Fantasy setting(of course). The first chapter introduces a group of gnomes that have been enslaved and forced to transcribe books from some other world. Things happen, and the entire library's worth of gnomes excluding the main character are killed.
I saw this a little less than a year ago.
Almost certain that either the title, or the main characters's name starts with a B.
Also, the cover is a closeup of the main character's face, and is very red.