Book Review: The Invisible Library

Book Review: The Invisible LibraryThe Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #1
Published by Tor UK on January 15th 2015
Pages: 329

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.


The Invisible Library is probably going to be my favorite book of the year. It certainly is so far. Irene works for “The Library” as a librarian, spy, and someone who travels to different alternate worlds. Usually the mission involves recovering a book. Irene enters a version of London that has a steampunk feel with magic and supernatural creatures.

Although she prefers working alone, she given an assistant named Kai who is more than what he seems. I absolutely loved Kai and Irene in this first introduction to what I hope will be a long series. I’ll be seeking out the other two books soon. Full of danger and intrigue, Irene finds herself uncovering information about a secret society, clues to the book she is to uncover and secrets unraveling around her.

I fell into this world and didn’t want to leave. I do hope there’s more romance in the next few books. I like how strong Irene is on her own, but I was hoping for something between her and Kai. He did make an attempt, but she was all business. Probably the only let down for me in the whole book.


A fantastic start to a new series that I’m looking forward to dive into more.


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