Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little corner of the internet! Today I’m bringing you my review of the wonderful book, Sorcery of Thorns. I read this as part of the readathons I’m taking part in this month; it’s been on my TBR for a long time, but because of Path or Pantheon, and Olympic Readathon this July, I finally got around to it, and I’m just wondering what took me so long.
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.
Having finished this book, my immediate reaction is “why are more people not talking about this book?!”. It’s one of the best standalones I’ve ever read, and certainly one of the best fantasy books I’ve read. It’s beautifully written, and the story is utterly captivating.
I picked this book with the prompt being “a book about books” and books prove to be a major theme rather than simply a side fact. In this world, the grimoires that the Great Libraries are guarding all have their own personalities, from books that sing to books that spit ink, and Elisabeth loves them all. In the library she has grown up in, she knows every single book and all the special ways they need to be treated, to open secret passageways and to keep secrets. It’s a beautiful way to read a book about books, and to be a book lover reading a book like this just makes you feel warm and fuzzy.
Elisabeth’s character development throughout is impressive. She goes from being a young woman willingly to bend the rules slightly yet having been brought up on a strict set of beliefs, to someone who is willing to not only go against everything she has previously known, but also someone who is open to her whole world view being shifted. Willing to accept she was wrong. Willing to know there is more in the world. Willing to accept that maybe the world she has seen isn’t all there is to see.
The relationships in the book were beautiful to see, and the dynamics between Elisabeth and Nathaniel, Nathaniel and Silas, and Silas and Elisabeth were all fascinating to watch. Their attitudes all shifted towards one another and although we were only seeing things from Elisabeth’s perspective, the author writes things so clearly and directly that watching things through her eyes was more than sufficient to see it all.
We see so much about fighting for what is right, shifting our biases, and learning about ourselves throughout these pages, and there are so many wonderful messages to take away from this beautiful book. It will be one I recommend to everyone until the end of time!
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