Thursday, February 13, 2020

Review - Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Pages: 464
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: 4th June 2019

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK Children's and NetGalley*

Orphaned at a young age, Elisabeth was brought up in one of the Great Libraries of Austermeer. The libraries are filled with magical grimoires that are used by sorcerers, who are evil. These grimoires contain different spells and can change into terrible creatures when they are damaged. Elisabeth dreams of becoming a warden, someone that defends against the grimoires.
But when a dangerous grimoire is set free from Elisabeth's library and she is implicated, Elisabeth's dream lies in tatters.
To make things worse, Elisabeth finds herself involved with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, whose servant is a demon.
Can Elisabeth trust Nathaniel?
Together can they save the Great Libraries?

Sorcery of Thorns is a book that I'd seen a lot of love for, so, naturally, I was worried that I wouldn't like it. But I did! Thank goodness!

I loved all the main characters in this - Elisabeth was likeable and relatable and I envied that she'd grown up in a library. How cool would that be?! Elisabeth's best friend, Katrien, was so funny and I would love to find out/read more about her. Nathaniel had the best dialogue and I really liked him. I especially enjoyed reading his interactions with both Elisabeth and Silas, who was an intriguing character. The relationship between Nathaniel was very interesting and I liked finding out more about them both as the book went on.

The setting and concepts in this book were interesting and intriguing. I loved the idea of Great Libraries filled with grimoires that would spit wads of ink at people as they walked past. Some of the grimoires were actually pretty scary and I wouldn't want to annoy them! I also liked how for someone to be a sorcerer and have magic, they had to make a deal with a demon who would serve them.

The romance was just right for me - it didn't overshadow other aspects of the plot and it didn't feel forced. It was the slow-burn kind of romance that I love.

The plot was intriguing and had me hooked straight away. For the most part, I had no idea what was going to happen next, but I did see a couple of things coming.

The writing style was engaging and held my attention. 

I found myself smiling several times while reading this - usually at something Nathaniel said.

Sorcery of Thorns contains lots of my favourite things and I would definitely recommend it.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend.

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