Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Foundling Elisabeth has lived in the Great Library all of her life, surrounded by grimoires and grim librarians dedicated to protecting and preserving magic from evil sorcerers. But when Elisabeth is framed for a crime she helped stop, she must ally herself with one of the most powerful sorcerers of all in order to stop more Great Libraries from being attacked.
HOLY SHIT THIS BOOK, PEOPLE
Earlier this year, I made a vague declaration that I was pretty much done with YA fantasy—except for a select few authors and Margaret Rogerson is one of them.
I absolutely adored An Enchantment of Ravens and was utterly enchanted by her lush prose, sweeping descriptions and the way she handled immortality and a hate-to-love romance.
Sorcery of Thorns has all of these things, plus monster books, magical libraries, evil (and not-so-evil) sorcerers and the most cutest demon ever on the face of the planet. Seriously. You just want to pick up little Sir Fluffington, give him a little boop on his itty pink button nose and then run away screaming before he vaporizes you.
The world-building was so wonderful, with a mix of magic and post-Regency-ish politics—and two worlds that are in the same country but completely different. Elisabeth’s culture shock was believable, and you had to give her props for being utterly bewildered by people being phased at working in a position where having an attachment to all ten fingers was not a requirement (as books could bite your fingers off if you got too close).
Elisabeth is probably one of my favorite YA heroines in recent years. She’s been raised since birth in a magical library, completely isolated from the outside world and fed lies and mistruths by the librarians and wardens and other apprentices. All she wants is to become a warden, and when she sees that dream shatter when she gets accused of a crime she stopped, she rallies and becomes determined to stop more attacks on her beloved grimoires. Although she’s terrified, she always continues to try to do what is right—and bodily drags in those she think will help.
While I wasn’t completely fond of Nathaniel (although I was delighted with the bi rep), Silas was hands-down the best character in the entire book. What can I say? I’m a sucker for aloof demons filled with English butler snobbery and mild obsession for cleanliness and organization—and a love for their master they will never admit because they are a demon.
Anywho. This book brought serious Sabriel vibes—and, if you grew up in the 90s, The Pagemaster popped into my mind (although this book is much better than that movie), along with the grimoire from Hocus Pocus.
I received this ARC from Edelweiss for an honest review.