One issue is the three pre-library available Secrets of the Dead books are quite challenging to get: Irazur Tomb, Castle Bluerock, and Mausoleum are not for the low level. Players will typically be get the medallion from Spicing Things Up first and siding with Fritha will cost you -5 Golden Hand rep, so you must avoid that (stash the medallion and leave the quest open for a while) else you'll need to give 2 books to the Golden Hand. And that's why we typically give the medallion to the Golden Hand. It opens up the Grey Library relatively early in the game giving fast access to Explorer Gauntlets and Ring of the Trader. But if you can't bear the thought of making Fritha's life a misery...