Title: The Library of the Unwritten
Author: A. J. Hackwith
Series: Hell’s Library #1
E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 51
(see below for breakdown)
Join the library and raise hell in the first book of a stunning new fantasy series, where books unfinished by their authors reside within the Unwritten Wing of the devil’s own library, and restless characters will emerge from out of their pages…
Every book left unfinished by its author is filed away in the Unwritten Wing, a neutral space in Hell presided over by Claire, its head librarian. Along with repairing and organizing books, her job consists of keeping an eye on restless stories whose characters risk materialising 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, in a chase that threatens to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell… and Earth.
This is just so just so inventive! The combination of the library of unfinished works that occupies a space in hell,the lore and dynamic in the different afterlife realms, the varying magic systems between them all were detailed and fascinating. It just filled with complex and detailed world building. I happily could read an individual novel set in each of the locations we ventured through. Oh and I NEED more librarian battles in Valhalla!!!!
The characters were also fantastic, twisting and turning your typical tropes to make a diverse, entertaining and fun cast of characters. The interaction between the characters is fantastic so much banter, back and forth. It just makes it such a fun read. I wanted to know more about each and every one of the characters. I fell in love with some really unlikely characters, rooted for them and I just got really invested. I really liked the relationship that built between the characters, I loved the slow reveal of of the back ground of each character and how we encountered new characters throughout.
The same was true of plot, there was so much going on, lots of twists and turns, reveals that had me gasping out loud. It was just a fantastic story. I just really enjoyed it. Occasionally there were some pacing issues and it did find some of the cuts between worlds a little confusing at times but i still really enjoyed the flow. The ending was gorgeously bitter sweet in the best way. I really cant wait for the next one in the series (there is a release data for the US later this year but not one for the UK at the moment so I think this may have to be an import for me as I am really keen on this series)