# First Line Fridays # The Library of the Unwritten by A.J.Hackwith

This wonderful meme is originally hosted by Hoarding Books. The idea is to share the first few lines of a book you are reading or have recently read and then present it.

The first lines of the book:

Stories want to change, and it is a librarian’s job to preserve them; that’s the natural order of things. The unwritten Wing of the Library, for all the infinite magic and mystery, is in some ways a futile project. No story, written or unwritten, is static. Left abandoned too long and given the right stimulation, a book goes wrong in the head. It is a story’s natural ambition to wake up and start telling itself to the world…

The book is:

From the book blurb:

In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren’t finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.
Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing– a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters 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 when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil’s Bible. The text of the Devil’s Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell….and Earth.

Why I picked this book:

I am a big fan of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. One of the most famous lines of this brilliant novel is: Manuscripts don’t burn. So I really wanted to see how this idea is going to get developed in this new book. Hope I won’t be disappointed!

  • Have you read The Library of the Unwritten? if yes, what did you think? is it something you would recommend?
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