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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July 2019 New Releases

Once again, we have a month full of wonderful sounding new releases in fantasy and science fiction!  I’ve got a couple of these almost ready to review, but they all sound fabulous.  Have you read any of these yet?

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Fangirl Friday: Nevernight series by Jay Kristoff

Today, I want to gush and nerd out about one of my favorite series, which also happens to be one of the best written trilogies I’ve ever read.

NEVERNIGHT

There are many reasons that my love of this series has grown into obsession, but mainly I think it’s because of the fabulous fanart I’ve been inspired to make.  Recently, in a pottery class, I crafted 2 versions of the ever-present crow dagger.  The first one had some promise but ultimately didn’t match my vision.

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #9

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Cover Reveal! Chosen Champion by Elise Kova

Coming on May 1, 2019

The sequel to Vortex Visions:

Chosen Champions by Elise Kova

Synopsis:
A princess on the run, with enemies on all sides…
Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.
The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.
She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time…

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Book Review: Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Tor Teen

Not sure that I’ll be able to do this luscious book justice, but I will try with fervent desire.  Because this masterpiece deserves wordsmithing.  All of the wordsmithing.

I read and enjoyed Truthwitch a few years ago, just before Windwitch released.  And then, didn’t read any further.  There are many reasons for this, but I think the biggest was the worry that I would be so invested in the characters that not having the next book ready to read would be devastating.  (Now, that didn’t stop me from purchasing multiple copies of each book, giving them to friends, and hooking other people on the series while I was waiting.)  But my unspoken fear has been realized!

Bloodwitch destroyed me emotionally!

There.  I said it.

And none of my IRL friends are caught up enough to discuss!  I feel like I’m screaming into the void, just waiting for someone else to scream back…

So, I need all of you to read all 3 books, and don’t forget the very important novella, which fits right between Windwitch and Bloodwitch.  Because it is VERY IMPORTANT!!  I cannot stress this enough!  And then talk about it with other people.  And maybe me.  Because I have all the feels!

Summary:

Fans of Susan Dennard’s New York Times bestselling Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.