Review: The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

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.

I’m a bit of a sucker for a magical library story so when I came across this one I knew I had to read it.

The Library of the Unwritten is a fantastic (and fantastical) addition to the magical libraries trope.

A strong cast support the excellent world building that went into this story. With a slightly grouchy librarian in Claire, lightness in Brevity, uncertainty in Leto, a need to belong in Ramiel and arrogance in Hero they were well balanced but all in need of and searching for redemption.

I enjoyed everyone’s ‘chapters’ and never felt the need to skip on to someone else’s as can sometimes happen in multi POV stories.

Another trope I’m a fan of is Angels and Demons not necessarily fulfilling traditional roles in the story and Library of the Unwritten also played with this beautifully.

A fun romp with heart through multiple undead realms with a magical library at the heart of it, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait to re-visit Claire and the library again.

With thanks to Titan Books for sending me a copy in exchange for honest review.

The Library of the Unwritten is available now.

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