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Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns

Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads synopsis:

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.


Sorcery of Thorns is one of my most anticipated reads this 2019 and WOW WOW WOW. Guys, it did not disappoint! This book is beautiful, both the cover and the story, and YA fantasy readers and bookworms will surely fall in love with it.

The writing

The writing is great. I was hooked from the first chapter immediately. There’s something about the author’s writing style that just seems seamless—from the perspective of the main character, to the individual scenes, and to the main story line. I also love that it captured my emotion as a reader and as a book lover (I mean let’s face it, this book was written for all bookworms out there! So, thank you so much dear author!).

The characters

First things first: I love Silas. Just want to make that clear. He’s my favorite character in this book, and not just because he can turn into a cat (haha!), but because he is lovable, ferocious, scary yet full of warmth. (You’ll know what I’m talking about when you read this epic book.)

I loved Elisabeth as well. Her character went through a lot but she adapted and she grew, She learned things about the world and she learned things about herself. She was innocent yet brave, and so hopeful about the world. Plus, her love for books also made me connect and relate to her more.

I loved Nathaniel as well. He was sarcastic and funny, powerful, and perhaps, a bit lonely, too. He is haunted by certain events in his past which also made him cold at times. I just feel like there’s more to him than being the charming love interest, and I would have liked to know more about him.

When it comes to the romance, it was nice, but I wasn’t entirely convinced. I liked Elisabeth and Nathaniel’s chemistry enough, but I guess I wasn’t too invested with the romance brewing between them.

The plot

Sorcery of Thorns’ plot was great! It was a real page-turner! There were some scenes and elements in the story line that awfully reminded me of Harry Potter and Supernatural (which happen to be two of my favorite things), which was good, I liked it. But in a way they didn’t have too much shock factor anymore because of it.

The flow of story was just so good. You can see how the plot builds up, and you can piece together details and scenes for yourself and realize that certain situations and plot twists make sense. I loved that.

The world-building

LOVED the world-building here in Sorcery of Thorns! Sentient grimoires? Great libraries? Sorcerers and magic and demons? Wow wow wow. I’m a sucker for great world-building, and this book definitely quenched the thirst I had for a fantasy book with awesome world-building.

Quotes from the book

“She now understood that the world wasn’t kind to young women, especially when they behaved in ways men didn’t like, and spoke truths that men weren’t ready to hear.”

“Dreadful things roam the shadows while the human world sleeps.” 

“For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice.” 

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

“She wasn’t a wielder of chains; she was a breaker of them. She was the library’s will made flesh.”


4.5 stars for Sorcery of Thorns! I guess it’s now safe to say that this is my favorite read this August! I’m actually pretty glad I have two copies of this book now haha! I have one signed exclusive edition from Fairyloot and one regular version from Mermaid Crate.

How about you book nerds? Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Comment down below!

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