Title: Sorcery of thorns.
Author: Margaret Rogerson.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Page count: 453.
Release day: June 4th 2019.
Genre: YA, fantasy.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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
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.
Before I read this I was really doubting if I would like this one, since the summary of this book sounds amazing, but I was not a huge fan of her previous release, An enchantment of ravens. But wow this was so much better than an enchantment of ravens, I ended up really loving this book!
I really liked the main character. What I really disliked in an enchantment of ravens that we good introduced to this strong character, but as soon as this guy appeared, she was totally reliable on him. In this one out main character, Elisabeth, really stood on her own and that didn’t change because some guy appeared! Like yes he helped her, sometimes, but it was really her story, and her plan!
You know from the moment the guy gets introduced that there will be a romance, but I really appreciated that it wasn’t the main focus of the book. It did play a role, of course, but for most of the book it was happening on the background!
I really liked the plot of this book. I love how we got introduced to the world, with immediately something exciting happening, which you don’t really understand at that point. The story is so action-packed, but with enough time in between. And there were quite some twists I did not see coming (and a couple that I did)! This book just kept me on the edge of my seat!
And then the magic system! I really liked this one, I liked that it worked with demons, and that you had to ‘pay’ to be able to use magic. I also liked that not everyone was a huge fan of these magic users.
And there were talking books! Who doesn’t want talking books?! I really liked this! It was a it different from what I had expected though! From the description it sounds more like the libraries are magical, but it is actually the books that are.
My main reason for taking half a star is that some parts just felt a little bit too easy. Bit since I loved most of the book, I just took a little bit!
I’m really looking forward to what she will release next! But I don’t think there is anything known about that just yet.