Written by: Melody (@snxwy.luv)
Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
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 the 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 released the library's most dangerous grimoires. 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 so loves, even about herself. Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could have never have imagined.
So, I am absolutely in love with this book. From the plot in general to the characters, to the tiniest, tiniest details, this book was so endearing. I could read this book over and over multiple times, so I really wanted to give a review and try to interest some of you guys as well. I will briefly go over the characters (protagonists only), plot, and writing style. Hopefully, if you guys get interested and read the book, you would fall in love with it just as I did :)
Elisabeth Scrivener, our female lead. In all the books I have read so far, she has to be one of the few female leads that I never, not once in the entire book, felt irritated or annoyed towards. The way her personality was built- a strong, curious girl with a love for books who loves to explore the unknown. She had wonderful growth throughout the book and discovers herself through her books. As a book lover myself, I could really relate to Elisabeth, and absolutely enjoyed reading her story.
Nathaniel Thorn, Elisabeth's sworn "enemy". Being a sorcerer, Elisabeth has this animosity towards him, not to mention how terrified she is of him. But, rest assured, he is a very sweet guy. I love the way he talks, it can be absolutely hilarious at times. Through him, Elisabeth discovers an entirely new world, a new life, and obviously, love.
Silas, the sketchiest (not really) character in this book. For a sorcerer to be able to possess magical powers, he/she must have a demon to aid them. In return, the sorcerer offers many years of their life to thei demon. Nathaniel is a sorcerer, so what would Silas be? Nonetheless, Silas is my favorite character in this book. He is evil, yes, but is he really bad? I guess you have to read the book to find out :)
I genuinely was not expecting this type of plot. Sure, there are many stories where a demon switches sides, betraying his own kind for his master (and whatnot) in many stories, but the actual plot of this book was very enchanting. Magical books. The best part, it's really not cringe. The way that, even though Elisabeth lives in a time of magic, I could still relate to her love of books. She finds herself through books, just as I do. I am fairly certain that other book-lovers would agree with me if they read this book. There were so many times that I would wish for my books to just come alive and start talking to me. Well, even if I'm not living it, at least Elisabeth is.
This book is written in the third-person past tense, which is actually a new point-of-view for me. Most of the books I have been reading lately have been in first-person, so it was a shift from that to 3rd-person. Nevertheless, the diction and syntax in this book were splendid. The descriptive words were so accurate, it felt as if I was watching a movie instead of reading a book.
Overall, it was a nice change for me, reading in a different p.o.v. and tense. This book was a perfect transition from first-person.
Sorcery of Thorns is a book I would, a hundred percent, recommend. Especially to all those fantasy, action, and magic lovers out there. It was a cute and mesmerizing book. Once I would start reading it, it would be nearly impossible to stop. It is a book I'd recommend to someone who's starting to read or someone who has been reading for a long time. I hope you guys enjoy and cherish the book just as I did.