The Absolute Book, by Elizabeth Knox

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Taryn Cornick believes that the past--her sister's violent death, and her own ill-conceived revenge--is behind her, and she can get on with her life. She has written a successful book about the things that threaten libraries: insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring . . . but not all of the attention it brings her is good.


A policeman, Jacob Berger, questions her about a cold case. Then there are questions about a fire in the library at her grandparents' house and an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter, as well as threatening phone calls and a mysterious illness. Finally a shadowy young man named Shift appears, forcing Taryn and Jacob toward a reckoning felt in more than one world.


The Absolute Book is epic, action-packed fantasy in which hidden treasures are recovered, wicked things resurface, birds can talk, and dead sisters are a living force. It is a book of journeys and returns, from contemporary England to Auckland, New Zealand; from a magical fairyland to Purgatory. Above all, it is a declaration of love for stories and the ways in which they shape our worlds and create gods out of mortals.




Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking; First US Edition (February 9, 2021)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 640 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593296737

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593296738

Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.8 pounds

Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.3 x 1.9 x 9.3 inches