Review: Sorcery of Thorns by 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 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.

I loved this book, loved it, loved it, loved it. Do what you have to do to get hold of a copy – buy it, borrow it from a friend, go to your local library, download it to your kindle. If you love fantasy and books you need to read this.

Elisabeth was a wonderful main character, strong, compassionate, open and true to herself. I loved how she never gave up, but never seemed unrealistic.

The magic system created in this novel is superb. Magical books (grimoires) that literally have a life of their own and need to be held in Great Libraries so they can be protected. A damaged grimoire can become an evil Malefict that goes on a killing spree. The libraries are so dangerous they employ and train orphans to work in then. It is in one such library that Elisabeth grows up, unusual even among library apprentices for having been there all her life rather that starting at 13 as the other apprentices do.

Sorcery is fascinating in this universe as well, every sorcerer having a bound demon who they draw power from. Power that is gained at the price of the sorcerers own life force. I love a balanced magic system that has consequences ad this one is so well thought out.

I hope we get to re-visit this world again I adored it. Having worked in libraries for many years I really wish I could have a greatkey and go work in the Great Libraries as well. Easily one of favourite reads of the year.

I received a review copy of Sorcery of Thorns in exchange for an honest review. With thanks to Simon and Schuster and Netgalley. Sorcery of Thorns is available now.

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