Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Aug 26, 2019

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4th, 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 456
Format: Audiobook & Hardback
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Goodreads Synopsis:   

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.

I was so excited for this book and this cover is amazing!

“It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.”

Elisabeth is a very strong and determined girl! She was determined to protect her library at what ever cost.

“Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people's, and a book's heart could be broken: she had seen it happen before. Grimoires that refused to open, their voices gone silent, or whose ink faded and bled across the pages like tears.”

This book was full of fun ideas. I have always wanted to work in a library but this was not just an ordinary Library. I didn't read the synopsis before reading this. I had just heard lots of great reviews and knew I had to pick this up. This library is full of grimores but not just regular ole grimoires but magical grimoires and they spoke to her. WOW! A library where the books could talk to you! YES... every readers dream.

“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.”

When the library has been hit and devastation has took place and a sorcerer has killed someone that Elisabeth has always looked up to, Elisabeth will stop at nothing to find out who it was. But in the event that took place the library’s most dangerous grimoire has been set free, ripping Elisabeth from her only home and set her into a world where dangerous lurk on every corner and the people she trust may not be trust worthy.

Elisabeth is forced to rely on her sworn enemy, a sorcerer, Nathaniel and his faithful Demon, Silas. In the process of this book I actually fell in love with both of these characters. You never really knew is Silas was being nice or that was his actual intention on being evil.

“Why are you looking at me like that?" he inquired.

"You used a demonic incantation to pack my stockings!"

He raised an eyebrow. "You're right, that doesn't sound like something a proper evil sorcerer would do. Next time, I won't fold them.”

This book was fun and I think It is a standalone but I would love to see this into a series. There would be so much world building that could be done with this story.

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