Jun 172015
Review: The Library at Mount CharThe Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Published by Crown Publishing Group on Jun 16, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book takes a little bit of time to get into, and to really understand what’s going on, but it’s worth it. So very worth it. By the time you get to the end, the story will have blown you away.

It’s hard to describe the book, but my description would be if someone asked a person high on a variety of drugs for story elements, and then a great writer wove a story around all the ideas. Basically it’s a crazy mess of a story that was told wonderfully. That’s the only way I can think to describe a story that has missing gods, orphaned children raised as psychopaths, sentient lions, zombie neighbours, and so much more.

I want to say more about the story, and how much I loved it, but I don’t know how to describe anything. This is really a book that you need to experience yourself. The writing itself is amazing, weaving a coherent and ever evolving story that just kept pulling me in more and more as I read. That in itself is awesome, and then when you add it everything that actually happens, I’m pretty sure I just found my favourite book of the month.

  2 Responses to “Review: The Library at Mount Char”

  1. I’m so happy to find someone else that read this one! It was so hard to describe, I agree, but also so totally unique! Great review given the total !??! that this book is . . . I felt the same way when writing my review here

    • Yes, this review was so hard to write since I couldn’t figure out how to describe or explain anything. But definitely worth reading.

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