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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, cha 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.


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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, cha 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.

30 review for Sorcery of Thorns

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    The cruelest and kindest thing a good book does is make you believe you live inside it for the space of a few hundred pages, that you are a part of something, part of its world, not just skating around the edges, too tied up in yourself to join in…until it ends and the illusion winks out, like a snuffed flame, and you’re left marooned, adrift, your head chilled in its absence. The real world takes a seat at the back, and Rogerson’s imaginary one holds center stage. Here where books are a soft war The cruelest and kindest thing a good book does is make you believe you live inside it for the space of a few hundred pages, that you are a part of something, part of its world, not just skating around the edges, too tied up in yourself to join in…until it ends and the illusion winks out, like a snuffed flame, and you’re left marooned, adrift, your head chilled in its absence. The real world takes a seat at the back, and Rogerson’s imaginary one holds center stage. Here where books are a soft warding from the beings that stalk the night and trapdoors to something beautiful and wicked that trickles beneath the surface, but when damaged—even inadvertently—they mutate into ravening monsters rising up in clamorous fury,  the warp spreading from the pages as sinuously as ink clouding through a glass of clean water. And they're called “Malefics.” The gist of the story concerns Elisabeth Scrivener who is an orphan raised in the Great library of Summershall where she learned the delicate arts of tending to books and the blunter arts of guarding them against the world, and guarding the world against them. Her apprenticeship as a warden was a sapling graft that barely had time to take when one night, Elisabeth wakes up to find the library’s Director slain and a Malefic free to loosen its wrath on her city. She takes the monster outright, vicious and victorious, with the strength of the Director’s sword, but before she could even begin to comprehend the magnitude of what had happened, Elisabeth is branded a murderer and a traitor, at only a word and a whim from the library’s new Director, and the charge of her punishment is given to the Magisterium. When the Great libraries start falling under attack, dread sluices through Elisabeth and a surety rises in her, lodging in her throat: someone is gathering arms against the Great libraries, colluding in treacheries, and, growing resigned to anyone believing her account, Elisabeth’s darkest self rises to the challenge: the heft of protecting the libraries would suit no one’s strength but hers—she who is “a true child of the library”. But when secrets start melting into the dark, and all the doors slam shut in Elisabeth’s face, she seeks the help of Nathaniel Thorn, a sorcerer whose family is dogged with rumors of necromancy, and together they are soon yanked into the machinations of blood, greed and power. Revelations turn truths Elisabeth had known all her life into a tripwire primed to catch her off balance, and danger is dragged to her feet before she even sought it. Ink and parchment flowed through her veins. The magic of the Great Libraries lived in her very bones. They were a part of her, and she a part of them. Reading the first couple chapters, the strength of my delight, the speed with which it flowered, shocked me. Sorcery of Thorns burned through my initial skepticism, bright as a comet in the night’s sky, piercing me with vicious pleasure. In Rogerson’s luscious prose, Sorcery of Thorns weaves a pleasant spell indeed. This is a vibrant novel, and an unstintingly lush one. The author spins her tale with directness and wit; I enjoyed her storytelling, as one might enjoy music freely played, and was left clutching at each page as it slipped between my fingers. As familiar as the novel’s template is, Rogerson’s success lies in the way she infuses exhilarating new life into it through tenderly compelling characters, luxurious writing and an exquisitely wrought premise. It would be easy to say that it’s laden with genre tropes, but the author takes several classic fantasy stances and makes them seem utterly fresh on the page, and, though it occasionally dips in and out of cliché, the author never lets it linger there long. The result is an immensely immersive novel, as graceful and thoughtful as it is action-packed and pulse-pounding. Of course, no fantasy setting, however much entrancing and fresh it is, springs to life without strong characters to navigate it. On that end, Sorcery of Thorns delivers. The novel’s characters are engaging, and the relationships between them occupy the seething center of the sparsely ornamented stage. Elisabeth’s character takes on a magical aura all her own. Rogerson boldly, brilliantly places her protagonist at the center of a sprawling conflict, and with unremittent relish, she begins to undermine what Elisabeth understands about magic, grimoires, libraries, and her role in it. She challenges not only everything Elisabeth knows, but everything she has come to learn and think about herself. Elisabeth’s compelling blend of wide-eyed vulnerability and world-weary wryness anchors a deeply moving journey of self-realization. Elisabeth has never seen the world beyond the library where she grew up and tucked her dreams into her books for safekeeping. That her suspicions are so easily allayed first strained credulity, and I was often frustrated with how readily she settled into the words people dripped like sweet poison in her ear. But there was an edge to her, a keenness of anger and determination, and it soon strikes to life like flint. Elisabeth grows strong, unbent, scraping up all her fears and crushing them into an unlit place inside her. The grimoires called to her like signal beacons burning on a vast black sky and she flung herself into the air, fearless and unflinching. Elisabeth will protect the libraries like a mother wolf looking out for her cub, and she will not count the cost. Although the supporting cast of characters is not granted a vivacity as stark as Elisabeth’s, together they made a whole like the heart of a flame. Nathanial Thorn is rich, handsome, and beset by a tragic past. Not to mention: seductive toward men and women alike and blessed with a set of social graces that makes him look suave. Y’know…perfect daydream fodder. But Nathaniel is always alone, strangely solitary in the space everyone else gives him, and Elisabeth was acutely aware of the vast gulf between them: his fathomless barter with his unsettlingly taciturn servant, his tormented nightmares, the secrets she glimpsed only quickly through the corridors of his lonesome mansion; she wanted to shatter the cold mask of stone that Nathaniel slips down over himself in her presence, uncaring of how jagged and sharp he might be for her to cut herself on him. I liked Nathanial's character, but I was frankly far more intrigued by Silas and the inscrutable turning of his thoughts, like the cogs within a machine. Silas is Nathanial's silver-haired servant whose face was always a blank for just about any emotion one might care to project and who was a mystery, the safe Elisabeth (and the reader) could never crack, and I wanted to know if his icy exterior masks an even icier interior, or if it were a veneer for what was, at bottom, a warm and kind-hearted nature. If there’s a failing in Sorcery of Thorns, it’s that the ending is rushed in the novel’s last few chapters, and although a little light coruscating at the end of the tunnel is always a welcome respite, the conclusion felt a little too easy, too attainable, which knocked down some of my satisfaction. Minor quibble notwithstanding, Sorcery of Thorns is a remarkable achievement and I kind of hope the author writes more in this world. For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice. They sang when starlight streamed through the library’s windows. They felt pain and suffered heartbreak. Sometimes they were sinister, grotesque—but so was the world outside. And that made the world no less worth fighting for, because wherever there was darkness, there was also so much light. ✨ wishlist ✨ blog ✨ twitter ✨ tumblr ✨

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    I can't stop smiling. Margaret blows me away every time! Sorcery of Thorns is equal parts whimsical, flirtatious, and totally hysterical, while still managing to deliver a gut-punch of feels on more than one occasion. This story is an absolute blast to read, and kept me thoroughly entertained all the way through. First we have Elizabeth, a library apprentice of sorts. She's tall, fierce, yet has the gentlest of hearts. Time and time again, she charges headfirst into danger and drags us with her, I can't stop smiling. Margaret blows me away every time! Sorcery of Thorns is equal parts whimsical, flirtatious, and totally hysterical, while still managing to deliver a gut-punch of feels on more than one occasion. This story is an absolute blast to read, and kept me thoroughly entertained all the way through. First we have Elizabeth, a library apprentice of sorts. She's tall, fierce, yet has the gentlest of hearts. Time and time again, she charges headfirst into danger and drags us with her, and her cleverness and willpower never disappoint. I'd follow her anywhere. Literally. Elizabeth's world is upheaved when a grimoire (yep you heard me) escapes the library. Mind you, grimoires are no ordinary books. In this world, they are quite alive with minds of their own - and can be very dangerous. Elizabeth, who's well aware of this danger, charges after it (of course, it isn't in 'book' form anymore and is now a rather grotesque lard-of-a-monster) to try and save her town from destruction. And while she succeeds (because she's a badass), she's accused of treason for letting it escape in the first place. Which means she's shipped off to who-knows-where, now in the charge of a sorcerer. Only, that sorcerer is Nathaniel and he's quite literally the best. But Elizabeth doesn't know that, and she certainly doesn't trust him (because sorcerers are evil apparently). And, typical Elizabeth isn't going to sit still while evil-hot-sorcerer-dude carts her away and disposes her body. Naturally, she tries to escape. But alas! Sorcerer dude Nathaniel isn't going to let her get away (though he'll roll his eyes a time or two because ugh she's impossible). And his butler, of all people, seems to have spooky-special powers that ensure Elizabeth fails in every attempt. So Elizabeth, our strong-willed heroine, is stuck with hawt and untrustworthy Nathaniel, and his creepy butler-friend-thing-who-clearly-has-powers. As usual, I'm not going to spoil much more, but suffice it to say, things don't go as planned. Because don't forget! Somehow that grimoire escaped. And if it wasn't Elizabeth, who was it? Ah! There is evil afoot, friends, and as I'd hoped, it forces Eizabeth and Nathaniel to team up and uproot it. Only, they may be over their heads. So I leave you with this: Make room in your hearts! We have on our hands a new story with gorgeous prose (as expected), absolute hysterical banter, new precious characters, and a riveting hate-to-love ship. I can't even pick what I love the most - the incredible world-building (omg can this be a movie?) or the brilliant prose. Or the characters, who are as real as they are fantastical. And! That! End! The last page. I actually gasped aloud and scared my cat. My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. “Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.” I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been looking for a story all about someone living in a library, surrounded by magical books, while also going on adventure after adventure, for my entire life. And I truly believe that not only did Margaret Rogerson give me that, she is giving the YA literature community a ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. “Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.” I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been looking for a story all about someone living in a library, surrounded by magical books, while also going on adventure after adventure, for my entire life. And I truly believe that not only did Margaret Rogerson give me that, she is giving the YA literature community a gift from above. I feel like when An Enchantment of Ravens came out most people loved it, but it did seem a little bit polarizing, while I liked it but I never was in love with it. But Sorcery of Thorns captivated me from page one, and I adored it so very much that there was never a moment that I wanted to shut this very magical book and stop reading. And like I said above, this is a story all about a girl named Elisabeth who has grown up in a library all of her life. She wants to eventually be a Warden, who is a person who protects the library, the people, and the books, because some books in this world are very much alive and are capable of doing some very bad things. But one night, when there is an attack at the library and the surrounding town, she takes it upon herself to defend the only home she has ever known. Yet, this act ends up making her the only suspect in the crime. “Dreadful things roam the shadows while the human world sleeps.” So, Elisabeth gets sent away and is forced to travel alongside a nobleman and sorcerer named Nathaniel Thorn, who also has a companion named Silas who happens to be a demon. In this world, the old royal families have all made pacts with demons to give them magical powers, and these pacts are passed down from generation to generation, but at a cost. Also, Silas is easily my favorite character in this book and I would die for him this very instant. But Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas’s paths all continue to cross while Elisabeth is trying to prove her innocence, while also stumbling upon a conspiracy theory to end all other conspiracy theories about what is really happening to the libraries in this world. And the adventures they go on, the secrets they unfold, and the discoveries they make together, was nothing short of a treat to read. The thing that I didn’t love about this book, and the reason I am giving it four stars, is because I didn’t love the very vague representation. Obviously, I want authors to write what they want to write and what they feel comfortable with, but this was a little too subtly done for me. Yes, we have a main character that does express attraction to more than one gender, which I am always going to be living for, but we get a very brushed off moment with a very minor character being on the ace spectrum. Also, I think another leading character could possibly also be on the ace spectrum, but the representation in this book is so quiet that you are constantly left second guessing yourself while reading, and it feels bad, even with the excuse that this story is set in a fantasy world because the mentions are so very brief, too. Overall, I did love this story. It was so unique and so whimsical; I couldn’t resist getting completely swept off my feet. I loved all three characters and their dark backgrounds, while gaining so much hope for their futures. I loved the writing and all the twists and turns that this adventure packed story delivered. I loved the historical setting, which is very reminiscent of The Infernal Devices! I loved the romance even though it was such a slow-burn that I wanted to scream in the best way possible! I just loved it all, and I can’t wait to see what Margaret Rogerson does next! Especially because this is a standalone, but I could totally see more in this world after that last page. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Content and Trigger Warnings: anxiety depiction, anxiety attacks, talk of loss of a loved one, captivity, talk of forced institutionalization, and violence. Buddy read with Sol, Alexa, Kristin, & Alana! ❤

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    June Fairyloot Box! Well, here I am again with the same book 3 times! BUT, I'm trading in my green edition and keeping this stained Fairyloot Edition as well as the Purple Owlcrate edition. So it all worked out! Click the link under the picture to see the amazing goodies in this box!! FAIRYLOOT GOODIES June Owlcrate Box. Well, I already have the book but this one has a purple cover soo.. keep them both! =D Click on link below the pic to see the goodies. OWLCRATE GOODIES I made some bookmarks today. June Fairyloot Box! Well, here I am again with the same book 3 times! BUT, I'm trading in my green edition and keeping this stained Fairyloot Edition as well as the Purple Owlcrate edition. So it all worked out! Click the link under the picture to see the amazing goodies in this box!! FAIRYLOOT GOODIES June Owlcrate Box. Well, I already have the book but this one has a purple cover soo.. keep them both! =D Click on link below the pic to see the goodies. OWLCRATE GOODIES I made some bookmarks today. This one I like okay. I feel I could have made it better. AND! I used my new cutter so I wouldn’t get those little white parts on the bookmark and didn’t anyway because I didn’t practice! 🙄 I loved Enchantment of Ravens sooo much! And I love this one too! AND SILAS!!! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! JUST SAYIN'! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  5. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Rogerson

    Hi, all! I don’t spend much time here (I view this as a place for readers, not me), but now that Sorcery of Thorns is appearing on people’s radars, I thought it would be a good opportunity to mention a couple of things. Firstly: Sorcery is quite a different book than An Enchantment of Ravens, which may be helpful for readers to know in advance. Probably the best way to put it is that Enchantment is a fairy tale romance, while Sorcery is an epic fantasy. Sorcery does have a romance, but it’s a sub Hi, all! I don’t spend much time here (I view this as a place for readers, not me), but now that Sorcery of Thorns is appearing on people’s radars, I thought it would be a good opportunity to mention a couple of things. Firstly: Sorcery is quite a different book than An Enchantment of Ravens, which may be helpful for readers to know in advance. Probably the best way to put it is that Enchantment is a fairy tale romance, while Sorcery is an epic fantasy. Sorcery does have a romance, but it’s a subplot, not the main focus of the story. I had a ridiculous amount of fun writing it—and hope you enjoy venturing into this world’s perilous magical libraries alongside Elisabeth Scrivener. Sorcery is also a standalone book, completely unrelated to my previous novel. Secondly, I don’t believe Sorcery requires any major content warnings, but I’d like to run through a few possible triggers just in case. They are as follows: Body horror associated with the books-turned-monsters Minor, brief self-injury when characters draw blood for magical rituals Implied/referenced sexual assault (not graphic, nothing described on page) Children disciplined using corporal punishment (think Dickens; again, not shown on page) Victorian-era attitudes about mental health—hysteria, etc If you have any questions about these or want to know about any other specific potential triggers and/or page numbers, feel free to reach out me and I’ll get back to you ASAP! I’m going to vanish from Goodreads again after I post this, so please contact me on Twitter, Tumblr, or via the email address listed on my website.

  6. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    She wasn’t a wielder of chains; she was a breaker of them. She was the library’s will made flesh. I never do this, but I’m going to give you all a TL;DR for this review, just in case you’re in a hurry and need me to get the point across quickly: This is one of the best books I have read in my entire life, and if there is any single book I could beg you to purchase this year, it is Sorcery of Thorns. “Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any s She wasn’t a wielder of chains; she was a breaker of them. She was the library’s will made flesh. I never do this, but I’m going to give you all a TL;DR for this review, just in case you’re in a hurry and need me to get the point across quickly: This is one of the best books I have read in my entire life, and if there is any single book I could beg you to purchase this year, it is Sorcery of Thorns. “Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.” After adoring Margaret’s debut, An Enchantment of Ravens, it felt blaringly obvious that I would love this, too, but I had no idea how much my love for this world, this story, and these characters would blow Enchantment out of the water. The lore and world-building are so gorgeous and intricate, particularly surrounding the grimoires. Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people’s, and a book’s heart could be broken; she had seen it happen before. Grimoires that refused to open, their voices gone silent, or whose ink faded and bled across the pages like tears. You see, you might know that this book is about books, and magic, and libraries, but what I loved most is that there are no simple books in Sorcery. Grimoires are living, feeling creatures, capable of good or bad, kindness or scorn, and most of all, of being corrupted. Elisabeth, having grown up in a library (literally), is more familiar than most with the grimoires, and her level of respect and adoration for them made me ache. As another adult who grew up with books as my closest friends, I loved how easily I related to her desperate need to be surrounded by books and to take care of them. (After all, it’s why I became a librarian, too!) For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice. Margaret’s care in crafting these grimoires is evident from the start, but as the story progresses, I was amazed at how important a piece of the story they became. I won’t spoil anything, but I will tell you that I have never in my life literally sobbed over a narrative about books in my life until this story. “You belonged in the library, as much as any book.” Of course, that’s enough about the grimoires, because the primary star of the show is Elisabeth, and hell, she deserves an entire review dedicated solely to what an incredible, hilarious, witty, kind, lovable character she is. She’s clumsy and awkward in all the best ways, and she genuinely leaps right off the page with her general realness. There’s a sub-plot line involving her and the development of PTSD that felt so honest and authentic, it broke my heart for her every time it reared its head and made me root that much harder for her successes and happiness. “Are all librarians like you, or is it only the feral ones who have been raised by booklice?” Sharing the spotlight is our love interest, the infamous, talented, handsome (and casually queer!) sorcerer Nathaniel, and his demon servant/companion Silas, either of whom I would happily protect at all costs because they are precious and not to be trifled with. Okay, Nathaniel could probably use a little trifling-with in his life, particularly because he responds with disarmingly hilarious nonchalance to every minor or major disaster Elisabeth drags him into. Silas, on the other hand… well, you’ll just have to meet him for yourself, but I don’t think anyone could not love his grouchy, quietly protective demonic self. “It’s an honor to fight by your side, Elisabeth, for however long it lasts.” Oh, and I can’t pass up the opportunity to mention the romance! It’s fairly slow-burning, and it forms in the most natural, beautiful way. I loved watching Elisabeth and Nathaniel grow to trust one another, become friends, and gradually recognize the fact that neither of them could fathom this adventure without the other. If you all could see the number of tabs I used just on Nathaniel’s sweet admissions of affection, wow. I might have also tabbed every single instance in which Nathaniel called Elisabeth “you absolute menace”, because if that didn’t sum up their relationship as a whole, I don’t know what could have. My heart is so full. She felt as though she stood on a precipice, and that if she leaned forward, she would fall. She would fall, and drown with him; she would never resurface for air. Beyond all of this, the plot in this story is so engaging and suspenseful! I’d been reading Sorcery as slowly as I could stand to, because I knew I would be devastated when it ended, but once I hit the last hundred pages or so, I couldn’t be interrupted for anything because I simply had to know what happened next—and reader, let me tell you, not a single word in this story disappointed me. For every expectation I had of this book, Margaret surpassed it by a country mile. “Of course you can stay, you menace. It isn’t as though I could stop you even if I wanted to. And fine, I’ll help you. Not for any noble reason. I still think it’s a lost cause. We’re probably going to get ourselves killed. But every man has his limits. If there’s one thing I can’t do, it’s stand by and watch you demolish irreplaceable antiques.” As you can see, from the fact that I’m forcing myself now to refrain from writing another entire page to this review about all of the things I adored in Sorcery of Thorns, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is easily my favorite read of 2019, and one of my favorite reads of all time. It touched my heart in a million places and a million ways I could never have predicted and will never fully recover from, frankly. I can’t wait to reread it over and over again, and more than that, I can’t wait to see what Margaret writes next. All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to the author for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  7. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    ‘for all the girls who found themselves in books.’ yaaassss! we stan a fantasy queen who both acknowledges AND writes stories for us bookworms. <3 i know i wont be the only reader who sees a little bit of themself in elisabeth; for being able to relate, on such a personal level, to her love of books, for seeing them as companions, and forever feeling at home in their company/in a library. and this story is every bit deserving of having such a remarkable character. there is so much balance to ‘for all the girls who found themselves in books.’ yaaassss! we stan a fantasy queen who both acknowledges AND writes stories for us bookworms. <3 i know i wont be the only reader who sees a little bit of themself in elisabeth; for being able to relate, on such a personal level, to her love of books, for seeing them as companions, and forever feeling at home in their company/in a library. and this story is every bit deserving of having such a remarkable character. there is so much balance to this story, that i honestly couldnt have asked for anything more. elisabeths fierce loyalty is a match for nathaniels charm and humour. the fast-paced plot is evened out with with meaningful scenes and narration. and the enchanting magic is made even more alluring with the personal growth and development of the characters because of it. this story is perfection for lovers of books and sorcery and i wouldnt have it any other way. ↠ 4.5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    Guys, this book.....I WANT MORE. This book is Howl’s Moving Castle’s cousin and I was LIVING throughout it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Helena of Sparta ✰

    PHENOMENAL. Every criticism that I had with AEOR was fixed here... Instalove? Nope. The slowest of slow burns. Flat characters? Nada. All nuanced and well developed darlings. Nonexistent plot? More like a compelling and magical ride. I LOVED THIS. Margaret Rogerson is well on her way to becoming a new favourite author of mine. This was a follow-up novel done RIGHT. RTC!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    “Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell” This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I loved it! The writing, the characters, the setting, the banter, the romance - I pretty much loved everything about this! It didn't quite reach the full 5 stars for me, but I had the best time reading it and I'm now super interested in reading An Enchantment of Ravens!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    THIS BOOK SAID TALL GIRL RIGHTS!!!! THIS BOOK SAID BISEXUAL RIGHTS!!!!! Don't let this book fool you and let you think it's just another author trying to capitalize off of having the word "Thorns" in the title to appear like a Sarah J. Maas knock-off. This is my favorite book of 2019, and Sarah J. Maas should be SHAKING right now. I read this author's debut book, An Enchantment of Ravens, and hated it, so I was skeptical going into it. But I knew within the first chapter of this book that it was THIS BOOK SAID TALL GIRL RIGHTS!!!! THIS BOOK SAID BISEXUAL RIGHTS!!!!! Don't let this book fool you and let you think it's just another author trying to capitalize off of having the word "Thorns" in the title to appear like a Sarah J. Maas knock-off. This is my favorite book of 2019, and Sarah J. Maas should be SHAKING right now. I read this author's debut book, An Enchantment of Ravens, and hated it, so I was skeptical going into it. But I knew within the first chapter of this book that it was going to be something else entirely on a whole different level, and it was. The glow up this author went through, in my opinion, is UNREAL. The writing style? STUNNING The characters? BRILLIANT The romance? SOFT The plot? I'M RUNNING OUT OF ADJECTIVES When I say this book is unique, I don't mean it's ~special~ or it's ~interesting~. I mean there is literally not a single book out there that has done what this book has done. It has the cozy, library vibe of Harry Potter. It has the demonic tinge and 19th century flare of The Infernal Devices. It has the magical angst of a Sarah J. Maas book. And yet it did all of that together flawlessly, and better than all the previous series combined. I adored the main character, who was a wallflower and quiet but also had a side of her that was fiercely loyal, honest, and willing to question injustice. I'm always a sucker for characters who fight to do good despite their circumstances, and Elisabeth definitely embodied that. I particularly loved her because SHE SUFFERS FROM PANIC ATTACKS!!! and yet is a smart, badass heroine. Also, she is described as being tall and that fact is very present in the book, and it made my tall girl heart soar!! Nathaniel was also a dynamic character who both filled the role of sassy, broody, BISEXUAL!!!!! love interest but was also an entire person on his own with a lineage and backstory that speaks a lot to his development. Them together was such an interesting pair and would I have complained if we got more smut? Absolutely not. For the majority of this book, I did not have a single complaint. It was gripping with everyone scene flowing seamlessly to the next. I adored every side character. The writing was magnificent and awe-inspiring; flowery without being too self-important. The characters jumped off the page and had realistic moral complexities. Typing this review, I feel like my fingers can't move fast enough to list its good qualities. But the one part (literally, the single only thing) that I wish this book were stronger about was the development of the villain. The main character discovers very quickly who is behind all of the nefarious activities going on, and from there, it's a pretty straight line to preventing that person from succeeding in their great plans. Although I feel the magical and political conflict was developed well, I wish the villain's side of the story were better explained or maybe even reworked to be less generic because the evil they were stopping was massive, and yet it felt like the reason that evil was being provoked was something quite basic and irrelevant. But despite that small grievance, I will be camping out on this author's doorstep for a sequel. I know it's a standalone, but these characters and this world have captured my heart and I refuse to let go. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. I don't have a good enough parting line to leave you with other than this is going to be my obsession for a very long time and I will stop at nothing to insist you all read it immediately.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    I'm so bummed, because I had a paper where I noted my favorite quotes and corresponding page numbers tucked into my hardcopy of this book, but I seem to have misplaced it. 😿 No matter, I will carry on and you will now know that I had so many quotes I loved from this book and there simply wasn't enough room here to include them. Me, rushing to tell you all about this book: Sometimes, I think the entire experience surrounding a book contributes to our giving it 5 stars, rather than just the story i I'm so bummed, because I had a paper where I noted my favorite quotes and corresponding page numbers tucked into my hardcopy of this book, but I seem to have misplaced it. 😿 No matter, I will carry on and you will now know that I had so many quotes I loved from this book and there simply wasn't enough room here to include them. Me, rushing to tell you all about this book: Sometimes, I think the entire experience surrounding a book contributes to our giving it 5 stars, rather than just the story itself and my experience with Sorcery of Thorns is a perfect example of this. Picture with me, a woman who is technically in Barnes and Noble shopping for her daughter, but clearly must snoop around, lest she miss any new releases, and stumbles upon a cover she has seen on numerous occasions, but never took the time to read the synopsis. I thought it sounded good, the cover was stunning, and after seeing Meltotheany gave this one the green light, I did something I haven't done in years: I bought the dang book and started reading it the moment I got home. 😮 I'm so used to drowning in ARCs and not picking up a book until months or YEARS later, that this simple act was revolutionary to my reading slump. Long story short, my new goal is to get to a place where 75% of my reading is done in this manner. What's this book about? Glad you asked! It's about magical libraries, and the humans who protect the books that populate these sacred buildings. It's about sorcerers and demons, and a girl's journey on discovering how everything she's ever known may not be the gospel truth. It's about a journey to save the world from unparalleled evil, but also a journey in one's finding their self. It's romantic and inclusive and did I mention it features one of my favorite antiheroes of all time? This blubbering mess of a paragraph probably doesn't help you in figuring out exactly what this book is, but I'd rather leave it up to you to read for yourself. If you enjoy character driven fantasy with a wispy, slow building romance, noteworthy platonic relationships, and a diverse cast that doesn't feel included solely to be politically correct, you may enjoy this book as well. Also? I hope you love Silas as much as I did. 💖

  13. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    REASONS TO READ THIS INCREDIBLE BOOK: 1. The MC is a badass, sword-wielding, book lover who grew up in a magical library. 2. The love interest is a bisexual sorcerer who gives off major sexy slytherin vibes 3. His best friend is a demon who sometimes turns into a cat. 4. There's an ace side character (it's not on page but is heavily implied) 5. The whole book is feminist AF 6. It's set in 1824 in an alternate world 7. Parsifal is the CUTEST cinnamon roll ever to exist. 8. Books can talk and can turn i REASONS TO READ THIS INCREDIBLE BOOK: 1. The MC is a badass, sword-wielding, book lover who grew up in a magical library. 2. The love interest is a bisexual sorcerer who gives off major sexy slytherin vibes 3. His best friend is a demon who sometimes turns into a cat. 4. There's an ace side character (it's not on page but is heavily implied) 5. The whole book is feminist AF 6. It's set in 1824 in an alternate world 7. Parsifal is the CUTEST cinnamon roll ever to exist. 8. Books can talk and can turn into monsters and are rated on a scale as to how dangerous they are. 9. The whole book is magical AF and gives off major Hogwarts library vibes. NEED I SAY MORE?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    I don't even know why I'm adding this to my TBR. YA fantasy and I broke up a while ago and I'm reluctant to rekindle this relationship. But then I hear this book is a book about books and I mean, what can I do? I am weak. I will listen to this kind of temptation.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    That cover is simply enchanting and the blurb sounds amazing! I cannot wait for it to be released!

  16. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Synopsis: ...imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library... I'm like... Purchased. Update: Who am I that I have owned this since release day and haven't gotten to it yet? Oh yeah, that's totally me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zainab

    Since this is one of the most anticipated book of the year and not a lot of people have read it, I'm going to keep this spoiler free. The book started out great. We have our main character Elisabeth who is what most people would call 'innocent'. She isn't too smart- I mean I found her to be a bit too childish. Anyway, she's an orphan who works/lives in this Great Library and tries a bit too hard to impress her director. Then something happens and she gets kicked out of the library and so this is w Since this is one of the most anticipated book of the year and not a lot of people have read it, I'm going to keep this spoiler free. The book started out great. We have our main character Elisabeth who is what most people would call 'innocent'. She isn't too smart- I mean I found her to be a bit too childish. Anyway, she's an orphan who works/lives in this Great Library and tries a bit too hard to impress her director. Then something happens and she gets kicked out of the library and so this is where the story starts when this 'charming' young sorcerer Nathaniel takes her somewhere along with his mysterious servant Silas of whom Elisabeth thinks of as 'remarkable' (don't ask me) The Good: •Elisabeth's positivity. •Nathaniel's back story. •The mysteries (albeit predictable) The Bad: •The dialogues- they were a bit too cheesy. • The book is dragged. It could've easily been a 300 (or less) paged book. •It was a bit too predictable All in all, it's not a bad book just 'keep your expectations low' kinda book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anissa

    She has done it again!! I loved An Enchantment of Ravens, Margaret’s debut, so I was so excited to read this and it did not disappoint! This was such a wild ride - beautiful writing, an epic story and charming characters (I can’t decide who my favourite is).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

    THE REVIEW IS POSTED "But there is always more than one way to see the world. Those who claim otherwise would have you dwell forever in the dark." Wow. I haven't been moved by a book since ... I don't know ... months ago probably. This book was breathtaking. It was incredibly beautiful and so different than what I have ever read. What a fresh breath of air! and I even bought another copy of this book for my friend's birthday present and I had given it to her yesterday and when her face lit u THE REVIEW IS POSTED "But there is always more than one way to see the world. Those who claim otherwise would have you dwell forever in the dark." Wow. I haven't been moved by a book since ... I don't know ... months ago probably. This book was breathtaking. It was incredibly beautiful and so different than what I have ever read. What a fresh breath of air! and I even bought another copy of this book for my friend's birthday present and I had given it to her yesterday and when her face lit up with delight and I felt my heart was bursting with happiness because she liked it that I gave her this book. I was just so enthralled by this book that I wanted my friend to also read it. YES, the book was THAT good I laughed. I giggled. I grinned. I cursed. I cried. This book made me feel a lot of emotions. IT IS LITERALLY THE BEST FEELING when you read a book and even the quotations in this book were beautiful. Wow. Now, I'm going to tell you in detail what I loved from this book. The Plot THE PLOT WAS SO GOOD *screams* It was so different that what I have ever read. So in this book there are grimoires. These are the books that can whisper, move and they can even transform into a monster, malefict, if they are provoked with a damage. SOUNDS SO AWESOME, doesn't it? and I would say that the pacing in this book was slow but not the kind of slow that made you want to throw the book. It was the perfect kind of slowness. It wasn't rushed and the book took time to explain things. I swear this book is such a fresh breath of air. The world in the book was so mesmerizing and I honestly don't know how many times I have whispered to myself that I wanted to live in the world of this book so bad. I admit I didn't love the book instantly from the start but I kept reading it because I don't know why this book was just so intriguing and I wanted to keep reading it and I eventually fell in love with the book and the characters. It was inevitable for me to not fall in love with this book when it was such an incredible book. The Characters I LOVE THE CHARACTERS SO MUCH I wanted to cry. So firstly, I want to talk about Nathaniel. This guy ... where can I get a guy like him in my life? Nathaniel was just so cute, funny and such a fierce character. He made me squeal in delight and put my hand over my chest because he TOUCHED my cold heart. He made me laugh so many times and I don't laugh that often when I read so he made me laugh clearly said something here. Again, WHERE THE FUCK CAN I GET A GUY LIKE HIM? I would totally date a guy like him. ❤ Elizabeth was also the main character in this book and I ADORED her. She was such a fierce character, she did not give up easily when she had a problem and she honestly inspired me to not give up and to do my best to solve whatever problem I have in my life and on top of that Elizabeth was also a kind character. She is definitely on the list of the characters that have inspired me. If I could hug her to say my thanks, I would but I couldn't so I hug the book instead. Ms. Rogerson is such a brilliant author. Silas was also one of my characters in this book. I don't want to explain you about him in detail because I don't trust myself enough to not slip a minor spoiler, but I can tell you that he's such a complex character and I loved him so much. I wanted to hug him. Well, basically I wanted to give a hug or a lot of hugs to Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Silas. These characters were wonderful and they made the book more intriguing, more incredible and certainly more beautiful. I loved love these characters. The Romance The romance was so beautiful and it completely stole my heart. I loved the interactions between Nathaniel and Elizabeth and the romance between them was so real and beautiful. They respected each other and loved each other. I want this kind of romance in my life ahhhh. The romance was definitely a slow burn romance. MY FAVORITE! but I do not really think it's an enemies-to-lovers kind of romance, I mean Elizabeth never hated Nathaniel but she wasn't exactly fond of him in the beginning. The development of their relationship was beautiful. JUST READ THE BOOK. IT IS SO GOOD. the reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because for me 5 stars are for books that I will reread again and again. While I loved this book very much, I do not think I will reread it. But hey, we'll see whether I will ever reread this book or not because I absolutely loved this book. Thank you so much for reading and liking this review. I appreciate it very much and I highly recommend you all to read this mesmerizing book. It is action-packed and it has incredible characters. This book is awesome! *clap hands* and I hope you all have an amazing weekend! ❤❤ ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• REVIEW TO COME SOON. All I can say right now is that this book was wonderful and I had a lot of emotions reading it. I loved it and now I'm going to hug the book. Bye. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• AT LAST, I AM FREE FROM READING SLUMP and even in a good timing in which my examinations are ended. WOO HOO! Lucky me! Moreover, this book has slow burn romance and I'm not even gonna lie that it's actually the first reason I'm reading this book. Have you read it? Or do you plan to?

  20. 5 out of 5

    ~ Althea | themoonwholistens ~ ☾

    ”There is always more than one way to see the world. Those who claim otherwise would have you dwell forever in the dark.” FORMAT READ: Audiobook (Recommended) & eBook SIMILAR VIBES: The Infernal Devices, Daughter of a Burning City, A Curse So Dark and Lonely READ FOR: broody banter, if you want to laugh and love READING LEVEL: Level 2-3 out of 5 ⇒MY BLOG⇐ *All my reviews are as spoiler-free as possible unless stated otherwise* OVERALL: 4.75/5 HOLY HOLY OHMYGOSH THAT WAS SO GOOD PERFECT. ENDING. ”There is always more than one way to see the world. Those who claim otherwise would have you dwell forever in the dark.” FORMAT READ: Audiobook (Recommended) & eBook SIMILAR VIBES: The Infernal Devices, Daughter of a Burning City, A Curse So Dark and Lonely READ FOR: broody banter, if you want to laugh and love READING LEVEL: Level 2-3 out of 5 ⇒MY BLOG⇐ *All my reviews are as spoiler-free as possible unless stated otherwise* OVERALL: 4.75/5 HOLY HOLY OHMYGOSH THAT WAS SO GOOD PERFECT. ENDING. PERFECT. EVERYTHING. me when (yes… “when” because they are real in my head) I meet Elisabeth, Silas, and Nathaniel: Silas you precious 😍🥰😍🥰 Nathaniel my love 😍🥰😍🥰 Elisabeth my amazing boo 😍🥰😍🥰 I love everything about this book!! It’s fast paced, has a good fantasy worthy (yes that’s a thing for me) plot, cracks me up, made me cry, had me invested in all of the main characters, was original, had a heroine that did not annoy me… AND IT IS A STANDALONE PEOPLE !!!!!!! I feel like a read a whole fantasy series. the different versions of me while reading (view spoiler)[(in order) (hide spoiler)] : Okay, okay, I gotta calm down for a bit… so this book is about Elisabeth, she’s a bit naive as she grew up isolated in a library (being in a library all day is a dream though)... And that's all I knew going in and that's all I think you should know as well haha :") I thought the setting was going to be fully in a library and I really expected the world to be contained (especially because it is a standalone) but I was pleasantly surprised that the plot really goes beyond that. It’s another great example of blurbs not giving away too much, just enough to get readers interested. If you have been following my updates you probably know that I CANNOT stop gushing about this book. I was practically posting an update of me freaking out almost every other chapter. I didn’t want this book to end yet ;(( The dynamic between Elisabeth, Silas, and Nathaniel reminds me an awful lot of the dynamic between Tessa, Will, and Jem from TID… and I am not complaining The plot is very different though but the vibe is a bit similar. Anyway, I LOVED their relationships and overall dynamic. This is NOT A LOVE TRIANGLE just to be clear… don’t worry that was not a spoiler. Their chemistry is just so well written and I was getting more invested as the story went on. (view spoiler)[There was no plotting or scheming behind each others back and they were just a solid bunch and I really appreciated that. I’m tired of good people betraying each other! (hide spoiler)] They had me so intrigued and Nathaniel’s “broody banter” had me laughing and giggling. Note: Nathaniel is bisexual and it wasn’t even a big deal. I really like it when fantasy have lgbtq characters and it it’s just normal for them because that’s how I feel like it should also be in our “normal” world. He felt so real to me and isn’t that the goal? ;) Silas was everything I wanted him to be and I fell in love with him. I don’t know how to describe him but hecc he’s amazing. He’s not one of those characters that are like plotting behind your back because, frankly, I’m tired of it. The epitome of Unconditional Love right there. (view spoiler)[The thing with Silas is, he's not even human but he's the one that understands humanity the most and even though he isn't supposed to, he loves Nathaniel more than anything... I feel like there is so much to learn from him. (hide spoiler)] I though I would get annoyed of Elisabeth’s naiveness but gladly I wasn’t. I thought that it was based on something and it made sense. I was able to relate to her greatly and she's amazing <3 “Life is like the oil within a lamp. It can be measured, but the pace at which it burns depends on how the dail is turned day by day, how bright and fierce the flame. And there is no predicting whether the lamp might be knocked to the ground and shatter, when it could have blazed a lot longer. Such is the unpredictability of life.” Sorcery of Thorns is now officially part of my best-standalones and has entered my favourites-of-all-time shelf because that is how much I loved it. It reminded me of how much I loved to read. I thought this was going to a “meh” read for me but, nope, I was wrong. It was fun while still having the elements and emotional rollercoasters I want in a fantasy. This is a perfect fantasy standalone... that I kind of wish had a sequel but at the same time it's perfect the way it is. It did not fail to crack me up and tear me up. “You like this place?" "Of course I do. It has books in it.” I don't think I have related to a quote more XD PLOT: ★★★★★ WRITING STYLE: ★★★★★ WORLD BUILDING: ★★★★☆ CHARACTERS: ★★★★★ THEMES: ★★★★☆ PACING: ★★★★★ PAGE TURNER: ★★★★★

  21. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    I loved all the elements of this one (sentient books; magical libraries; broody sorcerers; secretly Soft™ demons) but the actual execution of it all didn't click for me. It felt like the Clockwork Angel series come again (Nathaniel and Elisabeth have the same personalities/arcs as Will and Tessa too) and overall I am slightly sleepy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people's, and a book's heart could be broken: she had seen it happen before. Grimoires that refused to open, their voices gone silent, or whose ink faded and bled across the pages like tears. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Elisabeth loved books since she was born. She was raised with them surrounding her. She loved everything about them - that they talked, laughed, fought and especially that they were so magical, sometimes even dangerous. She always wanted Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people's, and a book's heart could be broken: she had seen it happen before. Grimoires that refused to open, their voices gone silent, or whose ink faded and bled across the pages like tears. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Elisabeth loved books since she was born. She was raised with them surrounding her. She loved everything about them - that they talked, laughed, fought and especially that they were so magical, sometimes even dangerous. She always wanted one thing and one thing only - to be a part of the great libraries. To be a warden of the library itself. But her dream gets destroyed when she discovers a murder and is suspected to be the murderer herself. A sorcerer, someone she ones met, accompanies her. Through her journey Elisabeth is confused by Nathaniel - can she trust him or is he her enemy? But when she’s all alone in a dangerous city and he gives her a save place, she’s not so sure that he is her enemy anymore. Oh - what a ride. What an adventure. This was so much fun! A story about dangerous books, brave wardens and magic? Sounds perfect to me. I loved it. So much! Character 🌟🌟🌟🌟 When terrible things have happened to you, sometimes the promise of something good can be just as frightening. Elisabeth was this tall, brave and loyal girl who wished to be a warden all her life. She wanted to protect all the books that surrounded her since she was small. Elisabeth wasn’t super Intelligent, and by far she wasn’t perfect. But she was real and she knew her talents. She knew that she was good at killing and fighting and getting into all kind of trouble. She knew that when she felt that something wasn’t right, she fought agains it, even if she would die fighting. She was so extremely brave. I wasn’t quite sure about her in the beginning, but then she touched a dangerous Magister just to see if he had pointed ears and I was like: This girl is brave. I like her. And then she did all those risky and brave things and I instantly fell in love. And Nathaniel... he was such a closed up and hard to get character. He tried to force all those people away, but when he heard that this crazy girl (who touched his hair „by accident“ haha) was in trouble he went and brought her to his city so she could pledge her Case. And when she needed help, he helped her. First by giving her a home and second by helping her fight this dangerous adventure. I still don’t know much about Nathaniel, but after finishing this book I can’t deny that I did like him. I’m not sure that I liked him for his personality, but i liked him for his fascinating magic. And Silas... hello new favorite character. A demon who serves tea and hides along humans as a pure white cat? Yeah, gimme that. And the way he was always perfectly dressed, but has enough power to kill many people or demons just with his claws? Perfect. I want to have a demon too. Even if I have silver hair after it. I take it. Just give me magic! World 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice. They sang when starlight streamed through the library’s windows. They felt pain and suffered heartbreak. Sometimes they were sinister, grotesque - but so was the world outside. And that made the world no less worth fighting for, because wherever there was darkness, there was also so much light. For us booknerds there is nothing better than living, breathing and magical books. I mean? Can you imagine? It would be so fascinating and so so awesome. The way the libraries in this world are such an important, holy thing that is protected by a director, many wardens and librarians makes me love this world so much. And the sorcerers and Magister, who were something like the witches in this world, had this powerful magic that was sealed with a demonish pact, a pact with something dark and deadly that takes years of your life at the end of it. I was really fascinated with Nathaniel’s magic - the magic to raise the dead and make them an undead army. How cool is that? A magic zombie army, that will destroy your enemies (but probably you too in the process). And if someone damaged a book, even just a little, there was a possibility that the book would turn into a deadly and dangerous Malefict. Something so dangerous, sometimes only wardens could save them all from them. It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you. Relationships 🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Of course." A wicked gleam entered his eyes. "But I only turn girls into salamanders on Tuesdays. Luckily for you, it´s a Wednesday, which is the day I drink a goblet of orphan´s blood for supper.” Well, I would say the most important relationship in this book is the one between Elisabeth and Nathaniel. Whereas it was meant to be a dramatic friendship-to-love-relationship I never quite felt the endless love between those two. Yes, i think it sounds quite obvious they did feel something for each other... but loves? And so fast? Not so sure. I can’t explain it, because i had a really long reading break before finishing the book, but when you read it, you can feel it. My favorite relationship was the bond between Nathaniel and Silas. I’m a sucker for familiars or in this case - demons bound to sorcerers. I would love to have a demonic cat myself (I did have a black cat, but tragically she wasn’t a familiar or a demon trapped in an animal form). Cat or raven or snake, I’m pretty open about it. So, back to the story, Silas and Nathaniel had this really strange relationship where they were loyal to each other, trying to protect each other the best way they could. And Silas - being this super dangerous demon that would take many years from Nathaniel - always helped him with his daily tasks, with fighting his own nightmares and he always, literally always, made him some tea. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell. Lets be honest: I didn’t like the first book I read by this author, but this book was different. I liked this book. I really really liked it. It wasn’t perfect, but it was still really really good and a really big improvement to the first book the author wrote. If there will be any more standalones or books in general from this author I will definitely read them. It was funny, it was adventurous and it was really addictive. I had so much fun reading this book. It transported me directly into this crazy world were books were more than just paper and ink and words. They had a soul. Ugh, I was in love. I want to live in this world. Aaaaaand I want to be a warden now.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)

    Buddy reading with Alexa and Melanie<3 I had admittedly been a bit nervous going into Sorcery of Thorns because I was one of sad few who didn't love Margaret's debut, An Enchantment of Ravens (which honestly still kills me because faeries + the cover are Kristin candy). Plot twist, as you can see from my rating, I ended up giving Sorcery of Thorns a full five stars. Sorcery is almost double the length of Ravens and the added page time allowed Margaret to craft such a beautiful fantasy world an Buddy reading with Alexa and Melanie<3 I had admittedly been a bit nervous going into Sorcery of Thorns because I was one of sad few who didn't love Margaret's debut, An Enchantment of Ravens (which honestly still kills me because faeries + the cover are Kristin candy). Plot twist, as you can see from my rating, I ended up giving Sorcery of Thorns a full five stars. Sorcery is almost double the length of Ravens and the added page time allowed Margaret to craft such a beautiful fantasy world and fully develop her characters (which is largely what I felt was missing from Ravens). Elizabeth, Thorn and Silas hold such a special place in my heart<3 I don't think any reader will able to resist the magical libraries, personified grimoires or the allure of sorcery. While Sorcery of Thorns is not a direct retelling of any fairytale, I did get definite Beauty and the Beast vibes during certain points of the story. This is easily the best YA fantasy I've read in 2019 and I urge you to pick up a copy, even if you weren't in love with Rogerson's debut.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Langford

    4.5**** rounded up! Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people's and a book's heart could be broken: she had seen it happen before. Grimoires that refused to open, their voices gone silent, or whose ink faded and bled across the pages like tears. This was brimming with enchantment and I am totally in love with my Fairyloot copy which is signed and has sparkly sprayed turquoise edges. A sorcery of Thorns features Elisabeth, a foundling of Summershall Great Library where she is t 4.5**** rounded up! Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people's and a book's heart could be broken: she had seen it happen before. Grimoires that refused to open, their voices gone silent, or whose ink faded and bled across the pages like tears. This was brimming with enchantment and I am totally in love with my Fairyloot copy which is signed and has sparkly sprayed turquoise edges. A sorcery of Thorns features Elisabeth, a foundling of Summershall Great Library where she is training to become a warden of the books. These aren't regular books, however. These books are stored full of sorcery and magic that whisper and rustle beneath their iron chains. Some books are extremely powerful, and if provoked, transform into a malefict- a gruesome malevolent monster made of ink and leather that destroy and kill anything in their wake. From these dangerous and sorcery filled books, Elisabeth is taught from a young age that all sorcery and magic is evil. Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell. When awakened one night to a disturbance; an act of sabotage has released a deadly malefict and Elisabeth's actions unknowingly implicates her in the crime. Torn from Summershall library that she has grown up in and loved, Elisabeth has no one to turn to but her natural enemy, a powerful sorcerer: Nathaniel Thorn and his mysterious demonic servant, Silas. Through this, Elisabeth has to question everything she has ever been taught and the beliefs she has held so strongly, even questioning everything she knows about herself. Caught up in a conspiracy that has lasted decades, Elisabeth, Nathaniel and Silas learn that there is more to the libraries than just holding dangerous books, and there is a risk of not just the end of the Great Libraries, but also the end of the world as they know it. Through this book, Elisabeth discovers her own power, she uses her strength and knowledge to try to understand the conspiracy, and her love of books and grimoires aid her. Elisabeth is a character with wits and intelligence, who stands up for what she believes in. Often times, her and Nathaniel will have different opinions on doing what is right or what is easy. Nathaniel initially is her natural enemy, along with his demon servant Silas, however, with no one else to turn to, friendships and understandings form, as well as the will to help one another in times of distress. This book had an amazing female protagonist, as well as brilliant secondary characters. This was a book on friendships, loyalty, s slow-burn romance and defeating demons. It features a character who loves books and knowledge, sword-wielding and grimoires. This was a delight to read and Margaret Rogerson does an amazing job at world-building and descriptions of scenes, which really sparked the imagination. This book was a delight to read. Additionally, I liked Margaret Rogerson's inclusion of "novel reading" as an excuse to send women to mental asylums in the 18th Century (and a before and a bit after this time), as this was the case for some women in real history. The world wasn't kind to young women, especially when they behaved in ways men didn't like, and spoke truths that men weren't ready to hear.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily ✨ (procrastinating • bibliophile)

    THIS BOOK IS JUST ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND I LOVE IT AND IS JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO LIFT MY READING MOOD. I’M JUST SO IN LOVE WITH THE STORY! 💗💗💗 Side note: I’m totally down for a sequel novella all about their normal everyday lives. It’ll make my reader heart very happy if this came true cause I need for of them in my life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Prince Charming Doesn't Exist

    Welcome to Goodreads GrimoireReads ! Join the worlds largest novel reading black magic books reading community Read Grimoire reviews from top reviewers top Sorcerers Carefully Organized by our best librarians Wardens highly anticipated read of 1824: 50 Shades of Ashcroft! best book boyfriend: Nathaniel Thorn founder: ummmm I have no idea AAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOOOAAARD THE SPOOOIIILERRR SAAIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLL okay sorry lets get serious actually no lets not get serious nevermind *note: i'm a Welcome to Goodreads GrimoireReads ! Join the worlds largest novel reading black magic books reading community Read Grimoire reviews from top reviewers top Sorcerers Carefully Organized by our best librarians Wardens highly anticipated read of 1824: 50 Shades of Ashcroft! best book boyfriend: Nathaniel Thorn founder: ummmm I have no idea AAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOOOAAARD THE SPOOOIIILERRR SAAIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLL okay sorry lets get serious actually no lets not get serious nevermind *note: i'm actually new to the fantasy world so there r probably gonna be mistakes, that and i was so obsessed with reading that i forgot to take notes. Forgive me please. :) right right the book the book "Ink and parchment flowed through her veins. The magic of the Great Libraries lived in her very bones. They were a part of her, and she a part of them." Story Elisabeth Scrivener is an Apprentice at The Great Library of Summershall with a notion to be elevated as a Warden. As a toddler, the library's female Director found Elisabeth (can i please give her a nick name?) outside the library during a storm. Since then Elisabeth has grown up in the Library of Summershall extolling grimoires, practicing on how to perpetuate the safety of the books and living beings from sorcerers and Maleficts. AH Maleficts i should have known that they were technically 'made up'. Sunder Pichai must be wondering why the sentence 'WHAT IS A MALEFICT' has taken half of Google's memory. Malefict is a 'creature+monster' that is formed when a Grimoire is damaged and is shit destructive guys. shit destructive. Months or weeks before the grimoire vandalism, Magister Nathaniel Thorn took a trip to the vault in the library where Elisabeth and her friend Katrien were hiding to see Nathaniel. But of course what is a good 'ole love story without clumsiness so Elisabeth's robe gets caught by a grimoire making the bookcase and Elisabeth collapse. The next my friends ... you get it. Buuuttt my point is that how flirting is told and delineated in this book. Oh.My.Gosh. I hate flirting and being flirted with, because all my life i've read and heard cchhheeeezzzzyyy sentences that made me cringe. But in this book, wow, Nathaniel (that's right folks he's the Hero) swooned my heart with every single sentence he spoke. "When he pulled her up, she pretended to stumble, and landed with her fingers buried in his black-and-silver hair. To her dismay, he grinned. “Don’t worry,” he assured her, smoothing his tousled hair. “Young ladies have seized me in far more compromising locations. I understand the impulse can be overpowering.” *blushes* {and i can't even blush} One night the whole library had been under sorcery by which none of them woke up except for Elisabeth. She sensed something mystifying so she went out to the Library to check. Ok now you can relate this book to horror. Let's be quick, She found her Director Irene dead, took her sword 'The Demonslayer' made of pure iron, Noticed that the Library's most treacherous grimoire "the book of eyes" has become a Malefict (and was roaming free) it offered to reveal Elisabeth who murdered Director Irene, instead of listening (in case the Malefict was lying) Elisabeth valorously battled and slayed the Malefict with the Demonslayer. The false culpability A great deal of incrimination is thrown on Elisabeth stating that she was the only one awake with the Director Irene's sword...and without bounds...other suspicious accusations as well. I forgot to tell that the sword was left to Elisabeth by Irene's will. The one that hassles against Elisabeth the most is former warden and the new Director Finch (hated that asshole from the beginning). Elisabeth's apprenticeship is taken from her and she is marooned in a dungeon for several days. After her short trial in the dungeon, Elisabeth now has to go to Brassbridge for questioning by the Chancellor. Elisabeth is escorted by the one and only NATHANIEL THORRRRRNNNNNNN. sorry. The Chancellor is Oberon Ashcroft , the 2nd most powerful person in the kingdom and the head of the Magisterium (the sorcerer's government). Nathaniel has a slave demon named Silas, in the beginning, no actually most of the book Elisabeth is frightened of Silas (as demons can't love and don't have some other emotions as well) yet she still is fond about him. I just loved their weird 'friendship'. Silas is suspiciously scary at one moment but the next he acts like a human butler. "Terror clutched her throat with strangling fingers. “How did you get here?” she asked, her voice a thread in the dark. “All good servants have their secrets,” he replied, “which are better left unspoken, lest they spoil the illusion so dear to the master and his guests. Come.” He extended a gloved hand. “It’s cold outside, and dark. A warm bed awaits you at the inn.” " During their looooong journey to Brassbridge Nathaniel and Elisabeth grow partial to each other, but for some reason Nathaniel keep an eerie distance towards Elisabeth. (can i now plleeaassee give them short names?!) “Most people grow out of fairy stories,” Nathaniel said. “Why did you carry on believing, when the rest of the world did not?” “What is the point of life if you don’t believe in anything?” Elisabeth asked instead. “If you don’t believe in anything,” he said over his shoulder, “then you have a great deal less to lose.” Also through their trip this and that happen. {nope not giving those spoilers} Ashcroft acted suspiciously kind when Elisabeth and Nathaniel arrived at his manor, Ashcroft is described as very handsome (not swooned), his left eye ruby red - his demonic mark, and a decent gentleman *snorts*. He dismisses Elisabeth's case by telling the reporters outside his manor that Elisabeth is not being held suspect any longer, she had saved countless lives even though the loss of a class eight grimoire is desolating. After that Nathaniel decides to leave. Later that at night there is a formal gathering at the manor. At some time of the gathering Elisabeth wanders off to the music room, there she meets Ashcroft's demon slave Lorrrliiiliiii--lorleileilieeee-- Lorelei, yes Lorelei [tricky to say ] till this point you might have got {HAHAHAHAHA I just spoiled the book} that Ashcroft and Lorelei are double faced villains and to hide their crimes they state Elisabeth as 'mentally sick', leaving her helpless convincing the world, except for Nathaniel "My name is Elisabeth Scrivener. I am from Summershall. Chancellor Ashcroft is my enemy. I must expose him. . . ." Why Ashcroft dangers the whole world and the Libraries is a long story. A lot of damage is caused by him, fiends and evil creatures are leaked from the other world. “Aetherial combustion. Matter from the Otherworld burning as it comes into contact with our realm’s air.” “Its presence has opened a rift into the Otherworld,” he told them. “When it is loosed from its summoning circle, the veil between worlds will rupture beyond repair.” And if team heroes don't stop him thenn... omg u r not stupid... okay maybe i should stop right here done and we were spoiler sailing so don't blame me I'm still not over the fact that this book has finished, I'm so depressed, I wanted it to be longer. Before reading I thought that this book was going to be about a normal expensive and posh library but heck i was wrong. If magic books, sorcerers, magic, scary monsters (i sound like a kid), fighting with swords, flirting, mysterious demon slaves, badly wanting your job back is your thing then WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! This book intrigued me after 2 chapters, i couldn't even make out whether i was still in this world or not. I loved the fantasy guide out of this book, every event is associated with each other in such a striking way. Love tension is med-low in this book, even without the love interest part I would have adored it. Elisabeth's character, her dedication to save the world, how much she suffers to protect living-beings is awe-inspiring. splendid work just splendid now...... i'm gonna sail of to Antarctica in case someone comes to Jinx me for all the spoilers i gave ⚓⚓⚓ARRRRGGGHH ARRRGGGHHHH⚓⚓⚓ P.S. sorry that I sounded like Effie Trinket

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This gives me Throne of Glass vibes and I am not complaining.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alana • thebookishchick

    “Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.” Lets start off with this, this book is definitely going to be one of the most unique and original books you've read in a LONG time. And it's super easy to see why most book lovers will find a little sliver of themselves in this book. We've got magic, tons of books, the most beautifully detailed descriptions of libraries you'll ever read, demons, and lots of snarky/laugh out loud comments by “Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.” Lets start off with this, this book is definitely going to be one of the most unique and original books you've read in a LONG time. And it's super easy to see why most book lovers will find a little sliver of themselves in this book. We've got magic, tons of books, the most beautifully detailed descriptions of libraries you'll ever read, demons, and lots of snarky/laugh out loud comments by a cute queer love interest. How could you not find something to love in here? Elisabeth, our MC, is literally raised by the library. Books are all she knows and what she loves more than anything in the world. The books in this story are referred to as grimoires and are actually living creatures with emotions that can either be good or become something straight out of your nightmares. Elisabeth, more than anything wants to be the one who keeps this grimoires under control when things get out of hand - which then begins our super unique adventure that Elisabeth finds herself on. But I don't want to say much of said adventure because this is totally a story you need to feel and experience for yourself. Along the way Elisabeth finds herself crossing the paths of Nathaniel, who is a sorcerer, and his ever so loyal demon servant, Silas. Y'all, I know I've said I would die for A LOT of characters but I would absolutely lay my life down, zero questions asked for Silas. Naturally Nathaniel and Elisabeth get off to a rocky start since Elisabeth is raised to hate sorcerer's but their romance progresses in all the right ways. It's a nice slow-burn type of love that just feels so good. And Nathaniels's nonchalant attitude towards just about everything will have you laughing while this book keeps you up all night. This story is filled with so many moments of joy and suspense that it's just really hard not to fall in love with it. Now on to why I couldn't give this book 5 stars. While there is bisexual and possibly ace rep in this book, if you read too fast you'll miss it. Because each character only discusses it for about one sentence and then it's never talked about again. So part of me felt like maybe the rep is just there for the sake of being there? Which I honestly don't really appreciate. I buddy read this with a few friends and while we were discussing this there was that ".....wait, what? how did I miss that?!" moment. So yeah, not really a fan of that. Also, in the beginning it was a little difficult for me to get into the world-building but that happens often enough for me that I know I just need to power through and get to the action packed parts. Favorite Quotes "She wasn’t a wielder of chains; she was a breaker of them. She was the library’s will made flesh." "For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice." All in all, this super unique story is sure to hold a special place in any book lover's heart who enjoys fantasy stories. And the ending will leave a stupid grin on your face for days to come! Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tara ☽

    ~4.5 Stars I wish I lived inside this book, since I, too, would very much like to live in a library where the books talk back to you and wield a fantastical sword and fall in love with a bisexual sorcerer with a tragic past. ***** Y'all, this book is like magic incarnated. It's everything I ever wanted my ideal aesthetic to be: giant ornate libraries, sorcerers, green-coloured magic, demonic antics, books with personalities, gilded estates and girls who wield legendary swords. It's like cotton cand ~4.5 Stars I wish I lived inside this book, since I, too, would very much like to live in a library where the books talk back to you and wield a fantastical sword and fall in love with a bisexual sorcerer with a tragic past. ***** Y'all, this book is like magic incarnated. It's everything I ever wanted my ideal aesthetic to be: giant ornate libraries, sorcerers, green-coloured magic, demonic antics, books with personalities, gilded estates and girls who wield legendary swords. It's like cotton candy for my whimsy-starved brain, epic fantasy at its best and most evocatively transporting. It is everything I have always known I adore about YA fantasy; books like this are the reason I keep coming back to the genre despite the fact that in recent years it had arguably grown oversaturated with mediocre books focusing on mediocre characters and mediocre, overblown plots. It's hard to break down and analyse just exactly what makes this book so wonderful, but maybe it has something to do with the refreshingly endearing heroine, the array of eclectic supporting characters, the fantasy world that brims with magic and vibrancy and earnestness. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that this story reads like a love letter to books and libraries, to the importance of the curation of knowledge and the idea that books should be respected for the magical tomes of information that they are. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that this book evokes all the awe and wonder of the giant libraries of Hogwarts and Beauty and the Beast. Reading the descriptions of the libraries made me feel like Belle in that scene. You know the one I'm talking about. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that this book has a touching slow-burn love story that never feels overdone or forced. The heroine, Elisabeth, and the love interest, Nathaniel, complement each other beautifully and fall in love organically. Nathaniel is a great character, effervescent yet achingly lonely after the death of his family, and his personality fits in perfectly with Elisabeth's wondrous determination and sparkling optimism. My only complaint would be that his bisexuality is referenced in only one single throwaway line, rather than actually being explored. And yet, it's also nice that it wasn't treated like a huge deal, and was just a natural part of who he was. My favourite character, though, would have to be Silas, Nathaniel's mysterious demon servant. He's a character with grey motivations, constantly reminding both Elisabeth and the reader that his nature means he cannot feel love for humans, that his motivations are purely selfish and demonic, and yet it's still clear that he reluctantly cares for the humans he is charged with protecting. The ending made me cry, mostly happy tears, and mostly to do with the resolution of Silas' arc. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I am attempting to be sparing with my ratings, but it's likely I'll change my mind at some point in the near future. In conclusion, if my sappy review didn't make it clear enough, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. Even if you aren't a fan of fantasy. I believe it transcends genre tastes. If you love books, if you love well-written and vibrant characters, if you love fast paced action interspersed between quietly beautiful character moments, you need to give this book a try. It might be Rogerson's sophomore novel, but I firmly believe it is leaps and bounds better and more sophisticated than her debut, An Enchantment of Ravens. I believe I am witnessing a writer truly learning to hone her craft and undeniable talent.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Book Roast

    (These are notes for myself so I don't forget later, as I think I would otherwise) Things I liked: - The banter was good - Silas - Amount of books involved - Atmosphere was clearly set Things I disliked: - I was not sure what the motive of the antagonist was until the reveal time, which really took away from the build up - Amount of times I read "intensified" - While the stakes theoretically were high, it never felt like it - The lack of real consequences & the amount of "take-backsies". The latter (These are notes for myself so I don't forget later, as I think I would otherwise) Things I liked: - The banter was good - Silas - Amount of books involved - Atmosphere was clearly set Things I disliked: - I was not sure what the motive of the antagonist was until the reveal time, which really took away from the build up - Amount of times I read "intensified" - While the stakes theoretically were high, it never felt like it - The lack of real consequences & the amount of "take-backsies". The latter is a big personal no-no - I did not care for the faith of the characters as I never felt like I truly knew them - MC naivety used as an excuse for info dumping, Also just the extent of her naivety. - The epilogue

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