I know what you’re thinking…

…”more fantansy, Elise, REALLY”

“Well of course,” would be my response. Always living in the real world gets boring after a while, so I love to escape for a few hours at a time into worlds of magic and mystery.

Anyway, this story starts about six years ago when I was wandering around a book store, in the fantasy section mostly, to kill some time. I stumbled upon an author I had never heard of before, Mel Odom. The only copy the store had of The Rover was mine for only $7.50.

As a librarian at the Vault of All Known Knowledge, Edgewick (Wick) Lamplighter didn’t seem a likely hero, but I thought I would give him a chance. The same chance I had given other small heroes like Bilbo and Frodo.

Wick’s adventures ranged all over the map. He went from being captured by genuinely nice pirate dwarfs, to being sold in to slavery by Goblins, and then being sprung from his slaver’s collar by a band of thieves.  The tenacious Dweller (for he isn’t a hobbit, that would be plagiarism) survives all sorts of mishaps and discovers he really is as brave as any hero is the stories he use to read at the Vault.

I liked the book so much I mounted a search for other books written by Obom. My efforts were unsuccessful and eventually I gave up. I had almost completely forgotten little Wick until I ran across him again today. While re-shelving a few stray books I saw a familiar looking book spine. Upon closer inspection, I discovered not only did GRPL have The Rover, but we also have the rest of the series!!! Three more books that continue the adventures of Wick and his friends.

I haven’t started the next book yet, but I have it checked out and plan to being ASAP. I will update via comments as I finish each one.

Check out The Rover, The Destruction of the Books, Lord of the Libraries, The Quest for the Trilogy, and other Obom titles in the Science Fiction section at Main. (Warning: you may have to arm wrestle me for them!)

One Response to “I know what you’re thinking…”

  1. February 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm #


    I have now finished The Destruction of the Books and Lord of the Libraries.

    Both were good reads and I would recomend them to anyone who liked The Rover!

    Wick does take a backseat role but the new main character, Juhg, is just as interesting.