If you are a fan of the Librarian movie series (staring Noah Wyle) or the television series The Librarians, you should pick up a copy of this first book of a all-new trilogy. Alternating perspectives, The Lost Lamp follows Flynn’s failed attempt to destroy Aladdin’s lamp, and the not-so-loveable Djinn emprisoned in it, and picks up when the next generation of Librarians encounters the lamp again …. and the group of thieves who want it for their own power-hungry ends.
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Librarians and the Lost Lamp from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox (The Librarians #1)
Published by Tor Books on October 11, 2016
Genres: MG, Urban Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 286 pages
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The story toggles between the past, as Flynn Carsen tries to find Aladdin’s Lamp before an ancient criminal organization known as the Forty Seals gets hold of it, and the future, when Eve Baird and a new group of Librarians — protectors of ancient artifacts like King Arthur’s sword Excalibur — stumble on a mystery in Las Vegas that seems to relate to the Lamp and the powerful djinn it can summon.
- Greg Cox is an award-winning author with much experience in converting television and movies to novelizations, and his handling of The Librarians is spot-on. Both the characters and action sequences retain the feel of the big and small screens and expertly fill the emptiness that a fan feels while waiting for (hoping for??) the next television season to start. (Now that Agent Carter has officially been cancelled, maybe Cox could pick that series up??)
- This is a light, quick, entertaining book. Lots of action. Lots of give-and-take between characters. Witty banter. Some suspense and reveals, but nothing extreme. It is a good novel to enjoy when you just want to be amused for a bit. With the holiday travel coming up, I’d recommend you pack this for a train or plane and settle in.
- If you haven’t followed either the movies or television series, I don’t think this book will make much sense. While there are brief (!) explanations for the magic, the Library, and the Librarians, these are so short and superficial that they serve as reminders and orientation for fans regarding past events.
- The book is limited by its franchise. It is a straight-forward, light, action story involving hidden magic items and the people who keep them from destroying the world. Neither the characters nor the world are much affected by the events …. which is precisely what we want out of these books. Just be aware what you’re getting into.
- Jumping back and forth between perspectives and time-periods was a bit odd. The perspective does not shift with each chapter, and many chapters might occur in 2006 before the narrative returned to 2016. I often found myself frustrated to turn to start a new (short!) chapter that simply continued in the same year, picking up where the prior one had just stopped. While this gave the sense of being the television show, or a cut scene in a movie, it didn’t fit the written medium particularly well.
It is a fun, entertaining book that won’t tax the reader, and it is even suitable for teens and middle-grade readers if you want to share a book over the holidays. It’s suitable for picking up and reading in small snatches or for reading in a crowded and noisy environment. This really is a perfect book for series fans to read during the upcoming holiday travel season. So, give yourself an early gift …. you deserve it!
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Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
THE LIBRARIANS AND THE LOST LAMP by GREG COX
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