The Book That Wouldn’t Burn

Ace: Berkley. (The Library Trilogy, Bk. 1). May 2023. 576p. ISBN 9780593437919. $29. FANTASY
In this spellbinding fantasy series launch about books that have the power to change the world, Lawrence (The Girl and the Moon) creates a fabulous library, one that is home to a vast, ancient, and sprawling mystery that is a delight to explore. The story focuses on two main characters, Livira and Evar; the former wants to explore the library’s reaches, while the latter is looking to escape the library’s confines. The novel alternates between Livira and Evar’s perspectives, allowing each the chance to push the boundaries of their understanding of the library and the great machine at its heart. It soon becomes clear that nothing is quite as it seems in the library, despite the elaborate machinations of the various librarians and their individual attempts to organize the great, almost alien, collection of material that periodically allows civilizations to rise and fall outside its bounds.
VERDICT There is a lot to enjoy here, with a fantastic setting, a feisty heroine, and hints of a deeper mystery that calls to mind the depths of Frank Herbert’s Dune and its intertwined cultural and religious issues.
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