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Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Rating: 4 stars
Rep: bisexual love interest. Aro/ace-spec side characters? (Katrien & Silas. Just my impression, nothing explicitly stated)
Trigger warnings: violence, gore, anxiety attacks, PTSD, grief, loss.
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 most anticipated 2019 book releases list ever since I first heard about it. I absolutely adored “An Enchantment of Ravens” which was the author’s debut book, so I was over the moon when I was granted a review copy!
I was even more excited when I found out that this book features bisexual representation. As someone that actively seeks out bi rep in books, and realising that there is definitely a shortage of LGBTQ+ YA fantasy especially, this just made the whole reading experience that little bit more great for me.
The world Rogerson created was so unique, entrancing and special. The premise and idea were so original. While the world building was confusing at times, overall I loved it a lot. The writing style was so gripping, but sometimes there was a lot of “telling no showing” and the book would skip passages of time a lot.
The storyline was so gripping and engaging, this book kept me up all night! I was reading well into the early hours of the morning and I really didn’t want it to end.
–Elisabeth: Our main character. I thought Elisabeth was one strong cookie. After everything she had to go through and the things she had to witness, she was a very resilient character. She was soft, quiet and caring, but also strongwilled and badass. I did feel a sort of, disconnect from her the whole book though. Not quite sure why, but I couldn’t really connect to her character and she did frustrate me at times.
-Nathaniel: love interest. By far my favourite character from the whole book. He was sarcastic, hilarious and so comically dark, and while he had his moments, overall I really loved his character. A YA love interest that doesn’t try to suffocate and control our main character. The romance was so amazing, I loved it a lot. For most of the book, they were a team, who protected and cared for each other.
-Silas: Such an intriguing and mysterious character, I couldn’t help but love Silas! He was someone that hid from the world, who put up a mask, but you could tell how much he truly cared for Nathaniel and it was so heartbreaking.
Overall, while it did take me a little while to get into it, this turned out to be a pretty amazing read! Highly recommend to anyone who likes YA, fantasy and original plots.
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