The Lost Books by Sarah Prineas

The Lost Books

From Sarah Prineas, author of the acclaimed Magic Thief series, comes a stunning new tween fantasy where books literally come to life!The powerful Lost Books at the palace library are infecting the rest with an evil magic, and two unlikely friends must figure out who, or what, is controlling the books and their power. If they can't, the entire kingdom could be at risk.Sarah Prineas returns to her classic middle grade roots with this imaginative, ...

Details The Lost Books

TitleThe Lost Books
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Writing, Books About Books

Reviews The Lost Books

  • Brandy Painter
    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Sarah Prineas writes amazing books and I love and own them all. There are more than one copy of most of them in my house because my kids loved them too and need their own copies. I often get nervous when I read a new book from an author whose books I adore because there is the niggling worry that this will be the one I don't like. I'm becoming more and more convinced that's just never goin...
  • Skip
    Slow start, with unnecessary background. A young apprentice librarian named Alex bluffs his way into a tryout as the Royal Librarian of the kingdom of Aethel by impersonating his deceased mentor. The very young queen of Aethel, Kenneret gives him only a month to whip her neglected library into shape as she is having problems of her own, foremost with her uncle and former Regent, Lord Patchedren, subtly sabotaging her confidence as she yearns to b...
  • Charlotte
    I loved this--magical books/library plus snarky young protagonist plus a young queen whose an interesting person in her own right, and a very dangerous Danger--not just to the protagonist, or to the kingdom, but to the books! This sort of book is the reason why I say I love middle grade fantasy!
  • Rebecca
    Where are the rest of the books in this series? I want to read them right now.Alex was born to be a Librarian, but wound up being born to a family of sword fighters. The only possible choice was to run away and get a job as an apprentice. When the Librarian dies mysteriously, choked to death by a book about vines, Alex goes rogue, passing himself off as his master to sixteen-year-old Queen Kenneret and taking over the Royal Library. A library whe...
  • Erika
    Super cute - has The Librarians tv show vibes.
  • Pop Bop
    Strong, Independent, Engaging, Confident HeroesIt seems to me that Sarah Prineas has a settled formula, but it's such a good formula and she mixes it up so well that I'm happy to dive in to any series she starts.Here's the formula. Young man with a secret, unknown, powerful destiny, alone in the world waiting for his path to open before him. Young woman in a position to assume great power and responsibility, endeavoring to grow into her potential...
  • Kathy Martin
    Fifteen-year-old Alex has run away from home to become a librarian. He has spent his life learning to use a sword but his real desire it to care for books. In his world, books are locked up in libraries and protected by Librarians who are all getting old. He manages to talk himself into an apprenticeship with a librarian but the librarian isn't willing to share very many secrets and dies before Alex can learn much. When Alex opens the book he fin...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    Author Sarah Prineas, best known for her award-winning The Magic Thief series, has launched a new one, The Lost Books, a must-read for fantasy lovers of any age. A wannabe-librarian named Alex bluffs his way into a tryout as the royal librarian of the kingdom of Aethel, but, even before his arrival, Alex has begun to realize that something is very wrong with the books in the libraries. Readers will thoroughly enjoy Alex, Aethel’s Queen Kenneret...
  • Ms. Yingling
    ARC provided by publisher at Young Adult Books CentralAlex is struggling as the apprentice to an elderly librarian at a castle filled with old, musty diaries and laundry lists, and when Master Farnsworth dies under suspicious circumstances, the Dowager Duchess Purslane has had enough of him and sends him away. Not wanting to go back to his militaristic family, he forges the duchess' signature to obtain lodging and supplies, and journeys to Aethel...
  • Mark Buxton
    My name is Alex, and I am the royal librarian. At least until the queen figures out I've been lying about my identity. I never received any proper training, but everybody assumes I know what I’m doing. The queen’s given me two weeks to organize a cavernous library that's been neglected for years, but she doesn't even know the dangers found here. The books are frightened of something hidden on the shelves, volumes with strange covers that have...
  • LeoReader
    What if there was more to books? What if they were alive? What if they flew off of shelves and killed librarians? Alex is a young librarian seeking a chance to prove that he is a librarian, not some swordsman like the rest of him family. After his former mentor is found dead, Alex is almost choked to death by a book! That's right, a simple everyday book except this everyday book has a symbol burnt into it's cover. With his former master now dead ...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    The Scroll of Kings (Lost Books #1) by Sarah Prineas, 304 Pages. Harper, JUNE 2018. $17. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some fighting danger)EL, MS - ESSENTIAL.After running away from his family of sword masters, Alex has found a place as an apprentice librarian. When he finds his master dead – and apparently killed by a book, Alex takes off again, this time carrying a letter from the Queen, asking for his dead master to come tak...
  • Pam
    Looking forward to more books in this series. This first one introduces characters who are definitely 3-dimensional. We see the inner struggles of the Librarian and the Queen. The secondary characters are not as well developed but hints are provided for future growth in the series.Alex leaves his sword fighting family because he feels called to be a librarian. A book left letters on his wrist like a bracelet. He runs away from home to seek inform...
  • Melanie Dulaney
    Middle graders will love the mix of magic, good vs evil, trappings of royalty and frequent swordplay of this one. Librarians and teachers will appreciate those characteristics as well as the allusions to book burnings and censorship. With its modest length, this new Sarah Prineas work will appeal to those readers capable of longer novels such as Harry Potter or Girl Who Drank the Moon while not intimidated those with shorter attention spans. Othe...
  • Lee Födi
    I've been a fan of Sarah Prineas since discovering The Magic Thief. In this book, we are introduced to a new fantasy kingdom, where libraries and librarians play an almost mystic role. The primary setting in the novel is a labyrinthine library—and it is simply tantalizing, full of mystery, danger, wonder, and possibility. I really enjoyed the main character of Alex; he possesses a brazen over-confident quality, but is also fallible, making him ...
  • Jennifer Druffel
    Full of fun and adventure, THE LOST BOOKS: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas is a fun, fast-paced read, all ages can enjoy. Full of magical books, dangerous books, and a boy who is ready to handle it all. I enjoyed how the protagonist was trained in sword fighting, but yearned to be a librarian. Little did he know his training would come in handy as he took over the queens dusty, dilapidated, large and mysterious library. A great book for grad...
  • Justice
    HAMILTON REFERENCE SPOTTEDI love this author.I thought this would be the book Sarah Prineas would fail me on. After all, I'm several years older than the target audience, and I hadn't thought too much about it before grabbing it from the bookstore. But nope, I still love this author.This is an excellent story for book lovers- the main character is a swordfighting librarian, books have feelings, and there are magic 'pages,' literally pieces of pap...
  • Amy
    Can’t wait for the rest of the series. For being a short book (at least as far as most fantasy novels go) there was enough character development to really suck me into their stories. I’ll be recommending this to lots of kids.
  • Tracey
    Lots of fun--a young royal Librarian trying to save the books and the kingdom (in that order, because books are the most important). Three young people (no early love triangle here--two are siblings) all beginning to come of age. Helpful pages. Running away. Staying put. Just a lovely fun book!
  • Soleil
    Such a fun read, especially since I was in a library. I'm not sure if it's only a standalone, or a series, but I felt like there was so much more I wanted to know about the LB's and the Librarian. Even just a little more XD
  • Cathleen
    I look forward to the opportunity to review,"The Scroll of Kings" by Sarah Prineas. My kids and I enjoyed reading Sarah Prineas's books "The Magic Thief". They were full of magic and mayhem. And we can't wait to read another book by this author.
  • Jan Blazanin
    Exciting adventure/fantasy with swords, arrows, and flying books. Fun characters, nonstop action, and overall great read for middle schoolers on up!
  • Sharon Buxton
    A. fiction, children's fiction, middle school, fantasy, adventure, librarian, magic, series, (Scroll of Kings, #1)
  • Lisa
    Really great! Wonderfully different! Sarah Prineas is always a good read
  • Natalie
    Loveloveloved this story. Read it in one night then re-read it right away. Can't wait for the next.
  • Deb Tyo
    "Who knew books could be so exciting?"
  • Duckytwit
    I absolutely LOVED this book about the purpose of books and what it means to be a librarian! Truly a must read for EVERYONE.
  • Rajasree
    Loved the snark. All of Sarah Prineas' books are amazing!
  • Jolie
    Absolutely, completely delightful and I want more!!!