The Library at Mount Char is a 7-layer bean dip of a horror story-- you know, if the cheese and guacamole were replaced with gore and chicanery. Transitioning between past and present, the hazy tale becomes clearer, but kept me guessing right up until the end. A group of people who had been abducted as children, “conditioned”, and taught the myriad secrets of the world collected by Father (the omniscient and sadistic collector of said knowledge), in various collections of “catalogs” within The Library. All this divvied power and emotional trauma leads to the inevitable coup, which means of course, that mega-violence and the manipulation of man, beast and physics akin to magic must (of course) ensue.— Chris
Several books have been written lately about gods or god-like characters but none as interesting as Carolyn and her siblings. They are not your normal family - they have narcissism, ambition, greed and dysfunction. The difference between them and every other literary family? They have the power and the knowledge of the Universe at their fingertips....if they can only reach it. They race against each other, time, distant relatives and the ever looming threat of Father showing up. The writing is tight, intense and will leave you looking at your neighbors and thinking “Hmmm, I wonder....” And let’s face it, we all judge a book by it’s cover and THIS has one of the best covers ever!— Stephanie
July 2015 Indie Next List
“Mindblowing, outrageous, and visionary, this is without question the best fantasy I have read in many moons! Hawkins has penned a tale that both opens the reader up to new perceptions of the universe, its creation, and ascendency, and gives the adage 'absolute power corrupts absolutely' an entirely singular meaning. He has imagined characters who are simultaneously loveable and despicable and presents them in a way that is both terrifying and darkly funny. Whether or not fantasy is your genre of choice, The Library at Mount Char will amaze you!”
— Lynn Riggs (M), Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI
A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts. After all, she was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing--perhaps even dead--and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own. But Carolyn has accounted for this. And Carolyn has a plan. The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human. Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling--and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.
About the Author
SCOTT HAWKINS lives in Atlanta with his wife and a large pack of foster dogs. When not writing he enjoys woodwork, cooking long and impractical recipes, and playing fetch with his dogs. He works as a computer programmer. The Library at Mount Char is his first novel.