BOOK REVIEW: The Invisible Library

In The Invisible Library Irene travels between realities to collect books. In her latest assignment however she travels to a world where vampires exist and proves to be her most challenging job yet.

AUTHOR: Genevieve Cogman
PUBLISHER: Pan Macmillan (Tor)
329 pages

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.

Irene works in the library, and not checking in and books – oh no, in Genevieve Cogman’s ‘The Invisible Library’ Irene’s job is to go between different alternative realities taking books deemed to be important.

Her work is normally easy, get in and get back out again, but this is about to change when she is sent off on her latest assignment to an alternative London that is under quarantine due to being chaos infected – where the laws of nature have gone a bit haywire causing the existence of magic and fictional creatures, in this case vampires. Add in a number of deaths leading to the book and her new assistant Kai who seems to be hiding something, and Irene will have to have all her wits about her not only to service but to protect all of reality too.

The premise of this book sounded very cool to me and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from very early on and all the way until the very last page. As a person who herself loves books, the idea of there being a library that sends people to alternative realities to collect books they deem important really resonated with me.

The characters of Irene and Kai are very well written and formed, and I thought the way that we slowly learn about Kai and his secret was done well and without being drawn out and annoying. The plot was well thought out and moves at a very good pace never becoming too slow. The conclusion was handled well- a satisfying ending but a few loose ends left ready for the sequel.

I really enjoyed this novel, and look forward to reading the sequel when it comes out.

An original and fun book, check it out now.

Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: darkphoenix1701

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