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Sorcery of Thorns

Narrated by: Emily Ellet
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (113 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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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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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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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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hooked from the start!

I was enchanted from the beginning. the characters were believeable and fantastic, their triuumphs and sorrows felt so real.

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loved it!!!!!!

what a great story and adventure. narrator was good. characters amazing. I highly recommend this book.

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loved it

I was skeptical at first but I ended up loving this book. It started slow for me but drew me in

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Charming

Way better than expected. It’s rare for me to get hooked on books lately but this definitely snagged me. Very light on the romance. The world crated was fantastic and the books being alive... loved it.

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Refreshing

This was a really refreshing take on demons and sorcery. It was a different take on the typical kind of it's genre. There were times were I would loose focus and drift off due to the slowness but I stuck it out and finished the book. It was a bittersweet ending.

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Enjoyable, verrrrrrry unique

I liked this book, it wasn't anything outstanding but I found the magic system to be easy enough to understand. I loved the grimore idea, I found them intriguing and wished that there was more description as to when, where and why they were created and how the demon realm came to be.

I enjoyed the main characters. The romance was cheesy or forced and their development was fluid. I loved Silus, he was very interesting. I would have liked to get more information about his background with the Thorne family.

I was very excited to read this book at first and it did not disappoint on story telling. I gave it 4 stars because there was a lack of world building and back story that made me have to fill in some blanks myself and made the ending anti-climactic and the villains plot not make any real sense. Maybe it did but I didn't catch it properly because unimportant scenes where drawn out. The areas that could have used more storytelling were replaced with trivial scenes that could have been removed. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, There was very little action when it could have been a fall out demon battle. That would have given it 5 stars...but instead we got the opposite and the ending came in a flash of light..literally.

So it was too long with added plot points thrown in but not fully explored and parts that were not explained when they should have been. Maybe there is going to be a sequel..which I might check out, but I wont be re-reading this one anytime soon.

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