Sorcery of Thorns

Book 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. 

Orphaned Elisabeth Scrivener was raised in Summershall, a Great Library of the kingdom of Austermeer.  One day as the library sleeps, Elisabeth is the only witness to an act of sabotage that takes the life of her mentor, and releases a powerful grimoire. Now she is implicated in the crime, and needs to clear her name and save Austermeer from the evil that is threatening to be unleashed. Her only hope is with the sorcerer Nathanial Thorne and his demon servant who is the source of his magic.

The writing was impeccable and I loved reading Sorcery of Thorns. The world Rogerson created was just so fantasizing! I absolutely loved that the books had personalities and attitudes that reflected their contents, and this was such a unique and fantastical tale. This was my first time reading one of Rogerson’s books, but after this, An Enchantment of Ravens is moving up to the top of my backlist. 

The three main characters relationship is so great, they all care about each other so much. Each one of them brings something important to the friendship. If they all fell in love with each other it would totally work.Can it be squad goals with just three people?

Sorcery of Thorns is definitely worth picking up. I have no idea if there’s more to come and, because of the ending, I almost hope not. But I wouldn’t say no to more, either.

 “Scrivener,” he said carefully, “I don’t mean to be forward, but is that a—”
 “A sword hidden underneath my dress? Yes, it is.”
 “I see. And how exactly is it—”
 “I thought you didn’t mean to be forward.”