What? Is this a Review? Yes, it is! After a very long time, I’m back with a book review! It’s been ages since I did a review of a book that it hasn’t been part of a blog tour or given me to specifically do a review about it. This book I just loved so much that I needed to share it with everyone…even though, everyone has probably read it already. But, better late than never, right?
The review is mostly Spoiler Free, only at the end I fangirl and rant about some stuff in the book, but I’ll put a warning so don’t worry about getting spoiled.
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance
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.
“Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.”
The story is about Elizabeth, a young apprentice in a Great Library, which are special libraries around the Kingdom that hold grimoires, magic books, spell books, etc… and Elizabeth’s dream is to becomes a warden so she can protect and serve the Great Libraries, as well as the Kingdom, against demons and sorcery. But, the life of Elizabeth takes a drastic change after being involved in an attack to her home, suddenly everything is lost to her and after meting Nathaniel, a young sorcerer, and Silas, his servant, Elizabeth starts to question everything she was taught or knew, as well as becoming involved in something bigger that she could have ever imagen.
“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.”
Our main character during the story is Elizabeth, as we are reading her POV through the book, but we also have other very important and interesting characters like Nathaniel and Silas. Elizabeth is such an amazing character, it felt very realistic while reading. Since the begging she manages to capture you inside the story and no even once I felt annoyed by her, which tends to happen to me while reading books with only one POV. She’s a interesting combination of innocence, because she has never really been outside the library were she was raise, but also very very badass, not afraid of fighting or getting dirty for the right cause, which suddenly is not as clear as she once though. Then, we have Nathaniel, he’s a sorcerer, who are suppose be this dark and evil people, but in reality he is sarcastic, quick-witted and someone I just want to hug and protect for ever. Honestly, characters like Nathaniel are my favorite kind of characters to read. And last, we have Silas, Nathaniel’s demon and sometimes cat. He plays the perfect balance between Elizabeth and Nathaniel personalties, and is just such an intriguing and more complex character that he looks at the begging.
“It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.”
Let’s talk quickly about Worldbuilding, if there’s something I always appreciate, specifically in Fantasy books, is a good Worldbuilding and Margaret Rogerson work is amazing. She manages to create this fantastic world, full of magic, demons, libraries, balls, etc… that for me are the perfect combination for any good story, especially when is done right. Even though you are not given a lot of information at the same time, but rather everything is explain as the story goes, and it has a very interesting magic system, I did got a little lost at some point, but it did not affect at all my experience while reading, if anything it just made me want to know more about the world inside Sorcery of Thorns. Also, I think the writing really helped to complement the magic of the world, while also taking us forward through the story.
In conclusion this book has become one of my favorites of the year (which is nearly over) and I highly recommend it, specially if you like fantasy, a a very well written romance and adventure. Also, any fan of Black Butler out there will like this book.
“You like this place?” “Of course I do. It has books in it.”
-Did anyone else got Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) vibes while reading it? Who doesn’t know, Black Butler is a manga about a boy and his demon butler situated in the Victorian Era (also, this is one of my favorite mangas), and whenever I read about Nathaniel and Silas interaction I just kept imagine Ciel and Sebastian, the characters from Black Butler.
-Elizabeth and Nathaniel are adorable, I ship them so badly and I’m so obsessed with them right now. Cheers to Margaret Rogerson for creating such a great romance between those two.
– And the ending?!! that ending?! I mean, it was really good! But, Margaret Rogerson was cruel! I would have love to read an Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Silas reunion at the end, that’s all I’m saying.
*END SPOILER ZONE*
“You like this place?” “Of course I do. It has books in it.”
Hope you enjoy it! Let me know all your thoughts in the comments. Also, I don’t know if I would choose to be a Warden in a Great Library or a Sorcerer. Honestly, both of those option sound amazing. Can I be both? What would you guys choose?