Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns

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. 

Published June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

What did I think?

Magical libraries are my love language. I can’t believe this book hadn’t hit my radar before it’s Cybils Awards nomination.
Overview: Elisabeth Scrivener was orphaned as a child, left to be raised within a library, but not just any library. The Great Library isn’t just great in size. It contains magical grimoires that whisper and rattle from their home within the shelves if provoked or damaged in any way they turn into what is known as a Malefict. (Think the Monster Book of Monsters in the Harry Potter universe)
Elisabeth hopes to one day become a warden to protect the Great Library and her kingdom from their power. Eventually, Elisabeth is forced to team up with the most unlikely of people in an attempt to clear her name.
All in all, this story is a whimsical, cozy, winter read.

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