Review of Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I listened to the audiobook last year!
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.
Margaret Rogerson is a true sorceress of words. I am always entranced by her storytelling and Sorcery of Thorns is no exception.
This story is every bookworm’s dream and I couldn’t help but reminisce on watching Pagemaster as a child and wishing the books at our library would come alive too. In Sorcery of Thorns, you experience just that – though not every book holds kind intentions.
The story follows Elisabeth, a orphan raised in one of several Great Libraries. She dreams of becoming a Warden, tasked with protecting the libraries many grimoires and raised to be suspicious of all forms of sorcery. Unfortunately, a terrible incidence occurs and Elisabeth finds herself at the center of the blame. However, before she can be questioned, her and the necromancer Nathaniel Thorn save the city from a pack of demonic beasts and are hailed heroes.
After learning of a plot to sabotage the libraries, Elisabeth and Nathaniel team up to stop the saboteur. Through their tenuous partnership, Elisabeth learns that her teachings on sorcery may have been misguided. For even sorcerers and demons are capable of compassion and acts of good.
I LOVED Margaret Rogerson’s debut novel, An Enchantment of Ravens and now adore Sorcery of Thorns just as much. This book is enchanting, a little bit whimsical and was written for those of us who wouldn’t mind being lost in a library.
Sorcery of Thorns holds meaningful friendships, sarcastic and humorous wit, slow burn romance and menacing villains. It was a constant bustle of action, with beautiful prose and vivid descriptions. I highly recommend this book to all fans of fantasy. It certainly fits the bill of a light read, however fulfills my every desire of a well-crafted world and magic system. This book did not disappoint!
I listened to the audiobook and also want to highly commend Emily Ellet on her narration. Her voice changes, clarity and use of inflection really aided this story even more. Fantastic job!
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