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The Library of the Unwritten by AJ Hackwith
Series: Hell's Library #1
Published by Ace on October 1, 2019
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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.
The first half of The Library of the Unwritten, I had first book syndrome. I struggled to assimilate the world, the characters; it was made worse because of the angels and demons. Luckily, there wasn’t much in a religious nature and by the second half, I was starting to enjoy the story.
The premise with librarians, books, muses and characters is very clever. After all, who doesn’t love books and libraries? It took awhile to become attached, since these characters are in Hell. Although, my least favorite characters ended up being from Heaven.
There were some scary monsters and dire moments for Claire and her team while on their quest. I loved her practicality, skills of long experience and intelligent determination. She also gains insight into the overall world and more compassion for those in the library. I liked Claire and wanted her to succeed. The characters’ typical greed and ruthlessness because of what are basically politics was not as favorable.
Now that I know the world and characters, I am sure I would enjoy the next book much more. I’d also recommend, if you are like me, I sometimes do better with audio if the world is particularly unique or complex.
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