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Review – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

The cover of this book drew me in. I love how detailed it is and the fact that the cover girl has freckles – just like me! Also, I have heard a lot of good things about Margaret Rogerson.

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you.

Sorcery of Thorns

by Margaret Rogerson

Synopsis by NetGalley

“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.

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.

My Opinion

Highlights

  • the books
  • the book magic
  • the humour

Overall

I didn’t realise this was a 14-15-year-old protagonist. Though throughout the book the age of the main character might be older, but I’m not sure. The adults were very villainous in the true form of the YA range, but the grimoires and the idea of living books were very detailed and fascinating. I loved the library and the life of the books and all that magic.

I struggled to put the book down and laughed out loud on several occasions (which is rare to me).

The Story

The story starts straight in and shifts Elisabeth’s (the protagonist) way of life and her comfort, as most YA does. This is such a typical YA trait and it never really fails. The book had several typical elements of a YA book, but it was fine to me. It had the villainous adults, the quick shift in their life situation at the start of the book, the handsome boy/man with the dark past, and good sidekicks.

But overall I enjoyed the story a lot.

World Building

There were lots of details concerning the books etc in the beginning, but not too heavy and not that wide (as in only taking about whats near to where she lives). It only briefly mentions other libraries etc, and the nearby village and another town, but that’s it. Then as the story runs through it slowly adds information. You never really feel like its world-building as its all a part of the story. Is quite well one. I didn’t notice the world-building after the first few chapters.

Magic System

The books have magic and as gain their own life force through the sacrifices of humans and demons as their binding is made by the skin of these, but the humans have magic based on the summoning and control a high court demon. The summoning spell is inherited and on-one outside the magic families knows this information, or should know.

I really loved the book magic and the personalities they seemed to have.

Characters

Elisabeth is around the age of 14-15 (at the beginning at least) and is the main characters who seem to always get into trouble. Well, trouble seems to find her, she just wants to do the right thing. She fights for what is right and she is a true child of the library (love that piece of info).

I also liked both Nathaniel and Silas. I laughed out loud by some of Nathaniel’s comeback on several occasions. And me laughing out loud from a book is rare!

LGBT?

In the background and not frowned upon 🙂

Writing

It’s got easy writing as expected from a YA book. It was well written in the way I didn’t notice the world-building and the smoothness of the story. I also enjoyed it so much I had issues putting it down.

It’s very funny at times and I laughed out loud which is uncommon for me.

Summary

I loved it. I’m definitely picking up An Enchantment of Ravens, which is Margaret Rogerson’s first book.


Have you read this? What did you think?

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