Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sorcery of Thorns is one of the of the most exciting young adult fantasy book to come out this year! It tells the story of Elisabeth, an apprentice librarian who dreams of one day becoming a ward and being able to fight evil – demons, sorcerers, anything magical. All she has ever known is the Great Library she grew up in, where books are more than lifeless pages, but are full of life and personality and must be kept under tight security!
I decided to pick up this book in audiobook, and honestly had been debating whether to read it or not – it has been hyped so, so much that I was wary it would be a rather regular YA fantasy that I would be a little bored by because of how many YA fantasy books I read so far.
This book is really good! I would have loved to read this when I was a young teen – it’s so full of adventure, a bit of romance, books, a strong female character I can truly admire. I ended up deducting a star because I saw the plot twists coming from far away, and Elisabeth took so long to come to logical conclusions. There were small things that seemed a bit too convenient here and there, but didn’t get too much on the way of my enjoyment of this book!
I did love the banter between Nathaniel and Elisabeth, and Silas’s cat-like personality that I adored. The characters are truly what makes this novel shine – that and the world building, which is so very interesting. I hoped to see a bit more of it, and a lot of the information felt thrown at the reader a bit out of nowhere, but that’s okay. There are definitely elements of Beauty and the Beast in this story, but the author definitely doesn’t rely on it for the plot, it’s a rather loose inspiration.
If you’ve read a bunch of YA fantasy novels like me, then this will be not entirely new, but surely a really good read and with great characters and demons and books that may or may not murder you! I did like the audio very much, the narrator does a great job with differentiating the voices.