Elisabeth is an orphan that was found on the doorstep of one of her world’s Great Libraries. These libraries contain magical grimoires written by the world’s greatest sorcerer families. However, these books have minds of their own and can transform into dangerous beasts and Elisabeth’s only goal in life to become a warden that stops these monsters.
The idea of this book was extremely fascinating to me. I loved a lot of elements in this book; however, when they all were combined, I wasn’t a true fan.
The beginning of the book was extremely compelling. The world of sorcerers and librarians with swords was enticing to me and I wanted to keep reading. I loved the fact that the books in the Great Libraries had minds of their own, could move, and use these movements to portray their true feelings. I also loved the fact that the main character could ask the books for information and they would show her the page. The author also combined magical stereotypes such as summoning demons and the like with new ideas such as the bond between a sorcerer and their demon.
However, I did not feel very connected with the characters or their relationships. I felt as though the author could have taken more time with Elisabeth’s background and some of the plot points could have been taken out. The book was extremely fast paced with a ton of action, to me, it felt like too much. Some of the action scenes could have been replaced with more character development and dialogue. I also felt the relationship between Nathaniel and Elisabeth seemed a little too rushed. For most of the book he ignored her and then all of the sudden they were together. I thought Elisabeth should have been with Silas or Nathaniel with Silas because those bonds seemed a lot more genuine and understanding based on the entirety of the book.
In conclusion, I’m glad I read this book, but I had hoped it would be a little different from what it was.
My Book Rating
5/5: Book World
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4th 2019
Copy Read: Hardcover