Review - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char 
by Scott Hawkins

Crown Publishing
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Date Read:  July 3, 2015

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.

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This book was captivating from the very first page.  I will admit that I expected this book to be something completely different than it turned out to be but I am thrilled with what it is.  This book was completely different than anything else I have read and I enjoyed every single moment of it.  This is was very odd but I was engrossed by the story.

This is one of those books that if someone had explained the plot to me and told me to read it, I would politely agree while I secretly thought that they would out of their mind.  If I were to try to explain this story, I couldn't do it justice.  In fact, I don't really want to say too much about this story at all because to do so could very easily spoil the story.  

This book probably has the most interesting cast of characters that I have ever encountered.  Carolyn is one of the librarians and is rather odd but over the course of the story she grew on me.  She is really the main focus of the story and drives a lot of the plot.  Steve is thrown into the action blindly and really has no idea what is going on.  Steve was the most realistic character in the book and I found him to be my favorite.  Erwin was around for much of the action and proved to incredibly smart.  I must say that I really fell in love with the lions in this story.

There is a lot of action and quite a bit of violence.  This is definitely a book for adults and there is some rather graphic violence.  I was actually surprised by how much action was crammed into this book.  The action really kept the story exciting and made the book very hard to put down. 

There were some really unexpected twist and turns and the overall flow of the story kept me guessing.  This was one book that I can honestly say that I had no idea where the story was headed for a large part of the book.  I have to admit that I am a little let down the ending which is the only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars. 

I really liked the style of the writing in this book.  I thought that the author did a fantastic job of giving the reader just the right amount of information as they needed it.  The parts of the story that told about past events had a greater impact for me because of where they were placed in the story.  The pacing of the book was incredible.  I read this book within a 24 hours period of time.  I would highly recommend this book to readers who like a dark fantasy set in our world.  This is a book that I could see myself picking up again in the future.  This is the first book by Scott Hawkins and I can't wait to get my hands on his next novel.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Crown Publishing via Blogging for Books for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

SCOTT HAWKINS lives in Atlanta with his wife and a large pack of foster dogs.  When not writing he enjoys woodwork, cooking long and impractical recipes, and playing fetch with his dogs.  He works as a computer programmer.  The Library at Mount Char is his first novel.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


  1. This sounds really good and it's been kind of skirting around the edges of my TBR. I'm definitely looking forward to reading it.

    1. Katherine, this book really sucked me in! I really enjoyed reading it. I can't wait to see what you think of it.

  2. How interesting! I'm adding it to my TBR list :)

    Aeriko @

    1. Aeriko, this book is so different that anything else that I have read. I was just so uniquely odd. I can't wait to see what you think of it.


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