Title // Sorcery of Thorns
Author // Margaret Rogerson
Publisher // Simon and Schuster
Publication Date // June 4th, 2019
My Rating // ★★★★★
Synopsis // 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.
Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book has me emotionally damaged and I don’t quite know how to function right now. I’m trying to write a review, but I’m not entirely sure I can manage a coherent sentence right now because my thoughts are more along the lines of aaaaaahhhhhhh aosidjlfksoaidfjklasldkfj but I will try.
The premise is absolutely enchanting and incredible! Elisabeth is an apprentice in a Great Library, where she’s grown up surrounded by dangerous and powerful grimoires, and is determined to do her part to protect the kingdom from the power they hold, holding firm against evil sorcerers who would use them. Of course, as often happens to book protagonists, all does not exactly go smoothly when a devastating sabotage frames her and drags her off to the capital, an entire new world from the sheltered life she’s lived before.
I loved the world building! I could really picture myself in this world, and was truly immersed in the book while I was reading it! I loved the way sorcerers were showed here, as people who bargain with demons for their powers, and the way we slowly learned more and more about their magic throughout book as Elisabeth goes from a sheltered librarian to being right in the middle of a tangled plot with them! Seeing the role libraries played with them was incredible too! And demons! We got to see so many different types of demons, see their incredible powers for both good and bad and it was so immersive and incredible!
Can we just talk about magical libraries? If that isn’t the greatest idea for a book ever then I don’t know what is! The books in this world are incredible! They have hearts and souls, and are looking for people to treat them kindly and I just want to hug a book and tell them they’re appreciated. They flap their pages and fly about, get into fights with each other if disagreeing books get too close, spit ink at each other, and can transform into full on beasts! Every time we got another description of books being I was just like YES!
The plot was so high stakes and incredible and right when I finished reading the book, I was breathing heavy like I just ran or something because it was so intense and I was so stressed by it and really into it!! There were a couple of moments where it looked like all was well and people would get a happy ending, but I could see there were still 200 pages left so I just knew that something bad was going to happen and it was so stressful that I was basically glued to this book and refused to function until I’d finished it! (And now that I’m finished with it I still don’t really know how to function).
I thought the pacing was perfect too, and the plot was always moving forward! There were some action scenes, and some scheming and planning scenes, and just some cute fun scenes, and overall there was so much happening that there was never a dull moment in this book!
I really loved how this story explored right and wrong, good and evil. Elisabeth has always known that sorcerers are evil, but then she allies herself with one, and ends up doing things she never thought she would. One of the main characters is a demon, and throughout the book he does the sweetest things that make you love him, and then turns around and insists he’s truly horrible and does things that kind of prove it, and it just makes you question prejudices and thoughts about right and wrong.
Elisabeth is such a phenomenal character! At the beginning, she’s clearly naive and sheltered, and it was cute and kind of funny watching her being so overwhelmed as she traveled to the larger world than she grew up in. But even though she was clearly terrified, she fought fiercely for what she believed was right and was such a strong character. She grew so much throughout the book as well, from challenging her morals and what she’d always believed in, to becoming more and more willing to plunge into situations that terrified her (and I would lowkey just die in) to fight for what she believed in and by the end I was like wow you are badass I love you.
Nathaniel was the actual best and will definitely be joining my list of top best ever book boyfriends!! Seriously I LOVE HIM. He’s lowkey cocky and self assured (he’s a very eligible bachelor and he knows it ahah) and he had so many witty lines that had me smiling and laughing at. But that’s just the top layer and if you peel that away he’s such a complex character. He pushes people away and tries to stop people from getting close to him because he knows he’s not all rainbows and sunshine and he has such a tragic and twisted past and doesn’t want people getting involved in that mess and potential darkness and he’s kind of like cocky, funny, messed up, tortured, and cinnamon roll all at the same time and if that sounds like a lot it is but I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE HIM!!!
Okay, time for the romance. It was The Actual Best. It was a a slow burn forbidden romance and so swoon worthy!! Also, there was just the right perfect amount of it in here. Sometimes I get frustrated when romance overwhelms the plot in fantasies, but it definitely didn’t do that here, and always played background to the crazy fantasy main story, but still having hints to make me so happy!
The ending of this book definitely blew me away! For the last 150 pages or so I was glued to my book, turning pages so quickly (and staying up late too!) to finish it because I just had to know what happened! Characters and their strengths were tested, and it kind of wretched out my heart so yeah. Also, that last page???? !!!!!!!!
Anyways. In summary: read this book.
About The Author
Margaret Rogerson is the author of the New York Times bestseller An Enchantment of
Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Miami University. When not reading or writing she enjoys sketching, gaming, making pudding, and watching more documentaries than is socially acceptable (according to some). She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, beside a garden full of hummingbirds and roses. Visit her at MargaretRogerson.com.
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