Sorcery of Thorns
Author Margaret Rogerson
Publisher McElderry Books | 2019
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. (from Goodreads)
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OK I AM SO EXCITED TO SCREAM ABOUT THIS BOOK!!! I really liked Rogerson’s debut An Enchantment of Ravens, but I absolutely LOVED THIS. It was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I’m so happy it didn’t disappoint! Rogerson has definitely turned into an auto-buy author for me.
“‘You like this place?’ ‘Of course I do. It has books in it.'”
The plot of this book is truly magical-pun intended. It seemed like Rogerson’s love letter to books and reading and it made me really happy. There were so many cool and unique aspects to the sorcery and the grimoires. I loved that Elisabeth could communicate with the books and that each of the grimoires had their own personalities. Though it took me almost three weeks to read this (due to low energy, work and getting distracted by Netflix), every time I managed to find the time to pick it up I was enraptured by the story and the writing. The writing! Rogerson writes so beautifully. There were multiple times when I would read a chunk of paragraphs and just be like, wow. That’s fantastic. She has such a clear writing style that clearly paints a picture in your head or deeply conveys a specific emotion. SO GOOD!
“He looked at her as though he were drowning, as though she had been the one to push him, and he did not know what to do.”
The characters in this book are incredible. I adored Elisabeth and thought that everything she did was great. Thorn was amazing and provided the humor and sass that I love! But Silas stole the frickin’ show. He was, hands down, my favorite and it was SO fun to read about him because he’s such a complex character. It was so difficult to guess his true motivations and allegiances and I was always second guessing how he was acting. Every time I gave him the benefit of the doubt because I so desperately wanted to love him and it was definitely thrilling to read about his demonic darkness while also enjoying his relationship to Elisabeth and Thorn! He might be one of my favorite characters of the year so far! Plus, the fact that he also turns into a cat very quickly catapulted him into my favorites list! 🙂
“When terrible things have happened to you, sometimes the promise of something good can be just as frightening.”
So yeah, I frickin’ loved this book. There’s so many gems in this and I definitely think it will end up on my top books of 2019 list! I am SO looking forward to what Rogerson writes next, cause damn- this woman can write a fantasy novel!