I love to escape in a book. And I adore books that can completely remove me from reality. Thus my love for Fantasy Novels. After a year of amazing reads paranoia tends to kick, nagging in the back of your mind that your next read might not be so great, or might completely disappoint. I am still lucky so far.
When I received this book as a gift I was ecstatic. This book was very high on my wishlist all year. And my expectations were met on every level.
I loved several elements of this novel, but my most favorite part is the fact the heroine is a tall bookworm. (I am completely subjective in this matter being rather tall myself) Elisabeth is not only believable as a character, but also inspirational. I absolutely adored every aspect of her. I absolutely loved the characters. I just wished for a little bit more of the romance. Definitely rooting for a sequel because that ending is unacceptable.
World building is done expertly. I found it quite easy to navigate the landscape, getting swept up in the grandeur and magic of the world.
As far as language and descriptions go, beware. It’s the stuff of nightmares. I literally woke up screaming the other night, after finishing this read, as Rogersons descriptions are so vivid, it haunted my dreams.
If you loved the mortal instruments series you will live for this.
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.