The Librarians and The Lost Lamp
by Greg Cox
Cover Artist: Electric Entertainment
Review by Gayle Surrette
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765384089
Date: 11 October 2016 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
I'm not familiar with the The Librarians television series where there is a group of librarians who are new to the job, working to protect the world from artifacts and arcane books being used for evil. However I am familiar with Flynn Carsen, The Librarian, and the three movies that started it all. In The Librarians and The Lost Lamp, by Greg Cox, readers get Flynn Carsen and this new group of librarians who help in the fight to protect the world from evil.
Ten years ago, Flynn got back to the library to immediately be assigned to pick up an original copy of the The Arabian Nights, or at least an earlier copy. Once he arrived he found himself again without all the information he needed and against a group of thieves (forty of them to be exact) who didn't care who they had to kill to get the book. The Forty needed the book to get back the magical lamp that had been stolen from them many, many years earlier.
When Flynn managed to survive his encounter with The Forty, he realized that one librarian just wasn't enough. So the story then starts up again after 10 years from Flynn's adventure with the The Forty, with a new group of young librarians, headquartered on the west coast, who are sent to find out whether someone is extremely lucky or whether that someone has an artifact.
One thing leads to another and they find themselves facing The Forty, who haven't mellowed over the years. The problem is that this particular group of librarians doesn't have a lot of experience and they don't really know how to pull together as a group. That makes for a lot of infighting and bickering about who is in charge and what plan to follow. This ragged band of arguing librarians must pull together and trust each other, because these bad guys aren't going to give them time to work it all out.
People familiar with the movies or the series will have a good idea of what they're getting with a novelization using the same characters. If you aren't familiar with either the movies or the series (I'm guessing the series has the same feel as the movies) then what you're going to get is high tension, partly comedic, action adventure with lots of geek talk and historical talk mingled with fable and folklore, witty dialogue, and characters that you'll either love or hate but you won't remain neutral.