A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone

A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone
Series: Thornchapel #1
on March 21, 2019

When librarian Poe Markham takes the job at Thornchapel, she only wants two things: to stay away from Thornchapel’s tortured owner, Auden Guest, and to find out what happened to her mother twelve years ago. It should be easy enough—keep her head down while she works in the house’s crumbling private library and while she hunts down any information as to why this remote manor tucked into the fog-shrouded moors would be the last place her mother was seen alive. But Thornchapel has other plans for her...
As Poe begins uncovering the house’s secrets, both new and old, she’s also pulled into the seductive, elegant world of Auden and his friends—and drawn to Auden’s worst enemy, the beautiful and brooding St. Sebastian. And as Thornchapel slowly tightens its coil of truths and lies around them, Poe, Auden and St. Sebastian start unravelling into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Together, they awaken a fate that will either anoint them or leave them in ashes… *** From the author of the USA Today bestselling New Camelot series comes an original fairy tale full of ancient mysteries, lantern-lit rituals, jealousy, money, murder, sacred torment, and obsessions that last for lifetimes...
***A Lesson in Thorns is the first of four books in the Thornchapel series.***

4 Entangled Stars ⭐️ 

Six children brought together over a summer vacation in the village of Thorncombe.
A child’s whimsical wedding to two boys amidst the ruins of Thornchapel.
* Auden
* St.Sebastian
* Proserpina (Poe)

A destiny that entwines them comes to fruition 12 years later.
The unexplained disappearance of Poe’s mother 11 years prior and a mysterious letter in her mother’s handwriting gives Poe the final excuse to return to Thornchapel where she has longed to be.

A Lesson in Thorns is a poetic experience requiring time and concentration to fully appreciate the magic in these words. It reminded me of a pilot episode. It focuses heavily on all 6 children, now adults, providing us with flashes of their entangled childhood, their present lives and glimpses of the future, laying the foundation for their upcoming books.

This prelude was filled with mystery, unanswered questions, a supernatural prophecy and Sierra’s signature kink. I think the best is yet to come.