book reviews, fantasy

BOOK REVIEW: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

“𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙖 𝙬𝙞𝙚𝙡𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨; 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢. 𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙞𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙧𝙮’𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙢𝙖𝙙𝙚 𝙛𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙝.”

The Bookish Fae’s Thoughts:

I finished Sorcery of Thorns today and it’s one of the best stories I’ve read this year! I literally screamed “IT’S SO GOOD!” and buried my face in the book as I turned the final page.

Sorcery of Thorns is an epic fantasy filled with sentient books, enchanted libraries, a dark-haired boy with a tragic past *wink wink*, demonic servants and so much more!

The slow-burn romance was beautifully crafted and I loved how the story developed. In a single book, Margaret Rogerson was able to create the kind of magical world that some series take several books to achieve.

Verdict:

5 stars

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