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Sorcery of Thorns

Narrated by: Emily Ellet
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.

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.

©2019 Margaret Rogerson (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic reviews

“If you are looking for magic you will find it inside this book. Sorcery of Thorns is a bewitching gem, full of slow burning romance, loyal friendships, and extraordinary world building. I absolutely loved every moment of this story.” (Stephanie Garber, number one New York Times best-selling author of the Caraval series)

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Enchanting and hilarious

Oh my goodness what a wonderful audiobook! I loved Margaret Rogerson’s first book (an enchantment of ravens), and this one was amazing too. It includes talking books, libraries, wonderful main characters and a really sweet romance. And the ending was just so perfect I can’t even describe! I don’t really know how to do this book justice in a review.. just read/listen to it! Although this was a stand alone, I am so excited and looking forward to any other books this author writes and she’s quickly become one of my favourite authors! 💜

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Loved it.

An intriguing story that kept me interested some start to end.

Well worth the credit.

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(audiobook review) I am in love with this

I was awestrucked by the world built by Margaret Rogerson. Monsters of ink; grimores, each with their own soul; librarians with swords; sorceres and demons... it intrigued me from beginning to end. Even just listening to the audiobook I found Rogerson's writing to be beautiful and almost poetic. I was drawn into every word in the book.
Margaret Rogerson has a way with words, and Emily Ellet brought them all to life.
I loved the character development in the main characters. I adored the journey through the mind of Elizabeth Scrivener as she dwelves into the world outside of the library and finds out what really matters to her; making her own opinions on topics that have before been planted into her mind, and discovering who she is in ths process. Scrivener quickly put herself on my list of favourite strong female characters.
Only thing I wished was for one more chapter. I wished to know a bit more about what happened after that ending, but at the same time I couldn't wish for a better ending - I guess that is a thing that happens...
I have a feeling I will be listening to this audiobook again very soon. The hard part now is finding out what book can I possible read after this gem. Guess I will be checking Margaret Roberson's "An Enchantement of Ravens" next because, if it's anything like "A Sorcery of Thorns", I am in for a treat.

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Great world building but the best bits are absent

I enjoyed this story overall. The idea of the librarys and the plot progression was exciting and novel. However, I did feel like some of the climactic parts of the novel were cut short and interactions or reactions between characters that I was excited to experience where missing or edited out. Shame..

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Listen of the year!

Swashbuckling adventure, sourcery, romance, suspense, drama and thrills! This listen had me greedy to devour it all at once, yet so woeful when it had to end. A wonderful story.

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I didn't hate it...

I really hate giving bad reviews to anything, but this was difficult for me as someone who loves YA and loves Fantasy because I really should have loved it.

So summarised annoyances:

1. The book isn't named after the MC but her love interest...
2... who has very little charisma or chemistry with MC. He does have a few good snarks, but is so detached from the majority of the story.
3. Tried to hard to be beauty and the beast.
4. My favourite character died, and his arc is just explained posthumously.
5. Not nearly enough is explained about the awesome libraries full of Grimoires.

Other than that - its alright!

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disappointing

ending was rushed and boring. I enjoyed the lore around the world and the general theme of the story but there wasn't enough description of what was happening and the 'action' parts were boring and didn't keep me wanting to know what happened next or cared what happened to the characters.

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loved everything about this book

it was perfect from start to finish. fab heroine, romance, twists, magic, beautiful language. thoroughly satisfying.

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This Book Cast A Spell On Me

"It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.”


I enjoyed An Enchantment of Ravens but I truly loved Sorcery of Thorns. Magical libraries, sentient books and a twisty tale that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat? What’s not to love?

Sorcery of Thorns follows library apprentice Elisabeth Scrivener whose world is quickly upended when someone releases the Great Library’s most powerful grimoire. A twist of events throws Elisabeth right in the middle of the whole mess — and she is quickly suspected as the criminal mastermind behind the downfalls of the Great Libraries.

With no one but the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorne and his odd demon-like companion, Elisabeth begins to uncover the truth behind a centuries old conspiracy… and realises she may be the only person able to end it.

"When terrible things have happened to you, sometimes the promise of something good can be just as frightening."

This book checked ALL THE BOXES. The writing was beautiful, lyrical and magical; the story was sweeping and fast paced; the romance? Fire. There’s bisexual rep (although I can’t comment on its accuracy) and there’s magical libraries, books are alive and UGH. IT’S JUST SO PERFECT.

Rogerson has really hit a niche for outstanding standalone fantasy novels, where the stories are so good, the plots so well developed that it’s hard — no, impossible to believe that they’re standalones. But they are! And I do believe that having a sequel to Sorcery of Thorns may very well ruin a perfect novel.

Elisabeth Scrivener was a darling character, and I saw a lot of myself in her. The determination in solving the crimes and absolving her name of any ill repute and the way she goes after the enemy is admirable. Sorcery of Thorns isn’t just a book about magic, it is magic. The story has realistic undertones, and the dynamics and chemistry between characters jumped off the page. I loved that Elisabeth wasn’t the only noteworthy character — even Nathaniel and his demon companion both had notable backstories, and character development that made me want to weep.

Rogerson’s writing has also drastically improved since Enchantment of Ravens. I enjoyed her first novel, but there was something about her writing that came off as slightly stilted, but whatever she did for Sorcery of Thorns worked because the writing was inspirational. It flowed so well, and I was able to see everything she described in my mind’s eye.

I also want to take a moment to compliment the narrator of the audiobook, Emily Ellet, who was absolutely fantastic and if I ever get a book deal and an audiobook is planned, I want her to narrate it. Her voice. Just magical.

If what I have said so far hasn’t convinced you yet, GO READ THIS BOOK. You all need it, even just for some good, old fashioned, nostalgic fantasy.

(Review previously posted on OF WONDERLAND & Goodreads)

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Good

Good, exciting, well paced YA Fantasy. Easy listen. Hope there are more in the future.