Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
I had the absolute pleasure of reading the ARC of Sorcery of Thorns! Unfortunately it was just bad timing that I’ve spent the last few weeks packing and moving across the country so I didn’t have time to write an actual review. But now I do and I’m so excited to share with you what I thought about this book!
I want to start by mentioning An Enchantment of Ravens, also by Margaret, is one of my favorite reads of the year. If you want to read that review you can head here. After having read that beautiful book I was beyond excited to get an ARC of Sorcery of Thorns (from a marvelous friend), I went into it knowing I was going to absolutely love and devour it. I was 110% right, this is now one of my favorite reads this year too!
Margaret’s writing is absolutely magical, she has a wonderful way of making you fall in love with the story. It is so detailed without info dumping, I could picture every scene perfectly. I love authors that have this talent because it makes you feel like you’re part of the story. I was never bored, I never thought there were slow parts, I was always engaged by the plot and the characters.
The plot was something truly remarkable for all of us bookworms. This story is literally about magical libraries and grimoires! It was such a unique story and like nothing I’ve read before. It was engaging and exciting and I only wish I could visit these libraries and all of the amazing books contained inside.
As for the characters I absolutely loved them and their witty banter. Elisabeth and Nathaniel have such a unique relationship it was hard not to love them. There were so many moments that made me chuckle and actually laugh out loud, I really cared about them and was heartbroken when anything would happen to them. I just want to protect them from the world.
The only thing I would change about this book is that I wanted it to be even LONGER! At just under 500 pages you would think that story would be long enough but it just wasn’t for me! I loved these characters and the story so much I want another 500 pages! I think the ending left it open for a potential second book and I would be absolutely beside myself if this happened! Margaret please give us another book!