Title: The Invisible Library
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Publication Date: Jan 15, 2015
The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!
Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.
Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.
Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.
Just knowing The Invisible Library had to do with a library and books was enough for me to add this to my TBR. This book turned out to be so much than I had in mind. It has all my favourite elements that I like to read about in fantasy; magical creatures, as strong heroine, a hot shifter and alternate realities. I just need to know where I can sign up to become a Librarian! This definitely knocks the stereotypical Librarian right out of the box!
The author in her creative genius, has crafted a world such as I’ve never imagined; it is simply mind-blowing. This world with its alternate realities either strongly chaos oriented or strongly order oriented or any mixture in between is an intriguing eclectic mix of the mundane, the magical and the scientific. I’m in awe of the writer’s imagination and her ability to describe it so that I was able to visualise and lose myself within it.
The mythological elements are so well crafted and the backstories read like facts. Added to beautiful prose and a captivating writing style, The Invisible Library draws you in and doesn’t let you go until you’ve devoured every word.
The Library is a power unto itself, almost an entity, existing in many realities yet remaining neutral. It’s chief purpose is the collection of books and the Librarians are a rare mix of the brave, the stern, the arrogant and the dangerous. Armed with their intellect, linguistic abilities, fighting skills and the Language of the Library, they are a formidable force to be reckoned, if necessary, in their hunt for these precious books.
Irene, the main character is one of the most likable characters I’ve come across in recent times. She is so relatable that I could easily imagine myself as her and understand her thought processes. She is a kick ass, level-headed, intelligent protagonist who rarely cries or whines even though she might be hurting. She is not whimsical but mature and while this might make her seem boring or too good to be true, I felt it worked well in this storyline.
Kai, her partner and Librarian in training, is intriguing, mysterious and adaptable. I can’t wait to find out more about him. He is the perfect counterpart to Irene with his sense of loyalty and honour and belief in order which is part of who he really is.
I loved the mystery surrounding the book and how they go about trying to figure out who, why and how. There are many surprising twists and turns in regards to this which makes for a well-done mystery. There is also plenty of action to satisfy the bloodthirsty (like myself) but not overdone.
Factor in elves, werewolves. dragons , chaos magic, ordered magic, the Library Language and so many other original and creative elements and what you get is a story that compels you to lose yourself int its world and one that is as cliché as its sounds; unputdownable. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it after all! I can’t wait to delve into the sequel, The Masked City, and learn more about the Library Language especially and about Kai because he’s just hot 🙂 I highly recommend this book for everyone who likes fantasy. The Invisible Library is an absolutely and unequivocally, creative, brilliantly written masterpiece. READ IT!
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