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The Library Of The Unwritten

(2019)
(The first book in the Hell's Library series)
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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.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Hackwith has artfully penned a love letter to books and readers alike and filled it with lush, gorgeous prose, delightfully real characters, a nonstop, twisty, and heart-wrenching plot, and an explosive ending that gave me chills." - K A Doore

"The Library of the Unwritten is a tiered dark chocolate cake of a book. The read is rich and robust, the prose has layers upon layers, and the characters melt like ganache upon the tongue." - Meg Elison

"A wry, high-flying, heartfelt fantasy, told with sublime prose and sheer joy even at its darkest moments (and there are many). I want this entire series on my shelf yesterday." - Tyler Hayes

"Clever, charming, full of intricate worldbuilding and delightful characters, The Library of the Unwritten is the first book in your new favorite series." - Christina Henry

"It's like The Good Place meets Law & Order: Bibliophile Crime Unit. Highly recommended. This book is so much fun, and you should be reading it. Trust me. Stories about story are some of my favorite kinds. This book definitely makes the list. I am so glad I read this." - Seanan McGuire

"A muse, an undead librarian, a demon, and a ghost walk into Valhalla... what follows is a delightful and poignant fantasy adventure that delivers a metric ton of found family feels, and reminds us that the hardest stories to face can be the ones we tell about ourselves." - Kit Rocha

"A delightful romp through heaven, hell, and everything in between which reveals itself in layers." - Caitlin Starling


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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library)
Author(s): A J Hackwith
ISBN: 1-78909-317-1 / 978-1-78909-317-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


October 2019 : Paperback
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Title: The Library of the Unwritten
Author(s): A J Hackwith
ISBN: 1-984806-37-8 / 978-1-984806-37-6
Publisher: Ace
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

October 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Library of the Unwritten: A Novel from Hell's Library, Book 1
Author(s): A J Hackwith
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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October 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Library of the Unwritten: A Novel from Hell's Library, Book 1
Author(s): A J Hackwith
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Library of the Unwritten: A Novel from Hell's Library, Book 1
Author(s): A J Hackwith
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Library of the Unwritten: A Novel from Hell's Library, Book 1
Author(s): A J Hackwith
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library Book 1)
Author(s): A J Hackwith
Publisher: Titan Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


October 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library Book 1)
Author(s): A J Hackwith
Publisher: Ace
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA