Today I have a review of The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith and available from Berkley Pub/Ace on October 1, 2019.
An original book about books! The Library of the Unwritten is the first in a new fantasy series. The premise? Books that are not finished by authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell. The job of the Librarian? Tracking down any of the characters who may emerge from the stories.
Claire has been the Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing for many years. It’s her job to do the mundane mostly; repairing books and organizing them, but every once in a while, a character gets loose, and she has to find him or her. In fact, a Hero escapes from a book and is in search of the author. Claire has some help to assist her in tracking him down.
But things go awry in a very bad way…
Aww, I loved these characters! They were witty and clever with fun banter. The first half of the book clipped along and the ending? Well, it ended with a big ole bang! There’s so much to look forward to in the next installment and yet this book ended in a satisfactory way. Kudos to the author for that. Kudos to her for the whole thing!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren’t finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.
Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing– a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto.
But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil’s Bible. The text of the Devil’s Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell….and Earth.
Have you read The Library of the Unwritten, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR