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If The Infernal Devices and The Colour of Magic had a baby, Sorcery of Thorns would be it. It’s a fun mystery with quirky magic and curious characters. Definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time. Also, it’s a standalone which I recommend if you’re like me and binge on too many unfinished series. I need to read a story that has a satisfying ending.
What I liked…
Elizabeth is a super likeable character. She’s young but not immature. She also puts things together asap rather than flailing about aimlessly and missing the obvious.
Nathaniel is actually quite funny from a reader’s perspective despite Elizabeth’s previous opinion of him. I loved the flashback to their first meeting at the beginning of the book. It helped set up her ideas of sorcerers.
Silus was definitely an interesting fellow with being a demon, but also being somewhat different to other demons. And then later… no spoilers on that, but I liked seeing two sides of him.
The magic is fun and quirky with living books that can turn into weird and scary creatures. The idea of sorcerers getting their magic from demons makes them more unique in this world. And I liked how their powers were obviously limited.
The plot/character balance was just my thing.
The plot had twists and turns that made it exciting but was pretty easy to follow. There were reminders of little things in case I forgot, but i didn’t since it was done so well.
The writng was wonderful. Analogies were unique, sometimes I had to think on them, but they made sense and were actually fun to try and visualise. I’m talking a few in the whole book.
What I didn’t like…
I find the “sheltered girl” trope a little borning these days. I felt there was no obvious reason why she was so clueless about the real world since she wasn’t a prisoner or anything.
If you like magical mysteries, plot twists, and loveable characters and a sprinkle of cute romance, then I recommend this book.