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by Becky C | Aug 11, 2017
Book Review:  The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

In a world of parallel universes, the Library exists in its own space and time, and collects unique books from all realities.  Irene literally grew up in the library and she’s now a junior grade librarian.  She’s accustomed to traveling between universes to retrieve important items.  She’s not accustomed to being sent on missions with students however.  Nothing about this mission is typical:  not the secrecy, not the student partner, not the quarantined alternate London they must infiltrate in order to get the book.

The Invisible LibraryI love this book!!!  I've already read it twice and I purchased my own copy so that I can re-read it whenever I like.  Which I expect to be often, despite the fact that my To Read List is currently 8 pages long.  It's a brilliant beginning to a series.

The story begins as Irene is attempting to retrieve an elusive copy of a famous necromancer's book.  This particular alternate world is filled with magic and she finds herself pursued by the security systems set in place by Prince Mordred's Private Academy for Boys.

"There was no time for her to pause and feel smug, so she ran.  Then the howling started.  It was either hellhounds or teenagers, and she suspected the former."

Irene escapes but that's the last spoiler I'm offering.  It's what happens next that drives the story.  Within minutes of returning to the Library, her supervisor gives Irene a new assignment.  That's unusual in itself.  The lack of detail, the inexperienced trainee she's partnered with, and the urgency are unsettling.  This is one assignment Irene isn't looking forward to.

Steampunk typically isn’t my thing, and there are steampunk elements in this story, but they are simply characteristics of this particular London.  This particular London also features fae, vampires, and werewolves, so it’s definitely a happening place.   While Irene and Kai encounter trouble from a variety of sources, it’s the Chaos that’s the real challenge. Chaos throws all of the rules -- natural, magical, and technological -- out of the window.  Everything tends to work in unexpected ways.

Lots of action, lots of adventure.  Intriguing mysteries.  Interesting characters.  This is simply the most fun book I've read since The Spellman Files.  I’ve also read (and purchased) the next two books in the series, The Masked City and The Burning Page -- LOVE them!!!  The fourth book in this entertaining series, The Lost Plot, comes out January 2018 and guess who has already preordered it? 


Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden.  Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.

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