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Product Details

  • Series: Lenna's Arc
  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Rabbit Publishing; 1 edition (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989366308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989366304
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brian Fence has managed to produce a mass-appeal, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining debut novel. There's no need to pigeonhole Librarian into a special interest section. I can't wait to check out the rest of the series." - Justin Louis, WOBM

"Fence writes in a tone that's engaging and confident, and he crafts an intriguing world of shifting politics and magical elements. For fantasy fans, he delivers a wholly realized explanation for his world's magic system. The characters who aid Lenna each have compelling back stories and effectively draw out Lenna's strength and personality; ... At the book's conclusion, Fence promises to expand his world's scope and up the stakes for Lenna and her friends.

A promising first chapter in a new fantasy series that seamlessly weaves magic and politics." - Kirkus Reviews

More About the Author

Brian grew up in the small town of Whiting, NJ, a magical realm near the sea where pine trees grow in the sand. Aside from deer, his primary company was his imagination. He obtained his BA in East Asian Studies (Japanese) and Creative Writing from Bucknell University, and spent a great deal of time studying, living, and working in Japan before moving to the United Kingdom to pursue a Master's Degree in Sociology at the University of Oxford. He wrote his dissertation in a pub, and proudly continues that tradition by pumping out novels at any bar with good grub and good drink. When he isn't writing, Brian hops around the world tasting wine, collecting My Little Ponies, and cooking a hell of a lot of nomtastic food.

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If you are into fantasy series then this is the book for you!
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The words 'debut novel' betray the artfully crafted world, characters, and story that Brian Fence has created with 'Librarian.'
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The setting is original, the characters likeable and the story a great set up for a promising series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By whtmtnspirit on November 26, 2013
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The story seems well written until you run into vague gaps where it seems to stall..the ending seems misplaced..literally, where is it? the book ends and the story is far from over. I don't mean room for sequel but it ends with a kind of rough, quick closure. As a book for reading when your tired, it was okay. Better in beginning than at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins on March 19, 2014
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Thank you to the author for the review copy.

Lenna Faircloth thought she was content enough to be junior librarian at one of the grandest libraries on the Continent, so long as at the end of the day she can enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and some decent shut-eye. Reticent and unconcerned with trivial matters, Lenna is almost laughably nonplussed the day her childhood friend, Gilbert, appears at her door, asking her to help smuggle stolen goods across national borders.

LIBRARIAN is the first part of a young woman's long journey set in an alternate, sparsely-populated world.

So I'd had this one on my Amazon wishlist for a while so was very grateful to the author for sending me a copy - and it was highly enjoyable in so many ways.

First of all descriptively speaking - the world is imaginative and well formed, the fantasy elements are extremely well done and I loved the characters. Lenna was brilliant - funny and flawed and a terrific main protagonist to follow along with.

I would say its kind of a slow burner, the building blocks of a longer story to be told - but it flows along tremendously well. I can't say I've read a novel quite like it before and don't want to give too much away, but one thing I did like is the addictive nature of the read and how Mr Fence always encourages that "just one more chapter before I go to sleep" feeling.

I'm not sure how many books are planned for the series but this was a brilliant beginning and I will certainly follow it along to its conclusion. I'm very much looking forward to returning to the journey with the sequel.

Recommended for: Young and Young at Heart Adults with a love of fantasy and SteamPunk.

Happy Reading Folks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJ on March 7, 2014
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I enjoyed this book. I read a lot of fantasy type novels and am always looking for something new. This is a good take on a fantasy setting, with magic and steampunk technology mixed together. The characters are interesting and you get a really good sense of the political side/competing interests that form a backdrop to the story. Looking forward to the next book.

Also, since this is a new series and there is no investment in the characters yet, you never know who if someone is going to survive or what decisions they are going to make...I like that in a book. It keeps things from getting predictable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChristophFischerBooks TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 24, 2014
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“Librarian” by Brian Fence is a dystopian adventure fantasy about an assistant librarian. Lenna lives in a world of magic in an unspecified futuristic or alternate world. Her life of routine on the ‘continent’ gets disrupted when a childhood friend reappears in her life and gets her involved in the safe-guarding of an important artefact.
The setting is original, the characters likeable and the story a great set up for a promising series. Very enjoyable.
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By M B Short on January 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
What struck me first about this book was the writing. I was afraid at first that all of the descriptions would get in the way of the story – abut I was wrong. The prose itself almost becomes part of the story – helping to build almost a magical feeling in itself. This author is very good at using his words to set the mood of the storyline. It was easy to picture in my mind the characters, setting, and action of the plot.
The main character of this fantasy is Lenna, a young assistant librarian. She and her father are living a normal day to day life until someone from her past reenters her life – and starts her on an unexpected journey. She ends up being responsible for a long lost stone which has great magical powers – and could do much damage if used by the wrong people. The journey she is on ends up being a series of adventures, during which she learns much about herself and her abilities.
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway program, and am glad that I did! I really enjoyed this story, and am looking forward to reading more about Lenna in the sequel.
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This is the first ever Steam Punk Adventure I have ever read, and it has made me hungry for the genera. I particularly liked the main character Leena as she was both innocent and naive, yet rose up to the moral challenge thrust at her. I love strong female characters and often use them in my own writing so this was particularly appealing to me.

The writing was very descriptive. It reminded me a lot of how John Steinbeck incorporated the world around as a character for his stories and this brought a lot to the story. I could actually see Leena's world as if it were a graphic novel.

As I am new to the Steam Punk genera (thanks to this book) I have no reference in this world of fiction, but that being said I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of good... no strike that, that GREAT story telling.

I'd like to thank Brian Fence for introducing me to this genera.
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