Buddy Review | Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns is a book we both got as e-arc from Netgalley before released and just haven’t gotten around to. And not for lack of trying, haha. There are so many books, too little time! But there was a readalong on Instragram last month and we decided to join! So today can finally tell you what we thought about Sorcery of Thorns.

A big thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for giving us access to an e-arc of this book!

Buddy Review | Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson


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.
"If you are looking for magic you will find it inside this book. Sorcery of Thorns is a bewitching gem, full of slow burning romance, loyal friendships, and extraordinary world building. I absolutely loved every moment of this story." --Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series
From the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Published by Simon & Schuster on 04/06/2019
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 464
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads

Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.

Cover

Candyce Lately I’ve been a big fan of illustrated covers and I really like this one. The cover of Sorcery of Thorns seems very magical and made me want to dive right in!

Isabelle I really like this cover! As you know we both hate people on covers, but I don’t mind it when they’re illustrated. And this is a gorgeous illustration! The details on the cover also fits the story really well. This cover gives off a bad ass and magical feel and got me excited to pick up the book.

It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.

Review

Candyce Before starting Sorcery of Thorns, I knew it was a book that took place in libraries and had magical books. That sounded very interesting and I have to say in that aspect this book didn’t disappoint. From the start I was sucked into this magical world and it took off running! It’s clear our main character Elisabeth had a passion for her work and the books. She grew up in this place and can’t imagine doing anything else.

Sorcery of Thorns is one big roller coaster ride. The libraries are being attacked and whoever is doing this is trying to release the most dangerous grimoire! I loved that this book was filled with twists and turns. It took me awhile to figure out how this would all play out and the magic that held everything together. I really don’t think I’ve read anything like this.

It was interesting to see that even when books come alive, magic is still seen as something evil. The socerers are painted as bad and they need to keep the grimoires away from them. This was an interesting aspect of the story and I liked the journey Elisabeth takes in this part of the book. I don’t want to give away too much, because this is a story you need to experience for yourself.

Even though I flew through this book, there were a few things that bugged me at times. A lot of plot points went really fast and were resolved really easy. At a certain point it even felt like the story could’ve ended and I still had about a third to go. Also, some of the characters definitely deserved more time and development.

Elisabeth is an interesting main character! At first she’s set in her own world and believes everything she’s been told and learned. She grows a lot in this book and in a really good way. I loved how she really let herself be open to things she didn’t know and to fight for what she believed in. Even if no one would stand behind her. For her time she was very independent and definitely won’t take no for an answer. I don’t know if I would’ve been as strong as she was in the same situation.

Silas is my favorite character of them all! He’s a demon and Nathaniel’s servant and I loved him to pieces. He’s sarcastic, evil and more caring and loving than any demon should be. He was so much more than I expected and the author brought him to life in a way I wouldn’t want any different! I would’ve loved to have read a few chapters from his POV!

Nathaniel is a mysterious one and I honestly needed more. It’s clear that he’s trying to live with everything his father started, but he’s not really sure how to deal. He knows it’s his job to continue on, but it’s not easy on him at all. I think he could’ve been such an interesting character, but I felt that we didn’t see enough of him. Maybe just a bit too mysterious?!?

Sorcery of Thorns is a dark fantasy and I loved getting this in YA! The villain was so evil and felt really realitic. I loved her take on this story and how she gave us a villain we just want to hate. That definitely helps a story just a bit more. And last, but not least, I would’ve loved to have more of Elisabeth’s friend Katrien. She ends up helping a lot, but it felt like the author just forgot her at times. That’s a shame, because she could’ve been an amazing aspect in this story.

She wasn’t a wielder of chains; she was a breaker of them. She was the library’s will made flesh.

Isabelle A book about a magical library? You know I’m interested! This was actually all I knew about the story before I started. I’d seen some good reviews and heard something about demon books. And I guess that’s all I really needed to know. It took me a while to get to this eARC and buy then the audiobook was on Storytel so I ended up listening to the audiobook.

The book starts with a suspenseful action scene and sucked me right in. I really enjoyed the pacing of the book in general. We get quite some action which got me through the story super quick. You get thrown into this world filled with magical libraries and evil sorcerers. Along the way you learn more about the world and the rules of magic.

I especially loved the library and could’ve used an extra 100 pages just set in the library haha. The books play such an important part in this story and I think that’s pretty unique. I’m absolutely putting all the books with magical libraries or anything similar on my wishlist right away. It would’ve been nice if this was a duology though. While this standalone did a good job at creating an interesting contained story while still giving us a developed world, some plot points went by really fast. Especially the ending felt a bit rushed. It might be because of the adult fantasies I’ve been reading recently but I would’ve liked to see everything developed a bit more and I think splitting the story up in two book would’ve given the opportunity for that.

There weren’t that many characters present in this story. Elisabeth is our main character and I think there are about 4 or 5 truly important characters beside her. I really enjoyed reading about Elisabeth. She grew up in the library and loves books like nothing else. At first she seems a bit naive but she quickly shows that she can think for her own and won’t back down no matter what anyone else says. While I also enjoyed the romance she finds, I did think that went a bit fast. It’s another part I would’ve liked to see developed a bit more.

Like Candyce, Silas was my favorite character! I completely agree with everything she said haha. He is sarcastic, funny and so caring, while still being an evil demonic servant. His scenes were wonderful and I laughed out loud at his comments. I would love to read another book just about him. There are some other demon servant we get to see, but not nearly enough in my opinion. They were one of my favorite parts of the story.

Nathaniel is Silas’s master and our ‘evil’ sorcerer. We quickly learn that not everything is exactly as Elisabeth is always told. And not all sorcerers are evil. I did like Nathaniel although we didn’t fully get to know him. He had an interesting backstory and I really felt for him. Nathaniel is another part of the story that could’ve used a bit more developing. The same goes for Elisabeth’s best friend Katrien. I really liked her but she kind of disappeared for a while in the story. This is something we see in so many YA books, a best friend that is forgotten as soon as the story truly begins. While Katrien did have some important scenes, I would’ve liked to see even more of her.

In the end I really enjoyed this story and this world. We got to read about some interesting and lovable characters even though I would’ve loved to see some more. Especially after that ending 😉

But you know the truth of magic. The greatest power springs only from suffering.

Sorcery of Thorns was a fun and magical read! We both would love another book in this world, so that we can get more information about some of the things we missed in this story. Have you read Sorcery of Thorns? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!

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