Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I heard SO MUCH about this book. It came in my OwlCrate, it was all over Bookstagram. It was all over the Facebook groups that I was a part of. It seemed sort of polarizing. Folks either loved or hated it…or they wanted to complain about a mis-coloring on the OwlCrate special edition. Before you bust out the pitchforks to tell me that we paid a lot for it and there shouldn't be any blemishes…I get it. Just mentioning the things I saw the most.
So here I am, in possession of a book about a tall girl who loves books and lives in a library setting. It's basically a book about me, right? I'm tall…I love books…and I want to live in a library. While I didn't love or hate it…I did enjoy it. But it was a general ok-ness that I felt towards the story instead of a passion one way or another.
Let's start with what I didn't like…and some spoilers…
There were a few plot points that could have been explored in a deeper manner. Elisabeth's origins for one. She may discover why she's special to the library and sure, her friend Katrien figures she's some kind of "booklouse" in human form, but unless I missed it (possible), we are never really given any information as to why she's different.
The romance in this book felt like an afterthought. We would be trucking right along with the action and adventure and suddenly we'd be given characters feelings towards each other out of nowhere and without any build up. Just like "snap" they're in love.
Things just seemed to resolve themselves entirely too easily and Elisabeth never really has to think too hard along the way. Everything just falls into place and everyone around her makes sacrifices except her. She's good with a sword that she's never handled a day in her life. Super. Got it.
Things I did like?
Books coming to life? Being relatively sentient and talking to you? Fantastic. Even when the books have turned evil, the idea that they take on an entirely different form is pretty great. Hell, it's an amazing metaphor for the ideas in books on its own.
I loved Nathaniel's dialogue. He really did have the best one liners of the entire book.
Silas. Maaaan…let's talk about Silas. This was the most developed character of the entire novel IMO. The demon that takes years from your life in order to be of magical service to you. Swears he's the destroyer of worlds yet still manages to be the martyr. The only thing that I didn't really understand was why all of the sudden he was the source of Nathaniel's power towards the end. I found him to be the most fascinating character in the book. I want to know his history and background. I wanted to know more about the demon realms.
That in itself is my main refrain throughout this book. I wanted to know more. As with a lot of the books I'm reading lately, I just want something deeper. Not a bunch of fluffy details, but characters that I want to follow and know more about.
So while I didn't absolutely love this book, I didn't hate it either.
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