RELEASE DATE: June 4th 2019
AUTHOR: Margaret Rogerson
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic.
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.
“It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.”
I loved Margaret Rogerson’s debut stand-alone novel An Enchantment Of Ravens. Sorcery Of Thorns is the author’s second stand-alone novel and also one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. Before getting into this book, I’ve heard nothing but praises for it. So my expectations were pretty high. After finishing the book, I thought it was a good read, but honestly my favorite was still her debut novel. The whole story mainly focuses on the magical grimoires. I’ve read some books with grimoires aspect but they aren’t as creepy as this one.
Elizabeth believed that all sorcerers were evil. She has grown up among the magical grimoires and hope to become the warden who protects the grimoires from the outside world. Her life turns very much upside down when a dangerous grimoire escapes from the library devouring citizens outside and she becomes a murder suspect. She was sent to the Capital for her trail. To prove her innocence, Elizabeth seeks the help of her enemy the Sorcerer Nathaniel, and his demon servant named Silas. During their search for answers, they discover an evil plot to destroy the libraries. If Elizabeth fails to stop it, then it would be the end of humanity.
Elizabeth is a strong, smart, and brave heroine who wouldn’t give up even when the odds were against her. She lived a sheltered life and never had real friends. Despite her vulnerability, she always stood strong and fought for her life. Nathaniel is a snarky and broody sorcerer with a dark past, but he also has a soft personality that admires Elizabeth for her strength. It’s pretty cute how he calls her a menace. And have I told you that he’s a bisexual? We also have another major character named Silas, Nathaniel’s demon servant. To be honest, I found him more interesting than Nathaniel. They both share a special bond and he’s very protective of his master. He’s so mysterious and it’s hard to know what’s really going on his mind. I enjoyed every interaction between him and Elizabeth. The trio works together to solve the mystery behind the burning libraries.
The plot was interesting filled with magic, mystery, and a dash of romance. The overall pace was good but there are some parts that seemed slow to me. The action scenes are well executed. The slow burn romance between Elizabeth and Nathaniel was okay. It’s not really as intense as the one between Rook and Isobel from An Enchantment Of Ravens, but I quite enjoyed the banters between them. The writing was captivating. The whole book was written in third person pov. I loved the the world building, and the magical system. The grimoire concept in this book was very fascinating and unique. They’re like a living beings who can feel your fear and know all your secrets. They’re so creepy but they’re the best part of this book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book! It’s too bad that it was a standalone read. I would love to explore more of this world. Anyways, I’ll definitely look forward to the author’s next work.
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a good stand-alone YA fantasy.
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