Sorcery of Thorns |Book review
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page count: 456
Goodreads synopsis: here
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.
“You belonged in the library, as much as any book.”
Where do I start? I absolutely loved this book. Love. Love. Love. I can’t believe this is a stand-alone because I need more. This is the first book I read by this author and I was blown away.
Margaret Rogerson traps you in her vivid and lush story with her enchanting writing and world building. The plot is magical and unique. There is action, humour, romance and mysterious characters.
The story follows Elisabeth Scrivener who is an orphan raised in the Great library of Summershall, where she learns to guards books against the world, and guarding the world against them. Her goal is to become a Warden in the great library. Life has other plans though as one night, Elisabeth wakes up to find the library’s Director killed and a grimoire free, which has turned into a monster. Despite defeating the monster and saving the people, Elisabeth is branded a traitor and is sent to the Magisterium. Soon all the Great libraries are under attack, there is someone targeting the library and looking for something that may destroy the world. Elizabeth is tossed in a world of magic, demons and sabotage. She is fierce, stubborn and determined to do the right thing. No matter what is thrown at her, she is resilient and does everything in her power to stop the saboteur and save the kingdom.
When things take a bad turn, she seeks the help of Nathaniel Thorn. Who I am very much in love with. A sorcerer with a dark past and a demon servant. I absolutely love the bond between Silas and Nathaniel. Silas is beautiful, god I can’t express how much I loved him, I NEED MORE SILAS.
This story was absolutely delightful. It had me turning pages through the night, my eyes wide and my heart pounding. The story was filled with suspense from the beginning and it kept me at the edge of my seat.
The author spins the story with vivid details and wit. The premise was intriguing filled with lots of twists, the characters were engaging and charming. I could easily connect with Elizabeth, her love for books captured in a way that spoke to me. I also sympathised with Nathaniel and grew attached to his charm and humour. The characters touched my heart in so many ways. This book was made for bookworms. A book about books. Loving books. Read this book guys!
Sorcery of Thorns was entertaining and the world building was exquisite. The words flowed throughout the book, the beautiful writing like a song that I just wanted to replay over and over again. I wanted to tab every page, I loved so many quotes and I know I am going to be rereading this book in the future.
Here are some quotes I loved (to list a few):
“Ink and parchment flowed through her veins. The magic of the Great Libraries lived in her very bones. They were a part of her, and she a part of them.”
“For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice. They sang when starlight streamed through the library’s windows. They felt pain and suffered heartbreak. Sometimes they were sinister, grotesque—but so was the world outside. And that made the world no less worth fighting for, because wherever there was darkness, there was also so much light.”
“She wasn’t a wielder of chains; she was a breaker of them. She was the library’s will made flesh.”
The slow burn romance hits you in the feels. It is not the centre of the plot but the tension is a whisper in the story, growing stronger and louder as the story develops and the characters grow closer. Their relationship forms in the most slow and natural way. I loved watching Elisabeth and Nathaniel grow closer. It was beautiful.
Sorcery of thorns is a vibrant and fresh novel, although there are hints of fantasy tropes, touches of cliche parts, the author still twists the story in a way that makes it seem different and new with a gorgeous premise, banter, strong willed and bold characters. I can’t choose what or who I love the most. I loved all three characters and their dark pasts. Such a unique and whimsical book. I can’t recommend this book enough. I only knocked half a star because I thought it was a bit rushed at the end.
Thank you so much Simon and Schuster UK for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.