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Sorcery of Thorns

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Book-loving girl fights demons in captivating high fantasy.

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Educational Value

Offers opportunity to discuss friendship and loyalty. Plot emphasizes importance of books and storytelling.

Positive Messages

Books -- even dangerously magical ones -- are valuable and need protection. People -- and even demons -- have free will, can choose to be loyal, compassionate, good.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elisabeth is a formidable main character: brave, compassionate, resourceful, if rather naive at start of book. She learns to overcome her prejudice against demons and sorcerers and see what their true motives might be. Nathaniel and his servant Silas are not who they first appear to be and reveal hidden layers over course of novel.

Violence

Scenes of violence are generally magical in nature, involve monsters and demons slain by sorcery. Characters engage in swordfights, and a main character is seriously wounded.

Sex

Nathaniel and Elisabeth gradually develop a romantic relationship. They share a couple of passionate embraces.

Language

Infrequent swearing limited to "hell" and "damn." 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sorcery of Thorns is a fantasy novel by Margaret Rogerson (An Enchantment of Ravens). The story follows Elisabeth, a warden-in-training, as she unravels a mystery involving a plan to sabotage her kingdom's Great Libraries. There are magical battles and swordfights against demons, and one of the main characters is seriously wounded. Swearing is infrequent and limited to "hell" and "damn." Sexual content is limited to a couple of passionate embraces. 

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCupcake5555 July 21, 2019

Serious

At some points it was a little serious and freaky. There was also 2 pages of a make out session.

What's the story?

As SORCERY OF THORNS opens, Elisabeth discovers an act of sabotage in her beloved Great Library. One of the magical books has transformed into a monster, and the director of the institution has been killed. Elisabeth is accused of the crime and spirited away from the town to be held captive. Fortunately, she captures the attention of sorcerer Nathaniel and his demon man-servant Silas. Together, the three of them investigate a centuries-old conspiracy that threatens to destroy the kingdom's other Libraries and tear apart the very fabric of the universe.

Is it any good?

Every complicated novel of high fantasy doesn't need to be part of a series, and this well-constructed, slyly amusing magical adventure satisfies as a stand-alone tale. The core of the narrative is the prickly relationship between Elisabeth and Nathaniel, whose antagonistic banter belies their growing attraction. It's not difficult to intuit the plot's final destination, but author Margaret Rogerson plants plenty of action-packed obstacles in the characters' paths. Elisabeth and Nathaniel are captivating main characters, but it is often Silas and other members of the supporting cast who get the best lines. Readers of high fantasy with a sense of humor will enjoy this book. They should look forward to Rogerson's next novel, whether it returns to this well-built world or not.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Sorcery of Thorns uses standard fantasy elements to tell a new story. Why do stories about sorcerers and demons remain popular? What's so appealing about the idea of magic?

  • Silas is a demon whom Elisabeth does not trust. How do people learn to trust each other? What kinds of behavior foster that quality?

  • Sorcery of Thorns features a character who's a corrupt leader. What causes political figures to do evil things? How can their illegal acts be exposed and made public?

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