The Invisible Library – the saga begins
Irene, a spy-librarian and procurer of rare manuscripts for an inter-dimensional library, is sent on a mission in alternate-reality London to retrieve a unique copy of Grimm’s fairy-tales. She is strong, independent, and comes from a biological lineage of librarians. The mission is complicated by the addition of a new, mysterious apprentice (Kai) and a rogue, skin-stealing librarian hell-bent on getting the book before the library does.
As a librarian, I am pretty much pre-destined to gravitate to anything about a magical library. This is no exception. I really enjoyed falling into this world and stretching my imagination with alternate realities!
Cogman spends a great deal of time world-building, and frankly, it took me until half-way through the book before I was hooked. However, once there, I was able to delve into the story with gusto. Infused with magic, steampunk, and political intrigue, there is something here for everyone. There is even room for potential romance(?) in future books (coming out this fall)! Not going to lie, though there is no romance in this installment, Kai is kinda hunky, and a girl can hope. If you happen to be a UK reader, the next installment is already available.
Most of the story focuses on the mystery of finding the book, Sherlock Holmes style, and I suppose it speaks well that I am interested to know more about the library and political machinations as they relate to different worlds. The characters have history and depth, but I didn’t feel connected to them as I would have liked until the very end. Definitely worth a read…looking forward to the next installment. Pick up The Invisible Library or visit Genevieve Cogman to see what the future holds for Irene, Kai, and the Library.