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.
Genre: YA Fantasy; Romance
Page count: 453 (Hardcover); 465 (Kindle Edition)
Year of publication: 2019
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
“Most people grow out of fairy stories,” he said. “Why did you carry on believing, when the rest of the world did not?”
“What is the point of life if you don’t believe in anything?” she asked instead.
Do you want some thoughts on this book? Imma give you some thoughts on this book.
I loved the hell out of it!
If you did not read this book, I tell you to do just that ASAP because I, too, have been sleeping on it for far too long and now I feel bad about it.
Sorcery of Thorns was a random book on my TBR shelf that I haven’t paid much attention to because it didn’t seem that hyper-hyped and thus, I kind of forgot about its existence.
But let me tell you something. I keep mocking amazing books before even starting to read them because I am a mean bitch and I keep hurting my books’ feelings constantly.
This beauty wasn’t worthy of my carelessness and I am sorry!
Thanks to one of my Goodreads friends I actually got to read it and I fell in love with it from the first chapters. Like, ugh, the spell this book has put on me was absolutely unbelievable. Too few books make me love them so briskly.
Let’s start with the basics.
I LOVE THE COVER.
You know me, with my endless fascination for covers. Well this one is so beautiful and so aesthetically pleasing I just couldn’t help but mention its awesomeness.
Then, moving on to a more serious topic, I have to say that the world in this book is something very solid-looking, even though there are no elaborate passages depicting every inch of it. There are details thrown in here and there that help the reader make up the world like a puzzle, the final outcome being more than satisfactory. You only need a few names of places and a bit of history to make a world look real.
To me, Sorcery of Thorns gives off such Harry Potter-ish vibes I couldn’t help but thoroughly enjoy! There is something in its essence theme, something tied to libraries and books and magic and knowledge, that just appealed to me. As a certified bookworm, I think this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it is still nice to acknowledge it.
“Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.”
The fact that all those amazing, bookworm-ish elements get to tag along with some dark features like demon summoning just gives the whole atmosphere of the book a nice, cool breeze.
The action itself is very good. It flows and it is interesting to see how certain ideas are put into place and how are they going to turn out. With magic involved, one could never be more careful, am I right? Sorcery is unpredictable and so, it makes the plot a bit more complicated. Which is amazing because who likes a lame plot?
My favourite thing about this book though are the characters.
Such amazingly lovable characters, only the devils bellow know how they can be this way. I felt a deep connection to them after just a few words uttered out of their mouths.
Elisabeth is a total chaos, but I swear I love her. She is childish, but in a sweet way, and the fact that she is so fearless and so strong and tall just adds to the charm of her. But, seriously now, can we talk about the fact that tall girls in books are so underappreciated, like for real, sisters do exist and they are some sort of goddesses too. As a 5’4’’ girl, all I can say that I admire tall girls from down here on the ground.
Elisabeth, you voice of tall and brave and sweet girls, you are a legend. And not only for that, but for the open-mindedness and courage you have.
“She now understood that the world wasn’t kind to young women, especially when they behaved in ways men didn’t like, and spoke truths that men weren’t ready to hear.”
Nathaniel is a boy to melt for. He is supposed to be this fancy-ass sorcerer who sacrifices virgins and drinks their blood from a golden chalice every month with full moon, but in fact he is only a lonely boy.
He is so damn witty and he has this air about him that makes him funny in a way that is not goofy, but it’s sweet. There really is something about Nathaniel that made me categorise him as swoon-worthy, whether if it was his smart mouth or his confidence or his loyalty or his silver streak in his black hair, I don’t care. He is lovable.
And also, I don’t want to forget about Silas.
Well, Silas is a demon I could die for. He’s too precious. And even though he really is a savage creature, soulless and selfish, he’s still a cute, fluffy kitten. I would kill for a friend like Silas.
I am actually super pleased with this book. And, honestly, I wanted more. It is a shame that it is only a standalone because I could definitely sense some other great adventure that might’ve taken place after all the action was done.
I think I might say that because I simply haven’t had enough of those amazingly lovable and adorable characters, but I do want to read more of them. There is a certain dose of addiction that I tasted and I am not done with.
All jokes aside, more Elisabeth, Nathaniel and Silas please? It would mean the world to me, thanks.