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.
I was nervous heading into this book because I’d heard so many good things about it and I really hoped that I’d love it! The first thing I’ll mention is that the tie between the magicians and demons reminded me of The Golden Compass. The second thing is that the writing style and Elizabeth’s character reminded me of Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices trilogy as did Margaret Rogerson’s writing.
Despite the similarities mentioned, the plot itself was unique and interesting! The book was really well paced and kept me craving to keep reading the whole way through! Elizabeth was a great character because for once she wasn’t a naive and pitiful young protagonist who develops courage and morality throughout the book but instead is strong, kind and relentless from the beginning.
Silas was such an great character! He was very kind and such a gentleman. Demons clearly make great sidekicks! I felt so sorry for him and even though he kept reminded Elizabeth that was a demon and was born to cause destruction, he was always so thoughtful and wise.
Nathaniel Thorn was sweet and solemn. He is portrayed as the typical attractive young man who is wealthy and who’s life seems perfect to all those around him. The truth is very different as he struggles with his past and deep down is very lonely.
Overall I really enjoyed this and rate it 4/5 ⭐️