The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

GameStop, Inc.
The US Cover of The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

The US Cover of The Forbidden Library

Alice knows there are no fairies and no such thing as magic. Then, a fairy shows up in the kitchen, her father leaves without explanation, his ship sinks, and she is sent off to live with her previously-unknown Uncle Geryon.  Traveling to Geryon’s, she reflects that “something had gone wrong. If fairies were real, then the world was not sane and normal anymore. If magic was real, then what she read in the Times didn’t have to be true” and makes plans to find out what really happened to her father. At Geryon’s, she learns he has a strange library, a building larger than it should be. There she meets a talking cat, Ashes and discovers that the fairy she saw in her house is meeting someone in the library. She also finds that she is a Reader, someone gifted with the ability to go into certain books and to use the beings she finds there.

Alice is a determined young woman who has a strong practical turn that helps her deal with the strange situations she finds herself in—and some of them are very strange. She reasons, “The difficult part was usually deciding where you were headed. After that, in Alice’s experience, getting there was just a matter of hard work.” Her solutions to magical problems are always based on hard work and sound reasoning. She also has a strong sense of right and wrong, which clashes with some of the rules of this new world she has found herself in. This gives her trouble because she is essentially a rule-abiding girl and finds herself in situations where the rules and what is right do not line up. She is a strong heroine in the sense of having good, common sense and a thoughtful, determined nature.

The UK cover for The Forbidden Library

The UK cover for The Forbidden Library

The Forbidden Library is darker than the initial premise—unending library, talking cats, and magic—might suggest. There are plenty of humorous moments, some wonder, and an amazing library. Alice also learns, though, that however kind Geryon may seem to her, “he is a Reader. His magic is based on cruelty and death. It is his nature.” Readers gain much of their power by going into books where various creatures are imprisoned and enslaving them. They resent their slavery, and Alice knows it. Further, the Readers themselves are capricious and prone to shifting alliances. Alice does not want to be a part of this system, but she is given little choice: She is young and under Geryon’s power. Once she has read herself into a book, her choices are to defeat the creature or to die herself. It is a nasty situation, and she has not, by the end of the book, found any solution, though she is determined to. There is room for at least two or three more books in this series as Alice learns how to be a Reader and unravels the various plots around her.

Django has crafted a strong first entry into what promises to be an absorbing series. Recommended, with the caveat that the reader needs to be old enough to handle some tough dilemmas and dark moments.

Publication Information
Published April 15th 2014 by Kathy Dawson Books
ISBN 0803739753 (ISBN13: 9780803739758)
Published April 10th 2014 by Doubleday Childrens

Anytime Costumes

No Responses

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
‘Lumina’ is a Incredible First for Debuting Director, Gino McKoy – Review

‘Lumina‘ is an incredible concept and an exceptional first run for...

Aaron Augenblick Returns for Season 2 of ‘City Island’ on PBS KIDS – Interview

Acclaimed Animator, Aaron Augenblick Returns with a Second Season of ‘City...

‘Heart of an Oak’ is a Dazzling Documentary Set in a French Forest – Review

‘Heart of an Oak‘ is a visually dazzling documentary from the...

Event News Event Reviews
The ‘California Dreams’ Band Reunite on The Sunset Strip For a Night of 90s Nostalgia – Concert Review

Don’t Wake Me Up if I’m Dreaming, The ‘California Dreams‘ Band...

Jay Anthony Franke Talks California Dreams Reunion Concert in LA – Interview

Jay Anthony Franke Talks About The ‘California Dreams‘ Reunion Concert in...

‘An Inspector Calls’ Challenges the Morals of the Bourgeois – Review

‘An Inspector Calls‘ Challenges the Morals and Ethics of the Bourgeois...

Automotives Football MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Derek Gumin Talks Planet 13 and UFC 303 Meet and Greets – Interview

Director of Wholesale Accounts at Planet 13, Derek Gumin spoke about...

Oscar De La Hoya Partners with El Rey for ‘Friday Night Fights’ – Interview

The Golden Boy himself chatted with us about Golden Boy Promotions...

Olympic Runner Colleen Quigley ‘On The Road to Paris’

Team USA Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley is On The Road to...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse – Blood on the Cactus, Endgame


Fantoy Comics Presents: A 4th of July Message!

Seriously, America, THIS crap?!?!?

Fantoy Comics Presents – Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse: Blood on the cactus pt 4 (?)

There are some weird guys here that want invest in a...

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs & Sketches’ – Interview

Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs &...

Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her Career in the Arts

First Generation Assyrian-Chaldean, Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her...

Louden Swain Headlining Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Press Release – Louden Swain are headlining Los Angeles show at...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay Trailer

The first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer was revealed during...

Wonder Woman Game
Wonder Woman Game Announced By DC and WB Games

Wonder Woman game will feature the iconic hero in a 3rd...

MultiVersus brings Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, and More

MultiVersus is bringing Shaggy, Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny,...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Billy Eddy Talks His new Book ‘Our New World of Adult Bullies’ – Interview

Lawyer, Mediator and Personality Expert Bill Eddy Provides a Six-Step Strategy...

Gary Morgenstein Talks ‘A Dugout to Peace’ the Final Installment of his Trilogy

Gary Morgenstein Talks About ‘A Dugout to Peace‘ the final installment...

Chris Clews Is ‘Raised on the 80s’ and Shares Those Life Lessons

Chris Clews was ‘Raised on the 80s‘ and Shares Those Life...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand Demo

The new ‘Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand‘ is ready to ship...

Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the ‘Good Flour’

Canadian Super Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the...

Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to help...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who...

No Preview
Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about...

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule...