Sorcery of Thorns Review

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


“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.”


5 Stars


If you love:

  • Libraries and books
  • Strong Females
  • Slow Burn Romances
  • Magic
  • Demons
  • Sarcastic Love Interest

Then this book is for you!!!

Last night was the first time in a while that I had stayed up longer than I wanted to finish a book! No, I didn’t pull an all-nighter because I only had a hundred pages left before I went to bed, but I did lose some sleep! Before I started reading last night I was going to rate Sorcery of Thorns 4.75 stars, but after I finished it, I decided that it was worthy of all 5 stars because in the last parts of the book, I laughed, cried, and swooned… what more could a girl ask for? Well maybe Nathaniel himself, but I’ll talk about him later.

I can honestly saw that I’m glad that I have three copies of this book (and no I didn’t buy them myself; they were sent in book boxes). This book is so special because books play such an important part of the story, making any book lover’s heart warm.

I’ll be honest. I fell HARD for this world. The detailing in the settings made me as if I were accompanying Elisabeth (well I guess I was, since that’s the purpose of a book, but you get the point). I could vividly see the grimoires flying off the shelves or spitting ink at people walking by their shelves. I could feel the coldness of the snow, hear the vase shattering, and see Nathaniel’s green flames. It’s not too often that I experience a fantasy book that captivates like this one where I feel immersed in the world and feel my senses get put to use by the words on the pages.

The grimoires are something else! Each book has a different personally much like people. When they get agitated they can do anything from spitting ink to knocking things over to flying to attack people. Some of them like to be left alone while others enjoy the company of certain librarians. There’s one in particular that has so much sass that it’s hilarious.

“Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people’s, and a book’s heart could be broken: she had seen it happen before. Grimoires that refused to open, their voices gone silent, or whose ink faded and bled across pages like tears.”

From the beginning I knew that this book was going to be special because of Elisabeth’s love for the grimoires and wanting to dedicate her life to be a warden to protect them. Elisabeth is a strong female that uses her love for books drive her to do something bigger than herself. She is a fighter to the very last second and is willing to sacrifice herself in order to save others. Elisabeth thinks outside of the box and doesn’t always follow the rules that have been followed for centuries.

“She shut her eyes, letting the echoing, papery murmurings of the grimoires wash over her. She hadn’t realized how badly she’d missed being in a Great Library until now – like something deep inside her, misaligned since leaving Summershall, had shifted back into its proper place. She is home.”

Elisabeth is a lovable person from the moment she accidentally tipped the bookcase onto Nathaniel to the moment she decides to reveal one of the most powerful sorcerers from what he really is. She goes through ups and downs, yet she doesn’t let the set backs from stopping her (and trust me there was a few of them).

Dear Nathaniel captivated my heart. His situation reminds me a little of Rhen from A Curse So Dark and Lonely because he live alone with the exception of demon, Silas, has no family, and keeps everyone at an arm’s length (until he meets Elisabeth). His personality reminds me SO MUCH OF WILL HERONDALE (aka one of my favorite book boyfriends). Nathaniel had me cracking up with his sassy and sarcastic remarks. I could not handle this man. I could see Nathaniel and Will either becoming great friends or killing each other because they are so similar.

“If the two of you feel the need to destroy anything else, I’ve been meaning to get rid of Aunt Clothilde’s tapestry for years. You’ll know it when you see it. It’s mauve.”

Nathaniel’s story had a lot more to it than I expected. I’m not sure why given the title of the book, but he kept revealing different things from his past that had me wanting to hug him. His past has lest him feeling the need to protect himself from others and keeping them faraway from seeing who he is. Throughout the story we see that there is more to this sorcerer than his magic and ability to say a sarcastic remark during any situation.

“I don’t think unrequited love would have suited me. I might have start writing poetry.”

Normally, I’m not one for slow burn romance because I do like a little bit more of a spark, but y’all the chemistry of Elisabeth and Nathaniel is one that I’m glad is slow because I got to appreciate the progression of the walls coming down. Sometimes the best love is the one that is the most unexpected because Elisabeth was always taught that sorcerers were cunning, evil people, yet her view of them changed once she was able to spend time and observe Nathaniel. While he sees that letting some people in is better than keeping them away.

Sorcery of Thorns also shows us that we are more than our ancestors and have the ability to be whoever we want.

The ending of this book had me so emotional. I’m not going to say much but UGH I was an emotional wreck; I wasn’t able to fall asleep after I finished the book because I had so many different thoughts running through my head. For me, the ending came together nicely because all of the major plots were concluded with enough lose ends making it possible for Margaret to write a second book if she ever wanted to.


  • Good Girls by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Wherever You Are by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Happier by Marshmallow ft. Bastille
  • Lost Boy by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Storm Warning by Hunter Hayes
  • Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
  • Risk It All by The Vamps
  • Feel Again by OneRepublic

Have you read Sorcery of Thorns? What are your thoughts? Let me know below!!!

Happy reading until next time,

38 thoughts on “Sorcery of Thorns Review

  1. I’m so glad that you loved this book!
    I really really want to read it, and am hoping to buy a few books soon, and this will be the first one I grab!
    I love the reference to Rhen and Will, they are two of some of my favourite fantasy boys, and I *need* to read about Nathanial right now!
    -Emma 🙂

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