Elisabeth Scrivener (16) is an orphan who was left on the steps of the Great Library of Summershall as an infant. Summershall is one of six enchanted libraries that hold grimoires. The grimoires have minds of their own, with rankings 1 to 10. The higher the rank, the higher the danger, not only because of the dark valuable knowledge they contain, but also their ability to transform into horrific, evil creatures called Maleficts. Raised to believe that magic is disastrous and sorcerers are dangerous, Elizabeth aspires to be a warden of the library warden so she could protect the kingdom from these tools of sorcery. One night, Elisabeth awoke to find the library director dead and a grimoire stumbling across the yard. She battles with the book, transformed into a dangerous Malefict. She destroyed it only to be accused of murdering the library's director and charged with treason. Her dreams of being a warden crushed, she is taken to prison until she is taken to the capital to stand trial. Sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn and Silas, his demon servant, escorted her to the trial. When trouble befalls the group, Elisabeth's innocence is revealed and she no longer faces trial. The declaration comes with the realization that there are bigger issues: the incident at the library was sabotaged and the perpetrator was out there and ready to move to the next Great Library. With her friends by her side, Elisabeth embarks on a new journey to save lives and everything she loves from dangers darker and more evil than she imagined. Though she is forced to question everything she has ever known, the young apprentice finds not only truth, independence, and love but also the strength that comes with being a real child of the library.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
Sorcery of Thorns is a breathtaking adventure novel brimming with magic. I especially love how Elisabeth faces numerous internal challenges in addition to the "environmental" ones. They added character depth and built a lovely, compelling heroine. As the battle with her head and her heart grow more intense, she finally discovers her true perspective on sorcery. This enchanting, fantasy novel also has a beautiful, unique setting! Built in a world with fascinating libraries and grimoires with their own personalities, the surroundings were explained in beautiful, lush detail. From scents to overwhelming emotions, Margaret Rogerson captured the beauty, appearance of the scenery and their effect on the characters in lovely depth. The descriptions were perfect in length, never too long to bore readers or too little to wonder what that sunset felt like or what that mansion looked like. It created the perfect, immersive, compelling setting that really drew readers in. Sorcery of Thorns is a stunning, captivating, adventure novel steeped in magic, and I would highly recommend it for anyone 11 and older.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
Despite its magical nature, Sorcery of Thorns carries valuable themes of friendship, independence, and strength. The beginning is a bit confusing, but it all comes together to make sense later as secrets and mysteries are slowly revealed. What I find very intriguing about this book is that even though the story is built around magic, Elisabeth - the main character - does not have magic, but rather a special bond to the library.
This book is a magical rollercoaster that is wild and engaging in a way that will leave you holding your breath with chills running up your spine. However, this book is a romance and includes hints of violence, so I would recommend this book for readers 12 and up. This story is a great adventure, but this is a book that I would just get from the library rather than give as a gift to someone as it is not a book that I feel very drawn to reread many times. This book is perfect for readers who practically live in the worlds of magic in books or who are just looking for a wild adventure to set their heart racing.
A magical adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, turning pages, and wishing they, too, could be Elisabeth Scrivener.
None raised by these readers.
This is a fantasy adventure that incorporates magic, mystery, and a love of books.
Enjoy this for the thrilling, imaginative adventure it is.
11 and Up
10 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer ages: 13, 14
Buy. The story is magical and you'll want to read it again.
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