Hello beautiful Ink Drinkers! Welcome back and thank you for joining me on another bookish tour! This tour is hosted by Turn the Pages Tours and I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Elisabeth Scrivener is finally settling into her new life with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. Now that their demon companion Silas has returned, so has scrutiny from nosy reporters hungry for gossip about the city’s most powerful sorcerer and the librarian who stole his heart. But something strange is afoot at Thorn Manor: the estate’s wards, which are meant to keep their home safe, are acting up and forcibly trapping the Manor’’ occupants inside. Surely it must be a coincidence that this happened just as Nathaniel and Elisabeth started getting closer to one another…
With no access to the outside world, Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas—along with their new maid Mercy—will have to work together to discover the source of the magic behind the malfunctioning wards before they’re due to host the city’s Midwinter Ball. Not an easy task when the house is filled with unexpected secrets, and all Elisabeth can think about is kissing Nathaniel in peace. But when it becomes clear that the house, influenced by the magic of Nathaniel’s ancestors, requires a price for its obedience, Elisabeth and Nathaniel will have to lean on their connection like never before to set things right.
As a huge fan of Margaret Rogerson, I jumped at the opportunity to grab this novella and get back into the Sorcery and Thorn world. It was everything I thought I needed, but it also irked me in a small way. Let me explain.
This book takes place a few months after the ending of Sorcery and Thorn, so we are getting to see how Elizabeth and Nathaniel are settling into their new roles. But the manor house seems to have some objections. So we are throwing into the mystery of solving what has the manor’s panties in a bunch, otherwise they are held hostage by their hostile dwelling.
That part I love, what I don’t love is the ending. It felt rushed to me, like something was supposed to happen or was left out before the events that transpired that got us there. I just feel like we hit points A, B, and D… but point C jumped ship. Overall though it was a great read and I devoured it in one sitting. 3.5/5 stars
Margaret Rogerson is the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens. An Ohio native, she currently lives near Cincinnati. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, and when not busy reading or writing, she enjoys watching more documentaries than most people consider socially acceptable.