About The Book of Secrets

Helena Davies just wants a job that will get her out of her parents’ basement. Abernathy’s Bookstore is disorganized, out of the way, and smells funny, but it pays well and promises to at least be interesting. She has no idea how interesting her life will become. By the end of the first day, Helena has a dead boss in the basement, an unexpected promotion, and the news that she is now a part of an endless war against creatures from another reality.

As Abernathy’s newest custodian, Helena is responsible for its secrets, including the most important one: Abernathy’s isn’t just a bookstore. It’s the world’s only living oracle, producing prophecies to help fight the war against alien invaders bent on draining this world of its magic. Helena’s job is to find books to answer questions put to the oracle by the Wardens, fighters in the Long War. It seems simple enough, but Helena’s new job is anything but.

She has allies: her best friend Viv, from whom she has no secrets; Harry and Harriet Keller, elderly magi skilled at uncovering secrets; and the enigmatic Malcolm Campbell, warrior magus and one of the few who have faith in Helena’s abilities. But not everyone is thrilled that an outsider now has charge of one of the world’s most powerful magical entities. Helena must defend herself against the antagonism of Judy Rasmussen, who’d expected to be the next custodian of Abernathy’s, and her father William, powerful leader of the Wardens and someone with an agenda of his own.

Without training, without any knowledge of the magical world, and facing the hostility of those who’d wanted someone else to be Abernathy’s custodian, Helena must navigate the treacherous waters of her new world and find a place for herself within it. But there’s still a murderer on the loose, someone who intended to control Abernathy’s by killing its custodian—and Helena might be next on his list.

Reviews for The Book of Secrets

This book basically describes what i wish would happen anytime i encounter an old bookstore. The owner mysteriously dies and Helena a plain muggle with no magical knowledge inherits the magical book store she just got hired to work in. Wow i devoured and adored this book. I am huge fan of series like the invisible library, story thieves and the great library series. This one was the perfect answer to a reading slump very well done and eager to read more of this series.

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McShane fuses classic elements of urban fantasy with innovative and visceral nuances to create a fresh and engaging world.

Abernathy’s Bookstore is dark, is cramped, has no detectable shelving system, and smells odd; but it pays better than other entry level jobs and promises to be more interesting. So, when the proprietor asks Helena Davies if she can start immediately, she doesn’t have to think hard. Unfortunately, her boss is murdered a couple of hours later and, before she can decide what to do, a mysterious—and rather handsome—customer reveals that the shop is actually a key location in the city’s magical [...]

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Melissa McShane writes stories that really make it hard to put down my Kindle. This one follows a girl (and she felt like a girl) who inherits a magic bookstore that introduces her to a magical world. Throughout the book she has to deal with creatures trying to kill her and deciding whether she really wants to work in the bookstore. The magic world was interesting but there were times when there was too much information thrown at me. I liked most of the characters except her best friend Viv. She was too immature and made the main character too [...]

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The Book of Secrets is the first book in a new series by Melissa McShane. Though the author's more widely known as a historical fantasy writer, this new series is a departure, since it's more of a light urban fantasy with cozy mystery. The protagonist is a hapless 21 year old who lands a job at an antiquarian bookshop and is thrust into an unknown world when her boss gets murdered whilst she's on the premises and she begins to find out that the bookstore is emphatically not your average bookstore.

I especially enjoyed the characters in the book as [...]

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