the chasm. Celestyna was sixteen years old, older than the twins. And she was the queen of this place. Her parents dead. Only her younger sister with her. She would do anything to keep the monster from breaking free. She would do anything to keep them all safe. And so she does. I loved this girl. But gosh. She was fully complicated. And I loved that even more. Her story was so sad too. And I cried a few times in this book. Mostly because of scenes with Celestyna. She was just amazing. And I loved her little sister. Adorable. We get to read from all three point of views. And I loved that so very much. We also get another point of view. From Cub. And my gosh. He was amazing. I so loved his chapters. I loved getting to know him and learn about his past. There was so much to know. Sigh. I cannot fully describe this book. Just that I loved it so much. These characters went through so much. All broken at some point. All so strong and brave. I loved how they changed, got better, braver. Each had a journey to take. Reading about this was the best. There is so much going on in this book. It is full of adventures. Dangers. Monsters. Curses. Witches. All of it beyond incredible. There is some type of special lightning that Brier harvests along with others each day. They use this lightning to try to keep the monster in the chasm from escaping and killing all of them. We learn so much about all of this. So many secrets. So much pain and death. I loved all of it so much. We get to know a bunch of characters, and I couldn't help but love all of them. Ha. They were awesome. As this was a middle grade, there was no romance. But there were hints of romance to come. Between Thorn and Zaf. And it was the cutest thing. Their friendship was adorable and their almost romance was so cute. They would be perfect together. The friendships in this book were all written so well. Between the twins. Between Thorn and her cute animal Mazby. Between Brier and her unicorn Noro. Noro and Thorn too. They spent a lot of time together in this book. And it was so very awesome. I so adored this unicorn. We also see Quicksilver again. And Sly Boots. And Ari too. They are not in this book a lot, just enough. A few years older, still fully adorable. It is not fully confirmed that Quicksilver and Sly Boots were a couple, but well. The hints were huge. And I still ship them the most, haha. So a couple it is. I just loved this small glimpse into what happened after Foxheart too. Thornlight is very much a companion novel, yet set in the same world, just a few short years later. Filled with magic and adventures. They're both incredible books. Thornlight was even more perfect than I thought it would be. Completely incredible and heartbreaking. Such perfectly flawed characters. Such great friendships and relationships. Very well written magic and witches. This book had such a great plot. And I loved every moment of this book. It was simply perfection. Huge thank you to Greenwillow Books for my auto-approval on Edelweiss, so that I could read this book seven months before it comes out. I cannot wait to own all the finished copies. You must read this story. --- This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: https://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2020...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Electroclan17

    I absolutely loved reading this. I'm glad I read the first book because I understood the backstories of characters that show up in this book. I had a lot of fun reading this [especially because it's the first arc I've ever read]. I do love the first book more. I absolutely loved reading this. I'm glad I read the first book because I understood the backstories of characters that show up in this book. I had a lot of fun reading this [especially because it's the first arc I've ever read]. I do love the first book more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    “It is no small thing, to have a gentle heart." Thornlight is a heart(warm/break)ing story about magic and sisters and witches and curses and emotions and mistakes and consequences and bravery, and it was excellent. I went in knowing this book is billed as a stand-alone companion novel to Foxheart, but I was still a bit worried that I wouldn’t know what was what, but the world building and character development were both so well-done that it absolutely works on its own. Bonus excellence: * Complex “It is no small thing, to have a gentle heart." Thornlight is a heart(warm/break)ing story about magic and sisters and witches and curses and emotions and mistakes and consequences and bravery, and it was excellent. I went in knowing this book is billed as a stand-alone companion novel to Foxheart, but I was still a bit worried that I wouldn’t know what was what, but the world building and character development were both so well-done that it absolutely works on its own. Bonus excellence: * Complex girl characters: Briar + Thorn + Queen Celestyna + Zaf are all unique and multi-layered and I loved them (even when they were being terrible) * Magical creatures: Noro the snarky unicorn (he reminded me of Swift Wind from She-Ra) wa the best + Mazby the baby grifflet sounded super adorable Thornlight is the first book I’ve read by Claire Legrand and definitely won’t be the last. Highly recommended for fantasy-loving middle grade kids - perfect for 10+. ** thanks to NetGalley & HarperCollins Children’s Books / Greenwillow Books for the review ARC. Available: April 20, 2021

  6. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    Claire has beautifully expanded this world (and magic system) into something even more fantastical than I could have imagined. I adored every single one of the characters and cameos from the old - yes, Quicksilver, Sly Boots, and Ari are back! I cherished the hints at romance between Thorn and Zaf (wlw!), so completely, beautifully innocent and wondrous. But most of all, I loved the lessons in self esteem, courage, and empathy, as each fought their own unseen battles. Thornlight is a testament t Claire has beautifully expanded this world (and magic system) into something even more fantastical than I could have imagined. I adored every single one of the characters and cameos from the old - yes, Quicksilver, Sly Boots, and Ari are back! I cherished the hints at romance between Thorn and Zaf (wlw!), so completely, beautifully innocent and wondrous. But most of all, I loved the lessons in self esteem, courage, and empathy, as each fought their own unseen battles. Thornlight is a testament to the different kinds of strength we each possess, especially those that are often disregarded as weakness. This is a story that's equally heartwarming and heartbreaking (though the kind of heartbreak that pushes you to keep fighting), the sum of its parts undeniably magical. Oh, and did I mention the unicorns??? And Mazby the Grifflet? On the blog: https://bibliobrittish.wordpress.com/...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    This is another wonderful, thoughtful, deeply moving book billed for children but which should be read by all ages. Not just for the messages it contains, but also for the wonder it celebrates, the wonders of imagination, possibility, and acceptance. At the heart of this book is the damage we humans do when we single-mindedly focus on saving what is good for us, for our family, town, country, culture, and fail to see how this 'saving our own' may in fact be deeply harming another family, town, c This is another wonderful, thoughtful, deeply moving book billed for children but which should be read by all ages. Not just for the messages it contains, but also for the wonder it celebrates, the wonders of imagination, possibility, and acceptance. At the heart of this book is the damage we humans do when we single-mindedly focus on saving what is good for us, for our family, town, country, culture, and fail to see how this 'saving our own' may in fact be deeply harming another family, town, country, culture. This breeds war, drought, even extinctions, as the book so aptly shows us through the quests of sisters Thorn and Briar to save the Vale. The characters will alternately charm and infuriate, the language will beguile, the plot will wrap the reader in its fancy, all the while whispering real-life connections to the subconscious. A book not to be missed, a book for all ages to stretch the imagination and stir the conscience.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Okay. I must first be transparent. My child found the Foxheart book in my E-arc pile first. He loved it. I kept saying I was getting to it but he just went on and on about it. I broke down skipped over some books to read and I fell in love with it. When I saw Thornlight pop up, I knew I had to request it. I was not wrong. I am now a fangirl of everything Claire Legrand. If you haven't read this series you have to start now!!! Plus, read her other books, it will be well worth the time spent. Foxh Okay. I must first be transparent. My child found the Foxheart book in my E-arc pile first. He loved it. I kept saying I was getting to it but he just went on and on about it. I broke down skipped over some books to read and I fell in love with it. When I saw Thornlight pop up, I knew I had to request it. I was not wrong. I am now a fangirl of everything Claire Legrand. If you haven't read this series you have to start now!!! Plus, read her other books, it will be well worth the time spent. Foxheart and Thornlight make me feel like a child again when magic and possibilities were endless. I love the characters and the heart of the stories. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review these novels!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ana W

    This is a real treasure of a book! It is a beautifully written and engaging story. Thornlight is filled with adventure and unicorns and brave girls. However, I think it is marketed to a slightly younger audience than it should be. I began reading Thornlight to my 8 and 10 year-olds. My 10 year-old loves this fantasy adventure as much as I do, but it is too dark for my 8 year-old. I would guess that the right age range is from 10 to about 13. I teach middle school and I will be recommending this This is a real treasure of a book! It is a beautifully written and engaging story. Thornlight is filled with adventure and unicorns and brave girls. However, I think it is marketed to a slightly younger audience than it should be. I began reading Thornlight to my 8 and 10 year-olds. My 10 year-old loves this fantasy adventure as much as I do, but it is too dark for my 8 year-old. I would guess that the right age range is from 10 to about 13. I teach middle school and I will be recommending this to my students who love adventure, fantasy and strong female characters. Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy in return for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dhea Anecito

    Awesome novel. I love it. You can join in NovelStar writing contest with a theme "WEREWOLVES" Prices are amazing! https://author.starlight.ink/essay/in... (PC) http://app.novelstar.top/index/index/... or email any of the following editors; [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] app.novelstar.top Awesome novel. I love it. You can join in NovelStar writing contest with a theme "WEREWOLVES" Prices are amazing! https://author.starlight.ink/essay/in... (PC) http://app.novelstar.top/index/index/... or email any of the following editors; [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] app.novelstar.top

  11. 4 out of 5

    Riley Wang

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Julia Sanchez

    I read this novel as it was being rewritten and even then it captured my attention and didn't let go until the last page. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected] I read this novel as it was being rewritten and even then it captured my attention and didn't let go until the last page. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shara

    Awesome story you got here! I like how the plot is going. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on NovelStar, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karyn Silverman

    I maybe don't like Legrand as a writer? Like, the sentences are beautiful but I'm never happy with what they add up to. I maybe don't like Legrand as a writer? Like, the sentences are beautiful but I'm never happy with what they add up to.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    This was so lovely and warm and almost...old fashioned feeling? In a good way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danette

  17. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Watson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angelique

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Fuller

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chiara Muryawan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mynda

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker

  25. 4 out of 5

    China

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  28. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria Wang

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  31. 5 out of 5

    Krispy

  32. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  33. 5 out of 5

    Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)

  34. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Webb

  35. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  36. 4 out of 5

    Izzles25

  37. 5 out of 5

    Amber (YA Indulgences)

  38. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  39. 5 out of 5

    Libranook

  40. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

  41. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

  42. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

  43. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  44. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  45. 4 out of 5

    Nari

  46. 5 out of 5

    Cairn

  47. 5 out of 5

    Gwenne

  48. 4 out of 5

    Charissa

  49. 4 out of 5

    Heather Campbell

  50. 4 out of 5

    Atikah (Oh, Hello Books!)

  51. 5 out of 5

    Ella :)

  52. 4 out of 5

  53. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

  54. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  55. 5 out of 5

    Notlianantoy

  56. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

  57. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  58. 4 out of 5

    Violeta

  59. 5 out of 5

    April

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