Sorcery of Thorns

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Book-loving girl fights demons in captivating high fantasy.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 2+

real good

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age 16+

A dark and riveting page turner

As a writer, teacher and mom, I was excited to read this book, since it has been so highly reviewed. The author is an excellent writer. I was hooked from the beginning! Lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing. What hasn’t been mentioned, to take note of, is that is a dark novel. For example, many of the books in the library are made of human body parts. There are many occult references- such as the pentagram, human sacrifice, and being in debt to demons. I am not one for horror, and some scenes bothered me even though I am an adult. The lines between good and evil are blurred, which makes the story interesting, but also keeps it dark. This is why I gave it a higher age rating. The main character is relatable, clumsy, yet courageous and selfless. She has to break the rules and “bad things” like stealing for the greater good. The risks keep it intriguing! It might be an interesting conversation to have with your child about ethical dilemmas. Ex. Is it ever right to steal? How would you have responded in Elisabeth’s situation?

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence

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