The Invisible Library: The Invisible Library (Book 1)
by Genevieve Cogman
“Irene must be on 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. And 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.”
I did not know anything about the series before buying The Invisible Library, I just liked the name of the book and thought it sounded interesting.
Irene is a librarian for The Invisible Library, a giant library built between different Earths, and she goes into the different Earths looking for certain books. She gets an assistant and a new assignment, which sends them to a chaos-infested ‘steampunk’ London. But nothing is ever simple and the book has been stolen before they even get there.
I think my favourite characters have to be Irene, Kai and Vale. Even though you are not supposed to like Silver or Bradamant, at least to start with, I do actually like them.
I’m sure I cannot pick out one favourite part, there were quite a few parts that a vying for top spot, and most of them are in the second half. There was a bit of a roller coaster that I went on with my emotions; tense, happy, scared, sad, happy, tense and so on. I was hooked from the start, even if it is a different mission, it draws you in.
I did feel that I had worked out several things before we were told them in the book, which was slightly annoying in the fact that the characters did not work it out faster.
The Invisible Library does wrap up for the case, but on a cliffhanger in several regards, which is good as the Invisible Library series continues in The Masked City.
While reading The Invisible Library, I said that it is a librarian finding books in alternate worlds. I would recommend it to anyone, I do not think it is inappropriate for teenagers. 4 out of 5.