Rating: 4 / 5
SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson was one of the books on my shelves which was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in 2019. When I put a few options into a poll on Instagram, this came out on top and I am glad it did!
SORCERY OF THORNS follows Elisabeth, a young woman who has been raised in a Great Library. She has grown up around magical grimoires of all different levels of danger, from relatively tame books which can whisper on their shelves to those that can harm and kill. She has also been raised to know that all sorcery and sorcerers are inherently evil.
When the library is sabotaged and a dangerous grimoire is released, Elisabeth tries to intervene but instead winds up the target of the blame. She knows the truth and that the libraries and the world around them are in danger, but no one believes her. She must turn to a sorcerer in spite of her reservations for help.
I really adored this book! I knew that a book which centers on books and libraries was likely to be a book for me, but this one really sucked me in. I loved the idea of the grimoires in the story, from those that act like little puppies nudging the hand for attention to those that bring a bit of creepy danger to the story. One quote that jumped out at me: “What do they expect – that the books won’t try to bite off their fingers?”
Our protagonist Elisabeth is a strong character and I really enjoyed how she grew throughout the story. She was raised as a foundling inside the library which gives her a unique connection. For her the library itself becomes a bit of a found family in addition to those inside it.
I started this one on audio and will say that it was a bit of a struggle at some points. I do a lot of my audio listening in the car where there is some background noise. The voice given to one of the characters is a very quiet whisper which was very hard to hear even at the highest volume when I was in the car. Apart from that the audio was good, though I did wind up finishing the book in print.
This is a fun read and one I for sure would recommend!
#AroundTheYearin52Books – a book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards