Sorcery of Thorns

464p. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Jun. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481497619.
Gr 7 Up—In her second novel, Rogerson proves herself a worthy successor to Diana Wynne Jones in this moody, atmospheric, and lively classic fantasy. Elisabeth was raised in a magical library, providing her with limitless book smarts but very little life experience. Her well-intentioned actions have disastrous consequences, and she is sent away from her beloved home. She finds unlikely allies in Nathaniel, a handsome sorcerer, and his mysterious servant, Silas. They come to realize that their personal troubles are small parts of a much wider conspiracy and their particular skills may be the only hope to stop the bad guys. Elisabeth is a winning protagonist who believably transitions from naive ingenue to determined heroine without sacrificing her earnest, bookish nature. As in her debut, Rogerson skillfully evokes a fairy tale–tinged adventure with grounded, real stakes.
VERDICT This enchanting story is sure to appeal to teen readers eager for more of the world-building, fierce friendships, and feminist heroines of Robin LaFevers and Naomi Novik.

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