YA Authors Margaret Rogerson in conversation with Jessica Cluess
“No one can match [Margaret’s] dark whimsy or joyous magic.” - Jessica Cluess
Once Upon A Time is excited to host two YA fantasy authors in conversation about magic, power, and strong female characters. The two authors will talk then open up the conversation to questions from the audience, after they will sign books.
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About Sorcery of Thorns: 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.
As Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Lord Blackwood, she discovers that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven from the bloodthirsty Ancients. It's a trap. So with her friend Maria and Magnus, the young man who once stole her heart, at her side, Henrietta plots a dangerous journey straight into the enemy's lair. Some will live. Some will die. All will be tested.
In this stunning conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire series, Henrietta must choose between the love from her past, the love from her present, and a love that could define her future. The fate of the kingdom rests on her decision: Will she fall or rise up to become the woman who saves the realm?
About Margaret Rogerson: Margaret Rogerson is the author of the New York Times bestseller An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns. She has a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology from Miami University. When not reading or writing she enjoys sketching, gaming, making pudding, and watching more documentaries than is socially acceptable (according to some). She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, beside a garden full of hummingbirds and roses. Visit her at MargaretRogerson.com.
About Jessica Cluess: Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel, A Shadow Bright and Burning. When she's not writing books, she's an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories. Visit her at jessicacluess.com and follow her on Twitter at @JessCluess.
This is the book you have been craving for! How can you go wrong with librarian warriors? Strong-willed orphan, Elizabeth Scrivener, lives for her job as an apprentice librarian at Summershall, home of a Great Library in the kingdom of Austermeer. Her knack of getting into wee troubles has brought her to the attention of Magister Thorn, who, with the help of his demon, Silas, enter unwittingly as a team investigating murders, prized grimoire disappearances and an otherworldly plot to sabotage the kingdom. With deft characters, clever plotting, fast action, plus a hint of romance, hand this terrific, high fantasy to fans of Leigh Bardugo. Sorcery of Thorns is an outstanding follow up to Rogerson’s star debut, An Enchantment of Ravens. - review by Maureen
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