For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.
Stories can be powerful. In 1719, Elizabeth Goose of Boston Massachusetts published a collection of rhyming spells as a children’s book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.
However, strange things are happening, A window washer in San Diego who was blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, but miraculously survived by landing on a canopy over the building entrance. A woman in rural Pennsylvania who was attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes. And, a college professor in England who somehow found herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Fynn Carson AWOL once again, it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.
I’ve been a fan of the Librarians since the first time I caught Quest for the Spear on TV almost 10 years ago and I think the TV series releasing a couple years ago only made me love the franchise even more than I already did. So I was pretty excited last year when they decided to novelize the series and thought the first book was absolutely fantastic. So I may have set my expectations fairly high for this book, but happily, I can say I wasn’t disappointed in it at all.
I found The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox to be a hilariously funny story full enough action and mystery to keep me reading the entire night. I think I can honestly say I enjoyed this book more than anything else in the franchise so far, which still surprises me just a bit. It’s always been my opinion that when they novelize a TV show or adapt a book to TV that it never really compares to the source material. But with this book, I thought Greg Cox did a great job taking characters that I already enjoyed and bringing them alive in ways that the television series and movies never managed to do.
While I thought that this book had a lot going to it, it was pretty easy for me to pinpoint exactly what made me enjoy it as much as I did. It was really funny. The Librarians and the Lost Lamp had its funny moments, but I don’t think I stopped laughing the entire way through this book. Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone are some of my favorite characters on television and now in print, but they really weren’t on their game this time around. Their mistakes and misadventures really made this book quite funny and I can’t think of anything else that makes me fall in love with a book or series faster than laughter does.
I loved this book and I don’t think I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone I know who enjoys a well-written story, a good laugh, or a solid Indiana Jones style adventure. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the franchise and I’m already eagerly awaiting the release of the next book!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.