Mysteries of Thorn Manor (Sorcery of Thorns, #1.5)

Mysteries of Thorn Manor (Sorcery of Thorns, #1.5)
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January 17, 2023
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In this delightful sequel novella to the New York Times bestselling Sorcery of Thorns, Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas must unravel the magical trap keeping them inside Thorn Manor in time for their Midwinter Ball!

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.

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MYSTERIES OF THORN MANOR is a delightful YA fantasy novella that serves as an extended epilogue for SORCERY OF THORNS. Thorn Manor is to host the Midwinter Ball, but the manor itself is acting up. They will need to investigate the issues with the manor while getting ready to host the ball. Nathaniel and Elisabeth are trying to get closer, but the manor seems to thwart them at every turn. Along with Silas and Mercy, they will find plenty of secrets hidden in the manor and explore its magic and what it needs of them.

This was a really delightful extension of the story. While it does help to have read the original book, the novella does a great job of recapping key facts, so for those who read the first book a while ago, they won't miss a step getting back into it. The characters come to life in their ways with their personalities shining through the text and a romantic overtone as the house seems to want some commitment from Nathaniel and Elisabeth before they are to kiss. Their relationship brings all the swoon to the story, and there was delightful romance between them within this extension. Silas also brings his own heart-wrenching scenes to the story as he connects with the other residents further.

A light-hearted and sweet novella, MYSTERIES OF THORN MANOR is a lovely extension to SORCERY OF THORNS that brings swoon, humor, and a delightful ending.
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