Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher Info / Release: Margaret McElderry, Simon & Schuster / June 4, 2019
Source: E-Book from KT Literary
Rating: 5 / 5 *’s
Thank you to KT Literary for gifting me a copy of 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.
This book is pure magic – a whimsical tale with a strong focus on friendship and not believing that everything is all black and white.
It’s really refreshing to have a quality standalone book coming out instead of having to wait years for a series to be finished, like Margaret’s debut novel An Enchantment of Ravens.
I am in complete awe of the characters that Margaret creates – strong willed women and men who look like beautiful brutes but are secretly big softies inside. She really has a knack for making characters have many layers and seem different than how they like to lead on in the beginning of the story. The details in Sorcery are a great example of brilliant writing because I could envision their reactions so easily, so much so that I actually laughed out loud at many moments in the book.
The world showcased in Sorcery is truly beautiful and magical. You feel as if you’re really there with Elisabeth, from the way the grimoires are showcased to the history and the set up. It’s a unique place unlike anything else.
All in all, while this does have a bit of romance, the theme that I took the most out of the story line is friendship, especially the ending with made my heart contract in the best way possible. I do wish the ending had a few more pages but I think the conclusion fit the story really well.
Definitely check this out! I think it will be a timeless classic and one that someone can read over and over again.
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