Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns

Hardcover, 456 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Although the synopsis sounded like my dream book, I was hesitant to start this one as I’d thought I’d love this author’s debut and then didn’t.  I can happily say that whatever issues I’d had with An Enchantment of Ravens had no bearing on my enjoyment of this book.  AT ALL!  This book had great pacing, intriguing but mysterious characters, solid world building, everything that a five star book needs to get starred reviews.  If you are on the fence at all, then fall on the side of READ IT RIGHT NOW!  I cannot stress enough how thoroughly I loved this one.

I especially loved that the character, who grew up in a library (like I always wanted to do), loves all things books (just like me), has an attachment to a cat (cat-lover here!), and a fascination with learning everything (I have way too many hobbies), is named Elisabeth, which isn’t quite my name since I spell it with a ‘z’, but I’ll take it!  I can definitely understand why everyone wants to see themselves in their favorite books/genres.  It’s rather addictive!

Anyway, are you still reading this review?  Why?  Go read the book!  Like, right now!  Go!

Sorcery of Thorns

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Summary:

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.

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The Librarians TV Series and Now Book Series?!?

One of the coolest tv series to hit the fall schedule for book lovers is undoubtedly The Librarians!  Following the wit and humor provided by the original television movies, fans have fallen in love with these new characters and the recurring appearance of Noah Wyle.

Now those fans can get even more of these characters as a new book was just released, and it’s getting good reviews all across the web.  So, go out and find it!  And don’t forget to check out season 3, which starts soon in November.  I’m so excited to see where this series goes now that magic has been released.

What about you?  Have you seen this show?  Do you love it or hate it?  Are you excited for this new season?

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp (The Librarians #1)

Published October 2016 by Tor Books

The story toggles between the past, as Flynn Carsen tries to find Aladdin’s Lamp before an ancient criminal organization known as the Forty Seals gets hold of it, and the future, when Eve Baird and a new group of Librarians — protectors of ancient artifacts like King Arthur’s sword Excalibur — stumble on a mystery in Las Vegas that seems to relate to the Lamp and the powerful djinn it can summon.

The Librarians Season 3 Poster

Here’s the official synopsis floating around the internet: “Our heroes will face their greatest challenge yet as they go up against the ancient Egyptian God of Chaos to stop him from releasing pure evil into the world. The stakes are especially high, and one Librarian may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the world.

“The team also confronts a new antagonist, D.O.S.A. — The Department of Statistical Anomalies — whose mission is to apprehend the Librarians and take control of the Library and all the magical artifacts hidden inside. Discovering that there are brand new artifacts in the world, the Librarians find themselves torn between the power of magic and the harm those who use it can cause.”