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Summary

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 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 UK

Critic reviews

“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)

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Enchanting and hilarious

Oh my goodness what a wonderful audiobook! I loved Margaret Rogerson’s first book (an enchantment of ravens), and this one was amazing too. It includes talking books, libraries, wonderful main characters and a really sweet romance. And the ending was just so perfect I can’t even describe! I don’t really know how to do this book justice in a review.. just read/listen to it! Although this was a stand alone, I am so excited and looking forward to any other books this author writes and she’s quickly become one of my favourite authors! 💜

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Loved it.

I really loved this story. A fantasy booknerds dream. Love love loovee. I would highly rexommend it.

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Great world building but the best bits are absent

I enjoyed this story overall. The idea of the librarys and the plot progression was exciting and novel. However, I did feel like some of the climactic parts of the novel were cut short and interactions or reactions between characters that I was excited to experience where missing or edited out. Shame..

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Magical book, highly annoying narration

Since I love the book and the audio version has such good reviews, I decided to buy the audiobook also. Big mistake ! The narration is... so annoying, cannot describe it in any other way. All the characters sound affected, all of them !  The fact that the narrator tries to modify her voice for each character does not help, as they all have (due to the narration) the same attitude, the nose up in the air one. The only difference is that some sound more affected than others 🤦🏼‍♀️ And then you have the badly done and badly timed 'whispering' effect she adds, especially to Silas' voice... Had I bought the audiobook first,  I would have never finished it

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A beautiful story set in a well constructed works.

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Played at 1.1x speed seemed right for me.
The story does not feel like a dig, or play on any religion.

I started this as a book, but found I didn't have the time to continue, so I got it as an audiobook aswell, this audiobook very difficult to pause. I would find extra minutes alone at work to listen to a little more.
The story develops at a good pace, the world that is created is explained well but not forcefully.
If you like magic and demons but in a world where it doesn't feel like an abuse of these features, then this is for you.

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couldn't stop listening

This audiobook is absolutely fantastic so well read I couldn't stop listening to it!

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Great Read

I enjoyed the characters and also to story line. Loved the ending which could or may not lead to an sequential, nicely done.

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I LOVED IT!

I love the premise of this book. it's a unique concept. My only disappointment was that this was a stand alone and not a series as I want to know more about the characters lives. The Narrator did an excellent job of gripping me and I laughed so much throughout the book.

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I keep coming back

the world building is gripping and immersive. I only wish there was more to find out how Elizabeth comes to grips with this new reality

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Fantastic stand-alone story.

This is a great story and very well narrated by Emily Ellet. As someone who reads a lot of fantasy I enjoyed the truly unique concept and characters. Yes this is a magical fantasy version of the world but you won't find any of the stereotypical characters in this one. The story is well paced all the way through. No spoilers....but the ending made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!

It's a long book but I enjoyed having a stand-alone story - so many fantasy novels are pulled out into series of ten or more books that just slowly run out of steam. The fact that there is no sequel means that Margaret Rogerson has kept the storyline and editing tight and tied off all the ends so beautifully. It was a treat and well worth a credit.