Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of Thorns

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When apprentice librarian Elisabeth is implicated in sabotage that released the library's most dangerous grimoire, she becomes entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy that could mean the end of everything.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481497619
Branch Call Number: YA FIC ROGERSON, M.
Characteristics: 456 pages ; 24 cm


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CCCL_KimberliB Feb 05, 2020

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... Read More »

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Sep 24, 2020

Every complicated novel of high fantasy does not have to be part of a series, and this well-constructed, slyly humorous magical adventure satisfies itself as a stand-alone plot. The narration is based on the prickly relationship between Elisabeth and Nathaniel, whose antagonistic banter disproves their increasing attraction. It's not difficult to intuit the final destination of the storey, but author Margaret Rogerson has a lot of action-packed obstacles in the paths of the characters. Elisabeth and Nathaniel are the main characters, but it is mostly Silas and the other members of the supporting cast who get the best lines. This book will be enjoyed by readers of high fantasy with a sense of humour. They should look forward to Rogerson's next book, whether or not it returns to this well-built universe. 3/5 stars
@BullahJee of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Margaret Rogerson’s “Sorcery of Thorns” is a standalone fantasy fiction book that leaves you wanting more from the exciting characters. This story revolves around Elisabeth, who lives in a world where sorcerers are considered dangerous but grimoires even more. These grimoires can speak and fly depending on the class they are ranked. “Sorcery of Thorns” is amazingly written with realistic descriptions that make you feel as if you are Elisabeth. This was a magical book. Characters like Nathaniel and Silas added so much emotion to the story. If you are looking for a book to fall in love with, then this is right for you. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
@India_ink of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

DNF at 50%

JCLChrisK Aug 18, 2020

Sorcery, demons, libraries, and grimoires. A powerful female protagonist, a bit of romance, secret plots, and intrigue. A dark, magical delight.

Jul 13, 2020

If your favorite characters were Hermioine Granger and Annabeth Chase from Harry Potter and Percy Jackson you would love this book. The main character Elisabeth is like a mashup of both characters with a great story thats always keeping you on your toes! It's a really fun read for those who don't want to jump into a big series.

Tigard_LindsayD Jun 16, 2020

An orphan who grew up in a magical library forms an unlikely alliance with a snarky sorcerer and a deadpan demon in order to stop a mysterious threat. Read for strong world-building and fast-paced fantasy.

This was just lovely. It felt like stepping out into the snow for the first time in December, like walking down a hushed forest path while the branches twinkle with frost. It was comforting like a favourite blanket, in a way that I haven't encountered in fiction in so long.

Elisabeth Scrivener is a librarian. She's an orphan who's grown up in the Great Library at Summershall, and books are a part of her. But in her world, books have a life of their own; grimoires have souls, and must be handled with utmost care. Elisabeth is set to become a warden, to defend the library from those who would do harm to its inhabitants at all costs. That is, until Nathaniel Thorn, sorcerer, enters her life. All magic is evil, since the only way to harness it is to bind oneself to a demon from the Otherworld. But Nathaniel is sweet, a gentleman, and Elisabeth cannot reconcile it. When the Director of her library, the closest thing to a mother she has, is murdered and Elisabeth kills the Malefict responsible, she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, but she is soon to discover that things in her world are much less black-and-white than she thought, and that the people she thought she could trust may be the very ones set on her ultimate destruction.

Love, loss, and books. A nineteenth-century alternative reality fantasy world. A heroine who kicks so much butt and doesn't ever apologize for it, while also wearing extremely pretty dresses and believing so hard in herself as she navigates a world she could've never imagined existed. Seriously: what more could I ask for out of a book?

The one word that I keep going back to for this one is magical. There is something about Margaret Rogerson's writing that is so completely captivating; she draws the reader in with these lush descriptions, and the creativity underlying her world is just stunning. Books with souls? SIGN ME UP.

The characters are the heart of this one, as with most, but in this case, they are truly wonderful and well-rounded. I adored Elisabeth, and the development of her relationship with Nathaniel is so believable and well-done. Nathaniel is so sassy and sweet and hilarious, and the male bi representation is just the cherry on top of it all. I actually laughed out loud at multiple points at his quips. And Silas, dear, lovely Silas - I absolutely adored him. I was so intrigued by the demons Margaret created; the idea that binding them changes them into these manageable creatures when really they're vicious monsters (or are they...?) is SO original.

Basically, I was fully drawn in by this story and its characters. The only reason I don't give it a full five stars is because the ending felt relatively rushed, and nothing really surprising happened. I really wanted to get those full-body chills as something got thrown out of left field and left me wondering how I missed it - which didn't happen.

But that's okay, because honestly, this one didn't really need it. It is a hug in book form for fantasy fans. It's soft, and lovely. And I really, really enjoyed it.

May 08, 2020

Elisabeth Scrivener is an apprentice librarian desperate for recognition and to become a warden. She grew up among the grimoires in the Great Library she was left in when she was a baby. A tragedy in the middle of the night changes her life forever and has her questioning everything she used to believe as she is drawn to a handsome young sorcerer named Nathaniel and his strange companion, Silas as they race against time to stop a plot that would destroy the world and wipe out humanity. I loved this book because it is about books and libraries and I am a librarian. I also thought Elisabeth was a relatable character and her personal growth over the course of the novel was realistic and believable. I also appreciated the slow burn romance and the lack of insta love, which I detest. The worldbuilding is akso amazing. I will definitely read more books by this author.

Apr 03, 2020

Elisabeth Scrivener has been raised in the Great Library of Summershall, among the magical, sentient grimoires that the library has custody of. When one of the magical books is sabotaged and kills the Director, Elisabeth is suspected and is escorted away from the library for a hearing by the mysterious sorcerer Nathaniel Thorne and his even more mysterious servant Silas. Despite having been taught all her life that sorcerers are evil, Elisabeth slowly comes to develop a bond with her unlikely companions, and the three of them uncover a centuries-old plot to destroy the kingdom that challenges everything Elisabeth knows about her world.
I loved this book. It reminded me of several of my other favorites, including Howl’s Moving Castle, Harry Potter, and Strange the Dreamer, but is entirely its own story. The characters are diverse, relatable, and believable; the worldbuilding and history are beautiful; the prose is lyrical, expressive, and quotable; and the plot is enchanting. I would highly recommend this book to fans of YA fantasy.

JCLJuliaV Mar 25, 2020

Libraries are dangerous places where magical books live, breathe, and occasionally threaten the lives of potential readers. But to apprentice librarian Elisabeth, this is home. Her devotion to the capture and protection of grimoires drives her dream to become the best Library Warden she can be. But when her beloved mentor is mysteriously killed in the night by an escaped grimoire, Elisabeth's future must undergo some major changes.
Accused of sabotage, she is cast out of the Library and put into the care of Nathaniel Thorn, a renowned necromancer, who has been assigned to bring her to trial. What follows is an adventure wrought with action, magic, and humor (so much humor!) as Elisabeth must quickly learn that not all knowledge can be found in books. Sometimes you just have to judge for yourself what to believe.

FPL_ElizabethC Jan 13, 2020

If you think the meme with all the HP books renamed with Hermione as the protagonist is hilarious or own that t-shirt with the quote, "When in doubt, go to the library" (attributed to Hermione Granger, but is actually said about Hermione by Ron Weasley), you'll love this book.

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Sep 14, 2020

"And - has no one lit the lamps? I have hardly been absent for twenty-four hours, and already the world has descended into ruin." - Silas

Sep 14, 2020

"What is the point of life if you don't believe in anything?" - Elisabeth

Sep 14, 2020

"Never forget that knowledge is your greatest weapon. The more knowledge the better, so that you can hit the sorcerer over the head with it and give him a concussion. That's why I chose such a big one." - Katrien

JCLChrisK Aug 18, 2020

"But this is a library," she replied in surprise. "What do they expect--that the books *won't* try to bite off their fingers?"

Jul 15, 2019

The dedication of Margaret Rogerson's Sorcery of Thorns reads: "For all the girls who found themselves in books".


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