Series: The Invisible Library #1
Published by Roc on June 14, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
Sexual Content: References to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.
One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction...
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen.
London's underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.
Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself...
THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY was nothing like what I expected it to be. Fun and quirky, Cogman has created an interesting universe full of drama and excitement. With multiple alternate worlds, book-stealing spies, and dragons, there's really something here for everyone!
THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY stars Irene and Kai, a Librarian and studying to be Librarian, who are sent to an alternate London with vampires, werewolves, and a very steampunk feel to steal a book of Grimm's fairy tales. Needless to say, this isn't an easy operation. There's a detective story feel to it, what with the mystery of the missing book, and Irene and Kai almost immediately meet a private investigator who they work with.
I really enjoyed Irene and Kai, and their interactions with the people around them. Kai especially is fun to decipher, and I never would have guessed the twist that came with his storyline. Irene is interesting, but one thing that bothered me was the fact that it seemed that sometimes she was having certain revelations about the Library for the first time. Since she grew up around the Library and has been working for it for a while, I would have hoped she'd already have had some of the thoughts she had in this book. But she did grow and learn, so that was satisfying to watch.
THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY really is a book that encompasses multiple genres (mystery, urban fantasy, steampunk) and is a very enjoyable read. There's lots of twists and turns, and the world-building is very well done. I recommend this one to anybody who likes a good action-packed romp that revolves around books!Series Titles:
- The Invisible Library
- The Masked City
- The Burning Page