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.
Wow, I really enjoyed reading this book! It sounded really fantastic, and the idea of the world, of a library of the unwritten (which of course is in Hell) yeah, it's just so fascinating! I couldn't wait to read this book! It was such a great read!
First off, can we talk about that cover? It's so creepy, and is a good look about what this book is about! There's the page of a book, torn in the middle, where it's pitch black with some gray smoke drifting out. And then there's the arm sticking out. With books that have their characters literally jumping off of the pages, this cover is amazing and I can't wait to have it on my shelves!
We were in 3 different heads in this book. Claire, head librarian with a secret. Leto, who was more than he seemed. And Ramiel, the fallen angel who could get back in Heaven's graces if he finds the Devil's Bible. Oh, we were in Brevity's head a time or two when she was apart from the other characters, and we only got 3 or 4 chapters of that.
I really enjoyed their adventure looking for the read of the Devil's Bible. It takes them across a number of different afterlives, like the Norse Valhalla, as well as on Earth. There was a bit of a mystery of why the book had popped up now, and I really enjoyed the reveal there!
Loved reading this book, it was a really fantastic read, and I can't wait to see where this series is going to go from here!
Author: A.J. Hackwith
Series: A Novel from Hell's Library #1
Read: August 25th, 2019
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Ace Books
Published: October 1st 2019