Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication date: June 4th, 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.
“OFFICUM ADUSQUE MORTEM, it read dimly, nearly obscured by shadow. The warden’s motto. Duty unto death.”
Okay, hear me out! I’ve been wanting to read Sorcery of Thorns ever since I knew it was real, but after seeing that cover? I was so sold. I didn’t need to know anything else about it: I was buying it and I was reading it. And turns out it has become one of my favorites of the year and all time, because I freaking adored everything about it.
One of the things I noticed first was the writing style. Now, I’m not very picky when it comes to the writing, and tend to focus more on the story and characters, but it’s true that lately I’ve been paying more attention to it when I read a book, and let me tell you, the writing of this book was so gorgeous. I enjoyed how descriptive and atmospheric it was, and how it made me picture everything that I was reading inside my head. The descriptions were so lushed and complex, and I feel the author did such an amazing job with that, because it made the reader fall in love with everything that was happening, and the magical elements that were introduced throughout the novel.
But apart from that, the plot was so incredibly well done. Not only I feel it was very fast paced and easy to understand and remember, but there were a lot of twists and turns that were keeping me at the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen and how everything would played out for the characters, and it was one of those times where I just couldn’t stop thinking about the book and wanting to keep reading it forever.
“She wasn’t sure how to answer. To her, his question made little sense—or if it didn’t, it wasn’t a kind of sense she wished to understand. “What is the point of life if you don’t believe in anything?”
I was also so pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up loving and rooting for these characters. Elizabeth was such an intelligent and brave protagonist, and I loved how different she was from other female protagonist I read in the past. I loved that she wasn’t physically strong, but her brain worked wonders, and how that complemented the other two male characters that were so different to her. Nathaniel was the perfect pair with her, and they made an incredible great partnership throughout the story. I liked how their personalities were totally opposite, but they had such great dynamics and interactions throughout the story. And Silas was my little baby bean even though he could kill me right away, but I just didn’t want anything bad happen to him because he was so precious.
The romance was also amazingly done. There was a softness to that enemies-to-lovers trope that added something so unique to that relationship, and I just freaking adored them together, okay? I want them to live happy forever and with no harm come to them.
Overall, I totally fell in love with Sorcery of Thorns, and it has become a favorite book of mine. The writing was so beautiful, and the characters so flushed and layered that it was so simple for the reader to connect with them. I enjoyed how interesting the plot was and the twists and turns that were keeping me wanting to know more, and I will fore sure be picking more books by this author in the future (hopefully she’ll publish a bunch of them!).
“She started across the shining city, ancient, impossibly vast, and wondered how all that light and beauty could exist side by side with so much darkness. She had never felt smaller or more insignificant. But finally, for the first time in weeks, she was free.”
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