Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

What a magical book about libraries and those who call them home.

Sorcery of Thorns follows library apprentice, Elisabeth. She dreams of becoming a Warden one day, which is a protector of the books the libraries house. However, she’d be protecting the townsfolk from these books. For the books in the library are dangerous and contain powerful magic that can turn evil.

When the Director of her library is murdered, Elisabeth is blamed and sent to the capital to face judgement. In the capital, Elisabeth discovers that not all is right. A scheme decades in the making is uncovered and could change the foundation of the library. Elisabeth must team up with a young sorcerer named Nathaniel Thorn and his demon, Silas.

The only downfall of this book is that the whole story didn’t take place in one of the Great Libraries. Elisabeth actually had to go to the real outside world, like bleh. I completely fell in love with the libraries of this world. They were full of wondrous ideas, but also showed how knowledge and power in the wrong hands can be disastrous.

From start to finish, this was a magical adventure and I was instantly captivated by the world-building and the characters. While Elisabeth is a bit naive about the real world, she’s still determined to do what is right and protect what she loves. Her bravery and loyalty to the libraries was unwavering. Mixed with Nathaniel’s dry humor and wonderful snarkiness, these two were the ultimate dynamic duo. I loved the relationship between Elisabeth, Nathaniel and Silas. Watching these three grow closer made my heart soar.

The ending gave me chills and I wish there was more about this world. I am utterly in love with everything that is Sorcery of Thorns and I need more!

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