Review: Among the Beasts and Briars

Title: Among the Beasts and Briars
Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.


The kingdom of Aloriya is a land of peace and free of disease since the King made a deal with the Lady who ruled the woods three hundred years ago. As the kingdom flourished, the woods became cursed, and no one is allowed to go into them. When Cerys was a child, the Prince, his steward, and her mother all disappeared into the woods. Cerys was the only one to survive that encounter. When the new Queen, and Cerys’s best friend, is about to be crowned, the curse from the woods is unleashed in the kingdom. Cerys must escape with her pet Fox and a powerful bear. They head into the woods to try to find the kingdom that is rumored to be hidden within. Cerys must uncover all of the secrets of the past to save her world.

I loved the world of this novel. This kingdom had an extensive history going back hundreds of years. However, it’s always important to look at who is writing the history. Usually the ones writing it make themselves look like the winners in the events.

There were some heartbreaking moments throughout this story but the ending was worth it. I loved the way it ended. There was a possibility for a sequel at the end. This was such a fun world and I loved the characters so it would be great to see a sequel!

Among the Beasts and Briars is a great YA fantasy!

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Have you read Among the Beasts and Briars? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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