"Sorcery of Thorns" by Margaret Rogerson has libraries, demons, a cat and female protagonist. It was easily one of the most anticipated YA releases of the year. I was even hyped about it too (See my use of "jazzed" in the June OwlCrate review). I love magic. I love libraries. I love cats. I love demons ... well, reading about them anyway. I should have loved this book.
Left as an orphan on the doorstep of one of the six great libraries of Austermeet, Elisabeth grew up wanting to be a warden — a librarian dedicated to protecting the kingdom from magical grimoires created by evil sorcerers. But, when Elizabeth is implicated in a grave crime and sent to the capitol to face charges, she gets drawn into a centuries-old plan that could destroy everything.
Margaret Rogerson missed the mark when writing this novel. The premise of "Sorcery of Thorns" has so much potential. But it's riddled with these problems and more:
flat, 2-dimensional characters with no motivation
an underdeveloped plot
*spoilers in the next paragraph*
At 450 pages, I expected a fully developed plot. But that's not the case. Things just happen in "Sorcery of Thorns." Elisabeth gets sent to an asylum. Elisabeth escapes from the asylum (both of these events occur over a combined six pages). Elisabeth finds a magic mirror. The library shows Elisabeth a secret passage. Nathanial loves Elisabeth. It's honestly a miracle that Elisabeth just didn't magically become the head of all the libraries at the end of the book.
Those problems aside, Rogerson did have wonderful job bring the primaries to live and personifying each of the libraries we visit in the book. But it isn’t enough to redeem this book for me. Borrow it from the library or don’t bother taking it off your TBR list.