Publisher: Tor (October 11, 2016)
Series: The Librarians #1
Author Information: Website
Length: 272 pages
My Rating: 3 stars
Based off the TNT tv show, The Librarians, this opening installment of the print series is a fast-paced, action-packed story. Even if you have never experienced the old TNT movies or the new tv show it spawned, The Lost Lamp is very immersing and easily accessible, sure to entertain any readers seeking a quick, fun read.
Shifting back and forth from 2006 to 2016, this tale centers around the search for the fabled lost lamp of Aladdin. Flynn Carsen, the one and only Librarian back in 2006, began this quest when he battled the vile 40 Thieves to keep them from accessing the magical powers of this very same lamp. Now, however, these same bad guys might have arisen again today, and, thankfully, a new generation of Librarians have been recruited and are busy investigating a strange run of luck in Las Vegas, in which reeks of magic and perhaps the return of the 40!
But who are the Librarian, you ask?
Well, these guys are part of a secret society of libraries who date back centuries; their task to increase knowledge, aid mankind, recover magical artifacts and keep them safe from those who would use them for evil, and to constantly thwart the diabolical schemes of the Serpent Brotherhood, whom they have been battling since, at least, the days of the Library of Alexandria. In other words, these are some bad ass librarians!
Being familiar with The Librarians series, I went into this read concerned whether a novel could capture the quirky fun of people armed with vast knowledge of books tackling bad guys. My apprehension was unwarranted, however, because The Lost Lamp perfectly duplicates everything about the TNT show, delivering a cinematic experience in book format. Greg Cox is even able to add more depth to the narrative by excellent integration of historical facts as well as perfect use of exotic settings, making the magical and fantastical elements of The Librarians even more exciting.
To summarize, I’ll simply say that I enjoyed my time with The Lost Lamp. The book was an entertaining read which fans of the TNT Librarians series and lovers of light, fast-paced stories with action, adventure, magic, and history will adore. Who knows, it might even encourage some people to finally start watching the tv series, because everyone needs another show to binge watch on the weekend, right?
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.