Sorcery of Thorns
Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
"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."
Sorcery of Thorns is a standalone YA fantasy novel by Margaret Rogerson.
Two words - magical libraries. If that isn't enough to make you automatically put it on your TBR than I don't know what what will. I honestly think it is an injustice on my part to not give this a five star rating, because I haven't stopped thinking about this book since I read it. I am waiting for the right moment to re-read this and hopefully solidify this as a five star read.
I am devastated that this is a standalone because I want more, especially given the way it ended. The end almost had me in tears because of how attached I got to the characters. Everything about this just worked for me. The world and magic system was built up enough to hold up the plot. The characters were fully fleshed out and really drove the story.
I am not going to say anymore about this other than the fact that this is a must read if you love fantasy or are intimidated by long series.