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.

Release date: Out Now

I recently read both of Margaret Rogerson’s books, between this and an Enchantment of Ravens, this was my favourite. Don’t get me wrong, An Enchantment of Ravens is good, but it didn’t resonate with me to the same extent that Sorcery of Thorns does. This is probably because in this book, books (Grimoires) are carefully looked after and to an extent, revered. Much like most of the real-life book community.

Elisabeth lives in a library and that is all she has ever known. Sorcerers are evil and grimoires are things to simultaneously respect and fear. Like think The Monster Book of Monsters from the Harry Potter series, but worse much worse. A little nip on the fingers would probably be a blessing when these books whisper in your mind. But Elisabeth is a bad-ass and she managed to do the seemingly unthinkable and destroys a rogue grimoire set to ruin countless lives – this leaves her in a lurch when she is accused of crimes which she did not commit.

Thorn once met Elisabeth and is disbelieving of her guilty nature and although a sorcerer, Elisabeth grows to trust Thorn and his servant Silas. Thorn is a sorcerer who is both loved and feared in the community in equal measure because of the potential his power holds should he ever need to use it. Silas is Thorns butler/servant but is more than that – I would say Silas’ arc is probably the one that made me cry in the book.

There is a mystery built into the plot and is up to the reader to try decipher the clues that are sprinkled throughout the book at the same time as Elisabeth and Thorn. Alongside the slow-burn romance and fairly fast-paced plot this book is able to hook the reader in and not really let go. Much like the grimoires it seems that Margaret Rogerson has manged to leave a little bit of herself in the story as there seems to be a personal connection created with the reader.

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