The Demon's Librarian by Lilith Saintcrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A well-constructed accomplishment of world-building with a good balance of sorcery and sensuality, suspense and romance, well-thought out characterization, “The Demon’s Librarian” is a good introduction to the worlds of Lilith Saintcrow. Francesca “Chess” Barnes is not one’s ordinary Head Librarian-living in Jericho City, a “free city” in terms of sorcerous input, Chess discovers a well-concealed archive of sorcery books missing for decades and thought lost. So being an independent and studious reader, Chess studies the books, develops her innate talent, forges a sword-and hunts demons.
“The Demon’s Librarian” is not just a fun urban fantasy, though-the author has a nicely tuned sense of humour and knows just when to wield it. Although too graphic for YA audiences, older readers will enjoy the rapid paced thrills, the suspense and adventure. Personally, I’m moving on to more of Ms. Saintcrow’s novels.
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