Book Reviews

Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quotes: “Nathaniel’s expression grew odd. ‘You like this place?’ ‘Of course I do. It has books in it.’ ”

” ‘But I see now that you are not the same as the other humans…you are different, somehow…yes, a true child of the library…'”

” ‘I knew you talked to books. I didn’t realize they listened.’ ‘They do more than just listen.’ ”

ABOUT: 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 Review: Sorcery, demons, talking grimoires and libraries? Yes, please!

Sorcery of Thorns is a dazzling fantasy standalone novel complete with a fierce book nerd, a tender, slow burn romance, sorcery and danger, all compiled into a vividly told story that gives you all the feels.

There is a lot to love about this book:

I love Elisabeth for her kindness, wild nature, and unwavering determination to stop the thief/murderer and finally prove her worth.

Nathaniel I have a lot of respect for based on his backstory, how he currently comports himself, and how Elisabeth’s “menacing” existence challenges his self deprecation and secrecy.

Elisabeth and Nathaniel are so cute together! Their slow burn romance was everything – lighthearted but chaotic. They kind of remind me of Brienna and Cartier from The Queen’s Rising duology (a series I recommend): Trying to find a place to belong. Unable to shake the demons of the past.

I am completely charmed by Silas and appreciate his unapologetic self. I loved any scene he was in, one of my favorite moments being when he was hugged.

Nathaniel and Silas remind me so much of Ciel and Sebastian (respectively) from Black Butler (a show and manga I also recommend). I think that association also contributed to my love of this book. In Sorcery of Thorns, these two are quite the pair and bring humor, darkness and clarity to the story.

Rogerson is an incredibly talented storyteller and she made it so easy to immerse myself into this magically unique world. I love her take on grimoires having personalities, and how they think, live and feel the same way humans do. It’s such a cool and ingenious idea.

The climax was epic, wondrous and thrilling!

I am so happy to have read Sorcery of Thorns and enjoyed every moment of it.

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