Bookworm

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218 ratings

Bookworm Publisher's Summary

Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training, but she's very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer - the most powerful magician of them all - is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn't have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the Great Library stuffed inside her head. The knowledge locked away in the Great Library was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of 500 years earlier. Elaine is forced to struggle with the terrors and temptations represented by her newfound knowledge, all the while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears.

But a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Unless she can unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, there is no hope for those she loves, the Golden City, or her entire world.

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  • Book 1

    • Bookworm

    • Bookworm Series, Book 1
    • By: Christopher Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 468
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437

    Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training, but she's very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer - the most powerful magician of them all - is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn't have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she triggers a magical trap....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a decent stand-alone story, no fairy tale ending

    • By Trudy Owens on 07-07-17

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 2

    • Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling

    • By: Christopher Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292

    In the wake of the disastrous attack on the Golden City, Lady Light Spinner has become Grand Sorceress and Elaine, the Bookworm, has been settling into her positions as Head Librarian and Privy Councillor. But any hope of vanishing into her books is negated when a new magician of staggering power appears in the city, one whose abilities seem to defy the known laws of magic.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • fear leads to hate and hate leads to the dark side

    • By Trudy Owens on 01-26-18

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 3

    • Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans

    • Bookworm Series, Book 3
    • By: Christopher Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
    • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211

    Elaine and Johan are preparing to leave Golden City, with Daria and the travelers, in order to search for the Witch-King. The Grand Sorceress instructs Inquisitor Cass to help them. But before Elaine can leave she is arrested by two Inquisitors on the orders of the Emperor. When she resists she is hit with a powerful spell that forces her to concentrate all her efforts on protecting her mind from its intrusion. Taken to the palace she finds that the Grand Sorceress has been removed and the Throne has accepted an heir to the Empire.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narration too slow

    • By Diedra Holley on 11-17-17

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 4

    • Bookworm IV: Full Circle

    • Bookworm Series, Book 4
    • By: Christopher Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    Having escaped from the Golden City, Elaine, Johan, and their friends - including some strange allies with goals of their own - race desperately towards Ida, hiding place of the ancient Witch-King. Behind them, the armies of the new Emperor - a man permanently poised on the verge of madness - give chase, unleashing monsters and spells from the long-buried past on everyone who stands in their way. Ahead of them, the Witch-King waits, biding his time as he prepares for his ascension.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • struggled to finish

    • By David M Rowsey on 11-15-17

    Regular price: $31.49