The Book: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Roberson
The Rating: 5🌟
“Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people’s, and a book’s heart could be broken.”
Let me get straight to the point of this review by saying that I completely loved Sorcery of Thorns!
Only joking! But that could be my review – it was honestly such an amazing read. Sorcery has been one of my most anticipated books of 2019 ever since I found out that Margaret Rogerson was writing it. I completely adored An Enchantment of Ravens (Rook is still beautiful) so I had very high hopes for Margaret’s second book, and I’m thrilled to say I wasn’t disappointed!
The book follows the story of Elisabeth, who is a character I feel most of us will connect with as she is the ultimate bookworm. She lives and breathes books, just like us, and that makes her incredibly easy to empathise with. She’s the kind of character who’s never really fit in anywhere except amongst books which was such a familiar feeling, so I instantly loved her! She’s grown up in one of the Great Libraries, which could easily rival the Beast’s library from the descriptions! Honestly, the descriptions of each of the Great Libraries were some of my favourite parts to read. Massive buildings full of magical grimoires that each have their own personalities and powers – some can even talk! I genuinely wanted to move in to one of the libraries in the book. I think most book lovers would want to!
We’re also introduced quite early on to the character of Nathaniel Thorn. To begin with he’s a little stand-offish, but as the story progressed and he developed as a character I found myself falling more and more in love with him (yes, we’re adding him to the bookish boyfriends list too)! He’s sassy and sarcastic with a hidden sweet side that he only shows to those he truly cares about. If you imagine a cross between Will Herondale and Thomas Cresswell, but wearing considerably more green then you won’t be far away from Nathaniel!
Then there’s Silas. I can’t say much about him for those of you who haven’t read the book yet, but I will say he’s an intriguing character and there’s definitely more than meets the eye with him! I absolutely adored his story development and would love to read more about him in the future.
The world that Margaret creates in Sorcery of Thorns is lush and vibrant. She’s so good at describing locations – something I learnt when reading An Enchantment of Ravens – that you can truly visualise the places as the characters see them. The story itself is fast paced, and while some parts were a little predictable at times this didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.
Plus, the ending was absolutely amazing!! Again, I really can’t say much because *spoilers* but it was epic and I adored it! I laughed, I cried, I cheered – it was completely brilliant!
This is 100% a book written by a book lover, for book lovers and it was wonderfully well done. I hope you have a chance to read it because I think you’ll find it as magical as I did! If you have read it, let me know what you thought in the comments.
Until next time, Faeries!