Blind. Outcast. Accursed. From the meanest of beginnings, greatness will rise.
Abandoned at birth by her parents, Auli-Ambar is seen as a child blighted by a callous talon-stroke of fate. A worthless burden. She is blind, severely disfigured, and fit only for the most menial tasks. Then, a simple act of kindness changes her life. Flown to the Halls of the Dragons, the painfully shy girl becomes a cleaner of Dragon roosts, and a helpless wanderer of the Dragon Library.
Here, Auli is able to walk amidst the lore she is drawn to so profoundly. Touch it. Imagine worlds within scrolls. She thrills to the hallowed scents of knowledge, but aches for what blindness has forever denied her. In the cruellest of ironies, Auli discovers she possesses a magic that makes people and Dragons forget her very existence. This is disremembrance, the accursed power of loneliness. She can only despair.
One will not forget. Deep amidst the forbidden racks of draconic scroll lore, where Auli-Ambar has unwittingly breached the protective wards, the young Dragon scholar, Arkurion the Mercury Blue, will discover her true gift and ignite its flame. Now, in the environs of a magical library overseen by the mighty Dragon Librarian Sazutharr, the extraordinary courage and integrity of a blind girl will finally be given the chance to blossom.
Little did they suspect that the fate of all Dragonkind would rest in her hands.
Trigger Warning: Abuse.
From what I recall, there are a few abuse scenes in the very beginnings of The Dragon Librarian.
I didn’t think much of The Dragon Librarian as a book when I downloaded it. Nor did I take into account how long this book is. The Dragon Librarian is over 500 pages long, and it is one hell of a journey.
Over the course of this story, we meet and grow with Auli. We see her grow and mature into this smart young lady who more than meets the eye. We see her struggles, and we see her triumphs. There is much to Auli’s character. I genuinely adored her character as much as I enjoyed this story.
Prior to reading the novel, I’d only read the first paragraph of the synopsis. I’d decided that I’d read this book without reading more of the synopsis beacuse I’d wanted to figure out what happened to the Auli on my own, as the story progressed.
It was difficult for me to write down notes of my thoughts while reading The Dragon Librarian simply because there was just so much that happens in the story. I cannot stress that enough. Aside from the very beginning of this book, the story sweeps you away easily. However, I felt that at times, there were moments where this book could have ended. I’m so glad that it didn’t.
The problem I had while reading The Dragon Librarian was that firstly, the point of view seemed to change. Mostly everything was Auli, but in the beginning there it was hard for me to discern what was Auli and what wasn’t. So that was a little confusing. The second thing that bothered me about this book was that I was only 34% into the novel before I started to feel like the story was dragging on. With that said though, there’s a lot that happens in the first 30-ish percent of this book.
What I ended up enjoying about The Dragon Librarian is not only the staggering character growth that Auli has in this first novel, but I also tremendously enjoyed the fact that in Secchia’s story, he’s written Dragons and Humans co-inciding
almost peacefully together.
I like that the story takes place over 8 years. I truly enjoyed getting to know Humankind and Dragonkind alike in this story! Getting to know this world was nothing short of amazing. This world is so big that I could literally feel how vast the land is.
Getting to know Auli was very pleasing. I very much so look forward to reading the next second Scrolls of Fire book.
I give The Dragon Librarian, 3.5 stars.
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