Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson | ARC Review + Tour

This Book is Pure Magic!

POSTED ON May 28, 2019 BY Austine IN Blog Tour, Book Review

Do you ever just finish a book and feel an emotional loss because it was just THAT good? Because that’s how I felt after finishing Sorcery of Thorns and Oh My Goodness THIS BOOK!

I’m excited for the blog tour to stop by NovelKnight today so I can share my rave review with all of you! Read on for my thoughts as well as the schedule for the rest of the blog tour! Lots of amazing bloggers are joining in to share the love for Sorcery of Thorns!

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About the Book

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson | ARC Review + Tour
Sorcery of Thorns
by Margaret Rogerson
Published on June 4, 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: ARC
Pages: 464
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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.


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Review


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Where do I even BEGIN with Sorcery of Thorns? I went into this book knowing I’d love it just based on the author’s debut novel, An Enchantment of Ravens (which was fabulous), and combine that with a book about magical BOOKS?! Of course it’s going to be great, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

I think what won me over was Elisabeth. She’s a book lover, at home in a library (even if these libraries are filled with books that have personalities of their own), and knows who she is. Everything about her character made me want to like her, to wish her success in whatever she did, to watch her fail and get right back up again.

Rogerson knows how to write characters I can’t resist. It’s true! Because not only was Elisabeth amazing, so were her companions. There’s Katrien, her mischievous fellow library apprentice who, while a secondary player, was full of life. Nathaniel, the sorcerer who acts like a Slytherin but’s really a Hufflepuff (all while also being majorly swoon-worthy?? what sorcery is this?! and no I couldn’t resist). And finally, his demon Silas who reminds me of the grumpy cat who wants a hug DEEP deep down. I love every single one of them so much. Which made the ending all the harder because there was no holding back with this story! The world-building grabbed my attention but the characters kept it.

Speaking of, loved the world of Sorcery of Thorns. It’s fairly contained. While the book spaces a kingdom, the actual story focuses in on a few locations so I didn’t feel like I was bouncing all over the place. It put a stronger focus on the story which was perfectly fine with me! Especially since the book’s pacing was just right. Not so fast that it felt rushed, and not too slow that it dragged on and on.

Honestly, this book just made me happy. Even though it was quite the epic fantasy ride, I wanted to keep reading. To devour it as I imagine Elisabeth would one of the friendlier grimoires. Every time I had to set it aside (not by choice, mind you) I felt a loss for the characters and their journey. I didn’t have the closure of the ending. Which, on that note, this book does end in a satisfying way while also remaining open-ended enough that the author could return to this world if she wanted (I can hope, right?).

My only complaint about this book is that there isn’t another one! Which I suppose isn’t the worst problem to have. Margaret Rogerson has firmly rooted herself in my list of auto-buy authors and I will buy anything she writes at this point.

I’ve seen a lot of hype over Sorcery of Thorns and it is entirely warranted and then some. While reading, it reminded me of Howl’s Moving Castle meets A Shadow Bright and Burning, with something else completely its own thrown in the mix. If you like either of those books, or simply love YA fantasy, definitely add this book to your shelves!

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About Margaret Rogerson

Margaret Rogerson is the author of the New York Times bestseller An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Miami University. When not reading or writing she enjoys sketching, gaming, making pudding, and watching more documentaries than is socially acceptable (according to some). She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, beside a garden full of hummingbirds and roses. Visit her at MargaretRogerson.com.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, May 27 – Alexa Loves Books

Tuesday, May 28 – NovelKnight

Wednesday, May 29 – Adventures of a Book Junkie

Thursday, May 30 – Awkwordly Emma

Friday, May 31 – Mel to the Any

Monday, June 3 – The Fox’s Hideaway

Tuesday, June 4 – The Starry-Eyed Revue

Wednesday, June 5 – The Bookish Beagle

Thursday, June 6 – Super Space Chick

Friday, June 7 – Flying Paperbacks

Monday, June 10 – Bookshelves & Paperbacks

Tuesday, June 11 – Nightly Reading

Wednesday, June 12 – Novel Heartbeat

Thursday, June 13 – Hammock of Books

Friday, June 14 – The Everlasting Library

Monday, June 17 – The Eater of Books!

Tuesday, June 18 – Beware of the Reader

Wednesday, June 19 – This Dark Material

Thursday, June 20 – That Artsy Reader Girl

Friday, June 21 – SimplyAlly Tea

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3 responses to “Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson | ARC Review + Tour

  1. I’ve been a little hesitant about reading Sorcery of Thorns, but your review makes me definitely want to pick it up! I will try to read it as soon as possible, hopefully this summer! 🙂 I love reading about great characters, and sometimes both good world building and characters can be hard to find. Glad you loved it!

    • I was hesitant to as well, since there were a couple reviews where people absolutely hated it. But I FREAKING LOVED IT. Silas is by far one of my absolute favorite characters, and the whole story was magical.