The Library of the Unwritten Book Cover The Library of the Unwritten
A Novel from Hell's Library (Book 1)
A.J. Hackwith
October 1, 2019

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.

book pages turning gifThe Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith brings characters out of their books and into the “flesh”. Of course, characters are not supposed to wake up from their stories.  This only happens in the Unwritten Wing of Hell’s library. The books aren’t attached to Hell, they’re not even influenced by Hell, that’s just where the library is located. The unwritten stories are fiercely guarded by Claire, Hell’s Librarian.

Book characters come to life! It’s what readers have always wanted!

Claire’s job is to protect the stories that can still be written, at all costs. The unwritten stories are sometimes added to the library before their author’s are even old enough to write. Claire is stationed in Hell so you’d think she’d be a dark and horrible character but she’s actually a very caring and loyal person. Nothing and no one is as you’d expect them to be simply because of where they’re spending their after-life.

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Let me tell you, there are quite a few characters I’d love to call into reality. 😉

A.J. Hackwith takes readers through a fight between mortal souls, demons, angels, muses, and book characters. It’s surprising how you come to feel for various characters despite which realm they represent. This book is just so imaginative. I was surprised to learn that I’d willingly visit Hell’s Library. It’s just the kind of place a book worm would want to spend their after-life. No torture, no chains, just books. It kinda sounds like heaven, just in different realm.