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Seven Libraries Series - Curse of the Black Books - Book 1

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: The Imaginarium


It was fifteenth century Persia, and a twelve-year-old orphan named Alissa received an anonymous invitation to attend a Library opening. The time on the invite was midnight, the location was in the
notorious part of Baghdad called ‘The Street of a Thousand Woes’. Thinking the invite was a mistake she decided to keep her midnight rendezvous to show whoever sent it that they obviously had the
wrong person. However, she was to learn that there was no mistake, and the adventure that followed would change her life for eternity.

Table of Contents

The Library of Gold, Egypt – Fifteenth Century

Submitted: March 31, 2018

  The Dark Author Septus Faulkes was brought into the reception hall of the Library of Gold by Mr Ness, first mate to the Librar... Read Chapter

Baghdad – Ancient Persia

Submitted: March 31, 2018

Some days for the twelve-year-old Alissa never go according to plan. One morning, when she was a few years younger, she was playing dress... Read Chapter

Inside the Library – In Between Time

Submitted: March 31, 2018

Unseen by Alissa as soon as the doors closed behind her the inviting glow from the Library began to shrink back as the candles and torc... Read Chapter

Alissa gets to Know Henry

Submitted: April 01, 2018

  Once Alissa had reached the top of the staircase, Henry opened the door to the Library study. If the reception was sparse ... Read Chapter

Alissa takes a tour of the Library

Submitted: April 02, 2018

Alissa heard the grandfather clock chime nine in the morning through the bedroom wall as she started to stir. She lay in her bed lookin... Read Chapter

The Library Tour Continues

Submitted: April 02, 2018

They then made their way across the reception hall and headed to the small door on the right, Henry opened the door to let Alissa go th... Read Chapter

The East Anglian town of Lynwich –The Next Day

Submitted: April 05, 2018

Henry was trying out a new cloaking device he had invented with the Library’s help to avoid detection from the dark explorers during ... Read Chapter

The Seven Libraries Explained

Submitted: April 14, 2018

“We are one of seven libraries; and each of these libraries has a secret book called a ‘Black Book.’ The story goes, that a long ... Read Chapter

Midnight in the Reception Hall – Library of Secret

Submitted: April 14, 2018

It was going to be a very busy night in the Library. There were going to be a lot of comings and goings and the reception area would re... Read Chapter

Castle Synister – Ten Years Ago

Submitted: April 21, 2018

Everybody has their good days and their bad days, but for the new Librarian at the Library of Sorrow there had never been a good day fr... Read Chapter

Present Day - Library of Sorrow, Castle Synister

Submitted: April 21, 2018

The location for the Library of Sorrow was well suited being in a dungeon. The reception hall had all the trimmings you would expect to... Read Chapter

The Quest for the Black Book Continues

Submitted: April 24, 2018

Paul had never been into the Library all the years he had worked there, and the thought of going down those poorly lit windin... Read Chapter

Into the Crypt

Submitted: April 27, 2018

The journey to the crypt was less arduous than going to find the black book. They both left the small book room and retraced their steps ... Read Chapter

Midnight, Castle Synister 24 Hours Later

Submitted: April 27, 2018

The Library opened as usual that evening and Paul was glad to be back dealing with the dark explorers who did return despite ... Read Chapter

The Night of the Attack

Submitted: April 27, 2018

Dusk was failing and as the last of the days visitors were leaving the castle car park, Gerald Opal appeared in the upper library of Ca... Read Chapter

The Hour of the Attack

Submitted: April 27, 2018

Every Library had a room with six doors that led into the other Libraries. This place was called ‘The Room of Doors’. The thinking ... Read Chapter

Night of the Attack - Library of Secret Pt1

Submitted: April 28, 2018

According to Alissa today was her birthday. She didn't really know when exactly her birthday was because where she grew up, there was n... Read Chapter

Night of the Attack - Library of Secret Pt2

Submitted: April 28, 2018

The Library acted like a taxi service that night picking up book explorers from all different times and places. It was a bigger turn ou... Read Chapter

Night of the Attack – Library of Secret pt3

Submitted: April 28, 2018

All five of them sat around the table in the study each with a cup of hot chocolate in their hands discussing the recent events that ha... Read Chapter

Entrance to the Buoy Library

Submitted: April 28, 2018

The transition between the Library of Secret and the Buoy Library was seamless. It was just like passing from one room to another. Henr... Read Chapter

Attack on the Library of Gold Pt 1

Submitted: April 28, 2018

There are days when you just sit back in your chair look up at the ceiling and think to yourself, well how did I get here. Da’wa the si... Read Chapter

Attack on the Library of Gold Pt 2

Submitted: May 05, 2018

Somewhere in the Library of Gold, a tiny flame could be seen hovering mid-air in a dark room. First going forward then left and then ri... Read Chapter

Attack on the Library of Gold Pt 3

Submitted: May 05, 2018

It was a stroke of good fortune that the two of them, Gatsby and Burke, found their way into the Library. After realising they both had... Read Chapter

Library of Sorrow

Submitted: May 05, 2018

It had been two hours since the dark explorers went in  Gerald stood in the crypt of Castle Synister reading their black book. Sin... Read Chapter

Library of Gold

Submitted: May 06, 2018

Gatsby and Burke thought of first looking for the black book in the place, where it had been last recorded in Mary Salem’s journal. T... Read Chapter

Henry is Taken Prisoner

Submitted: May 06, 2018

Gatsby now stood back in the Library of Sorrow reception hall with the black book tucked under his right arm and Henry Kennings tucked ... Read Chapter

The Attack on The Library of the Silver Screen

Submitted: May 06, 2018

Lucinda Cripps was on her hands and knees looking under the door of the cubicle to see if the toilet was empty. “OK” she said t... Read Chapter

Attempted Attack on the Library of Secret…

Submitted: May 07, 2018

Alissa, Cliff, Marigold and Pam were walking back from the ‘Room of Doors’ after seeing Henry go through to the Buoy Library, when ... Read Chapter

…and the Attempted Attack on the Buoy Library

Submitted: May 20, 2018

Far out in the warm waters of the Caribbean, the good ship ‘Laughing Buoy’ dropped anchor while in the cabin, Captain Forecastle st... Read Chapter

Henry is Missing, The Letter

Submitted: May 20, 2018

It had been six hours since the failed robbery attempt which was the same amount of time that Henry went to see Captain Forecastle. The... Read Chapter

The Ransom Note

Submitted: May 21, 2018

The Ransom Note Alissa was still shaking when she tried to open the seal on the scroll. Marigold took it from her and place... Read Chapter

The Visitation of Captain Forecastle

Submitted: May 27, 2018

Captain Forecastle, sat looking up at the cabin ceiling, “Are you alright Captain?” asked Petitina, “Fine, fine just a bit of... Read Chapter

Alissa and Forecastle meet for the First Time

Submitted: June 17, 2018

Maggie flew ahead circling the reception hall. The Captain was surprised to see no one in the Library. Voices, however, could heard com... Read Chapter

Lucinda Cripps and Susanne Todd Return to Library of Sorrow

Submitted: June 17, 2018

The two women with Marilyn Hayworth made it back to the Library just in time to see the door behind them leading from the Library of th... Read Chapter

Back in the Study of the Library of Secret

Submitted: June 17, 2018

The announcement of Alissa identical twin sister, was a shock wave of cataclysmic proportions. Alan regained consciousness an... Read Chapter

Alissa and Elsa meet Gerald Opal

Submitted: June 17, 2018

The passageway leading from the fireplace down to the emergency door at the end had been lit by the Library with wall mounted... Read Chapter

Alissa learns of her Birth

Submitted: June 18, 2018

Alissa and Elsa turned on their heels and briskly walked back towards the emergency door that would lead back to the Library of Secret.... Read Chapter

Just 24 hours to find the ‘Secret’

Submitted: June 22, 2018

Pam and Elsa were hard at it in the study. They seemed to have managed to get all the books that were in piles on the floor in a logica... Read Chapter

Back to the Library of Gold

Submitted: June 22, 2018

The Library of Gold door was still open from The Library of Secret so the transition would be a smooth one. Alissa packed a few things,... Read Chapter

In Search for the Book of the Dead

Submitted: June 22, 2018

Alissa left the other two looking up at the hieroglyphics, while she went along the rest of the wall satisfying her own curio... Read Chapter

The Sister's Return

Submitted: June 22, 2018

Cliff, Pam and Marigold had made themselves comfortable in the reception hall waiting for Alissa and her sister to return from the Librar... Read Chapter

Return to 'Sorrow'

Submitted: June 22, 2018

The twins stepped through the emergency door into the small cubicle situated in the Library of Secret. It was Elsa this time who typed ... Read Chapter

Books of the Unread

Submitted: June 22, 2018

The door clicked open and Cliff, Pam and Marigold just stayed put in the small booth. Neither of them made any attempt to be the first ... Read Chapter

The Demise of Gerald Opal

Submitted: June 22, 2018

Half an hour before Alissa and Elsa had arrived back in the Library of Sorrow, Gerald Opal was full of apprehension for the reward he w... Read Chapter

Faulkes is Free

Submitted: June 23, 2018

Alissa and Elsa just stared into the centre of the circle unable to believe what they were now seeing. Gerald Opal, this intimidating l... Read Chapter

Fire in he Crypt

Submitted: June 23, 2018

The fire in the crypt had now become beyond anyone's control. Those lifeless black books devoid of their magic were now consumed to the... Read Chapter

The Death of Maggie

Submitted: June 23, 2018

Pam, Cliff and Marigold were oblivious to the fire raging above them in the crypt. Maggie the wisp had led them away from the room that i... Read Chapter

Henry meets his Rescuers

Submitted: June 23, 2018

Alissa and Elsa were now following Paul through the winding narrow passageways beneath the Library. Paul was taking them to where Henry... Read Chapter

Onto the Lake of Fire

Submitted: June 23, 2018

The lake was choppy with all the flaming masonry splashing into it, this made the sail across to the island particularly hazardous. The... Read Chapter

Back to the Library of Gold

Submitted: June 23, 2018

The rest of the journey continued in silence. As they approached the door that would lead them into the room which previously held the ... Read Chapter

Where is Faulkes?

Submitted: June 23, 2018

Not wanting to run into any nasty surprises that Faulkes and his Followers may have waiting for them, Alissa suggested that Da’wa wen... Read Chapter

Four hours ago

Submitted: June 23, 2018

Septus Faulkes came through the Library of Sorrow emergency door into the passageway of the Library of Secret his presence immediately se... Read Chapter

Back to the Present - Da'wa Goes Home

Submitted: June 24, 2018

Midnight in the Himalayas is a very foreboding place. Tonight, however, was different. There was a full moon which reflected off the bril... Read Chapter

Da’wa Returns to the Library

Submitted: June 24, 2018

Da'wa returned to the Library an hour later. Once safely inside, the Library extinguished its torches and moved on. Alissa welcomed... Read Chapter

Where Library Eagles Dare

Submitted: June 24, 2018

Cliff and Paul manged to lure Jones and Cook high up into the mountainous region of the Library. These were where the hard-core enthusi... Read Chapter

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.

Submitted: June 24, 2018

The rows in between the bookshelves were narrow making the Library Eagles pull up out of their dives and with their pray lost, they fle... Read Chapter

And Then they was Two

Submitted: June 24, 2018

Gatsby and Burke’s chair made the decent and soon it was ahead of Marigold and Marilyn but now on the parallel track. Alan come out... Read Chapter

All Stiched Up!

Submitted: June 24, 2018

Petitina, the autotron and Librarian to the Doll Library stood still has she looked Gatsby and Burke up and down. Blinking he... Read Chapter

In Search of Septus Faulkes

Submitted: June 24, 2018

Henry and Pam reached the ‘Ancient Egypt’ category where they found Faulkes abandoned chair. Floating just in front of it was a boo... Read Chapter

Henry and Pam meet Septus Faulkes

Submitted: June 24, 2018

The Library provided Alissa and Elsa with grey hooded cowls so they could blend in with the dark explorers from the Library of Sorrow a... Read Chapter

The New Trail of Septus Faulkes

Submitted: June 24, 2018

Alissa and Elsa kept their heads covered as they moved along the benches to find a space to sit. They squeezed in between a b... Read Chapter

The Trail is Arranged

Submitted: June 24, 2018

Captain Tuppence heard the commotion and turned from talking to the other judges to look behind him. “What is the meaning o... Read Chapter

The Death of Septus Faulkes?

Submitted: June 25, 2018

All four of them, the two soldiers, Henry and Pharaoh Khufu stood well away from Septus Faulkes as he began to bend and twist, forever ... Read Chapter

The 'Big Thank You'

Submitted: June 25, 2018

One or two people was one of Henry’s famous understatements. By the time they reached the balcony the reception hall was filled with ... Read Chapter

Under New Management

Submitted: June 25, 2018

The party was coming to an end when the Library materialised back at Lynwich. Most of the folks were now ready to make their way home. ... Read Chapter

Excerpts from the Journal of Mary Salem

Submitted: June 26, 2018

The thing about official reports is that they bring any future investigation to a control stop. The official report from the Fire Brigade... Read Chapter

Epilogue

Submitted: June 26, 2018

Captain Elijah Tuppence looked around the emptying court room most of the dark explorers had returned to their Library through the ‘Roo... Read Chapter

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