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In the second installment of this richly imagined fantasy adventure series, a new threat from within the Library could destroy those who depend upon it the most.

The Library of the Unwritten in Hell was saved from total devastation, but hundreds of potential books were destroyed. Former librarian Claire and Brevity the muse feel the loss of those stories and are trying to adjust to their new roles within the Arcane Wing and Library, respectively. But when the remains of those books begin to leak a strange ink, Claire realizes that the Library has kept secrets from Hell - and from its own librarians. 

Claire and Brevity are immediately at odds in their approach to the ink, and the potential power that it represents has not gone unnoticed. When a representative from the Muses Corps arrives at the Library to advise Brevity, the angel Rami and the erstwhile Hero hunt for answers in other realms. The true nature of the ink could fundamentally alter the afterlife for good or ill, but it entirely depends on who is left to hold the pen.

©2020 A. J. Hackwith (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Series for book lovers

This story felt unsure of where the plot was going. I wasn’t quite sure what the middle of the story was or where it was headed for a while. But in saying that, I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the unique world it this story was set in. Long live books!!

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  • Kristen Gugel
  • 21-10-2020

Terrible New Narrator

I don’t know why they got a new narrator but I simply cannot listen to her. Her accents are truly terrible and she is so, so slow. I was so excited for this book but now I think that I’m just going to have to read a physical copy instead of listening because the narrator is so bad I can’t get through it.

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  • Ralene
  • 28-10-2020

I got through it at 1.5 speed

This book is very different from the first. The narrator is different, and I had a difficult time getting used to her. Her English accent kept slipping. It wasn’t as noticeable at 1.5 speed. But the main difference is the essence of the book. It’s not the adventure book like the first one. Now it’s all about the feelings of the four characters trapped in a confined space. No one does anything without contemplating their navel first. On and on it goes, exploring each being’s feelings about themselves, about each other, about the existential nature of books. One of the characters has been labeled a Terrible Person, but it doesn’t mesh with what I remember from the first book. It’s as if I missed a book somewhere in between where far darker deeds were done. I blame the editor for not insisting that 75% of the feelings crap be removed. And why oh why didn’t someone count up the number of times that someone’s smile “grows soft” and remove at least 13 of them? I won’t be sticking around for a third book.

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  • Heather L
  • 27-12-2020

Not as good as book 1

I loved the first story and the wonderful imagery the author painted of hell, as well as the other realms the characters visited. I feel like they just kind of phoned this story in... Way too much time spent on details of the library and leaving all of the action to the was risky, as I almost gave up before things got good. Despite all of this, I would read a third installment with these characters in the library of the unwritten.

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  • Deborah Stellhorn
  • 12-12-2020

Fell a bit short for me

I wish they didn’t change the narrator. I was really looking forward to this sequel but am disappointed. The print version might be a better option, as I couldn’t get past the narration.

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  • Heather Wagner
  • 13-10-2020

love it

another great story from This author looking forward to the next installment. I hope she revisits This World soon

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-2020

Hard to get through

The story is extremely slow to start. The narrator did not help the slow plodding pace . Made it to chapter 20 only by increasing the book speed to 2x. I love the IDEA of the story and the characters. But the story developed so slowly and the characters became so irritating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-2021

Slow to start, but well worth it

The characters continue to grow and change. The entire premise of hell's library is wonderful. I would love to see a flow chart of which libraries are in hell and which are in other realms.

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  • Lindsey
  • 10-01-2021

Not as good a plot as Book 1, but more to think about

Volume 2 of Hell’s Library didn’t have as compelling a plot as the first book, but there was a lot more thought-provoking material. I’m not sure if I got bored, if I got distracted by the new narrator, or if it’s the difference between a physical book and an audiobook (or some combo of all three things), but it wasn’t as easy to follow the twists and turns. Although I do prefer the narrator from the first book, and I agree that Turpin’s command of accents can be distractingly underwhelming, she does - by and large do a good job creating distinct, consistent voices for the major characters. (Hero’s voice is the least consistent, which was particularly disorienting in the last third of the book.)

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  • Thomas
  • 05-01-2021

Narrator is horribly annoying

Voice of muses are terrible. Narrator of the other book in the series was far more compelling. Ok

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  • Allie Baker
  • 04-01-2021

Hell’s Library Series

These are captivating , creative, and wonderful books. Please Oh Please let there be a third book!

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