Review: The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1)

Title: The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1)
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Tor
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: January 15, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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…


This story was a lot of fun. It begins right in the middle of the action, with Irene on a mission to get a book for the Library. It took a while for me to get into it because I had no idea what was happening in the first chapter. Now, looking back on it, I understand it, but it was a little confusing at first.

The Library is a dream place for book lovers. The librarians find books and bring them back to the Library so they have every original and unique copy of every book. They travel to alternate universes to find alternate copies of books. The one that Irene has to find in this book is a unique copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Once I got into this book, I loved it. The ending was so good, it made me want to start on the next book right away! I can’t wait to see what happens next.

What to read next:

The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde

Have you read The Invisible Library? What did you think of it?

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