Sorcery of Thorns
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 Details

TitleSorcery of Thorns
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 4th, 2019
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-139781481497619
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Sorcery of Thorns Review

  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    ✨Full review now posted HERE on my blog ✨Fuck whatever plans I had for my life; I want to be a battle-ready librarian who can commune with books and fearlessly guards the library against scheming evil and also carries a cool-ass sword that slays demons. And heck, throw in also falling in love with a bisexual magician who affectionately calls me "an absolute menace" and lives in a huge mansion (which is, by the way, like a 15-minute walk from the nearest library) with his silver-haired demon ser ✨Full review now posted HERE on my blog ✨Fuck whatever plans I had for my life; I want to be a battle-ready librarian who can commune with books and fearlessly guards the library against scheming evil and also carries a cool-ass sword that slays demons. And heck, throw in also falling in love with a bisexual magician who affectionately calls me "an absolute menace" and lives in a huge mansion (which is, by the way, like a 15-minute walk from the nearest library) with his silver-haired demon servant....just for the drama of it all!
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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    I can't stop smiling. Margaret blows me away every time! Sorcery of Thorns is equal parts whimsical, flirtatious, and totally hysterical, while still managing to deliver a gut-punch of feels on more than one occasion. This story is an absolute blast to read, and kept me thoroughly entertained all the way through.First we have Elizabeth, a library apprentice of sorts. She's tall, fierce, yet has the gentlest of hearts. Time and time again, she charges headfirst into danger and drags us with her, I can't stop smiling. Margaret blows me away every time! Sorcery of Thorns is equal parts whimsical, flirtatious, and totally hysterical, while still managing to deliver a gut-punch of feels on more than one occasion. This story is an absolute blast to read, and kept me thoroughly entertained all the way through.First we have Elizabeth, a library apprentice of sorts. She's tall, fierce, yet has the gentlest of hearts. Time and time again, she charges headfirst into danger and drags us with her, and her cleverness and willpower never disappoint. I'd follow her anywhere. Literally. Elizabeth's world is upheaved when a grimoire (yep you heard me) escapes the library. Mind you, grimoires are no ordinary books. In this world, they are quite alive with minds of their own - and can be very dangerous. Elizabeth, who's well aware of this danger, charges after it (of course, it isn't in 'book' form anymore and is now a rather grotesque lard-of-a-monster) to try and save her town from destruction. And while she succeeds (because she's a badass), she's accused of treason for letting it escape in the first place.Which means she's shipped off to who-knows-where, now in the charge of a sorcerer.Only, that sorcerer is Nathaniel and he's quite literally the best. But Elizabeth doesn't know that, and she certainly doesn't trust him (because sorcerers are evil apparently). And, typical Elizabeth isn't going to sit still while evil-hot-sorcerer-dude carts her away and disposes her body. Naturally, she tries to escape.But alas! Sorcerer dude Nathaniel isn't going to let her get away (though he'll roll his eyes a time or two because ugh she's impossible). And his butler, of all people, seems to have spooky-special powers that ensure Elizabeth fails in every attempt.So Elizabeth, our strong-willed heroine, is stuck with hawt and untrustworthy Nathaniel, and his creepy butler-friend-thing-who-clearly-has-powers.As usual, I'm not going to spoil much more, but suffice it to say, things don't go as planned. Because don't forget! Somehow that grimoire escaped. And if it wasn't Elizabeth, who was it? Ah! There is evil afoot, friends, and as I'd hoped, it forces Eizabeth and Nathaniel to team up and uproot it. Only, they may be over their heads. So I leave you with this: Make room in your hearts! We have on our hands a new story with gorgeous prose (as expected), absolute hysterical banter, new precious characters, and a riveting hate-to-love ship. I can't even pick what I love the most - the incredible world-building (omg can this be a movie?) or the brilliant prose. Or the characters, who are as real as they are fantastical. And! That! End!The last page. I actually gasped aloud and scared my cat. My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. “Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.” I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been looking for a story all about someone living in a library, surrounded by magical books, while also going on adventure after adventure, for my entire life. And I truly believe that not only did Margaret Rogerson give me that, she is giving the YA literature community a ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. “Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.” I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been looking for a story all about someone living in a library, surrounded by magical books, while also going on adventure after adventure, for my entire life. And I truly believe that not only did Margaret Rogerson give me that, she is giving the YA literature community a gift from above. I feel like when An Enchantment of Ravens came out most people loved it, but it did seem a little bit polarizing, while I liked it but I never was in love with it. But Sorcery of Thorns captivated me from page one, and I adored it so very much that there was never a moment that I wanted to shut this very magical book and stop reading.And like I said above, this is a story all about a girl named Elisabeth who has grown up in a library all of her life. She wants to eventually be a Warden, who is a person who protects the library, the people, and the books, because some books in this world are very much alive and are capable of doing some very bad things. But one night, when there is an attack at the library and the surrounding town, she takes it upon herself to defend the only home she has ever known. Yet, this act ends up making her the only suspect in the crime. “Dreadful things roam the shadows while the human world sleeps.” So, Elisabeth gets sent away and is forced to travel alongside a nobleman and sorcerer named Nathaniel Thorn, who also has a companion named Silas who happens to be a demon. In this world, the old royal families have all made pacts with demons to give them magical powers, and these pacts are passed down from generation to generation, but at a cost. Also, Silas is easily my favorite character in this book and I would die for him this very instant. But Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas’s paths all continue to cross while Elisabeth is trying to prove her innocence, while also stumbling upon a conspiracy theory to end all other conspiracy theories about what is really happening to the libraries in this world. And the adventures they go on, the secrets they unfold, and the discoveries they make together, was nothing short of a treat to read. The thing that I didn’t love about this book, and the reason I am giving it four stars, is because I didn’t love the very vague representation. Obviously, I want authors to write what they want to write and what they feel comfortable with, but this was a little too subtly done for me. Yes, we have a main character that does express attraction to more than one gender, which I am always going to be living for, but we get a very brushed off moment with a very minor character being on the ace spectrum. Also, I think another leading character could possibly also be on the ace spectrum, but the representation in this book is so quiet that you are constantly left second guessing yourself while reading, and it feels bad, even with the excuse that this story is set in a fantasy world because the mentions are so very brief, too. Overall, I did love this story. It was so unique and so whimsical; I couldn’t resist getting completely swept off my feet. I loved all three characters and their dark backgrounds, while gaining so much hope for their futures. I loved the writing and all the twists and turns that this adventure packed story delivered. I loved the historical setting, which is very reminiscent of The Infernal Devices! I loved the romance even though it was such a slow-burn that I wanted to scream in the best way possible! I just loved it all, and I can’t wait to see what Margaret Rogerson does next! Especially because this is a standalone, but I could totally see more in this world after that last page. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchThe quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and Trigger Warnings: anxiety depiction, anxiety attacks, talk of loss of a loved one, captivity, talk of forced institutionalization, and violence. Buddy read with Sol, Alexa, Kristin, & Alana! ❤
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  • Margaret Rogerson
    January 1, 1970
    Hi, all! I don’t spend much time here (I view this as a place for readers, not me), but now that Sorcery of Thorns is appearing on people’s radars, I thought it would be a good opportunity to mention a couple of things.Firstly: Sorcery is quite a different book than An Enchantment of Ravens, which may be helpful for readers to know in advance. Probably the best way to put it is that Enchantment is a fairy tale romance, while Sorcery is an epic fantasy. Sorcery does have a romance, but it’s a sub Hi, all! I don’t spend much time here (I view this as a place for readers, not me), but now that Sorcery of Thorns is appearing on people’s radars, I thought it would be a good opportunity to mention a couple of things.Firstly: Sorcery is quite a different book than An Enchantment of Ravens, which may be helpful for readers to know in advance. Probably the best way to put it is that Enchantment is a fairy tale romance, while Sorcery is an epic fantasy. Sorcery does have a romance, but it’s a subplot, not the main focus of the story. I had a ridiculous amount of fun writing it—and hope you enjoy venturing into this world’s perilous magical libraries alongside Elisabeth Scrivener. Sorcery is also a standalone book, completely unrelated to my previous novel.Secondly, I don’t believe Sorcery requires any major content warnings, but I’d like to run through a few possible triggers just in case. They are as follows:Body horror associated with the books-turned-monstersMinor, brief self-injury when characters draw blood for magical ritualsImplied/referenced sexual assault (not graphic, nothing described on page)Children disciplined using corporal punishment (think Dickens; again, not shown on page)Victorian-era attitudes about mental health—hysteria, etcIf you have any questions about these or want to know about any other specific potential triggers and/or page numbers, feel free to reach out me and I’ll get back to you ASAP! I’m going to vanish from Goodreads again after I post this, so please contact me on Twitter, Tumblr, or via the email address listed on my website.
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  • Helena of Sparta ✰ (on semi-hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    An Enchantment of Ravens was rather subpar, but I’m willing to give a book about a magical library a chance! Also, THAT COVER IS DIVINE! Blast my lack of self-control when it comes to pretty covers! Bye, bye wallet! xD
  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    That cover is simply enchanting and the blurb sounds amazing!I cannot wait for it to be released!
  • Anissa
    January 1, 1970
    She has done it again!! I loved An Enchantment of Ravens, Margaret’s debut, so I was so excited to read this and it did not disappoint! This was such a wild ride - beautiful writing, an epic story and charming characters (I can’t decide who my favourite is).
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life. That's it. That's the review.(Just kidding, I'll come back and write a full review when I can stop sobbing and hating myself for finishing this because I was absolutely NOT ready for it to end)Thank you to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! ♥
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  • Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
    January 1, 1970
    Buddy reading with Alexa and Melanie<3I had admittedly been a bit nervous going into Sorcery of Thorns because I was one of sad few who didn't love Margaret's debut, An Enchantment of Ravens (which honestly still kills me because faeries + the cover are Kristin candy). Plot twist, as you can see from my rating, I ended up giving Sorcery of Thorns a full five stars. Sorcery is almost double the length of Ravens and the added page time allowed Margaret to craft such a beautiful fantasy world an Buddy reading with Alexa and Melanie<3I had admittedly been a bit nervous going into Sorcery of Thorns because I was one of sad few who didn't love Margaret's debut, An Enchantment of Ravens (which honestly still kills me because faeries + the cover are Kristin candy). Plot twist, as you can see from my rating, I ended up giving Sorcery of Thorns a full five stars. Sorcery is almost double the length of Ravens and the added page time allowed Margaret to craft such a beautiful fantasy world and fully develop her characters (which is largely what I felt was missing from Ravens). Elizabeth, Thorn and Silas hold such a special place in my heart<3 I don't think any reader will able to resist the magical libraries, personified grimoires or the allure of sorcery. While Sorcery of Thorns is not a direct retelling of any fairytale, I did get definite Beauty and the Beast vibes during certain points of the story. This is easily the best YA fantasy I've read in 2019 and I urge you to pick up a copy, even if you weren't in love with Rogerson's debut.
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Enchantment of Ravens sooo much! ( I don’t care what the haters think) I HAD to pre order her new book!!! She has beautiful covers!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    Margaret probably has the best covers, just wow!I hope the inside is better this time though...
  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided by Publisher-I have SO MANY QUOTES I WANT TO SHARE-but I love getting ARCs more. SO hopefully I’ll have the time to come back and add quotes in the future when it releases! 😊 **You have no idea-no idea-what it means to me to have received this ARC. An Enchantment of Ravens was my favorite book of 2017 after Rook stole my heart completely and Isobel fought her way through my crusty exterior, as well. It would belittle my love for this author to say her writing and stories are anyth **ARC provided by Publisher-I have SO MANY QUOTES I WANT TO SHARE-but I love getting ARCs more. SO hopefully I’ll have the time to come back and add quotes in the future when it releases! 😊 **You have no idea-no idea-what it means to me to have received this ARC. An Enchantment of Ravens was my favorite book of 2017 after Rook stole my heart completely and Isobel fought her way through my crusty exterior, as well. It would belittle my love for this author to say her writing and stories are anything less than extraordinary as she has proved not once, but twice, that she is an amazingly fierce story-teller. No, it wasn’t just a fluke, her first book-It’s clear she has much to say and will continue to do so with her hauntingly beautiful YA fantasies.I’ll admit that the first bit of this book scared me a little because it didn’t start out in a way that appealed to me as quickly as her first work did…but those apprehensive thoughts were quickly shattered when the first grimoire burst onto the scene and put our MC into an absolutely irredeemable situation. And perhaps the most charming thing about this book is the vulnerability and innocence of our main character-bound by duty, but without the slightest clue as to what she was up against-and the unbending will she has to remain loyal, even as everything is spiraling into madness around her. She knows what she saw, but what she doesn’t know is who to trust. She has a deadly secret, one that may get her killed, or worse, forgotten-sent to an insane asylum where no one ever remembers the inhabitants that reside there. But there is someone who seems to at least care about her well-being a teensy bit, for the most part, and that’s the sorcerer (sorcerers-with which she grew up being told not to trust) who she met when he visited the library before an unlikely chain of events made her the most wanted girl by the most powerful man.And this is where I just…fell in love. Yes, the danger-of course-but the bond between Silas and Nathaniel, and then with Nathaniel and Elisabeth. And, even, Silas with Elisabeth. I think, in some part, Silas is what makes this book possible. You’ll see what I mean if you read, naturally, but it shows from the beginning just how powerful his bond is with Nathaniel, what he’d do to make him happy, how he helps unflinchingly when most other demon servants don’t care one way or another what happens to their masters. And I understand that this sounds like dribble if you haven’t read the book, but just know that Nathaniel trusts Silas while no one else trusts the demons in their household…because Silas cared for him when there was no one else.It might come as shocking, as well, that Nathaniel is actually a supremely tortured hero-during the day he’s witty, funny, snarky, protective, and he keeps Eliasabeth at arm’s length, though we have no clue why. Being naïve, she REALLY has no idea-we as readers know he’s just trying to protect her. But, besides the imminent danger she’s in, from what is he protecting her from? And this is a layer in the story that truly seized my soul, because we all know I love a hero who hides scars beneath, who has a story we don’t know or understand that makes them feel inadequate or dangerous. I love these story-lines, and adding Silas’s snark on the matter only adds more heart to the story.And, naturally, this is a wonderfully addictive slow-burn romance, though it never once took the spotlight in the story. The author warned that, while AEOR was a Fairy-Tale Fantasy, this would only be a YA fantasy, with a-wait for it-smidgen of romance.Yes…just. Yes. And, even with all of that warning, I still felt like the romance soared onto the pages like a raging inferno…and straight into my heart. That’s TWICE this author has written a romance that knocked me on my feels out of nowhere, and, it’s a gift, really, a talent. I love romance, I really do, but I truly only fall for the fantasies that have a spattering of it in the story, hidden behind a compelling plot and dangerous, high-stakes moments. Which, obviously, that was the case here, so I need not look any further. And, even more than that…this book made me sob, at the end. I really don’t cry often in books, even though I always seem like an emotional mess, it’s truly not the case. I rarely cry. But, for some reason (just GUESS, UGH, Shoot me in my HEART already), the end hit me harder than I thought possible. The friendship between these three, the loyalty, the unrequited love (so they think) between Nathaniel and Elisabeth, the vulnerability, the humor, and the sense of a girl (and, really, a boy) never quite being able to find a home or a place they feel like they belong, misfits of a sort, until they found each other-it all just built up into a crashing crescendo of feels and the end finally knocked me out. I was depleted. I was hopeful. My soul was pieced together then ripped apart violently…and then there was hope. Again. I can’t even begin to explain all the feelings I experienced while reading this coveted ARC, but I can try. And I hope that this review shed a positive light on how wonderful this book made me feel after becoming depleted and depressed after a totally random appendix ER situation (which, in turn, is why this review is JUST NOW being written) where I wasn’t able to do anything I normally do, rendering me lazy, without exercise, and somewhat helpless and at other’s will…so, yes. This book was a saving grace, and I will abso-lutely be pre-ordering the hardback so it can sit next to my other favorite, featuring a stubborn fae and another fierce and inspiring heroine. I just cannot wait until I can read it again. I hope you’ll read it, too.For more of my reviews, please visit: *************************My God did this book make me bawl like a baby-I was an utter mess. That hasn't happened in FOREVER!RTC.***MY LIFE IS MADE. I will be starting this, oh, immediately!!!! Who needs an appendix when you get early Christmas presents like these! *heart eyes emoji*
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  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Margaret K. McElderry Books for the free (gifted) review copy in exchange for an honest review!And I'm finally getting around to writing this review. Sorcery of Thorns has been at the top of my list when it comes to 2019 releases. I still can't explain how happy I am to have been given the chance to read and review this book. So, without further delays let's get to the review.Sorcery of Thorns was so well written. I fell in love with the writing style and the way everything was explain Thank you Margaret K. McElderry Books for the free (gifted) review copy in exchange for an honest review!And I'm finally getting around to writing this review. Sorcery of Thorns has been at the top of my list when it comes to 2019 releases. I still can't explain how happy I am to have been given the chance to read and review this book. So, without further delays let's get to the review.Sorcery of Thorns was so well written. I fell in love with the writing style and the way everything was explained os flawlessly. The way the first chapter started had me hooked immediately. I'll admit I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy of An Enchantment of Ravens yet, but if this is the way Margaret Rogerson writes I guess I'm going to have to find a way to read it asap! The world building, characters and descriptions were AMAZING. It felt magical from the first page all the way to the last. Some might think it starts off a bit slow but I loved the pacing. I loved that everything happened at the right time and that nothing was rushed. We got to move through the world as steady as possible.Elisabeth was such a wonderful character to get to know and officially one of my favorites. I loved watching her grow throughout the book, and her relationship with the other characters. She went through so many hardships and some had me siting at the edge of my seat. Nathaniel Thorn, the sorcerer was another reason to fall in love with this book, along with Silas, his demonic servant. I got so attached to these characters. Nathaniel I fell in love with immediately. His witty remarks and protectiveness, and can't forget to mention the tragic back story. Even though we often see this in books I really enjoyed the way it was introduced. I don't want to give away too much but it was a lot different from most stories and quite refreshing.I suppose at the mention of a demonic servant you wouldn't really think you'd get attached but, think again! Silas has got to be one of my favorite things about this. I loved getting to analyze his relationship with Nathaniel. And even with Elisabeth. I kept making excuses for him at times, and I just overall loved his character.Another thing that I appreciated was the romance. It was a slow burn romance but I personally love them that way. I was waiting for it to happen but so much was going on that I often forgot about it for a while. The story was built perfectly and the romance was added at the very right moments. The libraries were the definition of magical and I fell in love in so many ways. The ending of the book had me sobbing and it's been a while since a book has made me feel so much.So in the end what I've been trying to get to is please pre-order the book!!
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  • Hafsah Faizal
    January 1, 1970
    SORCERY OF THORNS is one of those books that sink beneath your skin, burrowing so deep into your bones that you simply have to give it a place to live on in your soul. Because it's that good.I've known, ever since devouring Margaret Rogerson's debut, AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS, that she has a magical way with words, but in SORCERY, her magic soars even higher. I adored Elizabeth and Nathaniel, but Silas stole my heart.SORCERY OF THORNS is a gothic tale with a good dose of whimsy. Where books speak SORCERY OF THORNS is one of those books that sink beneath your skin, burrowing so deep into your bones that you simply have to give it a place to live on in your soul. Because it's that good.I've known, ever since devouring Margaret Rogerson's debut, AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS, that she has a magical way with words, but in SORCERY, her magic soars even higher. I adored Elizabeth and Nathaniel, but Silas stole my heart.SORCERY OF THORNS is a gothic tale with a good dose of whimsy. Where books speak and gnash their teeth, and librarians carry swords. Where demons can't stand dust and make a good cup of tea. Where a girl who belongs to the library can save the world.Deliciously, fantastically well-done.
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  • Sol ~ TheBookishKing
    January 1, 1970
    Buddy Read with Alana and Melanie! Hello friends! I am here with a review today about Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson! I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected but this is kind of a long review so thanks for sticking around.This story is about libraries and the dangers and wonders they hold. The main character Elisabeth has always grown up in the Great Library, one of the many Great Libraries where she wishes to be a Warden one day. Wardens are the main keepers of the Libraries and prot Buddy Read with Alana and Melanie! Hello friends! I am here with a review today about Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson! I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected but this is kind of a long review so thanks for sticking around.This story is about libraries and the dangers and wonders they hold. The main character Elisabeth has always grown up in the Great Library, one of the many Great Libraries where she wishes to be a Warden one day. Wardens are the main keepers of the Libraries and protectors of the stories. Now the Libraries need protection because most of the larger books, also known as Grimoires, are monsters, which I thought was really cool. Different larger books have more powerful monsters that need to be locked up and these bigger monsters hold the bigger darker spells in them. It’s kind of hard, to sum up, what these monsters are and how they work within in the world, just know the bigger the book the bigger the monster, and the bigger the monster the more dangerous the content inside.Now there is a lot of magic in this book, hence the word Sorcery in the title. And things don’t go necessarily to plan because why would they? And Elisabeth is sent off to a Sorcerers house by the name of Nathaniel Thorn because she is caught in a murder plot. They think her to be an evil villain who is going around murdering Wardens to take control of these monsters and as the story progresses you see more of the world, more of the monsters, and more of the sorcerers. The sorcerers are not loved by many, they hold demons as personal house slaves and just there is A LOT going on in this book.Essentially it’s just kind of a murder mystery story that is really fun and features a lot of magic.Thankfully everything is explained very well, I was never confused because nothing was info-dumpy or too much. Everything that needed backstory was given backstory in its perfect time.Now there is a lot I loved. The beginning is so fun and magical that it was very difficult for me to put down. The characters are very well fleshed out, didn’t feel one dimensional, and the plot was interesting enough to keep me going. I really loved Elisabeth even though she got on my nerves a lot. I think that she was a little too perfect and too many amazing things were happening to her but that’s just on me. And I really love Nathaniel Thorn, he’s hilarious, dark, and kind of hot. Nathaniel does have a little demon slave by the name of Silas who I freaking ADORE. And he deserves the world.I love the mix of magic and demons in this, I’m a big sucker for anything demonic in books so I was very happily surprised to see them. I also loved the fact that the monsters in this book are books. Huge leather bound books that bleed ink. I thought it was very original and really this book has some great original ideas that get caught up in typical YA plot. Going into this, I didn’t know exactly what to expect because I was not the biggest fan of An Enchantment of Ravens, it seriously was not my cup of tea and I was a little apprehensive about going into this one. But I ended up enjoying this loads more than AEOR, and it gave me a little more diversity and just better characters and a non-rushed plot. There is hinted to be a bisexual character in this novel, and a character that could be gay, bi, pan I’m not sure because nothing was exactly stated. And this is where I started to get a little annoyed with this book.And there is a little bit that just rubbed me the wrong way. I am always here for LGBTQ+ representation, however, I don’t like when it’s just thrown into the book nonchalantly and like … not talked about ever? The bisexual character in this mentions his sexuality once and it’s never mentioned again or hinted at or even touched on. It’s just like “yeah I liked this dude once upon a time,” and I wasn’t here for it because it seems to be a running trend in YA that bisexual characters never feel the need to confirm their sexuality? I’m kind of over it.And then the gay character’s sexuality is touched on for ONE SENTENCE and then never brought up again. This is another situation of it’s hinted, but it’s never stated.If you’re going to include minorities in your book, don’t just throw them in randomly and NEVER bring it up again. It shouldn’t ever feel like “Oh BTW this character likes dudes, but let’s go right back to the main story.” I would have much preferred if everyone was straight in this because it would have made the story flow better and that ENDING wouldn’t feel so messed up. I will touch on the ending just in a tiny little spoiler section because I want to make sure you know what you’re getting into!This is a spoiler section for the end, I'm not sure if it's going to be covered up by the Spoiler Tag I put! Just a warning. It will be over in about a paragraph if you want to scroll down and read still <3.(view spoiler)[This is the one part that triggered me is that the gay character dies so the guy and the girl can be together. Uhm I like was okay, let’s just kill off this character who maybe is gay? I’m not even sure because again ! nothing is confirmed when it should have been ! It just rubbed me the wrong way, but then I’m not sure exactly how I feel because this character may or may not be alive still? It kind of ends on a cliff hanger and it very much left me wanting more but I’m not sure if I want to go on with the books because of the way that gays are handled. (hide spoiler)]Okay SO welcome back if you didn’t want to be spoiled, I 100% understand. But anyways, I will say this is a good start for a pretty great series. I loved all the characters and really think there is a lot of potential here. I think that the author could work a lot better on her diversity, it kind of felt like a Sarah J. Maas situation here where it’s just thrown in because she doesn’t want to seem like all her characters are white and straight. But really 99% of the cast is White and 90% of the cast is Straight. I really think this is up to your personal taste. I’m just a little tired of reading about Straight White people all the time so again it’s all up to you. I really think a lot of people will love this, so that’s why I’m not rating it lower than it deserves because really it was a fun book to read.This does release sometime in June, I believe June 4th, so be on the lookout for this novel soon!Thank you all for reading this really long review!!~ Sol
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  • Alana • thebookishchick
    January 1, 1970
    Someone come slap this cheesy grin off my face because I can't stop smiling.RTC.-------------------OHHHH MY GOD. 2019 out here blessing us with ANOTHER amazing book but I really need it now.Blog | Twitter | Instagram
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Synopsis: ...imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library... I'm like...
  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    January 1, 1970
    this sounds fucking amazing. gimme.
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. **5 GLITTERING STARS.**So, I just completed reading Sorcery of Thorns and am so entranced that I felt I needed to write this review immediately. This book is easily one of my favorite books of all time. Margaret Rogerson’s characterization is phenomenal. I felt strong emotions toward ALL of the characters, no matter how minor they were. Whether those emotions were delight, disgust, adoration—they were powerful.I had ve ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. **5 GLITTERING STARS.**So, I just completed reading Sorcery of Thorns and am so entranced that I felt I needed to write this review immediately. This book is easily one of my favorite books of all time. Margaret Rogerson’s characterization is phenomenal. I felt strong emotions toward ALL of the characters, no matter how minor they were. Whether those emotions were delight, disgust, adoration—they were powerful.I had very high expectations for this book. I really enjoyed An Enchantment of Ravens (more for the characters than the story), but THIS…I went into it critically. You see, my safe space is books, libraries, magical fantasies, and especially cats. I was nervous about being disappointed. But I definitely was not. This is a wonderfully enchanting story where books have personalities as captivating as the characters and otherworldly creatures that you know are supposed to be “evil” but still you find yourself accepting them for what they are (and even feeling for them at some points). One of these otherworldly creatures, in particular, quickly became my favorite character and I adored and adored and adored every scene with him in it. Now, A LOT happens in Sorcery of Thorns. So much happens, so quickly, one thing right after the other, that I found myself needing several breaks throughout reading it. Which is why it took me several days to read. At times it was overwhelming and I needed to put the book down to just process everything I had just read. I’m actually happy about this, because it made the experience last longer. I so WISH this wasn’t a standalone novel, because I want more. However, it is a beautiful story as it is.AND THAT ENDING! My heart broke into a billion and a half pieces. But then again…I’ll let you see for yourself.This book doesn’t just fill you with awe, it is funny and heart wrenching at times. I found myself laughing out loud and nearly cry and wanting more dialogue so I could keep experiencing the playfulness and tension between all of the characters. It was truly a joy to read this book and I'm sure I will re-read it over and over as time goes on.I HIGHLY recommend reading this even if you did not like An Enchantment of Ravens. I can assure you they are night and day. Sorcery of Thorns is at a completely different level of skill and is incredible. Margaret Rogerson is obviously very talented and I will ABSOLUTELY read anything she ever writes. Pick up the book! You won’t be sorry.
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  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    Magical libraries, sorcerers, and demons—yes! Loved this book. RTC (review to come)
  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    i am...so sad rn. i seriously thought this was going to be a new all-time fave after the first 100 pages, but it just fell flat for me. once we got into the swing of the plot, everything i loved about this story (the characters and a whimsical world) seemed to vanish. i just struggled to care entirely about the plot, and by the end my love for most of the characters had faded too (minus silas. i love him with my whole heart). also, nathaniel is written like he’s in his 20s even though he’s 18, a i am...so sad rn. i seriously thought this was going to be a new all-time fave after the first 100 pages, but it just fell flat for me. once we got into the swing of the plot, everything i loved about this story (the characters and a whimsical world) seemed to vanish. i just struggled to care entirely about the plot, and by the end my love for most of the characters had faded too (minus silas. i love him with my whole heart). also, nathaniel is written like he’s in his 20s even though he’s 18, and it made reading some of his actions a bit frustrating and some of the comments about him (like a 40 year old woman sending him flowers after he was naked in public when he was, i assume, underage??) kind of gross.
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  • Nikki (Book Allure)
    January 1, 1970
    Why does this cover remind me so much of A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ e-ARC provided by Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review! Sorcery Of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson is the tale of a library apprentice who inevitably finds herself going head to head in a battle with the saboteur that threatens to destroy her entire kingdom! I was hesitant to pick this one up because I didn't love An Enchantment Of Ravens, but talk of magical grimoires that could transform into monsters of ink and leather when provoked-and demon 5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ e-ARC provided by Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review! Sorcery Of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson is the tale of a library apprentice who inevitably finds herself going head to head in a battle with the saboteur that threatens to destroy her entire kingdom! I was hesitant to pick this one up because I didn't love An Enchantment Of Ravens, but talk of magical grimoires that could transform into monsters of ink and leather when provoked-and demon servants ended up convincing me that I NEEDED to give this book a fair chance! (I MIGHT have pre-ordered this at the halfway point!) The expected publication for this book is the 4th of June, 2019! Do yourselves a favour and add this to your TBR if it sounds like something you might enjoy! I think this is now my favourite book that I've requested from NetGalley to date!
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  • Sh3lly (GrumpyBookGrrrl.com)
    January 1, 1970
    An Enchantment of Ravens: ★★★★★Oh my. I am so excited to see this. Release date June 4, 2019.Edit: Oh, I found out this is a stand-alone in the same world and not a sequel. Oops.
  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Well someone has been blessed again by the God of Gorgeous Covers.That synopsis has me lit with hype and I'm not even sorry. 2019 better live up to it!
  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    It has been so, so long since I’ve read a book that makes me feel so damn much. (Coincidentally, it has also been so long since I’ve finished a book—period.)Reading Sorcery of Thorns was a ride. In a way that was different from reading Warcross and Wildcard—the gods above know how much I love those two books. But Sorcery. Wow. I just—I can’t seem to find the words for it?I have never had a book that changed me. I’ve never had a book that meant so much to me that I simply can’t fathom it. I final It has been so, so long since I’ve read a book that makes me feel so damn much. (Coincidentally, it has also been so long since I’ve finished a book—period.)Reading Sorcery of Thorns was a ride. In a way that was different from reading Warcross and Wildcard—the gods above know how much I love those two books. But Sorcery. Wow. I just—I can’t seem to find the words for it?I have never had a book that changed me. I’ve never had a book that meant so much to me that I simply can’t fathom it. I finally do now, though. I finally have this. Sorcery of Thorns was a book full of everything I’ve ever wanted, from its characters to the feelings it gave me. It means the world to me. NOW, having all that sentimental nonsense out of the way!! YALL. I fucking love his book more than I love lipstick and whew friends, so I love lipstick. It made me cackle in delight, it made me cry, it made me stay up until who knows when, just happy to be reading something so delightful. See, I haven’t had that feeling in a while. It’s great to have it again, even if it’s only for a few hours. Man just everything about this book was Great. The writing was beautiful without being overly purple prosey. Without being obnoxious, yknow? The characters leapt off the page and it overwhelms me still, just how much I care about Elisabeth and Nathaniel and Silas—the only word I will go through the annoyance of italicising because THAT is how much I love him. It’s so easy to pretend I have No Feelings Whatsoever, but whew, any mention of him and I’m a goddamn mess and a half. (I’m usually just A Mess regularly, so you see.)Part of why I adored this novel so much is that Rogerson just wrote evil so well? So nuanced and complex and thoughtful. I’m clearly not the right person to express these thoughts because I’m having so much trouble but— Wow. To see such an abstract word written so breathtakingly well, in such a light that’ll make you think... to put it simply, it’s amazing. And maybe other authors have done this too, maybe other books have the same thing, but this was a first for me and I love it. I love how it ties to inexplicably to my favourite character. I love how she did it—and him—justice. Anyway I guess I’ll close out on that note. That, and—Nathaniel Thorn is the new fictional Love of My Life. If I were not guyliners in literally every social media account ever, I’d have to change it to accommodate my love for Nathaniel. Read this book when it comes out!! It’s splendid and funny and oh, it still makes me weepy. I love it. If that’s enough for you, then by all means! Take heed to my rambling. Cheers!
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Buddy reading with Kristin & Melanie!It was so good to sink into a YA fantasy and fall in love with it! With echoes of other familiar stories that I love and a style that felt both like older, classic YA fantasy and a refreshing new spin on that, Sorcery of Thorns was precisely the sort of reading experience I want with a new fantasy book. (Plus, I just loved Elisabeth and Nathaniel a whole lot too!)
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    5 flamboyant stars! Oooh how I loved that story! It felt exhilarating! I have so much to say and praise about that book that I might be bossy, sorry but not sorry, trying to MAKE you READ it!I liked An Enchantment of Ravens but I adored Sorcery of Thorns!  Honestly this book is so many things! First I bow low to Margaret’s imagination because I loved reading about a world where Great Libraries held grimoires who snored while sleeping, complained, laughed or had to have their spines massaged by 5 flamboyant stars! Oooh how I loved that story! It felt exhilarating! I have so much to say and praise about that book that I might be bossy, sorry but not sorry, trying to MAKE you READ it!I liked An Enchantment of Ravens but I adored Sorcery of Thorns!  Honestly this book is so many things! First I bow low to Margaret’s imagination because I loved reading about a world where Great Libraries held grimoires who snored while sleeping, complained, laughed or had to have their spines massaged by apprentices when they got a special flu! This was so original!Not to forget gargoyle coming to life and stone angels awakened by sorcerers to join the battle and defend said libraries!And I am not even mentioning the book lice being extra fat and hard to kill when they feasted on enchanted grimoires!So the first thing to praise was the world building!Imaginative, enchanting and so vivid! Second I absolutely adored the balance between gravity and humor in this book! Some of the first moments that made me smile was when the heroine, Elisabeth Scrivener, orphaned abandoned at the entrance of a Great Library and raised among very alive grimoires was retelling that the first time she had seen a normal book she thought he was dead because he made no noise nor movement! So delicious!!!Then of course or sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn is a master at irony and sarcasm.Always unruffled even in dire circumstances he had the best come backs! He reminded me of Jace Wayland or ……. “Why are you looking at me like that?” he inquired. “You used a demonic incantation to pack my stockings!” He raised an eyebrow. “You’re right, that doesn’t sound like something a proper evil sorcerer would do. Next time, I won’t fold them.” What also added humor and comic moments was the knack of Elisabeth to always jump head first into compromising situations! Like making fall an entire book shelf on the sorcerer she covertly and discreetly tried to spy on just to end falling on him and grabbing his surprisingly soft hair to test a theory and make sure he had or had not pointed ears! It’s for science you see… Third I fell hard for the magical battles, the heroics, the constant action and exhilarating acts of bravery! I felt emboldened and energized just reading about Elisabeth’s high feat and courageous actions. I barely kept myself from shouting something along “Take that evil monster!” in the midst of fellow commuters on the train. No doubt it would not have been welcomed to rouse them from their sleep while on our very early morning trip to work! Fourth I loved the character’s growth and their evolution. How Elisabeth, raised in a Great Library and sworn to protect grimoires, not to ever dabble in magic because sorcerers are evil came to realize through that story that not everything is clear cut. That all sorcerers are not evil, that not all magic is bad nor all demons are enemies. That maybe her purpose lies in something other than making sure that grimoires are trapped and well guarded.Nathaniel too will learn to trust. He will learn to overcome his personal fears of what he might turn into one day.And Silas…without spoiling your fun he will also change. Honestly I can’t recall the last time that I read about a book with magic and sorcerers and had so much fun! Not since reading Harry Potter I dare say! I know JK Rowling is the queen but Margareth Rogerson did a dang fine job in entertaining me in the best sense of the word! I’ve been simply swept off my feet and catapulted in a heroic and magical world! If you love fantasy reads just read it!I want to say a huge thank you to the publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books from Simon and Schuster for reaching out to me and offering this copy of the book! It had no influence whatsoever on my always honest review and it's been a real pleasure! Do you love stories with sorcerers? Do you plan to read it? Thanks for reading! Sophie Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    Why are Margaret Rogerson's covers always so gorgeous?! I was tempted to buy the physical copy of An Enchantment of Ravens as well completely because of the cover, even though the book was only more or less a 3 star read for me. Hope I'll like this one more!
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Me: yeah alright I’ll give this a go Me: [sees the cover] HELL YEAH *slams it into the anticipated 2019 reads pile*
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