The God of Lost Words (Hell’s Library #3) by A.J. Hackwith

Posted November 2, 2021 by jrsbookr in Fantasy / 0 Comments

by A.J. Hackwith
The God of Lost Words (Hell’s Library #3) by A.J. HackwithThe God of Lost Words Series: Hell’s Library #3
Published by Penguin on November 2, 2021
Source: Netgalley Arc
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary, Fiction / Fantasy / Humorous
Pages: 368
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Format: Ebook Arc
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"Hackwith's poignant, imaginative series sends readers on an amazing journey, with profound prose that will capture hearts and minds."*

To save the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, former librarian Claire and her allies may have to destroy it first.

Claire, rakish Hero, angel Rami, and muse-turned-librarian Brevity have accomplished the impossible by discovering the true nature of unwritten books. But now that the secret is out, in its quest for power Hell will be coming for every wing of the Library.

To protect the Unwritten Wing and stave off the insidious reach of Malphas, one of Hell's most bloodthirsty generals, Claire and her friends will have to decide how much they're willing to sacrifice to keep their vulnerable corner of the afterlife. Succeeding would mean rewriting the nature of the Library, but losing would mean obliteration. Their only chance at survival lies in outwitting Hell and writing a new chapter for the Library. Luckily, Claire and her friends know how the right story, told well, can start a revolution.

*Library Journal (starred review)


An incredible original tale set in a library in hell is at the end, and our whole gang is back together. On a quest to save the library by establishing a new realm with a vague set of guidelines behind Claire’s predecessor. Claire, Brevity, Hero, and their friends are determined to save their home from Malphas Hell’s top general, who is merely thirsty for power and control. While on the quest, readers will not only spend time in hell but be whisked away to Heaven, Vallaha, and other realms of the afterlife in a roundabout discussion of what immortality may contain. The book follows themes of the previous book, with our author peppering us with food for thought about the nature of books and the relationship between texts, readers, and the true purpose of libraries. This series is incredibly unique with its worldbuilding, fantastic grouping of characters, and a well-thought-out conclusion in this final book. I am eager to see what this author has in store next for us readers.



About A.J. Hackwith

A. J. Hackwith is (almost) certainly not an ink witch in a hoodie. She’s a queer writer of fantasy and science fiction living in Seattle, and also writes sci-fi romance as Ada Harper. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop and her work appears in Uncanny Magazine and assorted anthologies. Summon A.J. at your own peril with an arcane circle of fountain pens and classic RPGs, or you can find her on Twitter and other dark corners of the Internet.

Rating Report
Overall: 5