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Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel
     

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel

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by Katherine Harbour
 

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Combining the sorcery of The Night Circus with the malefic suspense of A Secret History, Thorn Jack is a spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad, Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth that echoes the imaginative artistry of the works of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Melissa Marr.

In the wake of her

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Combining the sorcery of The Night Circus with the malefic suspense of A Secret History, Thorn Jack is a spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad, Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth that echoes the imaginative artistry of the works of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Melissa Marr.

In the wake of her older sister’s suicide, Finn Sullivan and her father move to a quaint town in upstate New York. Populated with socialites, hippies, and dramatic artists, every corner of this new place holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the devastatingly attractive Jack Fata, scion of one of the town’s most powerful families.

As she begins to settle in, Finn discovers that beneath its pretty, placid surface, the town and its denizens—especially the Fata family—wield an irresistible charm and dangerous power, a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds dangerous consequences for an innocent and curious girl like Finn.

To free herself and save her beloved Jack, Finn must confront the fearsome Fata family . . . a battle that will lead to shocking secrets about her sister’s death.

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times Book Reviews (James Davis Nicoll)
“Influenced by luminaries like Tanith Lee and Crowley, Harbour delivers an excellent, promising debut novel.”
Barnes and Noble Picks for June (James Killen)
“Now [Tam Lin] emerges again, artfully recreated by debut novelist Katherine Harbour.”
Fresh Fiction
“Thorn Jack is highly recommended, particularly for those who like their fairy tales dark, enthralling, and a wee bit disturbing.”
FantasyBookCritic.com
“An engaging and entertaining story, offering mystery, frights, young romance, and a chance to brush up on your mythology.”
Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Debut author Harbour finds some new ground in this twisty, contemporary reworking of the oft-retold Scottish ballad “Tam Lin.” Serafina “Finn” Sullivan, haunted by her sister’s recent suicide, is just starting college in bohemian, old-moneyed Fair Hollow, N.Y., when her lakeside encounter with the enigmatic Jack Fata attracts the enmity of his powerful family, particularly the ageless, calculating Reiko Fata. Finn’s awkward and ghost-ridden but growing romance with Jack soon proves inseparable from the machinations of the “children of nothing and night,” especially after she enlists Jack’s help to save classmate Nathan Clare from the centennial Teind. Soon Finn confronts a prediction that she herself will die on Halloween. The climax detonates one too many reversals, revelations, and fight scenes after the lengthy buildup of dreamy mystery, but fantasy fans will find much to savor in Harbour’s delicate, myth-conscious prose. Loose ends suggest a sequel. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. (July)
Library Journal
05/15/2014
Finn and her father have moved to Upstate New York to escape painful memories of Finn's sister, Lily Rose, who committed suicide. Finn enrolls in a local college where she befriends Christie and Sylvie, and develops a dangerous attraction to Jack Fata. Jack doesn't go to the college; his family lives in town and throws spooky parties and lures young coeds to their doom. They are faerie folk and dangerous. But Finn can't stay away from Jack and will fight his immortal family for him if she can. VERDICT This retelling of the Scottish ballad "Tam Lin" seems heavily inspired by Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and other angsty teen vampire romances but with a more gothic, fairy-tale sensibility. Finn is likable but makes so many bad choices that it's hard to root for her. As a first novel, this shows an abundance of imagination but needs more polish.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062286734
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/10/2015
Series:
Night and Nothing Novels Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
699,354
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Harbour was born in Albany, New York, and has been writing since she was seventeen. She is the author of Thorn Jack and Briar Queen, the first two books in the Night and Nothing series, and is a bookseller in Sarasota, Florida.

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Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really loved this book and I am currently reading the second, Briar Queen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this story when it was compared to another favorite, "the Night Circus". If there were more books by this author I would buy them all. A whimsical mystery that I highly recommend!
BishopM More than 1 year ago
Let me preface by saying I don't normally read YA, some of the standards in it tend to annoy me. That being said, Katherine Harbour did an excellent job with Thorn Jack. The story and characters were so interesting I was able to completely ignore those aspects that I usually find so bothersome. The protagonists remind me of people I know, or could’ve known, in college. They’re well rounded, have depth, and are filled with wonderful flaws that make them feel very human and very real. She took a very interesting path with the faeries in the book, urbanizing them, but blending the modernizing with traditional stories. In fact, one of the things I enjoyed was she, subtly, walks you through how the fae (Fata in the book) went from the old stories to the modern. An especially interesting, and enjoyable aspect of the story is how it walks the line between faerie tale and ghost story. That’s a line I had never even thought about existing, and Ms. Harbour crafts that novel idea (no pun intended) into a really fascinating story. The characters at times did annoy me at times, but to me that is just further proof of how well developed they were. That being said, I grew to like them all, to care about what happens to them, and I’m eager to see where their story goes from here. I don’t like to give away details about the story, I know I prefer to experience stories fresh. So while nothing that follows isn’t really a spoiler, it might give away some things you might prefer to find for yourself. Now that you’ve been warned, I do have to give credit for some very interesting features: The oracle being autistic was a nice touch, and played very well. The character herself doesn’t appear much, but I found her to be one of the most interesting. The way the legend of Celtic Hounds was blended into the fae was a nice touch. Silvie could’ve fallen into the trap of too many stereotypes, but the character is saved by a personality that doesn’t fall into the traditional “goth” stereotype. In fact, I could easily see her out growing the affectations and evolving into a very interesting witch/wizard character as she matures. I really like the notion of the Jacks and Jills (female version of the Jacks) in the story. A nice touch to bring that old children’s story in. I love the misdirection associated with the moth key, and the truth behind its origins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Artful and engrossing. If you like Melissa Marr and Holly Black, you'll love this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read look forward to the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For an under 17 crowd, this is a great read. The work put into developing the fae history/storyline is spectacular. The actual characters sadly, had so much teenage angst it was painful, which was disappointing as I initially thought this book had so much potential.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I’m not really a huge fan of reading books involving faeries. I’ve read quite a few that just did not do it for me, and had quite honestly, turned me off of that genre. But then, Thorn Jack (Night and Nothing #1) by Katherine Harbour was pitched to me, and I was intrigued! And truth be told, I was not at all disappointed. It was a read that I could not put down. Finn Sullivan and her father leave their home that holds too many dark memories (her mother’s death and her sister’s suicide), and move to her father’s old hometown in New York. Finn quickly becomes friends with Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, and are soon all inseparable. At a party, Finn meets the mysteriously and irresistible Jack Fata. And soon enough, Jack is all that occupies her mind. But the encounter all has an effect on Jack, and Finn ends up being all that he can think about. Eventually, Finn and her friends get “over their head” involved with the Fatas and their secrets, and soon everyone that is close to/involved with Finn Sullivan are in danger. The way in which the intertwined the real world with the world with the Fatas was done superbly. The characters were all had their own personalities, and I couldn’t help but fall for Jack. You know me, I can’t resist a bad boy with a good heart. It’s my weakness. And I loved that I feared and loathed so many of the members in the Fata family, especially Reiko Fata and Caliban. The author’s descriptions of the horrors that the Fatas can make their chosen victims see were terrifying! Especially the Grindylow! I was imagining them doing the jiggidy twitchy moving effect that you see in horror movies. And Caliban’s character was like a nightmare come to life. Charming yet lethal, whenever Caliban appeared I was intrigued and terrified at the same time. Now Jack and Finn…if there were two people who should be together, to me, it was these two. There was something in each of them that the other needed to feel whole. Jack was irresistible. The first time he showed up in the book, I was already hooked on him. His mannerisms, the words he would say, his way of “flirting” had me smirking all over the place. And the great thing about reading the copy of Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour that we received for review was the short story at the end which was all about Jack. Told in alternating times (past and present), it showed how Jack ended up the way he was, and shared a shocking truth about the Grindylow’s that had me gasping. Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour was a great Halloween read (seeing as how the big event happens on that day!). With continuous twists and turns in the story, it was near impossible to stop reading. Everything flowed well and the build up to the end was fantastic. I will admit that there were certain times in the book that I felt were dragging and almost had me ceasing to continue. But I’m so happy that I powered through because it was all worth it. If you’re looking for a read that involves mythology and faeries, with a Romeo & Juliet feel, Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour is the one for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously enjoyed this book, I read it in almost one sitting. I did have to take a nap because my eyes were burning.
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