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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson [Review]


What’s it about?

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. (goodreads)

Book: Sorcery of Thorns | Author: Margaret Rogerson | Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books | Published: 4th June 2019 | Pages: 456 (Hardcover) | Genre: Fantasy YA | Rep: bisexual boy, aro girl (I think ace as well?) | TW: blood, death, grief

What did I think?

I have to be honest. I wasn’t really interested in reading this book. But then I was browsing through YA books because I felt like buying some and impulsively bought it anyway. The books arrived and that same day I got thr urge to read Sorcery of Thorns. And wow, I defnitiely wasn’t disappointed. On the contrary, I fell in love with this book on the first few pages and I couldn’t escape its grip.

This book follows Elisabeth, who is a very tall, sword swinging librarian in training. She is an orphan who grew up in a library and who talks to books. She is fierce, never backs down (not physically and certainly not verbally) and stands in the way of evil whenever she can. She also has a talent of getting into trouble. She shares a dorm room in the library with her best friend, Katrien, who is curious and likes experimenting with anything she can get her hands on. She’s smart and is usually the one to get others into trouble. To be honest, I’d read entire books about those two bringing chaos into the Great Library they live in.

After an incident in which Elisabeth has to destroy a dangerous grimoire, she falls from grace and gets transported into the city by the sorcerer Nathaniel. At first she’s afraid of him, but they soon grow closer and what a duo they are! He fights with magic, she with anything she finds in her surroundings. They’re both smart but well.. they’re both idiots and I love them. Nathaniel is often a bit grumpy, but he’s also sweet and too caring. I love them I love them I love them.

And I also love Silas, Nathaniel’s servant, who is with him at any time and basically knows everything that’s going on, even before anyone else really knows.

In fact, I love those four characters so much, I want to make so much fanart of all the scenes and reread the book and hug the book and just ahhhhhh. I want to talk about it forever.

I mean, the plot wasn’t too special or something entirely new, but it was good with some awesome details here and there. I kind of knew where this was going, but it was so fun to read it anyways. It had wonderful little details, good action scenes, a cute romance and amazing friendships, as well as a sly antagonist and some wonderful women and stupid men.

So yeah, this magical book is everything to me right now. And that the cover is gorgeous helps its case as well. Wow, I loved this.


  1. Hi Kat,

    wow, you’ve got a talent to make me want to read books. 😀 I’ve never heard of this one, but sword-swinging protagonist who never backs down verbally, sorcery and books sounds fantastic! And the way you talk about this book just makes me curious enough to keep this book in mind … Thanks for the tip. ^^

    Love, Dana from Buchtraumwelten

    1. Hoohoo 🙂
      I’m so glad my review makes you want to read it! This was a fantastic book and I’m so sad it is a standalone. I need more books in this world.


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