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.
Publication Date: June 4th, 2019.
My Favourite Quote:
“When terrible things have happened to you, sometimes the promise of something good can be just as frightening.”
First, I can’t not mention Sahi @My World of Books who (is-the-best) recommended this book to me when I read her review of Sorcery of Thorns. She knows exactly the kind of book and genre that appeals to me and her suggestions have never lead me wrong, ergo, I dove into this book as swiftly as I could. Thank you Sahi for the suggestion!
Sorcery of Thorns is my second ever audiobook and my first ever Margaret Rogerson book. I was enraptured from page one and I kid you not, I had actual goosebumps when the narrator mimicked the voice of the grimoires. The narration, world building, pace all of it was utterly lovely–the only reason I took a longer time than usual to finish it was because I kept having to stop to read some other books that I needed to review.
I will admit the story arc was different than I was used to, but I loved that I couldn’t predict what was to happen and who is to say there’s only one way or a typical way in which fantasy novels must unfold? There were hidden gems, surprises, little (teeny tiny) threads laying about that all come together beautifully at the end. And, oh, what an end that was! I would have given this book a standing ovation just for how that ending was written. *stands and claps for ten minutes*
Silas (because I just have to start with him first). I genuinely had a crush on Silas, there’s no two ways about it. One of the most interestingly sketched out characters about whom we know so very little. He had a lot of scene-space and plays a rather large role that in reality overshadows the hero’s, but he’s been written so subtly you’d never realise the kind of strength he brings to the script. In all truth, I would love to see a spin off about the most elusive and perhaps one of the most powerful characters in this story.
Nathaniel was a hero written for the hearts of all of those who possess book boyfriends or have even the slightest, just-there affinity towards developing one. He’s gives enough lip that your charmed, but not so much that it takes away from the strange pain he carries from his past; he’s alone but aloof, he’s funny but brooding and he’s definitely one of the few book-characters that can call the heroine a menace and make it sound so heart-warming (and romantic).
Elisabeth is a true book-lover, just a magical version of it. Honestly, if all us book-lovers lived in the world that MR created, we’d probably be like Elisabeth too. She’s wonderful, strong, magical, insightful and isn’t afraid to change her perceptions once she realises that she’s wrong. Of course in the beginning there’s a small portion where we think ‘really?’ then we remember how sheltered she was and how away-from-people she had kept herself and we come to terms with what was happening. She makes up for her early unsureness a lot in the rest of the book, putting two and two together with the kind of speed that rivals a reader’s.
The story drags you in and never lets you go; I would know, because despite the four hundred and fifty billion interruptions, this book had me locked in its grip until the very last word. I whole heartedly, immensely, with great confidence and pride recommend Sorcery of Thorns.
Experience the chills, my friends.