Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (453 pages)
Have you always been fascinated by the libraries in the Harry Potter and The Magicians series? Then look no further than Margaret Rogerson’s sophomore novel, Sorcery of Thorns. This novel has it all: a relatable protagonist, anthropomorphized library books, and a genuine love story.
When I received my copy in my monthly book box, I was immediately impressed by the cover. With its regal jewel tones and depiction of protagonist Elisabeth Scrivener wielding a ruby-encrusted sword, the novel is hard to overlook. Since receiving my copy, I’ve seen the novel all over my Instagram feed.
Rogerson quickly dives into this fantasy world where we meet Elisabeth, an orphan-turned-apprentice librarian, who is on a training mission of sorts. We swiftly learn that the books in this library are alive with personalities and abilities of their own; some are even quite dangerous. Throughout the course of the novel, we follow Elisabeth as she tries to stop the villain and save the libraries that raised her with help from a sorcerer and his demon companion.
Not only is the story engrossing, but Rogerson masterfully crafts a world that readers can fall into for the duration of their read. I was genuinely disappointed to pull myself out of this library-centric world. With round and dynamic characters, Rogerson brings you on an exciting journey that is part fantasy, part crime novel, and entirely entertaining.
The Bottom Line: 5/5 Brookie Stars
I read this book in one sitting and didn’t even put it down to eat my lunch. And honestly, I was both hooked and touched right from the dedication: “For all the girls who found themselves in books.” This book reads like a love letter to libraries.
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Rachel Gomes is a 30-something high school English teacher who lives with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband and their son. Rachel is a voracious reader who loves to learn and has her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She’s happiest listening to podcasts and talking to friends about the latest news in nerd culture.
Favourite book: Don’t make me choose between A Song of Ice and Fire and Harry Potter
Favourite brunch spot: The Farmer’s Table