A Sorcery of Thorns | Spoiler-Free Book Review

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By: Margaret Rogerson

Standalone| 456 Pages | 2019

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A Sorcery of Thorns at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Heroine: meh
  • Dude: The sass is appreciated
  • Steaminess: Extremely mild
  • Creepiness: Some nightmare material

Pairs Well With

Royal Thorn

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  • 2 oz sparkling white wine
  • twist of orange peel


“You like this place?”

“Of course I do. It has books in it.”

What an amazing concept! The overall idea for this story is 100% my thing. Grimoires that bite? I’m reminded of the library at Hogwarts immediately and I LOVE it. Sorcerer’s get their magic through making a deal with a demon? YESS. This book is so original and I really appreciated that. The uniqueness of the world was what kept me engaged in the book. That and Nathaniel and all of the monsters.

There are some SERIOUS monsters.

“Glancing in the opposite direction, Elisabeth found that Mr. Hobb was now clambering along the ground on all fours, no longer pretending to be human.”

Well isn’t that just the stuff of nightmares.

The grimoires, when tampered with, become Maleficts. Which are, essentially, giant ink monsters and they will kill you. When they are destroyed, the grimoire is destroyed along with all of the spells inside. So the librarians, of which Elisabeth is an apprentice, protect the grimoires inside of the library.

Elisabeth though… I didn’t connect well with her. I couldn’t even tell you why. I like cunning heroines maybe? She is smart, but book smart. Elizabeth has been sheltered and it shows. Which is fine, but I didn’t get much dimension from her other than her gradual acceptance of sorcery.

Nathaniel. Now he becomes the shining star of the book. He is sassy and witty and everything you want in the swoony male character. 

“I don’t want to inflame the public. They go absolutely mad in the presence of a celebrity, you see, and I’d prefer them not to storm the carriage. There are only so many propositions of marriage a man can bear.”

I love him and it’s probably me, but his charm overshadowed the MC as did Silas’s mystery. 

Silas is Nathaniel’s demon, who can change shape, but is also the source of Nathaniel’s magic. The relationship is the cutest thing. Silas basically raised Nathaniel and it’s hard to remember that he is a demon most of the time. Even though Silas reminds Elisabeth constantly.

Overall, this was an adorable and pleasant read. I like it for more of a fluffy read in between intense things. For example, I read it immediately following Crooked Kingdom and it certainly helped to heal my heart.

Have you read A Sorcery of Thorns? Let me know what you thought in the comments!


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11 thoughts on “A Sorcery of Thorns | Spoiler-Free Book Review

  1. My question though, is whether you think this book would be a good pick for someone who doesn’t like or read much fantasy? I have asked a few people and not a whole lot of them have gotten back to me! I am really interested in it, but I do not tend to do well with fantasy for some reason so I was just curious if this was more for some serious fantasy lovers to appreciate or if it were friendly to newbies to the genre? :]

    GREAT review though. It sounds so interesting! And I really loved the character ratings at the beginning too because sometimes it is not just all about the book as a whole. Little details can really make or break a story.

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    1. Thank you!
      Do you have any fantasy you have enjoyed and I can make a comparison?
      This is a stand-alone, which is great, and not an “epic fantasy” with extensive magic systems or complexity. So if that is what turns you off from fantasy then you may enjoy this more.

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      1. I liked Children of Blood and Bone last year. The only other fantasy that I can think of off the top of my head is Harry Potter! Ohh maybe Wicked Deep? But that’s more magic realism I think… Thank you so much for trying to help!

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