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Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Name: A Sorcery of Thorns

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Type: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

“She now understood that the world wasn’t kind to young women, especially when they behaved in ways men didn’t like, and spoke truths that men weren’t ready to hear.” 

Sorcery of Thorns is a very subtle Young Adult Fantasy novel that narrates the life of Elizabeth, an apprentice, as her goals of becoming a Warden get plummeted as she is stuck unraveling a mystery that could end the world she lives in. 

I enjoyed the writing and the slow burn romance Rogerson wrote and included in her story. However, the world the stories is set in wasn't enjoyable to me. Its audience can be very young adults as the story itself is not very deep. I enjoyed the fact that there were many climaxes and points off stress during the story which kept me on my toes and excited for what came next. The characters were easy to follow and interesting to read. 

The world itself was a little bit too weird and fantastical (a little too middle grade). It discussed grimoires and books that could talk and convert themselves into monsters. The whole issue was Elizabeth and Nathaniel (whom I loved) trying to save the Libraries where so much knowledge and life was stored. All in all I think the the author is a really good author, but the plot itself didn't intrigue me as much. I do think I am going to be reading The Enchantment of the Ravens by the same author soon and compare the two.

One thing I also wish would have been better is the backstories of the characters. Maybe because it was a standalone we don't really have time to dig deep into the character's past, but Silas and Nathaniel were so interesting that I really wanted to know more about them and what made them be. Although we do get a lot of information for Nathanial (enough for standalone) I was left wanting to know more about Silas. 

--- 3.5 stars ---