Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson: An Unpopular Opinion

Title: Sorcery of Thorns

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 3/5 Paws

Goodreads Synopsis: 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 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.

“It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.”

I absolutely loved the premise of this book as soon as I read the description. I mean, books that are alive and have personalities?? That’s pretty awesome. It sounded so promising from the summary and the previous reviews that I really thought this was going to be a 5-star read for me, but I was sadly disappointed. I ended up liking this but not loving it. It was overall just meh for me.

I liked the characters, from Elisabeth’s stubborn yet righteous ways to Nathaniel’s sarcastic and snarky ego, but I never felt fully connected to them or very invested in their story. I did really enjoy the descriptions of the world and the setting, it was extremely atmospheric and easily-visualized.

This story just didn’t wow me in any way and I just think that the hype surrounding it and how I had built it up in my head lead to me being disappointed in the end. I really did want to love this book like so many others did, but it unfortunately didn’t live up to my expectations.

Have you read any hyped books that didn’t meet your expectations?

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