Urgh, guys I am OBSESSED with this book and I’m not even finished yet. I logged my process onto Goodreads and I was shocked and a little saddened to see I’m already halfway through, I really don’t want it to end. I haven’t been this excited about a book in a loooong time. Anywaay before I dive into my jumbled review here’s a little glimpse into what Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson is 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.
I have now finished this book (sobs) and I have nooo idea what format this post will take because I have so many thoughts and there will be spoilers so apologies if you’ve not read it yet. I was initially drawn to this book by its cover because lets face it, it is stunning! This book kept popping up on the you might also like section on Amazon (damn you Amazon), I think the cover is one of the most beautiful book covers I’ve ever seen so naturally I pre ordered it.
For all the girls who found themselves in books
I knew this book was a winner the minute I read the dedication, a gal after my own heart. Elizabeth is the heroine I’ve been waiting for. Any gal who loves reading and books as much as me and as Elizabeth literally grew up in a library it was love at first sight. I love that she’s passionate and feels such a great connection with books/libraries.
I honestly felt like I was waiting for Elizabeth and Nathaniel to get together for at least three quarters of the book, but it was so worth the wait. Boy, when they get together it is so worth the wait! This is definitely a slow burn romance but some of the best ones always are. Nathaniel is a complex guy, he’s dealing with some deep grief/trauma
Bloody Ashcroft (Is pretty much what I exclaimed throughout the entire book)! What a brilliant villain, he’s the classic handsome anti hero, complete with a dastardly sidekick who just so happens to be a demon named Lorelei. Ashcroft is that kinda villain who truly believes what’s he’s doing is the correct thing to do, he also been indoctrinated to believe this is his life’s mission passed on by his father and grandfather and so on. By releasing a certain demon he hopes that there will be “no more sickness, or poverty or war”. But by doing this complete utter hell and destruction will be released, well at least he got his just desserts.
When humans wish to help, they are forever offering each other tea
Now I’ve saved the best till last. Silas, I know he’s a demon but I quite like him, should we trust him? Absolutely not! Do I trust him, kinda, even though he keeps saying he’s a demon and he’s evil and blah blah blah. Especially considering the fact he made a deal with 12 year old Nathaniel for twenty years of his life. Now, having read the book I really do love Silas, I was so shocked when he died/returned to the other world, but more shocked that I should have seen that of course he would come back! Silas is too crucial to the plot, the story and to Nathaniel of course.
Oh sweet angel like demon Silas. I cried actual tears when he was released into his true demon form and had one last moment with Nathaniel and when he quite literally walked into the light. But have no fear, the ending has me optimistic, even as I realise this is a stand alone book.
I love how Margaret has created this magical world, the world building is really incredible, the characters are interesting, there’s a huge focus on books and libraries. The books literally come to life! That final scene with the grimoires in the Royal Library fighting against the fiends, demons and the rifts to the otherworld after Elizabeth freed them also hello Khaleesi! When the grimoires rise up to sacrifice themselves for the future of the library and the world, just wow, an emotional scene.
For me, this book is a massive FIVE STARS. There were clever reveals throughout the book, such as the great libraries being built into the shape of a pentagram. I also didn’t find it predictable either which is a relief, the plot was brilliant and the writing was beautiful. Sorcery of Thorns is without a doubt in my top books of 2019. Sorcery of Thorns is the kinda book I wish I had when I was younger and there is no higher praise from me.