G. Bianco, 2019
Living in a library seems like any book-lover’s dream. Living in a library filled with magical books sounds even better! However, being raised among grimoires has its dangers, and in Margaret Rogerson’s newest novel, Sorcery of Thorns, the protagonist must face these dangers to protect everything she has grown to love.
Elisabeth was raised within the walls of one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, and has always known one thing: all sorcerers are evil. Growing up among magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and, if provoked, transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather, she dreams of becoming a warden and protecting the kingdom from their power. But when Elisabeth is falsely accused of setting a grimoire free, she is sent to the capital to face justice. There she must defend herself and the kingdom from a dangerous conspiracy with the help of the sorcerer, Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, whom she has always been taught to mistrust. As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught to believe about magic, libraries, and even herself, all while trying to save it from destruction.
This novel was absolutely fantastic! The characters and the plot were the perfect meshing of magic, fantasy, and perseverance. Fantasy lovers will rejoice at the amazing world Rogerson is able to create. And with just the right amount of romance mixed in, this story will appeal to a slew of different readers.
I found myself grinning like an idiot from laughter at Nathaniel’s amazing one liners and sarcasm. Elisabeth was an amazing character in the respect that she was relatable, yet didn’t strike me as too much of the cliché heroine in a fantasy novel. The most genius characterizations of the story had to be Silas, Nathaniel’s demon servant. Without giving too much away: he was such a complex character that you truly couldn’t decide whether he was good or evil, or if he even knew the difference between the two. But Rogerson was able to take this inherently cruel character and transform him into a symbol of love and sacrifice. It truly is beautiful to read.
The novel moved at a perfect pace as well. The plot line moved fast enough to keep the reader engaged, but slow enough to cover important details and subplots. Every mystery connected at the end and concluded very nicely, yet still left me wanting just a bit more. With no current plans for a sequel, Sorcery of Thorns is a great stand alone novel. However, a sequel definitely wouldn’t be opposed by this reader! The characters and story were just beautifully written, one can’t help but want to read more of Elisabeth and Nathaniel’s story.
Overall, fans of young adult literature who appreciate a good romance, magic, books, danger at every turn, weird demons, and badass fighting will fall in love with this novel.
Hi! My name is Elisa and my bookshelf is quite literally overflowing! Join me in my journey of reading as many books as humanly possible!