Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Published June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: fantasy, young adult, romance
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.
margaret rogerson is now one of my favourite authors. i’ll be keeping a lookout for whatever she is going to publish from now on. she knows how to write a fantasy standalone novel for a book lover looking for a magical adventure. i loved everything in sorcery of thorns. the magic, the characters, the setting, the writing. i find that it’s harder to develop characters adequately in fantasy standalone books but i absolutely loved the characters in this one.
elisabeth, orphaned and raised in one of the great library, is wonderful. her love for books and the library is obvious so that’s one thing i can relate to. she has been working towards her goal of being a warden in the library but things happened and she’s wondering if that path is what she truly wants. as she explored the outside world, away from the books and into reality, she realized that maybe sorcery isn’t as evil as what the people around her has been saying. even though she’s sheltered from the outside world, elisabeth managed to adapt well when she ventured out. she’s innocent but not naive. elisabeth showed a great deal of bravery while she tries to unravel the truth.
as the heir and the only living descendant of a tainted lineage of sorcerers, nathaniel carries a huge amount of burden on his shoulder. he’s a mysterious person, full of secrets and skeletons in his closet. he seemed cold at first. when he came to terms with how he actually felt, his true personality shone through. he could be romantic when he wants to as well.
"God, Elisabeth, I've been doomed since the moment I watched you smack a fiend off my carriage with a crowbar. How could you not tell? Silas has been rolling his eyes at me for weeks."
the relationship didn’t overpower the grand scheme of things and i loved it. their feelings for each other just creeps up on you gradually. the pacing of the romance goes well with the overall plot. there wasn’t any dull moment.
a character i never thought i would become so attached to was silas. he’s all bark and no bite. he’s the foundation holding nathaniel together. he may seem uncaring or emotionless but it’s clear that he is fond of nathaniel, and eventually towards elisabeth. his friendship with nathaniel goes beyond a transactional one. he’s more than just a servant, silas was nathaniel’s friend and support when nobody else was there to be that for nathaniel.
❝ You belonged in the library, as much as any book. ❞