Thursday, April 9, 2020

Audiobook Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Narrator: Emily Ellet
Publication: June 4th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
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Rating: 5/5

“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.

It doesn't often happen when I give an audiobook a five star rating. I don't even think it has happened since I listened to the audiobook of Artemis Fowl so with saying this I think most of you realize how big of a deal this is for me. I've already listened to quite a few amazing audiobooks this year but Scorcery of Thorns definitely took the cake. It was undeniably the best audiobook I've read this year so far.

Elisabeth was one incredible main character and heroine. I loved her so so so much! I would love to read more about her but sadly enough this book is a standalone. But even so I don't think her character will beat others anytime soon. Nathaniel was also a character that I couldn't get enough from. He was very charmismatic and his relationship with Elisabeth, though it was slow building, will forever be one of my favorites. I shipped the hell out of them right from the start. Even though I really loved those two characters, I just adored Silas. Not to be dramatic or anything, but he was everything to me in this book. Such a mysterious and sometimes even scary character and yet he stole my heart pretty much.

The author also created a world in this book that was simply put one of the best worlds I've ever read about. I loved everything about it. The libraries, the sorcerers, the way it was historical but also interlaced with fantasy and of course the books. I'm trying not to spoil the story but the books were sort of alive with actual personalities and souls. It was just wow! I think every book nerd would love a fantasy world like this one. I also gotta say that something I hadn't seem coming was how funny this book was. The humor definitely caught me off guard but it was so great and I laughed out loud more times than I could count.

And of course I can't review an audiobook without talking about the narrator as well. The narrator was Emily Ellet and although this is the first book I've listened to with her as narrator I'm definitely a fan. Her voices were incredible and basically I didn't want to stop listening to her. She was so good!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson was in one word: spellbinding. The magic, the action, the romance, the humor and writing absolutely made this one of the best books I've ever read. 

About the author:
Margaret Rogerson is the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens. An Ohio native, she currently lives near Cincinnati. She has a bachelor's degree in anthropology, and when not busy reading or writing, she enjoys watching more documentaries than most people consider socially acceptable.
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  1. Oh wow, you're right, this sounds like any book nerd is going to love it! Books with souls and personalities? GIMME!

  2. Amazing review! I bought a copy of this last summer but haven't read it yet. Now I want to drop everything and pick it up!

  3. Great review! I didn't like the first book by this author, but now I'm a little curious about this one after all.

  4. An Enchantment of Ravens, right? Haven't read that yet but I can't imagine it being better than Sorcery of Thorns ♥

  5. And sort of evil, which I just loved! Haha

  6. I haven't been reading a ton of fantasy these days, but now I'm intrigued!

  7. I was literally just wondering whether I should pick this up as an ebook or audiobook and you just convinced me to try the audiobook. So glad you loved this, I can't wait to read it!

  8. Yes, An Enchantment of Ravens, that one really disappointed me.

  9. Oh yes, this sounds amazing! I can see why you enjoyed it so much!

  10. So glad you loved it! i absolutely adored this book and it just gave me all the feels and is so full of heart <33 Great review :)

  11. I am glad you were able to absolutely love this book! I just recently started it and I am about 50 pages in and have a while to go still. I like the concept with the books and libraries so much :) And I did love this author's debut novel.

  12. OMG this sounds like a perfect audiobook for me! Definitely something that I am in the mood for and if you loved it this much I think that I will too. Lovely review, Stephanie! <3


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