“Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
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.
Have you ever found that book? You know, the one that you’re fairly certain must have been written just for you? Sorcery of Thorns is perfectly, on point for everything I love in books.
First of all, there’s endless quotes about libraries and books. I’m a devoted book lover so these quotes were just perfection.
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.
You belonged in the library, as much as any book.
Sure, the books of this world and our world aren’t exactly the same but the sentiment of truly loving & belonging with books & libraries is something that really speaks to me.
Then there’s the banter. I’m fairly certain sarcasm is my love language. There’s something magical about quick fire wit & banter that gets me every time. Elisabeth & Nathaniel relationship really shines in this book.
Generally speaking I’m fairly meh on romances in books. It’s fine. I like it okay. I just feel it’s silly to devote so much energy into all that when there are typically some pretty big stakes on the line. SoT manages to balance the romance & caring for each other with making sure to keep the story moving & actually saving the day. The rest of the story is simply just a plain fun adventure.
All in all, just a really fun read.