Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


Title: Sorcery of Thorns

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Published: June 4th 2019, Margaret K. Elderly Books

Status: Read July 2019


My Thoughts:

“Ink and parchment flowed through her veins. The magic of the Great Libraries lived in her very bones. They were a part of her, and she a part of them.”

Raised in the Great Library of Summershall, foundling Elisabeth Scrivener has grown up with no other desire than to become a Warden in service to the Collegium, to wield an iron sword, and protect the kingdom from the powerful grimoires that line the shelves of the six Great Library’s of Austemeer.

“For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice. They sang when starlight streamed through the library’s windows. They felt pain and suffered heartbreak. Sometimes they were sinister, grotesque—but so was the world outside. And that made the world no less worth fighting for, because wherever there was darkness, there was also so much light.”

But Elisabeth’s dream is shattered when she is accused of a deadly act of sabotage that results in the death of her mentor, the Summershall Director. Ordered to stand trial in the Capital, she is escorted by Nathaniel Thorn, a young Magister with a fearsome reputation, and his demon servant, Silas. Raised to believe the worst of sorcery, and those who wield it, Elisabeth doesn’t expect to even survive the journey, but she will face a far greater danger at her destination, where the real saboteur waits.

“She saw no way out of the trap he had built for her. Escape wasn’t an option. If she attempted to run, he would know that she suspected him, and the game would come to an end. She would lose any chance she had left to expose him, however small.”

Sorcery of Thorns is an enchanting young adult fantasy novel offering adventure, suspense, humour, and romance.

I thought Rogerson did a great job of character development.

Elisabeth quickly sheds the innocence of her sheltered background, but not her idealism. She proves to be intelligent, resourceful and courageous, and is determined to end the threat to Austemeer, no matter the cost to herself.

Nathaniel is a bit of a tortured hero, with a tragic backstory. I particularly enjoyed his sense of humour.

The romance between Elisabeth and Nathaniel is not too rushed, and I found it sweet.

Silas, with his impeccable manners and yellow eyes, almost steals the show.

I loved the world building, the settings are easily imagined, from the home of Nathaniel to the halls, and secret passages, of the Great Library. And what reader can resist the idea of a library where books grumble, and sigh, and sing, and whisper? A book provoked, becomes a Malefict, a terrifying monster that has the potential to maim and kill. Iron and salt are weapons that keep them bound.

“Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.”

I was enthralled by the Sorcery of Thorns, though near 500 pages long, I found it a quick read. Charming, exciting and entertaining, the novel is written as a stand alone, but I’d love to return to this world.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. crafting by the pound
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 10:33:43

    I love that you were able to enjoy this story! This cover looks intriguing and I’m leaning towards adding it to my read later queue so that I can experience the story for myself.

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  2. Canadian Natasha
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 23:29:54

    I recently read this novel and quite enjoyed it! Unless I’m totally imagining things (don’t think I am), the author pulled quite a few elements both from Beauty and the Beast and from the anime Black Butler. I loved her creative use of the grimoires and magical library elements. If I’d read this as a kid, I would have daydreamed myself in that setting. 🙂 Would definitely recommend this book to others.

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  3. Sam R
    Jul 31, 2019 @ 05:04:06

    I think I may have to pick this book up

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    Aug 01, 2019 @ 04:09:51

    I really want to read this! Do you have to read An Enchantment of Ravens first?



  5. Beware Of The Reader
    Aug 05, 2019 @ 03:02:14

    Yes! I loved that one so much too!



  6. Lynn
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 22:09:08

    Great review! I really didn’t like An Enchantment of Ravens so I’m not sure whether I should read this one.

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  7. WordsAndPeace
    Oct 04, 2019 @ 04:28:38

    Hi Shelleyrae, as you enjoy YA, I have a print review copy available for you – it will be mailed from Australia. See here if you might be interested, you or other Australian bloggers who enjoy YA:



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