Series: The Librarians #1
Published by Tor Books on October 11, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
The Librarians is one of the biggest new hits on cable. Spinning off from a popular series of TV-movies, the TNT series begins its second season this Fall. The Librarians and the Lost Lamp is the first in a series of thrilling all-new adventures that will delight fans of the TV series and movies.
For thousands of years, the Librarians have secretly protected the world The Librarians from dangerous magical relics and knowledge, including everything from Pandora’s Box to King Arthur’s sword.
Ten years ago, Flynn Carson was the only living Librarian. When the ancient criminal organization known as the Forty steals the oldest known copy of The Arabian Nights by Scheherazade, Flynn is called in to investigate. Fearing that the Forty is after Aladdin's fabled Lamp, Flynn must race to find it before the Lamp's powerful and malevolent djinn is unleashed upon the world.
Today, a new team of inexperienced Librarians, along with Eve Baird, their tough-as-nails Guardian, is investigating an uncanny mystery in Las Vegas when the quest for the Lamp begins anew . . . and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
THE LIBRARIANS AND THE LOST LAMP, a book based off the popular TV show The Librarians is a fun, fast read that I really enjoyed. My only complaint is that readers who are not as familiar with the TV show as I am may not get the same level of enjoyment out of the book.
THE LIBRARIANS AND THE LOST LAMP jumps back and forth in time from 2006 to 2016, from the single Librarian, Flynn Carson, to the three new Librarians. Having seen two of the three Librarian movies, and the entire first season of the show, none of the characters were new to me. I already liked the Librarians, and I like the world they inhabit. I felt the characters held true to their TV counterparts, while still being fleshed out enough to be understandable without having prior knowledge.
Some of the writing felt a little flat. Those were the times when I felt the author was relying on his readers having previous knowledge of the TV show. While for the most part it didn't bother me, I assume a reader going in with no knowledge of the series might be a little frustrated. There were few references to past cases the Librarians had taken on, or previous events in the series, so that wouldn't be too much of an issue, which is good.
Overall, I very much enjoyed the plot line of the story. I liked how the two stories (Flynn's and the current Librarians') were woven together. It felt more like a movie than a TV episode, which is good, because it would be very hard to drag a TV episode out to almost 300 pages! There was humor, adventure and plenty of bad guys to outsmart. I liked the tie in with Aladdin and Scheherazade, and how the Librarians were outsmarting the Forty Thieves. It was all quite a bit of fun.
If you are a fan of the TV show, don't hesitate to pick this up! You will definitely enjoy it. If you don't watch the TV show - start! 😉 But honestly, maybe try an excerpt before buying to see if you'll enjoy THE LIBRARIANS AND THE LOST LAMP.Series Titles:
- The Librarians and the Lost Lamp
- The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase