Lord of the Libraries

The Rover (Volume 3)

Mel Odom

Tor Books

In The Destruction of the Books, the Vault of All Known Knowledge was destroyed and its learned caretaker abducted , leaving the forces against darkness without resource and leadership.

The world as they know it and all that is good are now threatened by the same shadows that have oppressed the continent beyond the sea.

The only hope for enlightenment and salvation lies in a lowly librarian adventurer named Juhg who unknowingly brought about the cataclysm. He now must save the day by seeking out his master and another store of knowledge that has been held in secret. In doing so, Juhg will unlock the mysteries of the past so as to allow the emergence of a new guardian....

The Lord of the Libraries.

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Lord of the Libraries
1"They're Our Monsters!"One-Eyed Peggie lurched hard over to starboard and a horrendous scraping noise drawn out like a banshee's wail filled the ship's waist from prow to stern.Only quick reflexes, a determination not to mar pages, and years of experience aboard a sailing vessel allowed Juhg to keep the freshly dipped quill from the paper before he could render a mistaken stroke. His other hand slapped at the papers, pinning them in place and managing to hang on to the inkwell.Then the fear set in as he, like all the dwarves gathered in the galley, waited expectantly for


Praise for Lord of the Libraries

Praise for The Rover and The Destruction of Books:

"Tolkienesque" --Locus on The Destruction of the Books

"A rousing swashbuckling story" -- Library Journal on The Destruction of the Books

"Odom's bouncy, funny, cliff-hanger adventure is perfect for the Potter crowd, with enough puns, wry asides, and satirical send-ups to amuse Tolkien fans." -- Kirkus Reviews on Destruction of the Books

"In the familiar tradition of The Lord of the Rings" - Publishers Weekly on The Destruction of the Books

"A surefire page-turner" -- Booklist (starred review) on The Rover

"Smartly told" --Library Journal on The Rover

" A charming fantasy ...a cute, smartly told pastiche of Tolkien and Terry Brooks"
--Kirkus Reviews on The Rover

"Mel Odom really knows how to keep a reader turning pages" --Lynn Abbey

"Odom has created a likable, believable character who will continue his adventures as a newly promoted Second Level Librarian in charge of great books. Fans of the movie version of Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring will be looking for books to satisfy their interest in weefolks. Readers will enjoy the wealth of creatures in this tale of magic, mystery, and self-discovery, and will stand up and cheer for this little guy who reaches for his best shot and saves the day."
--School Library Journal on The Rover

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Mel Odom

  • Mel Odom is a bestselling writer for hire for Wizards of the Coast's Forgotten Realms, Gold Eagle's Mack Bolan, and Pocket's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel book lines. His debut SF novel Lethal Interface made the Locus recommended list. The Rover was an Alex Award winner. He has also written a scientific adventure of the high seas set in the 19th century entitled Hunters of the Dark Sea.

    The Lord of the Libraries is the second book (the first was The Destruction of the Books) in a duology sequel to The Rover.
    He lives in Oklahoma.





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    Lord of the Libraries

    The Rover

    Mel Odom

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