'Violet Made of Thorns' Book Club Readalong Day 2!

By: OwlCrate .

Welcome back to the second day of our book club readalong for OwlCrate's July book, Violet Made of Thorns!

Just a reminder that this will be a SPOILER discussion for Chapters 4-7 of Violet Made of Thorns, so make sure you read are finished this section before continuing.

Discussion questions are listed below, and anyone who participates in the comments will be entered to win a free OwlCrate box! Don't forget, you can also post about the readalong on Instagram with the hashtag #OCVioletMadeOfThorns for another chance to win!

The story continues...

Chapter 4:
Violet wakes to a crowd of ladies waiting for their fortunes to be told, mostly wanting to know if they will catch the eye of the prince. One lady, Ziza, has another idea - she wants to know who the prince will marry in order to get close to her. Smart. She also reveals that the council would prefer to put Lord Fidare (aka Fifi) on the throne over Cyrus.

Violet dreams of fairies leading her through leaves and vines to a body - the prince - alive but pale. He looks at her and says “My curse, my ruin.”

Chapter 5:
Wanting to perhaps know more about her strange dreams, Violet goes to the library for some research where she runs into Dante. Dante is looking for Camilla, and in turn the three of them head into Auvery for Camilla to pick up her dress for the ball.

After getting annoyed with Camilla trying to convince her to be more sociable, Violet waits in the carriage. A literal mob of admirers is chasing Cyrus through the streets, and Violet eventually, reluctantly, lets him inside.

Chapter 6:
The carriage takes them to the Moon District, somewhere Violet very much remembers, and they get out, instructing the driver to take the carriage back to the palace as a decoy. Violet leads Cyrus along, taking them discreetly back towards the palace. Cyrus asks her to swear her loyalty to him, but she refuses, and when she again offers to read his threads (with the intention to throw in the bit about meeting his true love at the ball), Cyrus brushes her aside.

Back at the palace Violet retreats with a library book, Traditions and Magics of the Woods, up to her room. Looking at her now empty of coin offering fountain she realizes the rust brown in the bottom may truly be blood. In the past blood was made as an offering to the Fates, but with the practice of keeping fairies now popular, it has fallen from practice as fairies won’t work around blood.

Woken by a voice, Isabella sits up straight in her chair - except she is no longer in her tower. A voice, just once voice unlike before, tells her what sounds like a prophecy to say to the prince in order to get him into Violet’s confidence. The voice tells her that they can work together to achieve great things, but refuses to elaborate.

Chapter 7:
Violet goes in search of Cyrus after receiving a note from him thanking her for the previous day. Rescuing him from a group of admirers, she tells him exactly what the voice said, and to her surprise he believes her. While he was out on his journey a different Seer told him the exact same thing. It is this that convinces him that Violet is telling the truth when she relays the information the king wants him to believe about meeting his true love at the ball. Her false prophecy.

Back in her rooms Violet eventually falls asleep, dreaming of a half man half beast, rose petals drifting in its wake.




  1. Do you think there will be any repercussions to Violet making false prophecies?
  2. What do you think the creature Violet dreamed of is?
  3. What do you think the voice that is speaking to Violet's motive is? What sort of things do you think they want to accomplish?
  4. Do you think the absence of blood offerings has angered the Fates?
  5. Do you think the farming of ambrosia has something to do with the rot in the Fairywood? If not, what do you think may be the cause?

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