Monday 8 May 2023

Book Review: The Book That Wouldn't Burn by Mark Lawrence (Fantasy)

Title: The Book That Wouldn't Burn
Author: Mark Lawrence
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: 11 May 2023
Pages: 576
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

All books, no matter their binding, will fall to dust. The stories they carry may last longer. They might outlive the paper, the library, even the language in which they were first written.

The greatest story can reach the stars . . .

Evar has lived his whole life trapped within a vast library, older than empires and larger than cities.

Livira has spent hers in a tiny settlement out on the Dust where nightmares stalk and no one goes.

The world has never noticed them.

That’s about to change.


The Book That Wouldn't Burn was a stunning fantasy novel that is also a homage to books and language. The story wove back and forth between the two protagonists, each of their arcs interesting, and there were plenty of twists and turns along the way, so as a reader you were always kept in suspense. The final reveal took me by surprise and was well planned out. It's a longish work, but it never felt dull, as the pacing was excellent from start to finish. My only minor gripe was a bit of repetition, particularly early on in the story, when information we already knew was repeated once (or at times twice) more. But that's a small complaint in an otherwise excellent book. I am looking forward to reading on in book two to find out what will happen next. It gets 4.5 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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