417 pages

English language

Published Feb. 23, 2013 by Moon Rabbit Publishing.

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5 stars (1 review)

"Lenna Faircloth thought she was content enough to be junior librarian at one of the grandest libraries on the Continent, so long as at the end of the day she can enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and some decent shut-eye. Reticent and unconcerned with trivial matters, Lenna is almost laughably nonplussed the day her childhood friend, Gilbert, appears at her door, asking her to help smuggle stolen goods across national borders. When unfortunate circumstances leave a bizarre, out-of-place artifact of immense power in the sole custody of Lenna, she is forced to question her own wants, the source of her withdrawal from others, and the curious nature of the Continent's magic -- all the while being the target of numerous political factions longing to possess the strange item bound to her by a child's promise. [This] is the first part of a young woman's long journey set in …

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reviewed Librarian by Brian Fence (Lenna's arc -- [bk. 1])

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5 stars

Brian Fence has a winning combination with Librarian. The main character, Lenna Faircloth, provides the driving force to push the plot across a complex and interesting territory in this Second World fantasy.

The magic system, perhaps not unique, but different enough to draw me into the story without making me feel like I'd seen it all before.

The details in the world provide the pièce de résistance. Well thought out, specific enough when they matter and fading into the background when they don't. Sufficient to reward a careful reader but not all so well camouflaged that the casual reader might find the story wanting.

Highly Recommended.


  • Librarians
  • Fiction
  • Smuggling