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
Carolyn’s not so different from the other human beings around her. She’s sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.
After all, she was a normal American herself, once.
That was a long time ago, of course -- before that time she calls “adoption day,” when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call father.
Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.
In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn’t gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient Pelapi customs. They’ve studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power.
Sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.
Now, Father is missing. And if God is truly dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library - - and with it, power over all creation.
As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her.
But Carolyn can win. She’s sure of it. What she doesn’t realize is that her victory may come at a n unacceptable price - - because in becoming God, she’s forgotten a great deal about being human.