12 August 2015

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

★★★★★
A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe. 
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.

 
Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.  

After all, she was a normal American herself once.   

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. 

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.  

Now, Father is missing – perhaps even dead – and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation. 

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own. 

But Carolyn has accounted for this. 

And Carolyn has a plan. 

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling – and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.

Simply put, The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins is one weird book - and also quite excellent. I did not wholly know what to expect when I began reading it and certainly could not have predicted what would happen as I progressed through it, but the story continuously fascinated and intrigued me with its fantastical quirks and brutality from start to finish. Hawkins masterfully tells this story of the Library and its librarians, weaving together all its elements in surprising and shocking ways, and includes a memorable cast of characters, full of brilliance and slight insanities. The Library at Mount Char is an entirely riveting and unique read that I thoroughly enjoyed and would not hesitate to recommend it to interested readers.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of The Library at Mount Char and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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