Review – The Last Heir to Blackwood Library

Posted May 12, 2023 by Nicky in Reviews / 1 Comment

Cover of The Last Heir to Blackwood Library by Hester FoxThe Last Heir to Blackwood Library, Hester Fox

A book about a mysterious library — it might as well come stamped with “Nicky, buy me!”.

The book starts when Ivy inherits Blackwood Abbey, a mysterious and isolated stately home that she had no idea she was the heir to. Without knowing much about the area, or what her new role might be, she travels with hope to take up her position as the new Lady Hayworth. Mysterious things begin to happen as soon as she arrives in the place, but she’s reassured when she finds the library, hoping to find her solace and excitement there.

I’ll try not to say too much, for fear of spoiling the surprise. Suffice it to say: the library isn’t a particularly ordinary library, and Ivy’s role as Lady Hayworth is nothing like she imagined.

For the most part, I enjoyed reading this, but it had a few weaknesses. The main one is difficult to get to grips with, given the plot: a particular character has to both experience things and then totally forget about them, and the book deals unevenly with showing that to the reader. Certain events are never described, and yet the relationship/character-building within those scenes would be essential to really feel satisfied by the ending, to my mind — while it would give the game away too soon to include them. It made certain things feel a bit rushed.

Still, I did enjoy this, and the “click” as certain things came together.

Rating: 3/5

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