You know when books are so hyped and you’re so excited for them that in the back of your mind, you know there’s no way for them to ever live up to your expectations? Unfortunately, Sorcery of Thorns was like that for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was generally a good book – a solid 4 stars! – but in my opinion, it wasn’t anywhere near as good as everyone was saying it was.
Sorcery of Thorns 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Let’s start with what I didn’t really like. I loved Margaret Rogerson’s other book, An Enchantment of Ravens, and I though the pacing in that book was amazing and I was never bored. In Sorcery of Thorns, I had such a hard time connecting and really getting into the book. Maybe it was because Elisabeth seemed like such a different person from me or maybe it was because the pacing was off from what I normally like or maybe it was because I had so many other books that I wanted to read then too. I’m not sure what it was, but something was just off.
Now for the things I did enjoy. I thought the overall premise of the book was amazing – sorcerers, demons, enchanted libraries- what more could you ask for?! I loved some of the characters- Silas was great and I really liked Nathaniel a lot (what a great love interest). Our villain was the perfect amount of villain-y and there were even some great fight scenes!
I loved the ending and how it tied the story together but still left enough of an opening for there to be a book two. And man, can we talk about that cover?! It’s so gorgeous! I love the illustration and the way it felt. Honestly, looking back at all of the things I did like, I think I’m going to go back and try to read Sorcery of Thorns again at a later date. Maybe then I’ll like Elisabeth more and maybe the pacing won’t seem so slow!
Have y’all read Sorcery of Thorns? What did you think about it?