The Demon's Librarian

The Demon's Librarian

by Lilith Saintcrow

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It's not just another day at the library . . .

"Darkly compelling, fascinatingly unique. Lilith Saintcrow offers a breathtaking, fantastic ride." –NYT bestselling author Gena Showalter

"The story will keep you on the edge of your seat . . . " --KD Did It Edits

" . . . don't piss off the librarian." –The Hermetic Library blog

When demons are preying on schoolchildren in her city, Francesca Barnes does what any red-blooded librarian would do--she does some research and goes hunting. But the books she finds in a secret cache don't tell her the whole story. Chess has no idea what she's just stepped into--or just how special she really is . . .

Orion (Ryan) is Drakul, part demon, and a loyal servant of the Order. He doesn't expect a motorcycle-riding librarian to be messing around with demonic forces, and he doesn't expect her to smell so damn good. But Ryan's got bigger problems. His partner has disappeared, and the forces of Darkness are rising. Now Chess is Ryan's only hope of finding his partner, and Ryan is Chess's only hope of survival, because the demons now know Chess exists--and that she is the heir to a long-lost power that could push back their dark tide.

If Ryan can keep her alive long enough, she just might be the key to destroying the demons completely. But Ryan doesn't know he's been betrayed by the very Order he serves. And if Chess does, by some miracle, survive, he won't ever be able to touch her again . . .

Lilith Saintcrow lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her two children and assorted other strays. She has been writing since she was nine years old. Find her on the web at

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151025751
Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 212,349
File size: 3 MB

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Demon's Librarian 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A definite page turner in the quick-paced, raw stylings of Lilith Saintcrow. For those who enjoyed the Dante Valentine series, if you liked Japh then take some time to meet Ryan...
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a quick read about a librarian that discovered a cache of diaries and training manuals about demons and finds herself drawn into a world where The Order and the Inkani are at war over humans.It's nice to see a normal person coming to terms with the supernatural world although as a librarian she's got a handful of ideas and references from popular fiction as well as the training books and the diaries.If you're not a fan of Lilith Saintcrow you might well give this a lower rating - it's moderately predictable stuff, but having read quite a lot of her books, it's nice to see a lead character who is not hard-as-nails, abrasive and downright rude. She's spirited, but mixes panic attacks and moments of incredible self-confidence nicely, and although she's not a push over, she's subtle about her put downs, most of the time.Good fun and well worth it.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun story, and I only wish it were longer or had a sequel. I read the synopsis on Saintcrow's site and absolutely had to read it. I bought it right away and wasn't disappointed. It's lighter in tone than Saintcrow's other work, making a breath a fresh air. I love this author, but sometimes her books are too tense and angsty when taken in large doses. 'Demon's Librarian' offers a nice change a pace without having to deviate from such a wonderful writer. The characters are interesting and appealing. The plot is a lot of fun. I highly recommend this one, and I'm crossing my fingers for a sequel.
Mardel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is one those books that I'm glad I bought. At first I found it a little hard to get into, I gradually did start really enjoying the book, and then realized that the reason I had a little difficulty at the beginning is the style of writing. Most of the books that I read by Lilith Saintcrow have all been in the first person. In fact, I usually pick out books that are written in the first person. This one is written in the third person. As well as being in the third person, when the characters have inner thoughts {which they frequently do, and boy do they have some sarcastic inner thoughts} the thoughts are written in italics, with no lead-in, such as 'she thought'. After I got used to that, I enjoyed that style much more. Let's face it, it can interrupt the flow when there are a lot of "she thought", "he believed", or "he thought to himself", and this way, throughout the book I was shown how the characters were thinking and feeling without being told.The female main character is a librarian named Francesca, or Chess for short. But she is not your typical librarian, or rather your stereo-typical librarian. No, she is a smart-assed, strong woman, who uses some foul languange. She sees something evil happening and does something about it.The male main character - Orion, or Ryan - is a Drakuel, (part demon, part human). He is part of something called The Order, though he and others like him are treated as less than human. His duty is to protect a Malik (a someone who is able to use magic), though he does not seem to really respect his particular Malik, who seems to be a little flaky and too concerned with getting dates. The Order has been around for many, many years. They fight demons, and are supposed to be against evil. Ms Saintcrow shows an organization that is supposed to be on the side of good, but has a few flaws. One of the flaws is their treatment of the Drakuelen. They are treated poorly, not really trusted, and used for their fighting skills and strength. Within their organization are some clear bigotry. The Drakulen males are known to acquire strong possessive tendencies when in contact with Malik females, so they are kept from the females, except for short sessions - when a female volunteers to be "company" to a Drakul.The Demon's Librarian begins with a bang. We meet Chess toward the end of a fight with a demon. She kills the demon, and goes home with some injuries, shaken up and of course tired from the fight. She has a knife that glows blue when there are demons around. This encounter with the demon eventually brings her to the attention of Ryan and his Malik, Paul. Ryan is ordered by Paul to watch her, find out what he can about her while Paul leaves to take care of other business. During his vigil of watching Chess, Ryan begins to grow possessive and attracted to Chess, and Paul falls off the radar.The rest of the book is a story with many aspects going on. There is a love story beginning here. There is Chess growing stronger and stronger. When she finally meets Ryan, she can't get away from him, as by this time he has grown quite possessive of her, something that he cannot stop himself from doing. She begins to have some feelings for Ryan, though she fights those. Not only does she have to deal with this human/demon, she has to deal with everything in her world changing. We find out later in the book how Chess has come about owning a demon-killing knife, and how she has learned about demons in the first place. It becomes apparent after a while that there are demons hunting Chess, and Ryan stays with her, to protect her while they search for Paul, who has disappeared. Then there is betrayal. Chess and Ryan end up in the demons' clutches.I loved this book. I really enjoyed all the smart-assed comments that these two character thought at each other and at others. I loved how Chess stayed strong throughout everything, even when she was scared to death. I really enjoyed Ryan's point of view at t
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chess Barnes, librarian, is in a world of hurt. She had discovered a cache of mystical books and started experimenting. When she finds out a demon is killing kids, she hunts it down and kills it. Little does she know that she has triggered a series of events that will lead her into the middle of the war of good vs evil. Nor does she know that she will become a key player in this war. With the aid of the mystery man who appears to protect her, Chess is fighting for her life and the fate of the world.Hmmm, I enjoyed this book. It is sort of bumpy at the beginning. I felt like I was coming in in the middle. But that was only for a little while. I enjoyed the world that was built and hope that this is just the beginning of Chess' adventures.
Lethe20 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mildly amusing. The heroine's poorly written, half the time killing demons and the other half cowering in blind terror. Nowhere near as good as the adult Dante Valentine series Saintcrow created.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I _like_. Good story, excellent characters, fascinating universe. This is the first of hers I've read - I hope there are others in this universe, I find the Dracul and Malik very interesting, and the various forms of Others are neat. In this case, as in very few paranormal romances, the wild attraction makes sense in context. And despite said attraction, both Chess and Ryan manage to learn about each other and deal with everything else - y'know, minor stuff like a demon invasion - without falling into bed together. One kiss in the whole book, but no lack of - if I say erotic moments it sounds like I mean sex. It's nothing that ordinary. Excellent characterization - even the minor characters are solid. A real shock when the traitor is revealed, followed by 'of course, that explains it perfectly'. And like that. Want to read more by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
H is a demon and h is a librarian HEA Would love to read a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
could not put it down! waiting for the sequel :)
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review. I could not put this down and it doesn't seem to be a series so I'm kinda bummed. I loved the world and characters. The main character Chess was a little too girly at times for me, I mean, if you are going to be a demon hunter you can't get squeamish over killing demons in "people" shells or passing out all the time. It was the only drawback for me, otherwise I loved it.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Demon's Librarian,  Lilith Saintcrow Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, Sci-fi and fantasy  I adored the Dante Valentine series, so wanted to see what this early novel was like. Its much, much lighter in feel, both in plot and characters. I liked Chess, and of course Ryan, so this made for a fun read but its not one I’d reread. It’s a little puzzling to begin as the schoolchildren being killed blurb description is pre the beginning of the book. Chess has already done her research and is out killing a demon right at the start. The terms too can be a little confusing, its not hard to pick up but they’re just there – no real explanation of what they mean, and that happens too with some of ( not all) the demon/troll creatures language. Its a book I really enjoyed, and I think would have developed into an interesting trilogy/series but I’m assuming that, as with the original read, its a stand alone. Some fast acting plots with danger and betrayal, though at times I could beat Chess and her sister over the head with a Sabatier frying pan for their plain stupidity....yes, you have just escaped death by Demon, and they’re still after you for painful and bloodthirsty sacrifice, and of course its sensible to ditch the paranormal protectives and just play at being “normal “ for a day...Doh...bits like that in a read really make me want to poke my eyeballs out with a rusty spoon. For a better read and for the cost I’d say its better to spend a bit more and get the whole Dante Valentine sereis in a collection – just £12.99 and a terrific escape into a dark and detailed fantasy world. Stars: four, its a decent one off read but Dante beats Chess easily! ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers  If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, in case I've inadvertently added a spoiler and need to edit.
LiveLaughandLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this read. It is a great love story with enough suspense to keep me intrigued. Doyle is a man who says "ma'am" and I LOVE that. Nothing like a true gentleman to get make your mouth water right? I also really liked Stephanie, she was a very good main character. Together they are just amazing, and they mesh so well! It does seem as if one bad thing follows another in this story but they are there for each other, as friends at first and then as a couple in love and working it out. I would recommend this story. It is an easy read and once I picked it up I didn't put it down unless I had to! *I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
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I love anything with demons and this totally satisfied my craving. It was exciting, well written and hard to put down.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
She is the librarian in Jericho City who found a secret room filled with books of magical instructions and information. When Francesca "Chess" Barnes sees a demon eating a child, she vows to do something about that. She reads the books written by the founder of the Order, an organization pledged to keep humans safe. Chess learns spells including casting a demon out and owns a magic knife called Fang that can kill hell's spawn, which she uses to eliminate one of these ugly amoral creatures.---------- Two men claiming to be from the Order arrive and ask if the founder of the Order's library is in her library and she denies it. They smell the use of sorcery and Paul the Malik,, a human mage with magical powers, and Ryan, the Drakul half demon, which makes him a second class citizen in the Order, are in the front line war with the demons. Ryan follows Chess while Paul turns to another human he believes is using magic. Ryan realizes that Chess is using magic, but is much more as a Golden almost pure Phoenicus practitioner who if she attains her full potential will be able to kill even the almost invincible demonic High Ones. To his shock, Ryan falls in love with Chess, which may be the only reason she might survive as a traitor inside the Order knowing who she is wants to give her to the Inkani demons as a sacrifice for a rare rite.------------- The outwardly prim and proper (and underpaid) librarian gets down and dirty when she realizes the lethal threat to schools kids as her library is a battle zone between the paranormal and the normal. Ryan is the more intriguing character as he always assumed he was tainted with bad blood and the Order enforced his lack of self esteem (outside of his fighting demons); but Chess soothes the troubled beast through love. Lilith Saintcrow has written an enjoyable romantic urban fantasy in which the book world will agree don't mess with THE DEMON'S LIBRARIAN as she silences the evil ones.------------- Harriet Klausner
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I have not been a big fan of Lilith's writing since after Working for the Devil. Everything after that first Dante Valentine book never seemed to measure up for me; however, this was a fantastic read. Chess is a librarian with a double life. She stumbled upon a secret room within her library with a hidden treasure of sorcery books. Taking advantage of her secret cache, Chess picks up wielding magic, which seems to be a natural talent for her. She's a smart book worm by day and a demon hunter by night. Unfortunately, her extracurricular activities have caught the attention of the Order and more than a few enemies. The Order is an organization that has existed secretly for hundreds of years, comprised of demons and humans and everything in-between. They protect society from the evil demonic entities who would rather use society as one big buffet. Ryan, who works for the Order and is half demon/half human, has been sent to investigate the death of an enemy who was killed without being sanctioned by the Order. When he finally figures out that Chess is the unsanctioned hunter, things start to get messy. Ryan senses a magic in Chess that hasn't existed in hundreds of years and realizes that Chess must be protected at all cost. Chess has been marked by the enemy for death. Unbeknownst to the Order, she is a valuable asset and would weaken them considerably if the enemy were to succeed. Ryan's demon has mated w/ Chess, even if she isn't aware of it. He becomes her protector from the dark forces that pursue Chess relentlessly. Chaos is rampant, war is brewing and lines have been drawn. Ryan is betrayed by the order but together he and Chess team up to defeat the enemy. This solid urban fantasy is loaded with preternaturals and is full of sexual tension with a hint of romance. The story flowed nicely and was very exciting with not a moment to waste. This is apparently a stand-alone book but it would be a great series about Chess and Ryan's part in the Demon wars. I highly recommend this book. I also recommend: