Author: Merrie Haskell
Length: 336 pages
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Content Appropriate For: Grades 5-8
Format: Digital ARC provided by Katherine Tegen Books via Edelweiss
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Three adjectives that describe this book: mysterious, imaginative, dark
There are so many different things going on in this book! It starts as a mystery - a boy trapped in a castle protected by magical thorns - then turns darker as things that were dead start to come alive, and finishes with royal politics.
I absolutely enjoyed The Castle Behind Thorns, although the heavy focus on saints and relics got to be a bit much at times. I loved the themes of forgiveness and finding your own path.