Library Journal Review
Shanghaied by dwarven pirates, Edgewick Lamplighter, a lowly halfling librarian employed by the Great Library, finds himself faced with the life of adventure and peril he has always wantedand feared. The author of Lethal Interface pays homage to Tolkien, Brooks, and other masters of epic fantasy in this rollicking tale of an unlikely hero who proves that even a humble librarian can boast an arsenal of unconventional weapons. Suitable for most YA and adult fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
This amiable, inoffensive Tolkienesque fantasy from bestselling author Odom will satisfy the same teenaged and young adult readers who flock to the author's Buffy and Angel novelizations. Older readers, however, will find the adventures of Wick, the book's hobbit-sized dweller hero, tedious. As a "Third Level Librarian in the Vault of All Known Knowledge," Wick can read, unlike most of the odd creatures he meets oxymoronic "big dwarves," trolls, goblinkin, Boneblights in a series of contrived encounters that make up the overlong story. Shanghaied by pirates (dwarves who seem on the verge of bursting into Gilbert and Sullivan's "Tarantara, tarantara"), Wick saves the pirate ship from a flaming female Embyr, but the plot doesn't really catch fire until midway through, when humans, in particular the engaging leader of a band of thieves to whom Wick is sold as a slave, push the dwarves offstage. In the familiar tradition of The Lord of the Rings, Wick rescues a beautiful elven lady from a web spun by a huge spider, decodes a puzzle using his reading skills and defeats a colossal dragon by inadvertently dropping its gem-heart into a lava mountain. It's no wonder that by tale's end "the little librarian," as the author likes to refer to Wick, has grown in self-confidence and esteem. With the movie of The Fellowship of the Ring on the horizon, this knock-off from the Master can only benefit from the reading public's insatiable appetite for all things Tolkienian. (Aug. 27) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Booklist Review
Grandmaster Frollo thinks timid little halfling Edgewick (Wick) Lamplighter, third level librarian in the remote and secret Vault of All Known Knowledge, spends far too much time reading trivial legends that spur the imagination at the expense of logical thinking. Sent by the grandmaster to the harbor to deliver a package, Wick tangles with the dreaded Boneblights and, running for his life, accidentally manages to kill some. Thinking he is a brave fighter, dwarfs shanghai him to their pirate ship, where his lack of prowess comes to light, and he is condemned to washing dishes for the harsh cook. His book knowledge earns him respect, though, when he saves the ship from a heartless, fiery Embyr, one of nine created near the end of the long-ago Cataclysm by the evil Lord Kharrion to wreak revenge. After that, Wick is enslaved by vicious goblinkin, rescued and adopted by thieves, pursued by assassins through the Forest of Fangs and Shadows, attacked by Shengharck, King of the Dragons--and more. Pushing the conventions of fantasy to the max, Odom serves up a rip-roaring, pell-mell, often laugh-out-loud romp. Throughout, though Wick's companions readily wield swords and other weapons against their enemies, it is Wick's vast knowledge of aged lore that saves the day. A surefire page-turner, and the characterizations are simply delicious. --Sally Estes YA: Teens will enjoy the combination of farce and derring-do. SE.