Bitterthorn: Shortlisted for the Nero Book Award

Children's, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 04/05/2023
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Bookseller Reviews

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Evocative, Immersive Fairy-Tale Fantasy
What a true treasure of a novel. I wish I could forget it to read all over again, feel surprised at its gentle twists and turns, and become completely imme... READ MORE
Clara at Barnet
A Gothic fairytale with a hopeful twist
I stayed up till 3am to finish this book, which I take as a testament to how engrossing the world is: full of humanity, with beautiful descriptions of the ... READ MORE
Maria Perfitt


Blumwald is a town overshadowed by an ancient curse: in a sinister castle in the depths of the wild wood lives a monstrous Witch. Once a generation, she comes to claim a companion to return with her - never to be seen again. Now that time is drawing near once more... Mina, daughter of the duke, is grieving and lonely. She has lost all hope of any future for herself in Blumwald. So when the Witch demands her next companion, Mina offers herself up - though she has no idea what fate awaits her. Stranded with her darkly alluring captor, the mystery of what happened to the previous companions draws Mina into the heart of a terrifying secret that could save her life, or end it.

  • Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781839132957
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 293g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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Beautifully written
I have so many emotions flowing through my mind and body after finishing this beautifully written and completely emotionally captivating book. I don’t know... READ MORE
Victoria Alyesa
A sweeping gothic heartache
I finished Bitterthorn one winter night while the rain battered the windows, and by gods, what a book. It’s a masterpiece, a slow burn gothic story of love... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
This book is truly captivating. I can’t sum up how I feel
Thank you Andersen Press and Netgalley for the arc of Bitterthorn by Kat Dunn in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. “And to the lonely: I hope y... READ MORE
Christine Kelly
Unsure on this one
I’m not really sure on my feelings after reading Bitterthorn which is a dark, gothic fairytale for 2023 with a queer love story at its heart. On one hand ... READ MORE
A new sapphic fantasy to get completely lost in
If you felt lost, unloved and lovely would you offer yourself to the Witch who comes calling for a companion? That's exactly what Mina does when Blumwald's... READ MORE
Sydney K