Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: June 4, 2019
“When terrible things have happened to you, sometimes the promise of something good can be just as frightening.”
Who knew I could read (and enjoy) a fantasy book in the middle of summer – peak contemporary season! But I had a great time with Sorcery of Thorns.
Sorcery of Thorns is a magical story of books, demons, and knowledge woven together in a compelling story. Orphaned and raised in a library, Elisabeth was raised to fear magic and those who wield it, while respecting the power that their grimoires create. When unexpected magic is released across different libraries, Elisabeth suspects foul play and must work with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn to uncover the culprit.
Things I Liked
I immediately loved Silas and he took me through the ringer emotionally, but his snark and deep love for Nathaniel was so pure.
Besides Silas, I did really like the other characters in the story as well. They felt fully developed and unique, which is always appreciated. Nathaniel was sucha aflirt and charmer it was easy to fall for him. And Elisabeth is so inquisitve and moral that it’s so easy to follow her POV.
The magic system in this world is so unique and amazing. I love when things are personified in stories – things, place, you name it I like it. And I loved that the grimoires each had their own personalities and histories. And the culture around libraries and their reverence – and fear – around them was super interesting.
Things I Didn’t Like
I don’t know if it was just me, but I had the hardest time picturing the grimoires, especially when they became corrupted. While I loved the magic surrounding them – it wasn’t super clear to me.
I feel like the romance was just super generic and insta-lovey. It wasn’t bad really, but I don’t think it added anything to the story or characters.
I do think I enjoyed this more than Margaret Rogerson’s previous work, but she clearly knows how to craft unique and compelling fantasy. Sorcery of Thorns is a story of questioning and action that pulls you in from the first page.