Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publication date: June 4, 2019
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
This was such a fantastic book. I honestly couldn’t put it down. To me this felt like a mix between Lockwood & Co. and The Dark Days Club which are both series I love.
Sorcery of Thorns is a dark and magical tale about a fierce heroine trying to save the world from being consumed by evil while questioning everything she’s ever been told. Margaret Rogerson crafted such an original, magical, witty, compelling and immersive story and everyone needs to read it.
I don’t even know where to start with this review besides saying this was amazing, you need to read it. Sorcery of Thorns follows Elisabeth who was raised in a Great Library, she’s the only person to ever be raised in one. The Great Libraries hold tomes and grimoires of Sorcerers, the books themselves are pretty much alive (COOL). Elisabeth has grown up with the impression that all Sorcerers are evil and only work dark magic. When one of the grimoires is released, Elisabeth takes it upon herself to handle the situation resulting in her being thrown out of the library and handed over to the Sorcerers. Trouble ensues.
Here are the things I loved about this book: the characters, character development (so much development), magical living books, dark & gritty feeling world, DEMONS, magic, the plot. Okay, so I loved everything.
The books in this story were so well thought out and developed. As mentioned above the books are sentient, they feel, talk in their own way, they can do good or evil, become corrupted, help you if they wish or completely make your life miserable. There are also different levels of grimoires, the higher the number the more dangerous they are. obviously they play a huge roll in the story and I think they were just so great. It was such an interesting part to a magic system I don’t think I’ve ever really read anything like it before.
World building and magic systems are two things that can make or break a book for me. The author did such a phenomenal job with both of these things in Sorcery of Thorns. I loved the world, it gave me old England vibes, it felt a bit dark and gritty, I could picture myself in these places, The Great Libraries, Nathaniel’s house, etc. She did such an amazing job. As for the magic system, I thought it was great as well, I loved the grimoires and books, the aspect of the demons and the different types of magic the Sorcerers can wield. I would have liked a bit more detail for the Sorcerers magic but over all, excellent.
Ah, the characters, the characters, the characters, they are all so damn good. I absolutely freaking loved Elisabeth, shes strong, intelligent, genuine, kind, compassionate and incredibly clumsy and awkward. Also, shes like 6ft tall? That’s so cool. Shes juts one of those characters who you instantly like and shes has such an interesting story and her personality really comes through on the page. As for Nathaniel our dashingly dark love interest who happens to be a Sorcerer from one of the most cruel and feared families. He is snarky, so snarky, a bit stubborn, kind, protective and just so carefree. My favourite parts were the numerous amounts of eye rolls at Elisabeth and he kept calling her a little terror or something along those lines. Lets take a moment to talk about Nathaniel’s demon Silas, Silas is just one of those hilariously, indifferent characters, he makes snide remarks, hes grouchy, hes ancient and hes so damn lovable, seriously you need to meet him.
I really enjoy when characters have to question everything they have ever been told. Elisabeth is thrown into one of those scenarios, while somethings she’s been told are true there’s a lot that’s not and she has to figure it out. She’s also thrown into an impossible situation, you know, saving the entire world from doom, hell on earth. No biggie right? Fighting one of the most powerful, evil Sorcerers alive? What could go wrong? The amount of character development, not only Elisabeth goes through but, Nathaniel and Silas is wonderful.
Of course there was romance in this, its not a Margaret Rogerson book without a little bit of romance. I loved how slow it was, there was no insta-love (thank god), the characters went from almost a hate to love scenario which is one of my favourite tropes, but it was just so sweet.
Overall this books was amazing and you need it in your life. Seriously, add it to your TBR.