Review: Sorcery of Thorns

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.

I gave it 5 stars!

I had really high expectations for this book. It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, it was on literally every bookstagram and it just sounded positively amazing.

And I absolutely loved it! It was amazing!

I devoured this book in two days and I could barely put it down or get it out of my head. I started reading it the night before my day off and finished it the morning after and I wasn’t going to get anything done until I finished this book, that’s for sure.

I love the premise, the importance of books and libraries in this book. Rogerson really appealed to my heart with this one. The Great Libraries exist to protect the world from grimoires, dangerous books full of dark spells that could wreak havoc, with very distinct personalities and occasionally even teeth and claws.

Elizabeth Scrivener, the main character, is what you can call a child of the library. After having been abandoned as a baby at the doors of The Great Library of Summerhall, she was taken in and raised by the wardens, and she has aspired to be one all her life. She knows all the secret passageways, or how to please all the poorly mannered books and despite all the danger surrounding her, she has always loved books. Elizabeth’s kind, loyal and a bookworm at heart and I couldn’t love her more.

Nathaniel is also an interesting character. It’s hard to figure him out at first, and Silas (possibly one of the best demon characters ever), but he’s also an amazing character, and kind of adorable and I just loved him and his relationship with Silas.

The only thing that I disliked about this book – and still something very minor that did not impede my enjoyment of this book at all – was that the magic in this world wasn’t well explained. Sometimes it was like Nathaniel simply needed to wish it into being or snap his fingers and the thing happened, and I would’ve liked to know a little more about the details. This book is told from Elizabeth’s perspective and magic really doesn’t play such a major role in the story so I suppose that could be why the author chose not to delve into it.

I absolutely loved the writing of this book! It was just incredible, it made me feel everything the characters were feeling intensely, and it was lyrical and simply beautiful.

Overall, I loved this book and definitely consider Sorcery of Thorns as one of the best books I read in 2019. I couldn’t recommend it more! GO READ THIS BOOK!

Favorite Quotes:

“You belonged in the library as much as any book.”

“She quite happily replied that she had plenty of books to keep her company.”

“What is the point of life if you don’t believe in anything?”

“She now understood the world wasn’t kind to young women , especially when they behaved in ways men didn’t like, and spoke truths men weren’t ready to hear.”

“You like this place? / Of course, it has books in it!”

“For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given life. They sand when starlight streamed through the library’s windows. They felt pain and suffered heartbreak. Sometimes they were sinister, grotesque – but so was the world outside. And that made the world no less fighting for, because wherever there was darkness, there was also so much light.”

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