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The Fall of the Readers

(The Forbidden Library #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  697 ratings  ·  75 reviews
The final book in the exciting fantasy adventure series featuring a strong heroine who grows from reader to leader in a world where magic is contained and controlled through books.

When Alice defeated her uncle Geryon and declared war on the totalitarian ways of the Old Readers, she knew she would have a hard fight ahead. What she didn’t anticipate was how ruthless the Old
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Kathy Dawson Books
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Django Wexler
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope everyone enjoys this one. It's been amazing finally bringing the series to the end I thought up years ago! ...more
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Executive Summary: A good ending to the series, but I didn't like it as much as The Palace of Glass.

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I read very little Young Adult, and absolutely no Middle Grade. I'm not the target demographic by any means. I really like Django Wexler though, so I decided to pick up The Forbidden Library from the library a few years back.

By the time The Palace of Glass came out I was really enjoying the series and bought all the books. I was late in coming to fantasy, not really reading very muc
May 31, 2016 marked it as need

I want so much Isaac and Alice it's not even normal. (view spoiler)

Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Django Wexler’s outstanding Middle Grade series The Forbidden Library comes full circle in The Fall of the Readers, the concluding volume of this richly dark and enchanting adventure through the magical world of books. So far we’ve seen the young protagonist Alice through some very harrowing times, following her as she visits new worlds and encounters their strange and whimsical inhabitants—some of whom turn out to be al
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Actual rating: 3.50
Fi's Journey
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series and this one was just as fun as the first three. The ending was just right.

What I liked the best were the original creations from the author like 'portal books', 'prison books' etc., the creatures from other 'portal books', the labyrinthine's and the forbidden library itself with all the cats in there.

I adored Ashes the talking cat the best as he has a feisty character and I thought Alice was becoming a bit more mature in this book.

Overall I enjoyed it and recommend
Becky B
Alice made her decision in the last book and now she and those allied with her are paying for it. The Old Readers are relentless in their attacks on Ending's library. For now Ending, Alice, and the other apprentices have been able to hold them off, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is just a matter of time before they do break through. And their revenge against Alice and others will not be pretty. Ending provides Alice with one alternative to facing the ongoing onslaughts, but it is ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful children fantasy that, as an old man, I loved a lot. It had a great plot twist and a very satisfying ending. I'm sad it's over. ...more
Adam Hoffman
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review is from an advanced reading copy given freely and without obligation (my thanks to the publisher and author).

Where to start! I do not want to give ANY spoilers as we are still a few months from the official release date and I don't want to give anything away. Book 4 provides a satisfying finish (not a spoiler that this is the presumptive finale as stated on the cover and description). If you've read books 1-3 it's an obvious go out and buy and read. If you haven't, go grab books 1-3!
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
There's no percentage in hanging about; it's time to promote the heck out of this original middle-grade fantasy series.

As a parent, I would happily recommend this series to my children, when they are at an appropriate reading level. As a reader, I loved it. (I like to pretend that I am 'pre-screening' books for my kids eventual consumption, but you all know that this is a front for my own enjoyment). What's not to love? We have clever, young female protagonist who is full of grit, who struggles
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent conclusion to the series. As previously, my only cavil is that books here are pretty much used as furniture--they only serve as convenient plot devices and seldom if ever do you see anyone actually reading. Still, a diverting fantasy, fairly logical in construction and featuring lots of truly scary creatures.
Denise Spicer
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This 358 page book gives us a great ending to this fantastic series. The author does a wonderful job of leading us through his plot with nicely drawn characters in intriguing settings. Surprise Twist!!! I highly recommend the entire series.
A. Frost
Jan 13, 2017 marked it as to-read
In the last installment of the series, our heroes are betrayed and have to rush to save the world!

I like how the protagonist seem real, and how Alice grows more determined and focused after hardships and mistakes - I am really over moaning protagonists that overthink every little thing. I want to feel inspired by book people, not have them reflect my own failings! But I digress..

There is much at stake here bit it doesn't feel that way - in a book of 200 pages, you can't convey the context so go
Lovely, just lovely. Everything that I wanted from this series, with an incredibly satisfying conclusion.

I'm excited to read more by this author, hoping he writes adult as well as he writes middle grade :)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.75 Stars, rounded up


GR Personal Rating System:
2 ~ MEH
1 ~ NOPE
Nicole Luiken
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A strong heroine and an inventive world. Lots of action and magic.
Suzanne Maley
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a book conclusion that really surprises me.
Steen Nielsen
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What to say?

This is good, really good :)

I absolutely love the reader system and all the worlds that they can move through!

I think the tests in the grand labyrinth were a bit underwhelming, but the reveal later in the book more then made up for that.

Ashe the cat is pretty funny
Mark Buxton
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My name is Alice, and the fate of the world rests on my shoulders. I successfully imprisoned Geryon, but the other Readers are laying siege on me. I can't let them continue their cruelty toward magical creatures and the labyrinthine. Ending says she will help me if I take control of the Great Binding that holds a powerful prisoner. She says I must enter a labyrinth created by all the Readers that is protected by many formidable guardians. I don't know what will happen once I complete the quest, ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, kids
This volume is so full of action and emotion that I felt like I was holding my breath through the whole of it. It picks up just a few weeks after where the last volume left off, and it hits the ground running with the Old Readers lobbing attack after attack at Alice and her crew.

With lives at stake, and no time to think, Alice has to scramble to figure out a way to defeat the Old Readers. She has to push herself to the absolute limits physically, emotionally, and magically. She experiences loss,
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, whimsical, and entertaining conclusion to the Forbidden Library Quartet!!!! I discovered Django Wexler about 3 1/2 years ago when I stumbled upon 2 books, The Forbidden Library and The Thousand Names. I started with the Forbidden Library and man did it ever impress me for being a middle grade. It had an easy to follow story, a wonderfully crafted world that any book lover would want to be a part of, and also a colorful ensemble of characters. Here we are with the Fall of the Readers ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I was holding back from reading it because I didn't want it to end - I wanted to read more about the different worlds and its inhabitants that Wexler's dreamt up and the adventures Alice and the gang gets up to.

But all good things comes to and end, I suppose, and it was a good one.

(view spoiler)
Paige Canetto
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any fantasy lover over the age of 10
Okay, this series was amazing. Between the great female protagonists (yes, there's more than one), the amazing and unique world building, the multitude of challenges and obstacles, both to be fought, reasoned with, or outsmarted, and not knowing how it was going to end, this series was a masterpiece. I did see a couple of the main plot twists coming, (view spoiler) ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Hill
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book in audio book. The final book of the series brings Alice to an end. She trapped Geryon in the book, the other readers have been storming the library trying to take over and Ending has sent her to the Grand Labyrinth to get to the prisoner. Alice takes most of her friends with her and they battle to the labyrinth through many trials. Once there things take a turn and Alice was betrayed by the labyrinthine. What will happen to the world and who exactly is Alice?

Alice is sti
Rachel Meyer
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
There were many twists and turns in this book leading to an ultimately happy ending to the series. I could barely put it down and enjoyed it from beginning to end. I don't remember the beginning of the series very well, but I thought this was a satisfying ending.

In this book, Alice has to learn to take responsibility for the other apprentices and magical creatures under her care. But on the way she also learns that she doesn't have to do everything herself, which I think is a good thing to remin
probably a satisfying conclusion to readers who are really into The-Entire-Universe-Is-In-Danger-And-Everyone-And-Everything-Is-In-Mortal-Peril-type stories, but not really my cuppa these days; there are only so many battles and heroics and betrayals and leveling ups i can take before my mind starts to wander. the entire universe doesn't always have to be at stake for a story to feel urgent and important, as long as whatever's at stake is urgent and important to its

on a relate
Thomas Ray
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Rick Stuckwisch
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a strong finish to a fun series. I've enjoyed the whole thing, but this conclusion really took it to the next level. Well done. And a genuinely sweet, happy ending. I read the series to my older teens, and we didn't find it childish, silly, or too simplistic. Nevertheless, it would be a good choice for grade school, middle school, or junior high readers or listeners. Not lots of things to appeal to a child's imagination. ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Great read, love the series. The ending was fun and you know that when you make a deal with a cat, even if it's a labyrinth you are not making the deal that you thought you were making. I would love to have a book about what happens next. How people are handling the change and if Alice's efforts are making a difference.

Good ending to a series sixth grade on up who have read the rest and want to see how it all ends.
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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays g ...more

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