The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

May 18, 2016
The Library at Mt Char, Scott Hawkins, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Crown on June 16, 2015
Format Read: Paperback (388 pages)
Genre: Adult/ Fantasy/ Horror/ Sci-fi
Series: Standalone
Source: Blogging For Books
The Library at Mount Char
Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.
After all, she was a normal American herself, once.
That was a long time ago, of course—before the time she calls “adoption day,” when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.
Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.
In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn't gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient Pelapi customs. They've studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power.
Sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.
Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library—and with it, power over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her.
But Carolyn can win. She's sure of it. What she doesn't realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price—because in becoming a God, she's forgotten a great deal about being human.


This was a fantastic thrill ride that never stopped being interesting and fun. This is fantasy done very well. There was the right mix of modern life contrasted with bizarre fantasy to work flawlessly. The beginning is a bit jolting because things are immediately happening, then the world building comes soon after. While reading I was horrified, emotionally moved, grossed out and left in suspense.  Carolyn is a strong and resourceful protagonist who leads you on a epic journey beyond earths rules and possibilities. Steve is a want to be Buddhist, that is thrust into complex situations he barely understands but has to adjust to. Together they form a formidable team to carry out what needs to be done.
Funny, relateable, dark, violent and strange, it's hard to describe the reading experience well. The book included multiple point of views, including animals. The librarian's are fascinating and able to bend time, space, and reality to their will. All of the characters were developed well enough to make me care about what happened to them. The humor contrasted by some very violent acts, took some of the tragedy out of what was being described.The author was able to make me feel, and contemplate  my own life, which only the best books can do.
"He had no idea how many people had been firsthand witnesses to not one but two lion attacks, but he thought that the number would be very, very small. Gangsta, baby, he thought , and wet himself."
This book had some of everything, but never overwhelmed the reader. I enjoyed it so much, because it had elements of mystery, and involved cult-ish themes. The reasons this is five stars book is because I never wanted to stop reading or skip over any parts of this book. Every chapter and plot point was well though out and purposeful. The ending revealed some things I was not expecting, which is always a great thing. I would recommend this book to everyone, because although it's fantasy there's enough elements from multiple genre's here for everyone to enjoy.

I received this book from BloggingforBooks in exchange for an honest review.


I'm a computer programmer. I live in the Atlanta suburbs with my wife and a lot of dogs. I write fantasy set in the modern world.

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