I have been waiting for The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith for what feels like ages. Apparently I had no reason to though, because I thought it’s release date was November 1, and it was actually October 1! So I’ve been just wasting all this time! Now that I know it’s an option, I’m going to get a copy as soon as possible!
Why wait on this one?
The plot of this book is unlike any I’ve heard of before: Claire is Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing, a place in Hell where unfinished stories grow restless and try to escape the confines of their pages. When the Devil’s Bible goes missing and Claire is suspected, she’ll have angels and demons coming after her for it, and the angels are just as bad as the demons.
Although I totally see the marketing angle, I really can’t help myself when someone who loves books as much (or more than!!) I do is the main character. It’s so instantly relatable, and it’s an easy sign that there’s at least one aspect of the story that I’ll be connected to! Likewise, what reader can resist the idea of characters leaping out of the pages of the books?
I also love new takes on Heaven & Hell divides. It’s fascinating to see the interpretations people have on the locales as well as their residents and functions – for example, who would think that the Unwritten Library would reside in Hell, of all places?
I’m anticipating dark tones from this, blended with clever originality, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! But no, literally, I don’t think I can wait. I have the day off from work today, and will hopefully be able to run to Barnes & Noble to grab a copy. 😀
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.