Book Review: The Librarian (Book Two: Unhappily Ever After) by Eric Hobbs

AuthorEric Hobbs
TitleThe Librarian (Book Two: Unhappily Ever After)
Publication Info: Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2012

This sequel picks up from the cliffhanger ending of the previous book.  Having made changes within the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wesley and Taylor discover that the real world has been changed as well.  They had back to the library to correct what they’ve done, and find themselves in the dystopian world of Oz under control of the Wicked Witch.  This novel is grimmer in tone than it’s predecessor with violence in Oz and tensions among the lead characters.  There’s also an interesting shift from Wesley to Taylor as the primary protagonist.  I thought this book improved upon Little Boy Lost and that Hobbs’ sometimes-pedestrian writing and shallow characterizations are picking up as well.  I look forward to the next installment which will be set in Alice’s Wonderland.

Recommended books: Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, Band of Demons by Rob Blackwell, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Rating: ***

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