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Review: The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

You know those books that are absolutely perfect for biliophiles? That is The Library of the Unwritten. It’s an incredibly entertaining story about unwritten book and a battle of dreams between heaven and hell. Keep reading this book review to discover your next bookish read!


Join the library and raise hell in the first book of a stunning new fantasy series, where books unfinished by their authors reside within the Unwritten Wing of the devil’s own library, and restless characters will emerge from out of their pages…

Every book left unfinished by its author is filed away in the Unwritten Wing, a neutral space in Hell presided over by Claire, its head librarian. Along with repairing and organizing books, her job consists of keeping an eye on restless stories whose characters risk materialising and escaping the library.

When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong, in a chase that threatens to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell… and Earth.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: suicide, panic attacks

I am 100% hooked into this new fantasy series. If you loved the Genevieve Cogman Invisible Library books, then you have to pick these up! The premise alone hooked me. I love reading books about books – don’t you? And this is one of the best. It incorporates Heaven and Hell figures paired with the concept of unwritten stories. Characters who escape the confines of their books and authors who can never finish their story.

This multiple POV story has fantastic writing and queer characters (pansexual rep!). I wanted to just savor the writing and I had so many lines highlighted! I love the way Claire talks – you just want it to wrap you up, envelop you – and you want to hear her talk about stories forever. The Library of the Unwritten is pure fun. It features quests, battles with words, and the words come alive on the pages.

I became even more hooked the more I read The Library of the Unwritten. Secrets come out of the woodwork and this high paced action story allows us to get to know our main characters. Are we bound by our resounding humanity? The ways it clutches at us even through death? How much can we really change? Can we surpass the role we have for our lives? Find The Library of the Unwritten on Goodreads, Amazon (UK) & The Book Depository.


What book would you want to come alive?

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