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, Fiction, Juvenile

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...
  • Beth
    I really liked this. It's got verve and style and even swagger (maybe a little surprising for a book about books!) - I enjoyed the tone a lot - and while the plot might be a little convoluted and unclear, everything does become clear in the end. This is exactly the sort of series opener I love: it's a stand-alone, but a followup could address the open-ended issues.I need to get back to reading more MG. I miss the way it can evoke books previously...
  • 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...
  • Roslyn
    This was delightful. The plot is a little predictable, perhaps, but everything about it - characters (especially Kenneret!) setting, and in fact the way the plot is resolved- is really charming. I'm looking forward to reading the next (I'm assuming it's a series).
  • 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...
  • Abi
    Wow, this was a great book! It was exciting and funny and intriguing, and all of the characters (except the bad ones, obviously) were very well written. I picked up this book about a month ago, and I'm so glad I finally read it! It was really interesting and easy to read, and I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book. 4.5 stars! Oh, and I absolutely loved everything about the books, of course!
  • Jonna Higgins-Freese
    Read this as a bedtime story and we all liked it and stayed up late the last night to finish. I thought I loved that one of the characters was illiterate, and that that was going to be helpful to a child who isn't a strong reader, but Alex continued to call that character "stupid" after he found out he couldn't read. And no one called him on it. Which is maybe what kids would do. But it didn't, contrary to my hope, help the kiddo who struggles to...
  • Fran
    Wonderful story. I didnt read the first book in this series because the library didn't have it but it wasn't difficult to get into. It's a tell about and uncertain boy who becomes a Librarian's assistant and an insecure girl who becomes queen. Despite an awkward first encounter the two recognize those things they have in common and must defeat an evil uncle and battle evil books. Easily read and fun.
  • Carli
    I wish that I could do six 🌟
  • 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...
  • Stas
    The first thing you need know - Alex is obnoxious. He must truly have some Great Destiny, because I'm not sure how he managed to survive as long as he did. His attitude is ... well, something. That said, he does grow on you - like moss or fungi. Quite an impressive character, really. Dedicated, focused and all about the books. I do wish he would learn to take care of himself a little better.Kennie is awesome and admirable, and as long as she does...
  • 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...
  • Beth Mendelsohn
    Alex, a young apprentice librarian, is trying to learn the secrets of the royal library. His master was killed by, what Alex believes, a dangerous book. The same book also tried to kill Alex. The royal librarian died in a similar manner and Alex soon impersonates his master to get the newly vacated royal librarian position. He discovers that the books are alive and are frightened by the dangerous books -- the ones that killed the previous librari...
  • Sharon Craft Viall
    Alex work as an apprentice to an old librarian. He found him dead. He was holding a book on Vines. The vines from the book wrapped around Alex. Then another Librarian died and then another. The books were killing them off. His old Mister Librarian was call to the palace by the Queen , but Alex came in his stead. The Queen finally makes him the Royal Librarian. Alex has to protect all the books. Alex found out that the book were alive . They were ...
  • Erin
    The Scroll of Kings is an exciting and intriguing read, with likeable characters who are deeper than they first appear on the surface. I like Alex, though he seems to be rather grumpy and quick to anger. He's passionate about what he does, and frustrated that no one else seems to see the importance of it like he does. As the book continues, he learns what his job is all about.And I like Kenneret as well. She definitely grows as a character throu...
  • 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...
  • Aelvana
    Alex loves books, and is determined to be a librarian. No matter what his father wants. But something is killing librarians, and the books are restless. Soon Alex has more to worry about than keeping his job . . .This was a lot of fun. Between books that have their own kind of life, curses that can call out the things inside a book and use them to attack, and a young man who may not have liked the sword but at least knows how to use it, the crazy...
  • Cathleen
    This book had my kids looking at a library, in a whole new way. The author has imagined a fantastic world of books, that can actually be dangerous! The story was one surprise after another. My kids liked how Alex was so determined throughout the whole story. Never giving up his true calling as a librarian. We all loved the slightly scary parts where different books would come alive and try and kill Alex. Whatever the book was about, that was its...
  • 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 ...
  • Jaimie-lee Northey
    Picked this up at the Library on a whim. I needed something different to break a bit of a reading slump and this certainly did it. It's a great middle year read. The over all idea is really interesting and the world building is well done. The characterisation is a strength. The three young protagonists are well-rounded and subtle. There's something for readers to identify with, without leaning on cliches. Even though this is a first book the auth...
  • 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...