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.
I can’t stop smiling. Margaret blows me away every time!
Sorcery of Thorns is equal parts whimsical, flirtatious, and totally hysterical, while still managing to deliver a gut-punch of feels on more than one occasion. This story is an absolute blast to read, and kept me thoroughly entertained all the way through.
First we have Elizabeth, a library apprentice of sorts. She’s tall, fierce, yet has the gentlest of hearts. Time and time again, she charges headfirst into danger and drags us with her, and her cleverness and willpower never disappoint. I’d follow her anywhere. Literally.
Elizabeth’s world is upheaved when a grimoire (yep you heard me) escapes the library. Mind you, grimoires are no ordinary books. In this world, they are quite alive with minds of their own – and can be very dangerous. Elizabeth, who’s well aware of this danger, charges after it (of course, it isn’t in ‘book’ form anymore and is now a rather grotesque lard-of-a-monster) to try and save her town from destruction. And while she succeeds (because she’s a badass), she’s accused of treason for letting it escape in the first place.
Which means she’s shipped off to who-knows-where, now in the charge of a sorcerer.
Only, that sorcerer is Nathaniel and he’s quite literally the best.
But Elizabeth doesn’t know that, and she certainly doesn’t trust him (because sorcerers are evil apparently). And, typical Elizabeth isn’t going to sit still while evil-hot-sorcerer-dude carts her away and disposes her body. Naturally, she tries to escape.
But alas! Sorcerer dude Nathaniel isn’t going to let her get away (though he’ll roll his eyes a time or two because ugh she’s impossible). And his butler, of all people, seems to have spooky-special powers that ensure Elizabeth fails in every attempt.
So Elizabeth, our strong-willed heroine, is stuck with hawt and untrustworthy Nathaniel, and his creepy butler-friend-thing-who-clearly-has-powers.
As usual, I’m not going to spoil much more, but suffice it to say, things don’t go as planned. Because don’t forget! Somehow that grimoire escaped. And if it wasn’t Elizabeth, who was it? Ah! There is evil afoot, friends, and as I’d hoped, it forces Eizabeth and Nathaniel to team up and uproot it.
Only, they may be over their heads.
So I leave you with this: Make room in your hearts! We have on our hands a new story with gorgeous prose (as expected), absolute hysterical banter, new precious characters, and a riveting hate-to-love ship. I can’t even pick what I love the most – the incredible world-building (omg can this be a movie?) or the brilliant prose. Or the characters, who are as real as they are fantastical.
And! That! End!
The last page. I actually gasped aloud and scared my cat.