The Demon's Librarian Paperback – 28 Feb 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The Demon's Librarian is a fast paced Fantasy Romance thriller of a ride. Francesca Barnes is a Librarian and when she finds out Demons are attacking the Kids in her town, the motorcycle riding Librarian decides to do something about it. She finds a secret cache of books that help her and then she finds out she can see Ghosts, does she freak out? No she studies and goes out and about to sort the Demons out. Until she meets Orion, who is part Demon himself. You wont be able to put this down.
Writing at its best.
“Keep it secret. Keep it safe.” – Gandalf, Lord of The Rings: The Hobbit
“The books always make this stuff sound so goddamn easy. They don’t mention the smell. Or the way getting hit in the face with a tentacle as big around as your thigh hurts.” – Francesca “Chess” Barnes, The Demon’s Librarian
It is hard enough being a librarian when “the ‘good citizens’ of Jericho City would pay thousands yearly for plastic surgery and to pad the pockets of the mayor’s friends, they simply would not vote a couple of measly bucks onto their property taxes to take care of her library.” Nope. That is minor compared to having to track down a skornac in the sewers and kill it with a knife. Bloody tentacled demon was eating kids – what else was she supposed to do?!
But killing a skornac demon draws attention – attention that could very well make her a bloody librarian smudge on the ground.
I read Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series several years ago. (Wow. Hard to believe 2008 was ‘several years ago’!), back before I started writing reviews, but I rated them four and five stars. Then? I just wandered away. So many books, so little time! So, when I had the opportunity to read The Demon’s Librarian, I was well pleased. It is nice to greet an old friend.
This book didn’t disappoint.Read more ›
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and fantasy
I adored the Dante Valentine series, so wanted to see what this early novel was like. Its much, much lighter in feel, both in plot and characters. I liked Chess, and of course Ryan, so this made for a fun read but its not one I’d reread.
It’s a little puzzling to begin as the schoolchildren being killed blurb description is pre the beginning of the book. Chess has already done her research and is out killing a demon right at the start. The terms too can be a little confusing, its not hard to pick up but they’re just there – no real explanation of what they mean, and that happens too with some of ( not all) the demon/troll creatures language.
Its a book I really enjoyed, and I think would have developed into an interesting trilogy/series but I’m assuming that, as with the original read, its a stand alone. Some fast acting plots with danger and betrayal, though at times I could beat Chess and her sister over the head with a Sabatier frying pan for their plain stupidity....yes, you have just escaped death by Demon, and they’re still after you for painful and bloodthirsty sacrifice, and of course its sensible to ditch the paranormal protectives and just play at being “normal “ for a day...Doh...bits like that in a read really make me want to poke my eyeballs out with a rusty spoon. For a better read and for the cost I’d say its better to spend a bit more and get the whole Dante Valentine sereis in a collection – just £12.99 and a terrific escape into a dark and detailed fantasy world.
Stars: four, its a decent one off read but Dante beats Chess easily!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a librarian I found the tale clever and amusing. So far in all the libraries I have worked I have never met a real demon.Published on 12 Nov. 2013 by Librarian 9
I enjoyed this book immensely and since completing it have reread it many times. I found the charecters to be interesting and extremely humorous. I highly recommend it.Published on 15 Oct. 2013 by Mrs. Pauline Thomson
Not her best work, the characters were very one-dimensional, the story very predicatble and fairly dull. Not terrible but not brilliant either.Published on 9 Nov. 2011 by ruth87