Welcome to Glendoch! The Adventure Begins …


Hidden to most, this glacial world once crackled with beauty. Now it waits for war—divided and bound by strict rules. So when twelve-year-old Meylyne trespasses in the Above-World and falls from a tree on Glendoch’s sickly prince, she must flee or face imprisonment in the Shadow Cellars. She is convinced she will perish, yet with the help of her friends she inches her way back home … until the day she collides with the Thorn Queen.

And home just got further away than ever.

(Click on the book to read AND win prizes!)

Hi! I’m Elise Holland. Thank you so much for visiting Why Is Mud? – a site I created to publish my story THE THORN QUEEN a chapter a week, along with questions to answer, prizes to win and a blog series exploring the “Griselda moments” that the characters face.

Now for a little about me. Read more

This book holds the answers to the questions that appear throughout The Thorn Queen. These extra chapters provide clues to the mystery Meylyne and her friends must solve.

Let’s Talk! Do you have the Disease to Please?

Have you ever broken a rule to get someone’s approval?

Sounds backward doesn’t it? Usually you obey rules.

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