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Sorcery of Thorns

Narrated by: Emily Ellet
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,095 ratings)

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“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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"There’s a lot of really cool things going on here, but what really got me was that there are magic books in this story. They’re called grimoires, and they’re what sorcerers read to learn magic. They’re like the books at Hogwarts, but with even more personality. They can talk, and they need to be cared for, so being a librarian is far from a leisurely job. That’s what our main character, Elisabeth, is training to be when the action happens—it’s a librarian adventure fantasy story! If that isn’t catnip for us YA fantasy lovers, I don’t know what is. This listen, with Emily Ellet at the helm as narrator, promises much, and it follows through from beginning to end."
Melissa B., Audible Editor

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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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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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Boring

I really wanted to like this book, but the story was so surface level. I found myself distracted and not invested in the characters at all. It did nothing for me. I truly didn't care about any of them. They had no development or depth. I only finished it out of spite and yet I'm still annoyed I dedicated 14.5 hrs to it.

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Irritating

I really wanted to like this story, but between the narrator and the predictable story line, I just couldn't get past the mid point. Very frustrating, as I think there were some interesting story points there.

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Uneven story moves from predictable to brilliant

I almost put the story down in the beginning. I took a break from it and read “One Hundred Years of Solitude” instead. However, I have pledged to complete every story I purchase on audible and returned to honor my pledge.

I am glad I did, though the convenient twists and turns of the plot left me rolling my eyes at times. Solutions came too easily —or were too dramatic.

Yet, when moments of brilliance came, their imaginative and unique qualities transported me. Books containing souls? I hadn’t thought of this and yet, I was smitten. Paragraphs appeared so deep and quotable, I returned to take them down word for word.

Stories like this one give me hope as a writer. If Roberson can be published, my similar uneven novel has a chance.

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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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Terrible narration!

This book had some interesting ideas and concepts I enjoyed. By the middle to the end I was kind of bored. It wasn’t very original from there. The narration was the worst part. When the characters were said to whisper she would actually whisper! Who actually whispers in a audiobook? I couldn’t hear half the time. If I turned it up it would be extremely loud when the next character, that was not whispering, spoke. NUTS!!!

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Inane

Too lightweight. Characters weren't well developed and sub characters were nearly transparent, they were so little fleshed out.

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Didn’t Di It For Me.

I really wanted to like this book and tried it to the end, but the writing is very juvenile and it takes a bit more imagination than I guess I have to actually appreciate the storyline. It’s not completely awful, but it definitely didn’t make me want to go to book 2.

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Just Terrible

Second book I've returned in many, many years. All over the place and just plain stupid.

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  • Anna G
  • 06-27-19

issues with recording

Parts where the narrator re-recorded were painfully noticable and disrupted my experience. I also found some of the voices were read too quietly it was almost inaudible. Otherwise her performance was great and the story was good.

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  • Dumbumm
  • 11-28-19

For all the girls who found themselves in books

Ahhh, this book is whimsical, magical, breathtaking; I just couldn't put it down. I was sucked in from the first few chapters. I'm still gushing over it, I don't even know what to write! This book came at me at the right time, had everything I wanted and more. Definitely gonna be one of my top reads of the year.

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  • JustRead
  • 01-17-20

Parts are muffles

Great story HOWEVER parts of the audio book is muffled. This is jarring when listening. If is similar to reading a printed books with blurred text. What's the chance this can be fixed?