The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
5 of 5 stars
Oh, it *pains* me that this book
does not have more reviews and attention! This is one of those books I want to
shout about from the rafters.
I've always been a sucker for books
about books, I'm going to admit that right off the bat. But authors still have
to be careful when deciding to write this sort of story - have to watch their
step, tread carefully to make sure they're not just indulging themselves and
playing into familiar tropes that don't require much creativity or effort on the
part of the author.
This book is not like that in the slightest and
it is so good.
Right from the beginning, we're tipped into a
fascinating world. Claire is our main character, the Librarian of the Library of
the Unwritten - books that never came to pass, books that wait for the potential
to be. It's a fascinating concept, one that tugged at my gut because,
well, are there many voracious readers out there who *haven't* imagined writing
a book one day themselves?
The world building here is so intriguing,
I loved it. It has a dab of
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
and a splash of
but it is its own unique and compelling story and I loved so much of it.
The characters in this book are lovely, never quite what they seem.
I love when that's the case, especially when the author is writing from
different perspectives, but still keeping secrets, still keeping the reader
guessing. There are heroes and villains but they're never quite the archetype,
and though there are some things I guessed at, there were still quite a few
surprises among these pages.
Claire is a fascinating and layered
character - arrogant but with vulnerabilities, reserved but with much beneath
the surface. She has made mistakes and lost, but she still is still a character
that is eminently endearing in spite of it all, even if she frustrates you at
And the plot? The plot is a whole lot of fun. We get to dip
in and out of other realms, each interesting and with their own merits. Nothing
is as straightforward as it might seem, and there's a lot of personal growth for
the characters as we go around. Leto is my baby and I'm prepared to fight
for him, I'm just saying!
Ugh, just an altogether satisfying read
for the weekend and this is a book where I definitely want a physical copy on my
shelves. I've been approved for an ARC of the next book on Netgalley and I can't
wait to read it!
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