Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
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.
Why did I not read this book sooner??
I mean, I’ve seriously been missing out here. It’s been a year since it was released and I should have been there from the start. I loved this book! I read it super fast and I am both happy and sad that it was a stand-alone, which is rare in YA fantasy. I would have loved to explore more of this world, but it was also nice to know it was wrapped up (well that ending did leave it open), but still.
I felt that the plot was refreshing and the whole concept of the grimoires being alive in some way and able to talk and move. Love love loved it!
Great romantic build up that bordered on frustrating.
What would have been a really interesting twist is if Elisabeth had chosen the library over her love life and not seen Nathaniel Thorn as anything but a friend. That this book did not have a love story involved would have given it that extra special oomph.
But I did enjoy this version too. Clearly.
I liked the characters. Elisabeth was tough and headstrong and overcame her prejudice towards sorcerers that she had been brought up to fear.
Nathaniel Thorn was equally amazing. He tried his best to stay away from Elisabeth and do “the right thing”, but love conquers. He was a fun character.
Silas. Oh Silas. In some ways you were the heart of this story, which is funny because you’re a demon and you can’t feel – or so they say. Silas was also a fun character. Him being a demon meant he often spoke frank and direct.
Rogerson was able to flesh out characters and get us to care for them within just one book.
I don’t know about you, but I found it so fun and interesting that books were alive and could in ways communicate with Elisabeth. The pacing was good, which is had to be being a stand alone story, but it didn’t feel rushed. It’s definitely a world that can be explored more and Rogerson did great with the “limited” pages she had.
In a way it was a “standard” romantic fantasy ending, but it did end more open than a standalone usually would. It definitely made it possible for Rogerson to return to this world and continue the story and I wouldn’t mind that one bit!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. A stand alone, especially in fantasy is always refreshing and Sorcery and Thorns did not disappoint. I think it is definitely worth a read if you are a fantasy lover like myself.