⇒Featuring sword-wielding librarians, dark magic and books that will bite off your fingers
Book: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: June 13th 2019
Genre: YA epic fantasy
There are no words to describe the love (and obsession) I feel towards this awesome book. Sorcery of Thorns is a beautifully woven, bewitching masterpiece. It’s classic fantasy at it’s best, a whimsical, witty and wonderful book.
I loved the idea of books that bite, speak and think. This aspect of the story was always fun and entertaining as the books were like characters themselves! It really added something special to the book. Our heroine, Elisabeth, grew up as an orphan in one of the Great Libraries, and books are like friends to her.
For me, Elisabeth was the perfect person to lead this adventure. She’s fierce and kind, bookish and brave. She’s so relatable and awesome. She charges right into adventure and drags us with her. I loved reading her story and would love to befriend her in real life, though I’d always be worrying about her safety, just like I was as I read.
As for the other characters, they were awesome. Nathaniel was swoon-worthy and compassionate, charming and casually queer, always rolling his eyes at Elisabeth’s escapades, labelling her an “absolute menace. I agree. Silas was sarcastic and maybe a little evil, and yet he was always the one keeping Elisabeth and Nathaniel in check (and making sure they were dressed right). I would protect these two with my life.
“She wasn’t a wielder of chains; she was a breaker of them. She was the library’s will made flesh.”
The romance between Nathaniel and Elisabeth was a very slow burn but absolutely beautiful. The attraction felt so genuine and I loved seeing them become friends and start to trust each other as they battled evil. My heart is so full with these two.
The plot was full of twists and turns, all in the right places. It was perfectly paced and full of surprises and suspense but still left time for character development and some top-notch banter, which made a perfect balance to the sword fights and battles of sorcery.
I really loved the magic of Sorcery of Thorns. Instead of being born with it like in many Young Adult books, anyone can have it, they only need to bind a demon to them and use it to access magic. But to bind a demon, there is a price, and the more powerful the demon the more it will cost the sorcerer. I loved this unique approach to magic! It was the change I needed and anticipated in YA.
Margaret Rogerson’s writing is lyrical and fantastic, flirtatious and beautiful. I was swept right off my feet and found myself quickly and totally engrossed in Sorcery of Thorns, unable to snatch my eyes from the page.
Also, If you haven’t seen the cover, it is absolutely an important stunning addition to your shelf, designed by Charlie Bowater!
I can guarantee you that if you pick up this enchanting, whimsical gem, it’s originality and uniqueness will sweep you away and Sorcery of Thorns will quickly become one of your favourite books. Any bibliophile will find a little sliver of themselves inside this and book and lovers of epic fantasy will adore the vivid world and dark magic. I really can’t recommend it enough.