Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 464 Format: ARC Source: Library
This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
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.
Top 3 Reasons Sorcery of Thorns Shines
- Magic Books, Sword-Wielding Librarians – Clearly my love of books is on full display at all times and to read a story with so much passion for the smell, feel, and experience of books and their keeping makes my heart soar.The dangerous magical grimoires were so vivid and creepy and I’m totally here for librarians ready to defend their charges at any cost.
- Craft & Characters – I loved Rogerson’s first book for her incredible writing and her talent only seems to grow with this one. The descriptions are delectable and she creates a unique world and magic system within the pages of a single book. Her characters though steal the show. Elizabeth is a kind soul with a stubborn streak that throws herself into library work aka more and more danger. Nathaniel is a gruff sorcerer with a heck of a lot of baggage and his servant Silas is definitely something more.
- Deliciously Dark – While this book has plenty of banter and whimsy, it also has an underlying creepiness that takes it to the next level. Magic is rooted in the summoning of demons and each appearance of these otherworldly beings is fearful. Plus the grimoires hold their own darkness with how they’re created, what they hold, and how they can turn.
Overall Margaret Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns is an exceptional tale of magic, darkness, and the brilliance of books. Elizabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas seem to leap from the page and I honestly cannot even pick a favorite. The world building is utterly amazing and I want to dive back within these pages and experience the story again. Obviously I highly recommend picking up this beauty of a book especially as it stands alone.
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