{Leah Reviews} Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Posted June 3, 2019 by Leah in Reviews / 6 Comments

{Leah Reviews} Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns

by Margaret Rogerson
Published on June 4, 2019
by Simon & Schuster Audio
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
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Also by this author: An Enchantment of Ravens

"If you are looking for magic you will find it inside this book. Sorcery of Thorns is a bewitching gem, full of slow burning romance, loyal friendships, and extraordinary world building. I absolutely loved every moment of this story." --Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series From the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer's Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery--magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library's most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth's desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them. As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she's been taught--about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

5 Stars

I was swept up with Margaret Rogerson’s debut novel back in 2016, so I was desperate for her next book. It was worth the wait. She has stepped up her game with this book, my first five star review of the year. Sorcery of Thorns is a love letter to bibliophiles. It’s for the people who know the magic of words and what those words can do. If you like adventure, a dash of romance, all beautifully told in a fantastical setting, this is your book.

Sorcery of Thorns is a world-building dream. The Great Libraries are atmospheric. Magic thrives in the books, which can speak, or bare their teeth, or spit ink depending on their mood, and even gigantic booklice scurry through the halls. Librarians have to be strong-willed to handle the books in their care, and wardens prowl the grounds with swords in case a grimoire goes rogue. This library is not for the faint of heart.

Elisabeth is an apprentice at a Great Library. When we first meet her, she’s quite naive about her own world. While she has been raised in the library, she’s weary around sorcerers. They’re known for making bargains with demons, after all. But after tragedy occurs, Elisabeth reluctantly teams up with young sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. Considering Elisabeth’s thoughts on sorcerers, it makes for fun, snappy conversations. She experiences a lot of character growth though, showing resilience and fierce intelligence as she tries to find out who is attacking the Great Libraries. When push comes to shove, this girl is ready to shove. As the mystery of what happens unfolds, the danger rises. You can feel the importance of Elisabeth’s quest, which makes the world richer.

I liked the chemistry between her and Nathaniel. His dialogue pokes fun at her preconceived ideas of sorcerers, and it’s funny. Several times I smiled when he said something to shock her. Aside from his humor, he’s also working through some past sadness. Through getting to know Nathaniel, Elisabeth also gets to know his demon servant, Silas.

A perpetually dry-humored, fashion-loving presence, he is the one that keeps the Thorn house in order. He’s Nathaniel’s protector, a mystery, ancient and knowledgeable. And he can turn into a cat. Of course, I loved him. Look for him in several posts this coming month on the blog.

I am devastated that this is a standalone, because I have never felt so at home in a book in a long time, and that ending (which had me wiping away tears), feels like a promise. Get ready for the spell that is Sorcery of Thorns!



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