August 03, 2020

#BookReview: Sorcery of Thorns by @MarRogerson






Synopsis: 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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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review:  
This months book pick for @everyotherbook was Omg this book was so good!! Romance, danger, magic, and one crazy demon that you just fall for! 

I really loved the characters and how everything played out. The magic was interesting and the demons were creepy! The idea that books are alive was wonderful! And I really die hard loved Silas. 

This is one of those stand alone books that you wish were a series. I need more to that epilogue!!!! Because I need to see what happens!! So come on Rogerson give us a 20 or something or other pages for what happens at the end!! Cause we’re all dying here!!! 

This book will make you fall in love, rip out your heart twice, and then put it all together before it ends! 









From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-In her second novel, Rogerson proves herself a worthy successor to Diana Wynne Jones in this moody, atmospheric, and lively classic fantasy. Elisabeth was raised in a magical library, providing her with limitless book smarts but very little life experience. Her well-intentioned actions have disastrous consequences, and she is sent away from her beloved home. She finds unlikely allies in Nathaniel, a handsome sorcerer, and his mysterious servant, Silas. They come to realize that their personal troubles are small parts of a much wider conspiracy and their particular skills may be the only hope to stop the bad guys. Elisabeth is a winning protagonist who believably transitions from naive ingenue to determined heroine without sacrificing her earnest, bookish nature. As in her debut, Rogerson skillfully evokes a fairy tale-tinged adventure with grounded, real stakes. VERDICT This enchanting story is sure to appeal to teen readers eager for more of the world-building, fierce friendships, and feminist heroines of Robin LaFevers and Naomi Novik.-Ann Foster, Saskatoon Public Library, Sask.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

"If you are looking for magic you will find it inside this book. Sorcery of Thorns is a bewitching gem, full of slow burning romance, loyal friendships, and extraordinary world building. I absolutely loved every moment of this story.", Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series.

"If you loved the Hogwarts Library, or the Great Library of the Clayr, you'll be right at home at Summershall. Tightly paced, hugely atmospheric, with a touch of wry humor, this book had me from its Gothic beginning right to the perfect end.", Katherine Arden, author of The Bear and the Nightingale

"Brimming with twisty enchantment, Sorcery of Thorns is Margaret Rogerson at her most playfully addictive. The heir apparent to Diana Wynne Jones, no one can match her dark whimsy or joyous magic. This book is sheer delight.", Jessica Cluess, author of the Kingdom on Fire trilogy

“Like the grimoires that fill its pages, Sorcery of Thorns lives, breathes, and beckons you closer with each enchanting word. This is classic fantasy at its very best.”, Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

* "An enthralling adventure replete with spellbinding characters, a slow-burning love story, and a world worth staying lost in.", Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Rogerson proves herself a worthy successor to Diana Wynne Jones in this moody, atmospheric, and lively classic fantasy...This enchanting story is sure to appeal to teen readers eager for more of the world-building, fierce friendships, and feminist heroines of Robin LaFevers and Naomi Novik.", School Library Journal

"A frothy fantasy of manners with plenty of substance and heart that will appeal to fans of Garth Nix (Newt’s Emerald, BCCB 1/16) and Wrede and Stevermer’s Sorcery and Cecelia.", BCCB

"A race against time filled with demonic magic, vivid settings and classic romantic tension, Sorcery of Thorns is a chillingly good gothic." 
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