Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of Thorns

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"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." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Margaret K. McElderry Books,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481497619
1481497618
9781481497626
1481497626
Characteristics: 456 pages ; 24 cm

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michaelwager
Apr 03, 2020

Elisabeth Scrivener has been raised in the Great Library of Summershall, among the magical, sentient grimoires that the library has custody of. When one of the magical books is sabotaged and kills the Director, Elisabeth is suspected and is escorted away from the library for a hearing by the mysterious sorcerer Nathaniel Thorne and his even more mysterious servant Silas. Despite having been taught all her life that sorcerers are evil, Elisabeth slowly comes to develop a bond with her unlikely companions, and the three of them uncover a centuries-old plot to destroy the kingdom that challenges everything Elisabeth knows about her world.
I loved this book. It reminded me of several of my other favorites, including Howl’s Moving Castle, Harry Potter, and Strange the Dreamer, but is entirely its own story. The characters are diverse, relatable, and believable; the worldbuilding and history are beautiful; the prose is lyrical, expressive, and quotable; and the plot is enchanting. I would highly recommend this book to fans of YA fantasy.

JCLJuliaV Mar 25, 2020

Libraries are dangerous places where magical books live, breathe, and occasionally threaten the lives of potential readers. But to apprentice librarian Elisabeth, this is home. Her devotion to the capture and protection of grimoires drives her dream to become the best Library Warden she can be. But when her beloved mentor is mysteriously killed in the night by an escaped grimoire, Elisabeth's future must undergo some major changes.
Accused of sabotage, she is cast out of the Library and put into the care of Nathaniel Thorn, a renowned necromancer, who has been assigned to bring her to trial. What follows is an adventure wrought with action, magic, and humor (so much humor!) as Elisabeth must quickly learn that not all knowledge can be found in books. Sometimes you just have to judge for yourself what to believe.

FPL_ElizabethC Jan 13, 2020

If you think the meme with all the HP books renamed with Hermione as the protagonist is hilarious or own that t-shirt with the quote, "When in doubt, go to the library" (attributed to Hermione Granger, but is actually said about Hermione by Ron Weasley), you'll love this book.

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jordyndees
Jan 10, 2020

The premise of a society built off of the knowledge in these incredibly expansive libraries filled with magic books was very unlike anything I've seen before and it totally drew me in.
Elisabeth is such a strong, firm, and powerful MC in a more understated way than I usually see in YA fantasy. She's not out here glaring at everyone to get a little respect. She's bookish and a little bit awkward but so unashamed of who she is and where she came from.
The romance was lovely. It was gradual, slow-burn, and I fell completely in love. Also shoutout to Silas! Who is one of the best side characters I've read in a while.
This story is enchanting. It is, in my opinion, near-perfectly paced, with a main character I adore, a love interest who stole my heart, side characters who were so much fun to have around, and a world I fell into like the pages of a book.

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FantasyFox
Dec 16, 2019

This book was amazing! i loved the adventure and romance!

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ddb883
Aug 27, 2019

A tall girl living among books and fighting evil with a sword? Was this written for me personally?

A wonderful standalone, with delightful characters that are all learning about change, friendship, and what they are willing to do for what is right.

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vgempis
Aug 25, 2019

"A Sorcery of Thorns" by Margaret Rogerson is such a delightful read. Elisabeth, an apprentice warden at one of the Great Libraries, who helps oversee and protect dangerously magic books--has been raised to believe that sorcerers are evil. But when disaster strikes and Elisabeth is implicated in a crime, she must team up with a sorcerer and his demon companion to clear her name and save the world.

Elisabeth is a delightful character, a 6-foot battle librarian who was raised in the Great Libraries after she was found as an orphaned child. She's headstrong and curious, a little strange and a lot badass and wields her words as dangerously as she does her sword. Nathaniel Thorn, orphaned sorcerer and last scion of the House of Thorn, tries to be the brooding hero but mostly fails at the brooding part. Elisabeth distrusts him, Nathaniel is exasperated with her, and the result is a wonderful romance full of warm and funny moments as well as sharp dialogue and memorable lines. The novel itself is tightly plotted, gripping throughout with few, if any, lags.

It's a wonderfully fun read if you're looking for a little romance with your action, adventure, and world saving.

OPL_KrisC Jul 31, 2019

An epic fantasy with great worldbuilding that teens will want to dive right into.

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Lady_Librarian
Jul 30, 2019

This was a enjoyable read. I had previously read Rogerson's book "An Enchantment of Ravens" and remember enjoying reading it (although the details are a bit fuzzy). I mainly picked up this because of the concept (librarians and books that are alive!) and the cover (Charile Bowater <3). Parts of this book reminded me very much of "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Lirael," which are both great so I was happy to see the similarities. The story did drag a bit early on but picked up. I'm glad this is another standalone fantasy book. I feel like there are too few standalone fantasy books, sometimes you just want to read one complete story.

DPLjosie Jul 23, 2019

Amazing world building, fun concept, great pacing! I was a little meh on the structure of the romance, but everything else drew me in! (Some of that might be due to the fact that I'm a librarian who loves books, lol.)

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re_discover
Jul 15, 2019

The dedication of Margaret Rogerson's Sorcery of Thorns reads: "For all the girls who found themselves in books".

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