By A.J. Hackwith
Published by Ace Books
on October 6, 2020
In the second installment of this richly imagined fantasy adventure series, a new threat from within the Library could destroy those who depend upon it the most.
The Library of the Unwritten in Hell was saved from total devastation, but hundreds of potential books were destroyed. Former librarian Claire and Brevity the muse feel the loss of those stories, and are trying to adjust to their new roles within the Arcane Wing and Library, respectively. But when the remains of those books begin to leak a strange ink, Claire realizes that the Library has kept secrets from Hell--and from its own librarians.
Claire and Brevity are immediately at odds in their approach to the ink, and the potential power that it represents has not gone unnoticed. When a representative from the Muses Corps arrives at the Library to advise Brevity, the angel Rami and the erstwhile Hero hunt for answers in other realms. The true nature of the ink could fundamentally alter the afterlife for good or ill, but it entirely depends on who is left to hold the pen.
I loved the first book in this series, The Library of the Unwritten, when I read it a couple of years ago. It took me some time, but I finally got around to reading the sequel, and because I loved the first book, I wanted to love this one as well.
This was a bit of a tricky book for me to get through! I was really into it at first, but then I felt like the story and characters were going around in circles for so much of the book that things really dragged for me. And I am so interested in the dynamics between the four main characters that having them separated and spend big chunks of the book apart was not all that interesting, to me.
However, the workings of Hell’s Library and some secrets that were revealed kept me interested enough to finish, and to add the next book in the series (The God of Lost Words, which has just come out) to my TBR. I’m hoping our characters will spend more time working together in the next installment!