There are some feelings or experiences that few could ever dare to match. One of those is picking up a book, a book you’ve never heard of from an author you don’t know, simply on a whim because it seems like it could be fantastic, and you’re feeling indulgent. You read said book, and even if it takes you a little while to get into the rhythm of it, before long you’ve sunk completely into the story. By the end, you feel breathless and stunned, blessed to have read such a brilliantly crafted story.
This is how I felt reading The Library at Mount Char, for its story is nothing less (though certainly much more) than genius.
Carolyn used to be an average American, back when she was a young girl. She had friends, played games, went to school, but that was all before Father. Before her family died, and before she was taken in with many others by a man who was so much more than just a man.
Carolyn has studied along with the rest of them, apprentices of sorts to Father, learning ancient and mysterious ways that they never would have dreamed of. But as great as Father is, he is equally as cruel.
Now he is missing, perhaps even dead. And with no one knowing what happened to him, the Library stands unguarded, the secrets to the universe unprotected. Father’s enemies will be coming, and if they get in, the dawn of a darker age shall rise. But Carolyn has prepared for this, and knows what she must do. But by carrying out her plan, will she lose her last shred of humanity? Will she lose her dearest friends, and worse, herself?
In this nail-bitingly fantastic novel, we follow people who could not be more different. We follow men who are seemingly unimportant, but who will change the fate of the world. We follow a distant girl, who seems impossible to relate to until we have completely given our hearts to her. We meet the purest and most deranged characters on this harrowing adventure, and honestly, it’s hard to know which is which.
A story with so many twists and turns, it’ll keep you up late into the night. You will not be able to stop thinking about The Library at Mount Char, long after the last page. Already it’s calling out to me for a re-read!
Fantasy, horror, adventure, mystery, thriller, sci-fi are all genres that come to mind with this book, mixed with the perfect dash of comedy and romance. Hawkins has created a whole new genre entirely. My only complaint? It will be hard for other books to live up to my new standard.
5 stars are nowhere near enough for this book, I’d give this brilliantly designed tale hundreds upon hundreds. But, suffice it to say, this is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I recommend it to any book dragon out there.