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    A neat alternative perspective

    I am a huge fan of Jane Madison and her universe, I gobble up all the stories. I was eager to read this story too if not a little hesitant because I have never read one of these other prospective books that seem to be a trend like Twilight told from Edward's perspective or 50 Shades from Christian's etc. I wasn't sure how it would work exactly if a parallel story would feel repetitive but it didn't at all even though it takes place at the same time line as Girl's Guide to Witchcraft (The first Jane Madison book) Mindy Klasky has exceeded my expectations with this story about everyone's favourite warder. We got a fresh new story line that I completely enjoyed as our warder David Montrose tries to help his friend Connor. Seeing things from David's perspective made his character more 3D -not that he was ever 2D-because we got to see the inner workings of his mind and more about his family dynamics. Klasky has definitely set the bar high for me in these alternative perspectives stories. Setting that aspect aside it is still a good read for a newcomer because you wouldn't be lost not having read any Jane Madison stories. I would recommend reading the first Jane Madison book before though because small things would be spoiled if you hadn't read it first.
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    Loved!

    Loved this book! I've enjoyed all the prior books that followed Jane's story from when she first discovered witchcraft and was excited to read David's story. This novel picks up with David prior to when he met Jane and became her warder. While it was always apparent there was more to David than what the prior books shared, I never could have predicted the magical struggles he experienced in this book. If you are a fan of the genre, you will love this book. If you haven't read the prior books, you can easily start with this novel. Once you've fallen in love with the characters, you can then read the story from Jane's point of view. Either way, this is a must read. The author is on my must read authors' list.
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    Story told from David Montrose's POV

    The Library, the Witch and the Warder by Mindy Klasky is the beginning of the Washington Warders series. David Montrose is a warder who has been sidelined courtesy of Haylee James, a witch who did not appreciate David’s by-the-book approach (he likes to follow the rules). For the past three years, he has been working under Norville Pitt as a file clerk. Unfortunately, David made the mistake of pointing out an error his boss made in the hearing of some court officials which resulted in an audit of Pitt’s paperwork. Pitt is a vindictive man who delights in torturing David with unnecessary work and excessive criticism (a petty, nasty little man). A friend reminds David that he needs to be bonded to a witch before Samhain or will be stuck working for the court (Norville Pitt) for another year. Late one night he gets a summons from an artifact that he had catalogued. He arrives to find that Jane Madison has opened the Medieval Compendium and awakened a familiar (on a full-moon night). David finds her entrancing, powerful and unaware of how to work magic. Could Jane be the witch for David? Would he be the right warder for Jane? David is about to fall into bed when his best friend and shifter, Connor Hold calls with an emergency. An important artifact belong to the Washington Pack has been stolen, and Connor needs David’s assistance in retrieving it. David needs to tread carefully, or he could find himself in the middle of a war. David is in for a busy time with his duties as a clerk for Hecate’s Court, helping Connor, keeping an eye on Jane and, mostly importantly, keeping Norville Pitt away from Jane. Will David be found worthy on Samhain by Goddess Hecate to be Jane’s warder? Come along for a magical journey in The Library, the Witch and the Warder. The Library, the Witch and the Warder is David’s story (takes us back to when David met Jane). We get to see his side of events as well as meet his friends, family and enemies (versus Jane Madison’s story in Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft). I found the story to be well-written with entertaining characters (Aidan O’Rourke, Connor Hold, Neko, Linda Hudson). The pace varied throughout at the book. I found it a little slow during the first half of the book, and I was happy to see it pick up later in the story. I did miss the humor that is normally present in Mindy Klasky’s books. We get glimpses of it periodically (mostly in the scenes with Jane and Neko), but I think the book needed a little more (I am probably shocking some of you with this statement). It was interesting to find out more about David Montrose and see how his attitude/behavior changed. I cannot believe everything he had going on at the time he met Jane. You do not have to read the Jane Madison Series, before indulging in The Library, the Witch and the Warder. However, the Jane Madison Series will have you entranced from the first page to the last with many laugh-out-loud moments. My rating for The Library, the Witch and the Warder is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).
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    David is back!

    Although he had originally graduated first in his class from warders' academy, David Montrose's life has definitely taken a downward turn...restricted to file clerk duties after his witch unceremoniously released him from his bond as her warder, and assigned to the despicable Norris Pitt, who looks for any opportunity to make life miserable. But a call from one of his previously catalogued artifacts brings him to Jane Madison and the missing Osgood Collection. Can he again get back into Hecate's favor, by becoming warder to this new and untrained witch? For those readers familiar with Jane, this story goes back to where David and Jane first met, but from the viewpoint of David. What a delightful way to further flesh out David's character and bring an adorable alternate universe feel to the Jane Madison series by adding new adventures for David. I have already downloaded the original "Girl's Guide to Witchcraft" to again read the background story from Jane's viewpoint. I can't wait to read more stories in this new Washington Warders series. Such fun! Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing an advance reading copy of this book.
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    Could not put it down!

    I had forgotten how much fun Mindy Klasky’s books are to read! I got this book and was towards the end of an excellent anthology book. I stopped just to peek at a page or two of the “The Library, the Witch, and the Warder”. Well, that peek turned into me staying up late and finishing the book in one sitting. I loved the book! David is a very charismatic character with much more depth than I had realized. His story drew me in and would not let me go! This is an excellent beginning to the Washington Warder series. You can read this book as a standalone; however, I recommend that you will want to immediately read Jane’s series as well. This book takes place at the same time as “A Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft”, which is told from Jane’s point of view; however, this book is told from David’s point of view and really expands the world and the stories greatly. “The Library, the Witch, and the Warder” expands on the light. paranormal, romantic comedy style that Mindy usually uses and really reaches into the depth of the character and makes us feel his failures, his confusion and his achievements. Your emotions mirror his and you just can’t let go of reading until you know how it all turns out! Prepare to be pulled in and to experience everything. I was given an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to review; however, I would have purchased it if the random number generator had not picked me. Have fun with this book, I did!
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