Book Review

REVIEW: Sorcery of Thorns

August 26, 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.

Sorcery of Thorns Synopsis
Sorcery Of Thorns front cover

My Thoughts:

This is another book I had seen around but never really checked out. That is until it came in my Owl Crate box. Then I read through the back cover and the notes and got absolutely excited. What reader doesn’t dream of a world where books are more than pages and leather-bound covers?

This book was so delightful from the absolute demolition crew that was Elisabeth, breaking, ruining and maiming just about everything that she encountered. Nathaniel our romantic lead who is dashingly bisexual and arrogantly handsome. He gives off serious Nikolai Lanstov vibes. Finally, we have Silas our sweet and goodest demon boi ever. I read 90% of this book for Silas.

The plot is intriguing and fascinating with what seems like the big reveal early, which was nice as it allowed more time for the cumulation to our climax. I actually really enjoyed the way the arc of this story was written and the pacing was perfect.

I really love a well thought out and fascinating magic system and the symbiotic one between demon and sorcerer in Sorcery of Thorns is great. I also love aberrations in a magic system, something that causes one person to be born different. This book brings everything I love in books together. Although I could have read more Nathaniel talking about cute boys, unfortunately, we can’t have everything.

I give Sorcery of Thorns Five Enthusiastic Stars!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson was released 4th of June 2019 by Margaret K McElderry Books(A Simon Teen Imprint). You can purchase your own copy at Amazon, Book Depository, Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia or wherever you like to purchase books.

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