Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Book Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 4th, 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Source: Huge thanks to Pansing for the review copy in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4


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.

"If you are looking for magic you will find it inside this book. Sorcery of Thorns is a bewitching gem, full of slow burning romance, loyal friendships, and extraordinary world building. I absolutely loved every moment of this story." --Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series

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.

“Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell”

Characters living in a library. Magical books around? Hands down, I'm in. 

The story start went through with Elisabeth who has been living her whole life in a library. Her ambition to be a warden, to protect the books, the people and the library. Until one day, there's an attack that happened in the library she lives in and she been accused of what had happened. It ruins her life but that's not the end of it. She decided to fight for it, looking for the answer to the attack and who is the actual person behind the attacks. Elisabeth is a badass, strong-willed, fierce and wonderful woman. 

I loved everything in this book, the characters are all quite well developed, the friendship between Elisabeth and her friend Katrien si amazing, a demon (Silas) that is supposed to be evil yet become one of the wonderful demons who is protective towards Elisabeth and Nathaniel. I love the slow-burn romance between Elisabeth and Nathaniel. Nathaniel is a mysterious, sarcastic man yet attractive. Their playful sarcastic word exchange is what I look forward to because it is funny and making the story entertaining too.

Overall, I was really engrossed with the story right from the beginning, put me in a state of curiosity about what, why, how and who throughout the book. It is a well-written story, a detailed of the story by the author making the story flow smoothly to understand the characters, magical system and also the demons/fiends but it dragging a bit that too much detailed on things that didn't matter to me makes me want to skip it. Despite that, I do enjoy reading the whole book as the story is truly interesting to read. I definitely recommend everyone to read this fantasy magical books. 

1 comment

Ray said…
Fantasy has always been my favourite to read. Having no time to enjoy my time to read these books makes me kinda sad.