By Christopher Nuttall

Elaine is an orphan lady who has grown up in a global the place magical skill brings strength. Her constrained expertise used to be adequate to make sure a paranormal education yet she’s very green and used to be fortunate to get a place operating within the nice Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer – the main strong magician of all of them – is loss of life, even supposing first and foremost that makes little distinction to Elaine; she definitely doesn’t have the facility to compete for better prestige within the Golden urban. yet all that adjustments whilst she triggers a mystical seize and finally ends up with the entire wisdom from the good Library – together with forbidden magic that nobody is meant to grasp – crammed within her head. This undesirable present doesn’t provide her larger energy, however it does provide her a greater realizing of magic, permitting her to complete excess of ever before.

It’s additionally extraordinarily harmful. If the senior wizards discover what has occurred to her, they're going to possibly have her killed. the data locked away within the nice Library was once intended to stay completely sealed and letting it out may possibly suggest a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of 5 hundred years past. Elaine is pressured to fight with the terrors and temptations represented through her newfound wisdom, all of the whereas attempting to remain out of sight of these she fears, embodied by means of the sinister Inquisitor Dread.

yet a darkly strong determine has been drawing up a plan to take the facility of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is key to his scheme. except she will liberate the mysteries in the back of her new wisdom, divine the unfolding plan, and become aware of the reality approximately her personal origins, there's no desire for these she loves, the Golden urban or her complete world.

Bookworm has received the GOLD award within the grownup fiction classification of the 2013 Wishing Shelf autonomous booklet Awards.

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