The Book That Wouldn’t Burn
by Mark Lawrence (Ace, 2023); audiobook read by Jessica Whittaker (Bolinda, 2023)
An infinite library given epic treatment. As stirring as the story becomes, its unfolding cleverness relies upon (and is disguised for much of the book by) meandering, almost ponderous character explorations. Given such build-up, the lack of closure is reprehensible. Trilogy schmilogy.