TITLE: Bookburners: The Complete Season One
PUBLISHER: Serial Box Publishing
RELEASE DATE: 2 May 2016
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Magic is real, and hungry. It’s trapped in ancient texts and artefacts, and only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. She joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad—Team three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum—and together they stand between humanity and the magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.
Bookburners is an episodic serial presented by Serial Box Publishing. This collected omnibus edition gathers all 16 episodes from Season 1.
Sal Brooks would have described herself in a police report as early thirties, female, brown hair, five nine, exhausted, borderline breakdown case, shaking hands, haunted eyes. The she’d have deleted everything after ‘nine’ and continued with the details of the incident. In this case: Forensic analysis of the museum theft yielded an Astoria address. Arriving on the scene with warrant in hand, Detective Collins and I were fired upon from the window by a white male, late forties. After a brief exchange of fire, Detective Collins forced the door. Behind the door –
WHAT I THOUGHT
Bookburners is a treat to read. Who doesn’t love a little demon hunting? Bookburners reminded me of one of my favourite TV shows – Warehouse 13. I loved the mythology of the series. The characters are all a bit crazy but fascinating and as flawed as to be expected. I was a bit worried about different writers working on each episode in case this created continuity errors or the tone and style was different but this was never an issue. The different writers work well together and the storytelling was seamless. I felt like I took an unusually long time to read the first season and think Bookburners would have been better reading the series every week instead of in a huge chunk. I absolutely loved the first season of Bookburners and look forward to season two.