THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN
A J HACKWITH
SERIES: Hell’s Library #1
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Urban Fantasy
REPRESENTATION: Pansexual MC
TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE
A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.
The Library of the Unwritten is a book about books and about stories. I can’t imagine there are many book-lovers who’d turn down the chance to pick up a story like this.
I took my copy of the book away on vacation with me, thinking — from the US cover I’d originally seen (which is different from the UK version below and which I have) — that it would be more of a literary novel and something I’d have to take in small bites. The Library of the Unwritten actually turned out to be the perfect poolside read: it’s genuine fun.
The story is a fast-paced road-trip with a rag-tag group of thrown together allies. The story takes us to Malta and through Valhalla, Heaven, Hell and a couple of death realms. The characters are entertaining and charming, if a little lacking in depth.
I love the idea of all the unwritten books existing somewhere, and the idea that the characters within those books might want a chance to come out into the real world and perhaps even have a word with a procrastinating author. The ‘damsels’ and Hero were fascinating and I think I might have enjoying seeing more of this side of the story somehow.
Personally, and this is just me, I also think I wanted something a bit darker or melancholy. It’s set in Hell after all, and there are some pretty dark themes (such as suicide) touched on. I think there’s a lot of potential here, but I’d have liked to explore it more. Perhaps a main character that’s a little more morally grey or a few choices that force the reader to consider who they should really be routing for? I just wanted this all to be a bit… More? For the shocks to have been more shocking and the twists twistier.
The Library of the Unwritten is a fun, fast-paced read which manages to be thoroughly enjoyable while giving you something to think about. It’s a perfect read for books lovers and writers of all sorts.
Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing. 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
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