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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.

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.

©2019 Margaret Rogerson (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic Reviews

“If you are looking for magic you will find it inside this book. Sorcery of Thorns is a bewitching gem, full of slow burning romance, loyal friendships, and extraordinary world building. I absolutely loved every moment of this story.” (Stephanie Garber, number one New York Times best-selling author of the Caraval series)

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  • Crumble
  • 06-09-19

Enchanting and hilarious

Oh my goodness what a wonderful audiobook! I loved Margaret Rogerson’s first book (an enchantment of ravens), and this one was amazing too. It includes talking books, libraries, wonderful main characters and a really sweet romance. And the ending was just so perfect I can’t even describe! I don’t really know how to do this book justice in a review.. just read/listen to it! Although this was a stand alone, I am so excited and looking forward to any other books this author writes and she’s quickly become one of my favourite authors! 💜

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  • Sky
  • 06-07-20

Loved it.

I really loved this story. A fantasy booknerds dream. Love love loovee. I would highly rexommend it.

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  • Hollie Ward
  • 01-21-20

Great world building but the best bits are absent

I enjoyed this story overall. The idea of the librarys and the plot progression was exciting and novel. However, I did feel like some of the climactic parts of the novel were cut short and interactions or reactions between characters that I was excited to experience where missing or edited out. Shame..

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  • Daisy
  • 10-23-21

I LOVED IT!

I love the premise of this book. it's a unique concept. My only disappointment was that this was a stand alone and not a series as I want to know more about the characters lives. The Narrator did an excellent job of gripping me and I laughed so much throughout the book.

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  • R
  • 03-22-21

I keep coming back

the world building is gripping and immersive. I only wish there was more to find out how Elizabeth comes to grips with this new reality

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  • Spanish39
  • 03-13-21

Fantastic stand-alone story.

This is a great story and very well narrated by Emily Ellet. As someone who reads a lot of fantasy I enjoyed the truly unique concept and characters. Yes this is a magical fantasy version of the world but you won't find any of the stereotypical characters in this one. The story is well paced all the way through. No spoilers....but the ending made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!

It's a long book but I enjoyed having a stand-alone story - so many fantasy novels are pulled out into series of ten or more books that just slowly run out of steam. The fact that there is no sequel means that Margaret Rogerson has kept the storyline and editing tight and tied off all the ends so beautifully. It was a treat and well worth a credit.

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  • BarbaraM
  • 08-05-20

Not quite Invisible Library

The story is well rounded, the characters rather mysterious, and one forgives fantasy of implausibility...it’s fantasy after all!

I found this novel to be enjoyable and so I recommend it to fantasy lovers.

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  • 07-08-20

gets better as you listen

at first I was unsure if this was my kind of story but about 2 hours in it gets much deeper and more interesting, ending wonderfully.
nicely paced and well read.

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  • FENARETI
  • 07-03-20

Disappointing

For such a pretty cover this book was SO boring. I never read more than one book at a time but this book made me start 2 books and finish them before getting to finish it. It was so boring and the plot so uninteresting. The pacing was so bizarre it felt like the book had 2 diffrent climaxes. The characters were somewhat tolerable, but not good enough to redeem the book. It should have been half as long in order for this plot to not be so boring. I am so sad that I didnt like it.

And this was one of the worst audiobooks I've ever purchased. There were so many instances when the recordings would swap and you could tell which words were recorded separately. There was even a sound effect left in. The actress did a fine job, the production itself felt rushed.

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  • Miss E L Passey
  • 05-27-20

Loved it.

An intriguing story that kept me interested some start to end.

Well worth the credit.