Lord of the Libraries

Lord of the Libraries

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Close to a hundred years have passed since the events of "The Rover", and Edgewick Lamplighter, "the Rover," is now a master librarian at Great Library. But unlike his fellow academicians, he has roved the outside world tracking down rare and necessary volumes for the Vauit of All Known Knowledge. Given his advanced age, it has become necessary for him to take on an apprentice for these mysterious journeys, namely Juhg, a halfling as green as Wick was back when his first adventure as "the Rover" began. Dark forces are out to destroy those who might defend the world, and it is up to these lowly librarians to secure the volumes that, if they fall into the wrong hands, will lead to a new era of darkness where knowledge will only unlock the forces of evil. The Vault of All Known Knowledge has been destroyed by a booby-trapped volume. Now Wick's young apprentice has to venture out in search of a fabled other library-which may have already fallen into the hands of the darker powers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 104.1 x 165.1 x 30.5mm | 181.44g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765346508
  • 9780765346506
  • 1,553,560

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"Richly detailed and smart, this adventure satisfies from beginning to end." "The story's fast pace, violent action, camaraderie among the companions, and leavening humor add up to a hard-to-put-down page-turner." "[An] endearing saga.... Odom's clear messages about the worth of goodness and the importance of knowledge should appeal to lovers of books, libraries, and heroic deeds." "Just as aged Bilbo Baggins gives way to a new hero, Frodo, at the start of "The Lord of the Rings", so does elderly Edgewick "Wick" Lamplighter, now a Grandmagister at Great Library, leave center stage to a youthful protege, the pint-sized Juhg, in this Tolkienesque sequel, set nearly a century later, to Odom's "The Rover".... The narrative moves along at a snappy pace, with much good humor, zest and color ... the magic lies in the details, where books and wizards, both good and evil, glimmer."--"Publishers Weekly "on "The Destruction of the Books""A rousing swashbuckling story."--"Library Journal "on" The Destruction of the Books""Odom's bouncy, funny, cliff-hanger adventure is perfect for the Potter crowd, with enough puns, wry asides, and satirical send-ups to amuse Tolkien fans."--"Kirkus Reviews "on" The Destruction of the Books""
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About Mel Odom

Mel Odom is a bestselling writer for hire for Wizards of the Coast's Forgotten Realms, Gold Eagle's Mack Bolan, and Pocket's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel book lines. His debut SF novel "Lethal Interface" made the Locus recommended list. "The Rover" was an Alex Award winner. He has also written a scientific adventure of the high seas set in the 19th century entitled "Hunters of the Dark Sea." He lives in Oklahoma.
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3 31% (47)
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