Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson | Review

“When terrible things have happened to you, sometimes the promise of something good can be just as frightening.”





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 has been on my shelf since it was released, this was definitely a cover buy for me. I was instantly drawn in to it and subsequently I was in Foyle’s one day and bought it on impulse without really knowing anything about it. I found that after buying it, I didn’t really hear much more about this book so it kind of just got left on my shelf. Until recently, when I started to hear more things about it and thought I would pick it up in the month of April.

I feel really let down guys. I had such high hopes for this book. The plot really interested me, a book about magical books and necromancy. What more do I need from a book? Clearly more, because this did not get me in the way I wanted it to. By absolutely no means was it a bad book in any way. It was a good book, it just wasn’t for me and I’m still not entirely sure why.

I’ve had a whole day of reading so my intention was always to pick this book up and also finish it in the same day. I succeeded with doing that. Whilst I was reading it I found that I didn’t want to put it down, but when I did put it down I didn’t want to pick it back up again. It took a lot of willpower to do it, and the only reason I did is because I had heard how good it was. I started to question whether i just needed to give it a little bit more time before I fell in love with it and I just didn’t.

I found it really difficult to get into, I didn’t get on with the writing style at all. I dont feel like the prose drew me in to the point where I flew through the book which is something I enjoy discovering in YA fantasy. The characters were okay – I liked them but I didn’t love them. The issue I had is I could not build up a connection to them so I just felt like I didn’t really care about them and what happened to them. Therefore, the action, the plot twists and the romances just didn’t really effect me. I didn’t really care.

I don’t really know what else to say apart from I am disappointed. There is nothing wrong with this book and I understand why people love it. I just didn’t get on with it very well. I know this is a stand-alone but I don’t think I will be looking to pick up anything further by this author. Through reading other reviews this is definitely an unpopular opinion, please don’t hurt me!

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