4 out of 5 Stars
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.
A gorgeously written fairy tale of living books, warrior librarians, demons, and lonely sorcerers. Both the writing style and plot are poetry.
The set up and imagery in this novel are breathtaking. From the echoing halls of grand libraries to the ancient books, each with individual personalities and quirks–some of which are quite deadly–Rogerson’s words bring this world of magical words to life.
Although the prose was a bit flowery for my taste, the plot was action packed enough to make up for it. Elizabeth’s fear and distrust early on in the book seem a bit exaggerated, but I loved the stormy relationships between her and Nathaniel and his demon servant. Each individual character brought so much to the story including great LGBT and ace representation. This book walks a deliciously devious line between friends and monsters, saviors and villains.
Overall this was a wonderful new fairy tale that I was happy to add to my collection. The ending was bittersweet, hopeful, and absolutely perfect in so many ways. Overall I give Sorcery of Thorns 4 out of 5 stars. A great novel for anyone in search of a magical YA romance.