-A.M. Aguilar

Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

This book has everything I love: fantasy, horror, romance, suspense, action, and humor.

“Sorcery of Thorns” captivated my attention immediately after reading the storyline. Margaret Rogerson created a fantastic world in which libraries store dangerous grimoires full of dark power and books have a tendency to transform into deadly demonic beasts. (Can you see why I love it yet? ).

In this world, libraries function more like high security prisons built to contain and protect the world’s most dangerous books and weapons. I loved how this is a book about books and you’re able to see the authors love for them in her writing. The story begins so good that just the first pages had me reading non stop.

“Sorcery of Thorns” follows the adventures of the librarian Elisabeth Scrivener, when she ends up in the middle of a sabotage and is forced to work with her sworn enemy, Nathaniel Thorn, to unravel the mysteries and conspiracies regarding the crimes around town before the deadliest evil is summoned to the world. A single event has them searching for the true culprit in an effort to exonerate Elisabeth from the huge murder, and in so doing, she uncovers a much larger malevolent plot at hand.

“It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.”

I was surprised to see such a good development with unexpected twists and exciting adventures in just one book. There is no sequel and I think that made me love the story more because I could comprehend the book beautifully thanks to the amazing development Rogerson created. An excellent book! (Especially for binge-reading 🙂 )

This book is definitely one of the best I have read this year with its absorbing fantasies and intriguing characters. I always talk about the female characters because they tend to be the powerful heroes and brave warriors of the story, and that’s definitely a win for me. Many of the fantasy books I’ve read contain inspiring and relatable women that make me love a book completely.

I loved Elisabeth’s character and her outgoing bravery and incredible loyalty to those she loved (including her books 🙂 ). She kind of needed a bit more of personality, but her character in general seemed pretty admirable. 

“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.”

Nathaniel Thorn, the powerful and eccentric sorcerer, was definitely a super interesting character and understanding his curse, tragic past and magic was one of my favorite parts of this journey. Silas, was also one of my favorites (I loved his loyalty and his sweet heart). Even if his call was being evil because of him being Nathaniel’s demon servant; he made one of the best characters in the development of the story.

The world building was remarkable, the characters roles were fascinating, and the dialogue very funny and charming. I surely recommend reading “Sorcery of Thorns” to all the fantasy lovers out there and specially if you (like me 😉 ) love a good plot filled with magic, monsters, demons, twists and the enemies-to-lovers romance.

Have your read Sorcery of Thorns? Tell me your thoughts about it down below. And do you prefer stand-alones or sagas?

“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.  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 with no one to turn to but 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.
For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.”

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