Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
My rating: ★★★
Synopsis via 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 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.
This review is going to be a little bit different from my other ones. Being that I don’t have a ton of thoughts about Sorcery of Thorns, I think I am just going to make a list of my likes and dislikes. Hope that is okay with you all!
-This book was about a magical library! I mean, what reader wouldn’t be into that?? I loved that the grimoires were very much alive & that they definitely had a mind of their own.
-I love that this was a standalone. I actually didn’t know it was until I was pretty far into the book, but it was a nice surprise. There definitely needs to be more standalones in fantasy!
-Slow burn romance. I’m a complete sucker for it.
-Silas is by far the best thing about this book. I fell head over heels in love with him. He’s a little scary & mysterious, but also perfect at the same time!
-I didn’t really fall in love with the book. The entire time I was reading, I was waiting for that moment of being fully immersed in the story, but unfortunately that didn’t happen for me.
-It was too long. I honestly think this book could have been 100 pages shorter. To me it felt like it dragged on forever. I definitely lost focus more than once.
-I was disappointed in the representation. Don’t get me wrong, I am SO happy that Sorcery of Thorns had a LGBTQ+ character, I just wish we got to see more of that represented. Honestly, you could have easily missed when they mentioned that the character liked more than one gender.
-This was kind of predictable. I saw certain things coming from a mile away. I know some people aren’t bothered when books are this way, but it does annoys me.
Overall this was just an okay read for me, which is fine! I’m definitely interested to see what Margaret Rogerson does in the future!