Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4, 2019
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.
Wow, what a ride. I loved the way books and libraries were talked about in here. For books to be truly alive and to have personalities and emotions was incredible. I could defintely see myself living in this world.
The characters in here are so relatable. Elisabeth is actually me being a child of the library, and the way she cares for books is just uncanny. I really loved Silas like I would read a 500 page book about just Silas without a doubt. He really reminded me of Sebastian from Black Butler, not sure if that was a purposeful thing or not but that’s just how I felt. Nathaniel was interesting and I really found myself drawn to his very dark moments when he was having nightmares and his magic would lose control.
Verdict: Finally the story was remarkable I was engaged the entire time and I wish there was a sequel that to it. I loved this book. I gave it 4.5/5.