It is no secret that I love fantasy. That is why I had to do this review on Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. If you are a fan of Holly Black or Sarah J. Maas, then you are in for a treat.
Sorcery, magic, and mystical creatures. What more could you want from a book? Rogerson is a master at fantasy and her writing is phenomenal. I can guarantee that this book will hook you from the very beginning. It is full of intrigue, romance, and enticing adventure.
Elisabeth is an apprentice at the Austermeer’s Great Library. But, she is no ordinary librarian, and the library does not contain any ordinary books. The Great Library contains magical creatures called grimoires that can turn into monsters made of ink and leather if they are not contained.
These grimoires come from the workings of sorcerers, beings with powers that Elisabeth was made to believe were evil. Then, all of Elisabeth’s beliefs and loyalties are put into question when the Austermeer’s Great Library is attacked, and a monster is released unto the world.
When Elisabeth is imprisoned for a crime she did not commit, all hope seems lost, until she meets Nathaniel Thorn and his demon servant. Elisabeth reluctantly seeks out Nathaniel’s help in an attempt to seek justice and find out who sabotaged the Great Library.
As Elisabeth works with Nathaniel, she realizes that everything she believed about sorcerers and magic may not be the whole truth. Now, Elisabeth has to find the power within herself to stop a great force of evil, but can she do so without sacrificing everything she holds dear?
There is something about fantasy that attracts all readers of all ages and demographics. The world building, the characters, the thickening plots, the political intrigue, forbidden romance… That is just a number of reasons fantasy is so popular.
Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns hits all of these marks.
For one, Elisabeth is a dynamic, badass character. I love when fantasy writers don’t use female characters as props to build up other characters. Elisabeth is her own character in every right. She is independent, fierce, and loyal. She doesn’t lean or depend on other characters because she is just so memorable.
Then, there is the Great Library aspect of the story. A library that holds magical books that can turn into monsters. Do I even need to explain this sentence?
I mean books that turn into monsters.
Come on! That is a fantasy lovers dream come true! Libraries are an essential part of a book lovers life, so to make that into a bestselling YA fantasy novel is an accomplishment.
The romance is enticing. I couldn’t get enough of Nathaniel Thorn and Elisabeth. This wasn’t necessarily forbidden romance in terms of Romeo and Juliet, but it walked the line towards that. Elisabeth was always told not to trust sorcerers and magic, but here comes all of those ideologies in the form of a witty, charming, and suave character named Nathaniel.
Add to the mix a demon servant named Silas, and you have yourself a winner. I found myself rooting for Silas throughout the entirety of the novel. The relationship between Nathaniel and Silas was so palpable and surreal. As a demon, Silas isn’t supposed to have any emotional attachments, but seeing that facade of his start to crumble and show just a bit of human empathy was worth the read.
Also, Silas is such a humorous and engaging character in a dangerously ironic way. He was a tension breaker, but it didn’t limit his character or cast him into a one dimensional character, which is sometimes hard for writers to accomplish.
Just don’t call him Sir Fluffington or hug him. Silas has his limits.
All in all, you won’t be able to put this book down. I read it in one sitting and I felt such a rush and thrill from doing so.
Magical books. One funny demon servant. A Great Library. There is so much to love about this book and I think that any fantasy reader will not regret placing this beauty into their hands.
Thanks for reading! More reviews to come! Check out my next review for the latest YA fantasy: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho.