TITLE: LIBRARIAN (LENNA'S ARC, BOOK 1)
Author: BRIAN FENCE
Publisher: MOON RABBIT PUBLISHING, LLC, 1 EDITION
Publication Date: MAY 11, 2014
Genres: FANTASY/ YA FICTION
Available at AMAZON
The Librarian, the Mage, and the Gemstone
Wow! This book was a great read when magic became not just a talent but an impetus for greed, murder and ultimately power. It started off slowly with Lenna Faircloth just leaving her clock-infested (her father is a clockmaker) home to get to work at the local library (she’s a librarian, hence the title of the novel) where her boss is this annoying, antagonizing individual who is an unimportant character in the book. Long story short, Lenna is soon joined by a childhood friend and his lover who are both magicians that belong to the Blue Crescent Brotherhood, a society of wizards and sorcerers. They are on the run because they are traitors of that order. This childhood friend stole something that all of the world covets that can summon worldwide warfare and can grant its possessor power and massive fortune.
The story, to me, contains elements of the J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings trilogy and the J.K. Rowling Harry Potter series. It is quite an adventure and can keep you up all night thirsting for that rush one gets when reading a great story. I had initially thought that this book would wear me down with its too familiar characters but it eventually became a favorite when by the middle of the book, there was a death, there was feminist themes, and there were some original devices that Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter did not have. I think this book will work well with high school bookworms as well as adults who are into YA fiction. There is zero romance in this book but a scrumptious ladle of food references that could make you want to drown yourself in the book with the characters and feast on their soups and their wine as if their actual ingredients were not too exotic and out of the ordinary.
I would recommend this book to fans of the aforementioned literary works and to budding teenagers looking for a read that isn’t too graphic or too gory for their tastes. It is a “safe” book and is not that violent and all except for some references to corpses littered outside a city known as Junction that may make the queasy feel a bit uncomfortable. The title of this review is my own C.S. Lewis summary of the entire plot as I feel those are the three main subjects of Fence’s first book of a fantasy series. For my final thoughts, I will tell you that this is the type of book that is worth looking into for this upcoming summer. I just completed my studies in college and this welcomed me with open arms after four years of reading, studying, and researching English language and literature terms and devices. Haha.