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The Demon's Librarian av Lilith Saintcrow
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The Demon's Librarian (utgåvan 2009)

av Lilith Saintcrow

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It's not just another day at the library . . . When demons are preying on schoolchildren in her city, 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 really is . . . Orion (Ryan) 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 . . . Lilith Saintcrow lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her two children and assorted other strays. She has been writing since she was nine years old. Find her on the web at lilithsaintcrow.com.… (mer)
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Titel:The Demon's Librarian
Författare:Lilith Saintcrow
Info:Imajinn Books, Paperback, 218 pages
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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 demons trying to take over her town. Lots of chemistry between the leads and also lots of culture clashing since Orion is part demon and he is fighting part of his natural responses to her. A fun quick light read and I wish there was more to the universe. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
Chess is a demon hunting librarian. I don't know what else I need to say to express the fun I had reading this book.

While at work in the library Chess finds a secret stash of demon hunting equipment and lore. She also realizes that the reason children are disappearing is because they're being eaten by a demon. Once she knows that and realizes she has the means to help, she can't ignore things. One of my favorite tropes is that of what "normal" people do when they encounter the supernatural, so this was right up my alley.

While hunting she meets Ryan, a half-demon member of an order of demon hunters. Even though she's a hunter now, Chess is unaware of many parts of the supernatural world and doesn't know anything about him, his order, or that his primary function is as the rather disposable sidekick of his partner. And to top all this off, Chess is some sort of magical superspecial being, the kind that hasn't been around in a very long time.

The book has romance, betrayals, and tough decisions that need to be made. I liked it a great deal and would read a sequel. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
Copy of book provided by Publisher for honest review.

You can imagine why this book appealed to me from the title alone. In The Demon's Librarian, librarian, Francesca "Chess" Barnes, takes matters into her own hands when she notices children in the area going missing. Realizing the culprit isn't human, she studies magic books she's found in the library's basement, arms herself, and goes after the demon. No one is more surprised to discover just who took out the demon than Ryan, who is half-demon himself. It just isn't possible.

As a Drakul, Ryan is assigned to assist and guide a wizard, and, in this case, his wizard has gone missing. He knows he cannot leave Chess alone or unprotected, especially now that she has proven herself to be a threat to some very powerful demons.

I loved Chess. I think other readers will too. She's not exactly the kick butt heroine you might expect as she still is a bit unsure of herself and just beginning to realize what she's gotten herself into, but she can certainly hold her own. I was less impressed with Ryan, if I'm honest. I tend to like my heroes to be more than just brawn. Maybe it was Ryan's own insecurities that kept me from completely falling for him--but then, there have been other characters in other books with similar issues I fall for right away. Do not get me wrong, I liked Ryan. Throughout the book, I wanted him to see himself as Chess saw him--not as a servant, but as an equal. I certainly would want him on my side if I ever found myself surrounded by demons.

While I think I liked The Society more than I liked this one, The Demon's Librarian was an entertaining book to read. There is action and plenty of humor. The romance is more of a slow cooker one, but that never bothers me. I often prefer them that way as they tend to be more believable--even in a novel about demons and magic.
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  LiteraryFeline | Nov 25, 2017 |
Synopsis: Chess is killing demons simply because this particular one has eaten some of her patrons. She found a set of books in a hidden room in the library that has helped her in this endeavor. However, her activities have attracted the attention of two groups. One group wants her life and the books, the other group wants Chess to aid them. She wants everything to go back to normal.
Review: Fun to read and in line with the other books from this author. ( )
  DrLed | Apr 29, 2017 |
Join a librarian who is using her studies of dicovered books to eradicate a tentacled demon that is killing the city's children, after which she finds that things are much more complicated than she thought. There's a whole underworld of demons and demon-fighters who want those books...and her. Very entertaining, sucks you right in and gets more interesting as it goes along, right up to the bang-up ending. Highly recommended. ( )
  NickHowes | Jun 5, 2016 |
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It's not just another day at the library . . . When demons are preying on schoolchildren in her city, 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 really is . . . Orion (Ryan) 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 . . . Lilith Saintcrow lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her two children and assorted other strays. She has been writing since she was nine years old. Find her on the web at lilithsaintcrow.com.

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