The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My son (22) read this and has been trying to get me to read it ever since. I’ve read parts of it he kept showing me while on our latest trip then he would place it on my TBR pile. While I have yet to read the entire book I can report that he loves it and weeks, and many books, later he will tell me things he remembers from the book. This is the same son that hated to read until just a few years ago and typically turns his nose up at books I offer. To say he is picky is an understatement. That said, I will confidently say this is a well written book that grips the reader from the beginning and holds on throughout the entire read. It has compelling characters that are fleshed out and a plot that feels well developed. Hawkins has a good grasp of what makes a great read. We received this book in exchange for an honest review however, this in no way has influenced our opinion.
I’m intrigued but – what’s it about? 🙂
Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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It’s a fantasy with a bit of dark flavor. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
“Carolyn’s not so different from the other human beings around her. She’s sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.
After all, she was a normal American herself, once.
That was a long time ago, of course—before the time she calls “adoption day,” when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.
Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.
In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn’t gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient Pelapi customs. They’ve studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power.
Sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.
Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library—and with it, power over all of creation.
As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her.
But Carolyn can win. She’s sure of it. What she doesn’t realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price—because in becoming a God, she’s forgotten a great deal about being human.”
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