The Demon's Librarian

The Demon s Librarian Demons are preying on schoolchildren in her city so Francesca Barnes does what any red blooded librarian would do she does some research and goes hunting But the books she finds in a secret cache don

  • Title: The Demon's Librarian
  • Author: Lilith Saintcrow
  • ISBN: 9781933417448
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • Demons are preying on schoolchildren in her city, so Francesca Barnes does what any red blooded librarian would do she does some research and goes hunting But the books she finds in a secret cache don t tell her the whole story Chess has no idea what she s just stepped into or just how special she is.Orion is Drakul, part demon, and a loyal servant of the Order He doesnDemons are preying on schoolchildren in her city, so Francesca Barnes does what any red blooded librarian would do she does some research and goes hunting But the books she finds in a secret cache don t tell her the whole story Chess has no idea what she s just stepped into or just how special she is.Orion is Drakul, part demon, and a loyal servant of the Order He doesn t expect a motorcycle riding librarian to be messing around with demonic forces, and he doesn t expect her to smell so damn good But Ryan s got bigger problems His partner has disappeared, and the forces of Darkness are rising.Now Chess is Ryan s only hope of finding his partner, and Ryan is Chess s only hope of survival because the demons now know Chess exists and that she is the heir to a long lost power that could push back their dark tide If Ryan can keep her alive long enough, she just might be the key to destroying the demons completely.But Ryan doesn t know he s been betrayed by the very Order he serves And if Chess does, by some miracle survive, he won t ever be able to touch her again.

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    • Lilith Saintcrow

      Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old She lives in Vancouver, Washington, in a house full of stray cats and children.

    721 thoughts on “The Demon's Librarian

    • I have to admit, the main reason I picked this book up was that it was about a librarian. Nine times out of ten, most books aren't about librarians & when they are, they're usually not the type of books I like to read. This is one of the few urban fiction books you'll see where the main character is a librarian.The plotline follows a librarian (Chess) as she discovers a hidden room in the back of her library filled with occult books. Curious, she experiments with many of the spells & dis [...]

    • How is it that there is no follow up book to this book? From page one, I'm spellbound. Francesca Barnes is a mousy looking librarian who loves her books. Her library may not be the most modern, but it contains something special. There is a hidden chamber with magic spells. It's a laboratory which Francesca stumbles over. This helps her greatly as she notices the things that go bump in the night are becoming more deadly. With each spell she performs, she sees more of the paranormal world. More of [...]

    • ***** 3.5 Almost Stars *****I absolutely loved the plot. The main character? Not so much.There were moments when I wanted to strangle Chess because she wouldn't listen. She also tended to over think things. My favorite character was Ryan. He is your over protective sexy guardian. He will lay down his life for Chess. I just want more of him. He is a hard core half-demon. Unfortunately, in his world, he is treated like a 2nd class citizen. But Chess will change it all. She tells it like it is and [...]

    • One of those books that could have been good but the main characters were super duper stunted and incapable of having a conversation. I skimmed most of it and figured this was not a good example of the author's ability.

    • Okay, so I chose The Demon's Librarian on Netgalley expecting a quick, hopefully light and fun read, and probably filled with sex and violence, probably with a Mary Sue heroine. Honestly, my expectations for the sex and violence were stronger than those for the light and fun – and honestly, I couldn't have been more wrong. It was so much fun, and such a quick and enjoyable read – and while yes, it was violent ("He’d broken the floor, he’d hit it so hard"), I was surprised that while ther [...]

    • Since it isn't clear from the blurbThe interesting bit about the schoolchildren being eaten, finding the stash of books and reading them, gathering/creating weapons, and actually fighting the monster that is eating the schoolchildren all happens before the story even begins. The first scene is her coming home from killing the monster.It reads more like the 2nd book in a trilogy than it does a stand-alone novel. I actually put the book down and went to check online to make sure it wasn't the sequ [...]

    • I wish she'd write a sequel! I want to know if her sister develops 'potential, and how bringing the Malik into the current century goes. You know that won't be pretty.Still love the set-up of the universe, as there isn't a sequel -- I usually move onto her Watcher series. Similar demon touched heroes but instead of golden -- there are witches "lightbringers" that by their nature are generally pacifists types (teacher/healers/etc). That did tweak my inner 12 year old -- but it does make sense as [...]

    • Great book, but the new cover from 2015 Reeks!  The original cover, from the edition published February 1, 2009, (the one you see here) is a much more appropriate cover based on the story. The silly paranormal romance style cover of the new edition, published July 31, 2015 is completely inappropriate to the strength of the storyline. So, ignore the new cover, ignore the Paranormal-Romance style blurb, and read the review instead. Then read the book - it's really good! Also, if you have this tit [...]

    • I read about a quarter of the book (52 pages, through chapter 4) but decided that I have too many other books I want to read and there are 7 holds on it at the library so it's time to release it back to someone who might appreciate it more.I had trouble getting into the book from the very beginning. The lines that were supposed to be witty just felt flat and cliche. I was annoyed that there were a lot of terms and a whole social order that's not explained. I'm quite sure they would eventually be [...]

    • This standalone reads as part of a series but it isn’t. The local librarian is hunting down demons that are chowing down on some kids. With no training other than kickboxing and the magic from books she found in a secret room in the basement of her local library she is doing a decent job of hunting them down that it attracts the attention of the Order. The duo from the Order come looking for the magic user and find out what is going on in town. Lots of personality clashes and fights with the d [...]

    • This is the original cover, from the edition published February 1, 2009. It is a much more appropriate cover based on the story. The silly paranormal romance style cover of the new edition, published July 31, 2015 is completely inappropriate to the strength of the storyline. So, ignore the new cover, ignore the PR style blurb, and read the review. Then read the book - it's really good!“Keep it secret. Keep it safe.” – Gandalf, Lord of The Rings: The Hobbit“The books always make this stuf [...]

    • Once again this is another great book by Lilith Saintcrow. This was a fun read. Let me start by pointing out the things I liked about this story.The concept was a great one. I mean really, a demon hunting librarian how badass is that? I could picture the library in my head and thought it would be a pretty cool place, especially with Chess' hidden library in the basement where her collection of books containing magic and demon hunting tips were hidden. There was also some fast paced action, so yo [...]

    • As a librarian I felt compelled to read this one, and I was not disappointed. The heroine, Chess, is a kickass self taught demon slayer, but also a vulnerable woman on the verge of becoming the first Golden in 500 years. Wanted by the demons for a ritual that will open a portal to the demon dimension, it is up to another demon slayer to help her. The drawback: He is a half demon himself, seen as a beast, forbidden to form relationships with women because of his demonic instincts.This is a fairly [...]

    • This is a great short novel (218 pages) about demons and a demon hunting librarian. And just what does constitute humanity.The underbelly of our world is populated by demons, lots of different kinds and Maliks, humans who defend us, the skins. To do that they have the muscle, Drakul, humans with part demon blood. Maliks use the Drakul to do the dirty work and treat them like animals, even though they are just like you and me only faster and deadlier.Francesca Barnes (Chess) is the Head Librarian [...]

    • I snagged this one from my public library last week and was instantly in love. The whole primal attraction thing, a librarian who is both incredibly badass while still having moments of normal human stupidity and hysterics, the sexual tension, the action and adventure, and the underlying plot of forces far greater than our protagonists -- I loved it all.Exceptwhy they no do the do? The tension was there in spades. The promise (or occasionally threat) of some incredibly hot Drakul-on-librarian ac [...]

    • Very nearly abandoned due to thump-you-over-the-head misogyny on the part of the two male characters. Even more nearly abandoned due to repeated rape threats in the head of the male love interest. Of course then there is soulbonding and his "protectiveness" is totally sweet and just means that he loves her forever, right? Ugh. This reads like an early novel. Not a patch on the Valentine or Kismet books. Two stars because I only give one-star reviews to books that bore me stupid as well as piss m [...]

    • This was a great read. Chess is a librarian who discovers a cache of magical books in the basement of her library. The cache unleashes the potential in Chess to become a Golden, a mythical creature (even among the other mythical creatures) capable of tipping the balance of good and evil in the world. Ryan (a Drakul) must keep her safe for the good of the Order but he is faced with opposition at all time, even from within their allies.Chess is one of the best librarian characters I have read in a [...]

    • I love a woman with gumption and Francesca certainly has that. Who else would do some research and go into the sewers hunting whatever supernatural woo-woo was snatching up kiddies? A librarian who discovered a secret library, created a weapon that hadn't been seen in ages, and armed herself with that and a flashlight, that's who. She doesn't really realize what she isbut Orion does and he's intrigued, even though it's a bit of a challenge to protect her, since she's not totally into the whole " [...]

    • This book started off great. Chess was a kick-a$$ heroine who had just taken out her first demon. But as soon as Ryan shows up, she turned into a heroine in distress who makes stupid decisions. Seriously, all of the sudden she is fainting or unable to move or deciding to hang out with her sister after she's told she is being hunted. It was just too big of a shift and took away everything Ryan claimed to like about her.The world was interesting, although I never got a total clear picture of it. A [...]

    • I found it rather boring through the first half, often repetitive and kinda confusing at times. Liked much better the last half. And I confess I kinda fell in love with Ryan. What? He's hot! And sexy. And his possessiveness was just sweet. And, again, sexy. A killer mix, if you ask me. Couldn't resist that. A total turn-on.I liked Chess too, though often times I just wanted to strangle her. Charlie well, for those few minutes we've known her, she seemed a kickass, but she also sort of annoyed me [...]

    • What a great story and oh so sweet. I wish there was more to it as I think M. Saintcrow could have made several sequals. I love the characters, though the heroine could have been stronger. Again, I think that would carry over into other books. Sigh.I recommend this book to those who like a good, simple story with lot of action. A very fun book to read.

    • It's about a librarian, of course it's wonderful! Although marked as romance, this is really fantasy. I don't understand the categorization (help me oh librarians, you're my only hope)' but suspect it's a reflection of the publisher rather than the content. No bodice ripping, no bare chests, but something Cassandra Clare might have written if her demon hunters had the good sense to be librarians.

    • Wow. Just finished this book and I have to say, I *loved* it! Loved the world build, loved the heroine, loved the hero. Really liked the fact that it didn't have graphic heaving throbbing and undulating (sorry i like good smut as well as the next person, but when the smut doesn't drive the plot, i just find it distracting)This book makes me wish *I* could be a librarian.

    • Saintcrow's imagination is truly a work of art-granted, it also isn't everyone's cup of tea-but this is a fantastic and funny UF read!

    • This just barely avoided being a 1 star review. I really liked the world that the author is building, but none of it was actually explained very well. For example, the word Malik was used a lot. It was used so often that sometimes I couldn't tell if the author was using it to refer to a person, a group of people, or an entire organization. The relationship between the Malik and the Drakul was never explained either. Why are things the way they are? How did they come to be that way? I have no clu [...]

    • Ehh The idea of this book wasn't bad but the execution left something to be desired. The dialogue got pretty repetitive fast and it stayed that way until the end. If it wasn't for the constant repeating I should think the book would be only half the size. Not to mention that the drama seemed to be a little over the top at times. With that said, I still read the entire novel, no skimming! A few other things got on my nerves in this book. One of them being that Ryan, the main stud muffin of the st [...]

    • This title is not one of Saintcrow's strongest. The premise is good and world-building solid (though you're dropped into the middle of things without explanation, but that's typical of the author's style). The characters are alright. Nobody stood out to me as particular great or memorable, but they do stay above the boring/unlikable level for the most part. The story has two big issues: First, the novel feels like a part of a series as opposed to the stand-alone it is, resulting in a vague sense [...]

    • Stone troll saviors and traitor twist were surprises. I got tired of Chess's childish 'Go away, I can do everything all by myself' attitude that endangered so many others. When Orion (more heroic than everyday abbreviation Ryan) admires her "string of obscenities" is better than tedious repetition of boring F-same-word-curse that puts me off continuing series. "Incandescent fury made her more beautiful" p 54. Ugh, really? Head librarian Chess fights one demon and turns golden after finding magi [...]

    • I have to say this book took a bit for me to be hookedenter the Actual Hunk :) Then I was hooked. I think the writing style is what took a bit to get get past. NO Sex scenes but still hot!!

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