ARC Review: Queen of Bitter Thorn by Kay L. Moody

About the Book:

Title: Queen of Bitter Thorn

Author: Kay L. Moody

Series: The Fae of Bitter Thorn

Page Length: 360

Publication Date: Sept. 14, 2021

Publisher: Marten Press

Synopsis: Faerie itself is on the brink of destruction.

Alone and frightened, Elora must return to Bitter Thorn to share news of Queen Alessandra’s most recent victory. But the realm is crumbling before her eyes. Frost covers surfaces it should not. Defensive enchantments are not as strong as they should be.

Everyone in Faerie is falling prey to the Fairfrost queen’s manipulation.

Though Elora’s magic sometimes works, she still has no idea how or why. At every turn, Ansel impedes their progress and feeds the fear they can’t escape. Fairfrost Palace is now heavily guarded, which makes it nearly impossible for them to face Queen Alessandra.

To restore Prince Brannick to his rightful place as High King, Elora must learn to trust herself.

It might be easier if her victories would last. It might be easier if she lived.

Queen of Bitter Thorn is the 4th and final book in The Fae of Bitter Thorn series.

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My Review:

Queen of Bitter Thorn is the fourth and final book in The Fae of Bitter Thorn series, and it is an action-packed, fantastical adventure. The world-building is amazing and immersive, and I love how vividly described everything is. The characters are also well-developed, especially Elora. She has come so far from the start of the series, and she learns so much about herself and her powers. She is more self-assured, and she proves intelligent, strong, and fierce throughout the book. I like how she slowly becomes a leader and relentlessly fights for the people and places she loves.

The romance is fantastic! I love how far Elora and Brannick have come, both as individuals and as a couple. There is nothing that this pair wouldn’t do for each other, and they prove it over and over again throughout the story. They both also have a deep love of Faerie, and they are as relentless to protect it as Alessandra and the other antagonists are to control it.

There’s so much action in the book! It is the ultimate battle of good vs. evil, and the nail-biting fight scenes are fantastic. There is never a dull moment in the story, from Brannick’s capture and Elora’s desperate struggle to rescue him to Elora and Brannick’s fight to save the kingdom from ruthless villains. Every moment is filled with tension and leads to an epic climax.

Overall, this is a great end to The Fae of Bitter Thorn series! It’s exciting and gripping, and I love the characters, the plot, and the setting. The world is so unique and immersive, and I was thrilled to learn this week that Moody has a spin-off series coming that takes place in the same world as this one. There are so many interesting characters, places, and situations that I’d love to learn more about, and I’m eager to see where the author takes us next! I’m so thankful to Kay L. Moody for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Favorite Parts:

  • The romance!
  • The fantasy elements.

Favorite Lines:

She had succumbed – she still succumbed – to the fear. But she would not let it control her.

When magic calls, you must answer.

So you were not born for greatness. Who cares? Be great anyway.


Want to learn more about the series? Check out my reviews of the first three books!

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