Stand-alone // YA // Fantasy
I was super excited for Sorcery of Thorns and preordered it as soon as I heard about it. I was one of the rare few who absolutely loved Margaret Rogerson’s previous book An Enchantment of Ravens, which was a fast-paced romp into a dark fae world. It fit the feel I love, and the fae pacing really meant that she was intentional about making that book feel like a true dark fae novel.
And I happily agree with the high early reviews for Sorcery of Thorns! This is such an incredible story with rich characters and an interesting plot, and the straightforwardness of every element is what makes this story easy to read and wonderful to experience. It’s a quick read and so fun to spend time reading over the course of a lazy afternoon.
Characters: Elisabeth is not an extraordinary or complicated main character, but she has what all of us book lover dream of, a place in a magical library with books she can actually communicate with. The real star of this story, in my heart and opinion, is her genuine love interest, Nathaniel, who at first come across reserved and guarded, but then grows with time to be warm and open.
Plot: The action that breaks open the plot is the first event that brings a truly mysterious and magical feel. This is also when Elisabeth really decides that courage will be her mantle from here on out, and that paired with the magical elements fill this story with fast moving forward momentum that I read in almost a single day.
Towards the end there are a few “deus ex machina” moments that are explained with magic, I had to suspend my disbelief a little since the magic wasn’t really in forefront until they really needed it. It didn’t really effect my enjoyment though!
Setting: What I thought was most amazing about his book is the standalone nature of this book combined with the almost Studio Ghibli magic of the world, and the growth of the characters. They are in many places, amazing and magical, including the library, but my favorite place was Nathaniel’s home, filled with a similar level of books, along with an incredible collection of rooms and cool magical object.
This stand-alone is absolutely incredible, an absolutely fun, quick read, and I highly recommend it! I love magic drawn from bonds from demons and magical libraries too, what drew me to this book is what’s best about this book!
Other June 2019 Reads:
June 2019 Wrap-up
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (DNF)
Tentacle & Wing by Sarah Porter
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Hilda & The Stone Forest by Luke Pearson
Memento by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Beholder by Anna Bright
Birthday by Meredith Russo