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Book: The Librarians and the Pot of Gold (Librarians 3) by Greg Cox
Release Date: October 30th 2018
Tags: Adult / Tv Show Tie-in Novel / The Librarians / Paranormal / Fantasy / Mystery / Ireland / Leprechauns / St. Patricks Day
Trigger Warnings: violence
Other books in this series I reviewed
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase
After quite a thrilling mission the Librarians are relaxing when they are alerted to a new clipping. It tells of the vandalizing of one of Ireland’s old monuments. Time for a trip to Ireland! Once there it is clear this weren’t some kids vandalzing the place. Someone was trying to find something! And how does it tie in with their visitor Bridget who is being haunted by a banshee?
Already the third addition to this tie-in novels to the show The Librarians. In case you don’t know The Librarians tv show is based on the movies The Librarian and its sequels who tell the story of Flynn, the librarian. A librarian who protects the world and make sure priceless artifacts are kept safe. In the tv show he gets three more librarians to help him out.
I was excited to read this. While I am certainly not up to date on the tv show as long as you know the basic concept of the characters and the idea you are quite set to enjoy these books. The book is set up like an episode in the tv show and does not move away from that. It is in a way a strength because what you see is what you get, but I also think it is its downfall. Downfall in the sense that there is little surprise or depth here. There were quite a few scenes where I thought there was room and intention to build on things more from the show character wise but then the author never does. I suppose it is hard to write characters that aren’t your own and that still need to fit in with the show.
The book starts off with another mission that has nothing to do with the plot of the book and felt like it took way too long to wrap up. It took up 50+ pages of a book that isn’t even 300 pages long and it made it feel like the book took forever to start. I thought that was a shame. There could have been more room to flesh out certain elements of the plot. For the most part I enjoyed the plot but there were inconsistencies with history. The fiddle in the 5th century for instance which didn’t exist back then I believe. It is a shame considering the nature of the job of these charactes… I hope that is caught before publication.
The book is set in Ireland for portions of the plot around St. Patricks Day and is heavily influenced by how popular media views the Irish, leprechauns and St. Patricks Day. There were some deviations from that like the role Padric played in the 5th century. I would have liked to have seen more things like that or for a book with this kind of place to focus more in Ireland than it did. It could have created a lovely atmosphere.
Even so for fans of the show this is a quick and nice read in between episodes.