Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns
Happy Hump Day Readers!
I hope you’re having a good week. Honestly, I’m ready for this week to be over, but with a medical procedure looming next week, I also want this week to slow down at the same time. How bizarre!
Anywho, today I’m sharing another book review. This time I read Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for over a year, but due to time constraints, hadn’t found the time to get around to it. Luckily, when my book buddy Gigi and I were discussing other books to read, we discovered we hadn’t read this one and couldn’t resist.
This post will be my individual review of the book, soon to be followed by a Buddy Read & Rant conversation with Gigi and I.
Alright, on to the review!
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 this book four stars!
This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I’m glad I gave it a chance!
This book follows Elisabeth, a young woman who dreams of being a warden. An orphan, she’s lived her entire life convinced that sorcerers are evil and of the importance of keeping watch over the grimoires they create that can house immense power. One night, her world is turned upside down when a powerful grimoire turns into a Malefict and she is implicated in its release. Can Elisabeth clear her name, or is there more to this disaster than meets the eye?
This book had a lot of great elements, and I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for other works by this author.
The characters are the biggest pro for me. They really made the story intriguing, and I cared what happened to them. Elisabeth may be young, but she’s daring and bold in times of crisis. I loved how scrappy she was, and that when the time was right, she would speak up for herself when she knew something was afoot. Her heart is in the right place, and that made it easy to root for her.
Nathaniel is a sorcerer intertwined in Elisabeth’s struggle. While he appears standoffish at first, there’s a lot more depth to him than meets the eye. I also loved his powers!
But I think the real gem of this story is Silas. If the author wrote an entire book about Silas, I would read it! Silas is Nathaniel’s demon, and I just love how he was portrayed. Emotionally unavailable yet supportive demon who will serve you tea one minute and decimate hordes of your enemies the next? Sign me up! Oh, how I wish I had an awesome demon like him!
The plot drew me in immediately and kept me entertained. Elisabeth’s journey starts off simple, but there’s so much more to what happened, and I loved unraveling the mystery one step at a time. There’s also an element of horror present in this novel that I really enjoyed. I wasn’t expecting it since this is a fantasy book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the concept of the great libraries, the system of magic, and especially the grimoires. Man, did each grimoire have character! I loved Elisabeth’s interactions with them and honestly could’ve read an entire book about her strolling down the halls talking to them.
This book wasn’t perfect, so I’ll point out a couple things. I did feel that here and there the pace slowed a bit much for my taste, and that sometimes Elisabeth would get too much inside her own head, though it didn’t happen frequently. I also felt the action scenes could’ve been pulled off just a smidgen better. Sometimes they felt a little clunky or I got a bit lost in all the details being thrown at me.
All this being said, this is definitely a book worth reading. If you like magic, adventure, and a sprinkling of horror, this book is for you!
That’s a Wrap!
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Another good review! It sounds like Elisabeth is a fun character.
Thanks friend! 🙂 Oh yeah, scrappy characters to the front of the line please! I see this author has another book like this one, so I hope to get to it later in the year. Fingers crossed!
Hoorah for characters you can’t resist! I just abandoned a book because I didn’t give a rat’s behind about the cardboard cutout characters.
Yeah, they all shined and made all the difference. Oh no! I’m sorry you had to go through that. On to better things!
Glad you enjoyed this one, I had such a great time reading this. I think it really does come down to the characters with this one, luckily I’m all about them. Great review!
Thanks! This is definitely one of the stronger fantasy books I’ve read this year. All about the characters, especially Silas.
Hoping to check out this author’s other work, but it’s not super high on my TBR right this second.
This looks so good.. And you’re review has only made me more excited about reading it! Thank you for sharing! 😆
Thanks Sheri! I try not to spoil too much in these reviews so I’m glad it reinforced your want to read it. Definitely one of the stronger fantasy books I’ve read this year.
It’s so hard to do sometimes too.. not spoiling things in a book review. You make it look easy. ☺
Oh, for sure! It’s a tough withholding dance but with practice it gets a little easier.
Good to know. Probably only a decade or so to go. 😂
Lol! I think it took me a few months to get used to it.
Thank you. I’ll hope that it only takes me that long. ☺
Well even if it doesnt you can always slap that spoiler alert on there and hopefully people wont read on or get upset since you at least warned them.
Oh, I do! Right at the top. I try to make sure everyone is suitably warned.. 😆
I don’t know, I feel like any review you read is already kind of a spoiler.
Oh, well then I don’t think you have anything to worry about.
You’re right. Any review will give something away, otherwise it’s not a personal review. Darned if you do, darned if you don’t, haha!
Someone’s always going to be unhappy with the way you do things. Fortunately there are so many wonderful people on here who would rather be kind!
Oh, these days for sure that’s gonna happen!
You’re 100% right. I’ve made so many great friends on here the past two years. 🙂
It’s really refreshing to see.. And experience. 😊
Aww! 🙂 All about the friendship. Glad to have you here, new friend!
Thank you, that’s so nice. ☺
Have a beautiful day!🌹