Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Young Adult Fantasy
Standalone(hoping for a sequel, short story, or another book set in this world, Yep that is how much I loved this book)
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.
All of Elisabeth’s life she has lived in one of the Great Libraries and is hoping to train to become a Warden of the Library. Elisabeth has been taught all sorcerers are evil. When she is falsely accused of a crime against the library, she is given over to the sorcerers to be punished. To clear her name she might have to trust one of the sorcerers but can she trust someone who she has been told is evil to help her?
I love Margaret Rogerson’s first book An Enchantment of Ravens and only had one complaint and that was the world-building wasn’t very strong. In Sorcery of Thorns, the world-building is fantastic and descriptive. I felt like I was walking in the library with Elisabeth who is the main character. I love Elisabeth so much. I really connected with her love of books and curiosity. Her strength and conviction to do what is right are inspiring. Nathaniel Thorn is one of my new book boyfriends. His wit, his sass, his heart, the love he has for his bodyguard and friend Silas, his strength in the face of loss, and his chooses all won my heart. Silas is such a great character. I can’t say more about him because of spoilers. One of my favorite parts of this book was how the books were alive and have personalities. It was also so unique how the sorcerers get their powers. The story was so captivating and I didn’t want to leave this world or the characters. I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I had ALL THE FEELS. This book is a love letter to all book lovers. This book is for everyone who found themselves in books. For everyone who thinks that a book in hand and stack of books on your nightstand is heaven. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
Rating: 5 stars