In honor of me graduating and hopefully becoming a full librarian soon, here are 5 fantasy books set in libraries that I have either read or want to read!
The Library Jumpers by Brenda Drake
I have read and finished this series and it was amazing! I wish I could read it again for the first time. I love rereading so I will probable revisit the series in a few years but I really hope the author decides to add to this world! It was so magical and adventurous and I haven’t read a fantasy like this before! Magic sentinels that protect the doors between the human and magic worlds that are hidden in libraries! Mythical lore and ancient villains! Amazing! A underrated series for sure!
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17669243-thief-of-lies?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=X5QI3uGMKU&rank=1
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I have actually owned this book for several years but never got to it. I heard that the TV show adaption was pretty good and exactly what I liked to watch, so I am excited to start the series.
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8667848-a-discovery-of-witches
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
I am not familiar with the author of this books but I love the thought of a library full of books from alternate realities! How do I sign up to be a librarian in this library?!
Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.
Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.
Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21416690-the-invisible-library
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
I love Rachel Caine’ writing so I strongly believe that I will love this series. Its been on my list for a long time and it sounds epic!
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20643052-ink-and-bone
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I have heard mixed things about this series but considering how much I loved Margaret Rogerson’s Enchantment of Raven, I think I will like this book.
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42201395-sorcery-of-thorns
Have you read any of these books? What do you think of fantasies set in the library? Do you know any other books that I should add to this list?
Thanks for reading!