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Sorcery of Thorns

Written by: Margaret Rogerson
Narrated by: Emily Ellet
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“If you are looking for magic you will find it inside this book. Sorcery of Thorns is a bewitching gem, full of slow burning romance, loyal friendships, and extraordinary world building. I absolutely loved every moment of this story.” (Stephanie Garber, number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Caraval series)

From the New York Times best-selling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.

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 so could 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.

©2019 Margaret Rogerson (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Unique & enjoyable

What's not to like about a world where grimoires are alive and kept in libraries for their safety and the safety of others? Some books are cute or eccentric, others are dangerous and malevolent. A really unique world that was interesting to learn about.
As for the characters, they were likeable enough. My favourite by far was Silas, Nathaniel's demon.
This is what I would consider easy-reading, like Harry Potter with a romantic sub-plot.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and am glad I read it.

I would give it an overall score of 3.8/5.

(A 5 for me would be Words Of Radiance-by Sanderson or Name Of The Wind-by Rothfuss.)

I previously read 'An Enchantment Of Ravens' and would rank that one a 4.3/5.

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  • Kay Esselle
  • 2019-06-06

Enchanting, confident and thoroughly entertaining!

I haven’t read An Enchantment of Ravens and I don’t usually buy new audiobooks that don’t have customer reviews, but I’m a sucker for good cover art and Charlie Bowater’s 'Elisabeth' captivated me–and I was not disappointed!

I have a love/hate relationship with fantasy tropes and Margaret Rogerson crafted the magical elements of this story with a unique touch and masterful language. I tend to judge a book by how often I find myself rolling my eyes, but there was none of that thanks to good pacing and character development. The character’s voice is relatable and shamelessly hopeful. Elisabeth Scrivener is a heroine fresh out of this modern age of fearless resistance and empathetic judgement.

I’m also a sucker for romances, and I have to say, “that scene” had me tingling all over and simultaneously awed at Rogerson’s skillful description of emotions that–when experienced–are so difficult to put into words. But she did it, and in that moment my respect for the author soared to new heights!

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  • Amanda Mack
  • 2019-07-09

The audio is messed up!

I have tried everything and double checked my headphones. There is nothing wrong with my equipment but I can only hear the reading in ONE ear. This is really annoying. The starting music goes in both ears, and the test bit is in both ears as well. However if you purchase it the version you get only plays through ONE ear. I feel so upset by this. I gave good money for this!
I downloaded this onto my phone and it plays in both ears but she is so quiet in this version. I have it turned all the way up and I can hardly hear it.

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  • Sharyn Hay
  • 2019-06-27

Better editing would help.

I struggled to finish. Overly verbose, extremely repetitive and too many cliches. Original story line borrowed too much from Harry Potter. I will not be recommending this book.

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  • Alex Sumner
  • 2019-06-11

Another great story from Margaret Rogerson!

I was surprised to discover Sorcery of Thorns is a Regency, one of my favorite historical periods, but it's not constrained like a Regency. It has the social mores and customs as well as fashions of a Regency, but hares off into the supernatural, melding gorgeous locales, gothic libraries and nefarious demons into the mix. Highwaymen are aided by hell hounds, the evil doers hide amidst the Bon Ton with servants that are glamoured imps and goblins (and worse) and the sorcerer's books, the grimoires, are sentient, with distinct personalities and attitudes. And there's plenty of fantastic magic too. It's Sense and Sensibility with all kinds of good things added to make it interesting beyond the spiraling attraction of the two main characters and they're deftly drawn, strong willed and extremely likable. It's a meaty, enjoyable story you can sink your teeth into. It kept me intrigued and delighted throughout.

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  • Ann
  • 2019-07-03

Left Wanting So Much More ...

There were a lot of great things about this book. The magic and world building were nice. The characters lovable and developed. But like all things in this book, all those feats were just shy of satisfying. Character development was so close to well done that it hurt all the more that facets of their stories and inner working were left so bereft. Same goes for the development of the romance and ultimately the plot. Even so, the epilogue leaves more questions than answers and While it was a nice book, it fell short of being a great book.

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  • lb
  • 2019-07-03

An enjoyable story

The story was enjoyable though I would enjoy it if there is another book or short story explaining some of the back stories with more detail. The narrator did a good job with the characters, but sounded like she was bored during the narration. It took me a while to get into the story at first because it didn’t seem like she was into it, and like she was sighing while she was reading. I did like her interpretation of Thorne though, I think she did that character best.

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  • MasterFuton
  • 2019-06-26

Absolutely Fantastic

This was a fantastic story. Very unlike most stories in the fantasy genre as of late. The protagonist was very sympathetic and had alot of development over the course of the story. It also balances action and drama very well, and tips its toes into horror more than a few times. The Author's style feels like JK Rowling's writing, but with the poetic style of Neil Gaiman. I can't wait for more books by them. I cannot reccomend this title enough.

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  • Thierry
  • 2019-06-14

Technical sound problem

Very difficult to hear without earphones. This appears to be a combination of a soft voiced reader and being recorded too low. I'm going to return it and check out the book at the library. This is the only time I have ever come across this problem.

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  • Dr. T
  • 2019-07-08

Just never caught my attention!

I really tried, but it just was not worth the credit! I felt like I wasted my time!

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  • Suzie
  • 2019-08-14

a must read for anyone who loves enchanted tales

Enchanted libraries, secrecy afoot, demons summoned to butle. What more could you ask for? This book was very cute, and an easy listen.