First of all, there's the way the book is structured. When the story opened with Flynn's adventures a decade ago, I figured it would just be a fun sort of prologue, before we got into the main story. I've never been so happy to be wrong. This is both a Librarian story (with Flynn, Charlene, Judson, and Excalibur getting half the page count) and a Librarians story (with Colonel Baird, Stone, Cassandra, Ezekiel Jones, and Jenkins getting the other half). That means we get that old-school Indiana Jones adventure of Noah Wyle's original 3 TV movies, and the contemporary urban fantasy thrills that's about to enter season 3. What more could you ask for?
Second, there's the fact that Cox absolutely nails the characters and the tone. This doesn't just feel like an adapted script, it actually reads like an episode of the series. All the little personality quirks and voices are there - especially with Flynn and Ezekiel Jones - and the narrative races along with all the right twists and turns. There are a lot of TV tie-ins that seem to rely on the reader to bring some of that personality with them, but Cox tackles the story like a fan himself, and it works exceptionally well.
Finally, and this is why we like to read as well as watch, The Librarians and The Lost Lamp is like a big screen adaptation, complete with a big screen budget. Cox can pack an entire season of settings into one story, taking us from the heights of a Las Vegas penthouse to the depths of Aladdin's cave, along with a full season of special effects, with flying carpets, genies, ghouls, gunfights, and more. It feels like a big story, and when Jenkins offers his usually dire warnings about the fate of the world . . . well, they seem to carry a tad more weight here. What's more, those warnings set up a pretty big climax that is simply, but wonderfully, resolved.
Bring on The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase. April can't get here soon enough!
Paperback, 286 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Tor Books
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.