How to Borrow a Book from a Dragon (Part 1)

How to Borrow a Book from a Dragon (Part 1)

If you’re willing, and I mean very willing, I’d like you to help me retrieve a book from the library. I say retrieve because it’s unwise to borrow. Dragons immediately sense when a book is removed, and their reaction is, well, less than favorable. I must here repeat the cardinal rule of the library: Never, ever, ever take a book home.   Several difficulties lie ahead of us, but I’ll only mention two, the rest you can learn by experience. First, we’re headed into the most populated area of the library: the fiction section (where all human history is shelved). Second, the books are dragon-size; you could host a dinner party on one if it was lying open. What does this mean? It means retrieving

A Librarian Introduces Herself

A Librarian Introduces Herself

I am not the first human to hold the position. You should know this before I tell you anything else. The Durian Archives record a genealogy of librarians stretching back before the time of King Solomon. You mustn’t misunderstand this curious family tree; librarians are not related by blood, but by three common cords: an enduring passion for books, the will to keep great secrets, and a keen instinct for predicting the behavior of dragons. We have been, and always will be, those that guard the Spiral Staircase between two worlds—worlds that deny each other’s existence. Hello, my name is Madame Lobelia. I was eighteen when I applied for apprenticeship at the library and thirty when I took my oath as Head Librarian. It’s been eleven years since. This