The Demon's Librarian
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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 does...more
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published February 28th 2009 by ImaJinn Books, Inc. (first published February 1st 2009)
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Chibineko
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...more
Schnaucl
Sep 02, 2009 Schnaucl marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
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Jet
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Melanti
Since it isn't clear from the blurb...

The 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 s...more
Rosa
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...more
Sara
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 an...more
Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
Apr 18, 2014 Shiloh (Fantastic Reading) marked it as couldnt-finish  ·  review of another edition
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No stars because I didn't finish it. I usually really enjoy Lilith Saintcrow's work, but this one fell flat for me. While the premise seemed interesting, the narrative didn't deliver on it quite fast enough to make me push through the horrid characterization of every single male in the story (except Chess' trainer, who doesn't speak on page).

The hero is part demon, and that apparently causes (and excuses) nearly-irresistible urges to rape Chess if she stands too close, or gets too emotional, or...more
Agbag
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.
Melinda
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.
Sumayyah
Fun but predictable. Think of Buffy, if she was a well-read librarian from a family of iron-willed women.
Jae
So! Librarians, secret books, demon hunters, mysterious order protecting us poor little humans, a little romance; everything about this story sounds awesome, right? Well, not quite. It’s good but never quite makes the leap into amazing. Chess is a likeable protagonist, she’s smart (a librarian!), she’s feisty (but not that absurd-feisty that too many UF lady-protagonists tend towards), she’s pretty brave, she’s independent. Although sometimes she’s a little too independent for someone who’s only...more
Sandra
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...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I spotted this in a used bookstore and bought it because 1) it had the word “librarian” in the title and 2) the author's name seemed vaguely familiar, although I couldn't remember whether I'd heard good or bad things about her work.

The book begins in the middle of Chess' first demon hunt. I imagine this was meant to hook readers' attention, but instead I found myself wishing I could have seen how Chess' got into demon hunting in the first place. There were mentions of her training, how she found...more
Marianne
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...more
Tammy
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Leslie
The Demon's Librarian by Lilith Saintcrow was a great read. When I had heard that Ms. Saintcrow had written another book, I had to pick it up.

Francesca or "Chess" is a librarian who has found a secret treasure trove of books on sorcery in the basement of her workplace - the library. She takes this knowledge and puts it to use...by hunting demons. She trains herself not only in magic, but also in self-defense (because these subjects are not usually covered in Library Science classes).

Ryan is a p...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
A well-constructed accomplishment of world-building with a good balance of sorcery and sensuality, suspense and romance, well-thought out characterization, “The Demon’s Librarian” is a good introduction to the worlds of Lilith Saintcrow. Francesca “Chess” Barnes is not one’s ordinary Head Librarian-living in Jericho City, a “free city” in terms of sorcerous input, Chess discovers a well-concealed archive of sorcery books missing for decades and thought lost. So being an independent and studious...more
Angelina
I loved this! I pretty consistently love Lilith Saintcrow's stuff. I know it's not the greatest writing, and the writing style may irk some people, but I lovelovelove her plots. And plus, her heroines are pretty sassy and their love interests are alpha males who manage to not be too domineering, and the chicks tend to get the upper hand by the end. Always love that.

Anyway, regarding this book specifically: it's a better version of The Watcher series by Saintcrow. Similar worlds, similar plots,...more
Vickie
This is my intro book to Lilith Saintcrow. I have two of her Dante Valentine books and one Jill Kismet on Mt Git'r'Read, but this is the one that hollered at me to order and read almost immediately. The premise is kind of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that the main character is a normal chick who finds out she's more than normal, in fact rather special. And there's a special demon kind of guy who's a hottie and warm for her form and has a tendency to lose control of his demon side from time to tim...more
Cami
Really, really enjoyed this book and am really hoping there will be a sequel someday. I can see so many possibilities for further adventures with these characters and am really surprised a sequel hasn't already been written or in the works.

I have to admit that I had my doubts about this book in the beginning. The way the story starts made me feel like I had come into the story somewhere in the middle, and that I had missed something. I kept looking to see if there was a book before this one that...more
Kathy Davie
Oh, I do hope Saintcrow is planning on making this paranormal story a series. I want to read more of Chess' adventures as a demon-hunting librarian, does her sister, Charlie, get in on the action, how does her relationship with Ryan evolve, does she keep the Maliks in line, and how does all this affect the prejudice surrounding the Drakulein?

It all starts when Chess uncovers a hidden cache of magic books under the library and destroys a nasty demon that's surviving on the flesh of children. Unfo...more
Michelle
Can I just say that I am really sick of the heroines that just blow off everything the guy tells her to do even though he has more experience and they are in grave danger? But no, it's "my way or the highway" with these women and the guy just lets her do it because he loves her. Well, tell me this genius, how you gonna love her when she's dead and you start to die too? And one more thing, I used to love Lilith Saintcrow, but now I'm not sure if I could stomach another of her books because she us...more
Dena Landon
This book was a ton of fun. Urban fantasy with a touch of romance. Chess is a librarian who, after stumbling upon a demon eating a child, does what any reasonable librarian does. She hits the research books. Specifically, ancient books on demons and magic that she finds in a hidden portion of her library. When a Drakul, part-demon, part-man, shows up with his Malik (human demon-hunter) in search of the books, and a demon attack ends up with him caring for her, things start to get interesting. No...more
Teri
I really enjoyed this book. Normally I have series books, but once in a while it is nice to sit down to a book that completes itself. I had a few good laughs, and the ending battle was hilarious (good laugh). I wish the author had gone more into this book as part of a series. I really was not able to handle her other series, it felt like it was killing me to read it. There was way too much information going nowhere. So for a nice stand alone read, this was it. The cover was odd, made my kids cry...more
Jensownzoo
Oh I liked this one! Wish that the author would continue stories in this world. It straddles the line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance, leaning more toward PR, but this is Lili Saintcrow so you know you're in for a good ride.

The issues with this book mostly occur in the very beginning. The infodumps are severe and jarring and I was starting to become very disappointed when the story took off. So, hang in there...it gets better! I suspect that the author ran up against wordcount restr...more
Anne
I suppose that was amusing enough but it wasn't really written all that well. First, the librarian had so many stereotypical qualities that I was surprised I kept reading (some day my eyes are going to get stuck at the back of my head from rolling them so much when reading a book like this). Then started all the "I like you but you kill people so maybe I don't want to be around you" type circles which made the final 2/3rds of the book rather interminable for me.

But, it was short enough that I ma...more
StrangeBedfellows
This is a fun story, and I only wish it were longer or had a sequel. I read the synopsis on Saintcrow's site and absolutely had to read it. I bought it right away and wasn't disappointed. It's lighter in tone than Saintcrow's other work, making a breath a fresh air. I love this author, but sometimes her books are too tense and angsty when taken in large doses. 'Demon's Librarian' offers a nice change a pace without having to deviate from such a wonderful writer. The characters are interesting an...more
Alex
This was just a plain old fun read :)

Nothing particularly original or spectacular about, but just really well executed, witty and overall fun.

Chessie (the main character) stole my heart really quickly, and she does for the most part feel like a real person caught up in some truely weird circumstances. Even the almost obligatory romance plotline felt fairly natural and was well executed.

I was in the mood for a relaxing fun read, and this book delivered.

Oh, and for the e-book geeks out there: it's...more
Gina
loved it! so much fun. my favorite of the (admittedly few) books of hers that I've read.
Beth
I love this book! I love the plot, the story & the character development. It's starts as the typical UF -- Chess (our heroine) finds a stash of books that opens her eyes to the world that most normals just look right past. Which of course draws the attention of that world. :)

Highly recommended! Touches of humor along with the action & horror -- interesting world building. It's on my comfort re-read pile.

I've heard rumors that Lilith may be writing a sequel -- which I would love to get my...more
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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.
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