Read for: Borrowed Books
Synopsis: "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."
My Review: I wasn't sure if this was a book I was going to enjoy, I DNFed Enchantment of Ravens, but I kept hearing about it being a book about books. I finally was able to get a copy from the library and am so glad I finally read it. I love the way the books had a personality, some grumpy, some evil, some flirty, etc. I did struggle with the world building a bit, it wasn't clear how or why Elisabeth ended up in the library. Nor was much of the world and magic outside of the library made clear throughout the book. Luckily, the characters were enough for me to stay invested in the story. I absolutely loved Nathaniel and Silas, there relationship was the best. There is a touch of romance but I feel that it is more about friendship than the love. There is also quite a bit of action and some court intrigue as well, all which I thoroughly enjoyed.
My Rating: I really enjoyed this book, I was so pleasantly surprised that I liked the characters and the story. I think it could have used a bit more world building but that may just be the fact that I am more used to adult fantasy books. I give this one a rating of Four Paws.