'Violet Made of Thorns' Book Club Readalong Day 5!

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Welcome back to the fifth 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 16-18 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 16:
There are reports that more beasts are heading towards the Sun Capital. Camilla’s obvious distaste for Raya is spreading in popular opinion in the court, along with her blood vial necklaces. When the king asks Violet what she saw in Raya’s threads she remembers Dante’s warning and doesn’t tell him everything, but agrees to meet with Raya again to do another reading.

A beast has been brought to the palace alive, and Raya has called for people to witness a miracle. The beast is rolled in a cage onto the stage, and using some sort of magic Raya is able to turn it back into a human. Raya faints, Cyrus carrying her away, and the king sings her praises, bringing the crowd most definitely back onto Raya’s side.

Violet goes in search of Raya, needing answers, but when she gets to her rooms finds Raya gone. Thinking back to the reading Violet did, she goes in pursuit, soon running into Dante and Cyrus, also looking for Raya. They find her in the woods, Violet tackling her and pinning her down. When Violet tells her she saw her memories Raya grabs Violet’s hand, forcing her to see another. A witch with an orbed septre full of fairies killing the real Raya.

Chapter 17:
The girl’s name is Nadiya, and the Witch of Nightmares made her pretend to be Raya. It was the witch’s intention that Nadiya’s identity be revealed to cause war between Balica and Auveny. The witch wants blood to spill in order to strengthen her magic, which makes Violet think she may be a Seer. The fairies Nadiya have were the ones from the orbed septre, which Nadiya managed to break before coming to Auveny, and the fairies have been loyal ever since.

It was the fairies who took in the evil magic from the beast, and it seems they are dying. Nadiya fled the palace in hopes of finding Fairywood to heal them. The group of them return to Violet’s tower, the vines on the outside of which are technically part of the Fairywood. The fairies leave rot in their wake, expelling the tainted magic from the beast from themselves.

The group decides that for now Nadiya will continue to be Raya, and agree to meet again the following day.

The voices of the Fates appear again, confirming that they are working with the witch, and reminding Violet that it is the prince or her. They also tell her that there is something rotten in her heart.

Chapter 18:
They tell the king that the Fairywood isn’t behind the beasts - the witch is. And that perhaps it is her causing the rot by using its magic. Dante has discovered that Raya’s manor was left alone for weeks after her death because of an enchantment that only broke when it was burned to the ground. Camilla gets let in on the situation and decides to take Nadiya on as her pet project.

Violet receives a note from Cyrus asking to meet, but when she doesn’t show instead waits for her in her tower. Violet tells Cyrus she has no interest in being his mistress, but things…progress…anyways, that is until Dante interrupts them. During one final kiss Violet sees his bloodied body gasping her name.




  1. Who do you think the Witch of Nightmares is? What do you think she wants with so much power?
  2. How long do you think Nadiya's ruse of being Raya is going to hold? Do you think it will be revealed before the wedding?
  3. What do you think the king is doing with the man that is once again a beast?
  4. What do you think the Fates mean when they tell Violet that there is something rotten in her heart?

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