The Invisible Library

The Invisible Library

Book - 2016
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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...

FEATURING BONUS MATERIAL: including an interview with the author, a legend from the Library, and more!
Publisher: New York City : ROC, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101988640
Branch Call Number: FANTASY COGMAN G
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 21 cm.


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Oct 24, 2017

This book, and its sequels, is composed of many parts that appeal to me: librarians, hidden libraries, secret societies, multiverses, time/space travel, strong female lead (in fact, it skirted dangerously close to the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde). I wanted to love it, but the writing just wasn't there. As noted by others, the pace and amount of detail were too frenetic and overwhelming. Also, I kept getting taken out of the story by lapses in logic. During conversations, Irene, the protagonist, would react to things that didn't seem to me to have been said. I couldn't follow her leaps of assumption (emotion? intuition?), and every time, I broke out of the action and puzzled over it. By the end of the book, I was grudgingly interested in the sequel, but it felt like an obligation to follow the story and not engagement in how the characters evolve. I do hope the inconsistencies smooth out in future books, because the story holds promise.

Sep 28, 2017

I discovered this author with book 3 and have returned to the first to learn the background. I agree with others that the plot isn't as tight in this first book, but hold in there because the third is a whammy and the pen is polished! A magical world with life and death danger and destruction like Harry Potter, but totally literary. The possibilities are endless and the alternate worlds and importance of books to different cultures and time periods is fascinating. I have book #2 on my next to read list, and am looking forward to more from this author.

Jul 17, 2017

First title in the "Invisible Library" trilogy.

AL_JENNY Jul 13, 2017

Irene and Kai work for a mysterious library that collects fiction across dimensions. While in pursuit of an obscure work of fairy tales they encounter a detective akin to Sherlock Holmes as well as an assortment of supernatural creatures. The first in a series, this adventure story is a lot of fun!

EBWelch Mar 16, 2017

I was pulled in at the beginning by Irene's fast-paced escape; however, I quickly got bogged down in too much detail. I couldn't help feeling like I was reading an unedited script of The Librarian. Hardcore SciFi fans may love it, though.

ehbooklover Mar 13, 2017

3.5 stars. If I wanted a quick way to describe this book, it would likely be "Harry Potter-ish". I really liked the strong female protagonist and the eccentric cast of supporting characters. The bibliocentric concept was really fun (the author's love of books and Sherlock Holmes was obvious). Finally, the action came fast and furious. In fact, it was such a page-turner that I actually felt exhausted by the time I finished the last page. This was great escapist fiction. I have already put myself on hold for the next title in the series.

Mar 11, 2017

The combination of alternate realities and literary pursuits in this book is like Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere combined with Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series and a bit of steampunk. Cogman tries to throw too much together here, but that can probably be excused for a first foray into this universe. She gives prominence to strong female characters without using weak male characters as foils, unlike those found in most of CJ Cherryh's novels. This series shows promise. You might also like Rachel Caine's novel Ink And Bone.

laurengail Feb 13, 2017

I didn't love this. I agree with other readers who have commented that the author threw in everything including the kitchen sink and the pace and story suffered for it. However, if you are a lover of mysteries and have been wanting to branch out into SciFi and Fantasy, this is totally the book for you! It also has a strong female lead.

Dec 07, 2016

Irene is an engaging heroine/narrator and the author's concept interesting. Like much in the world of steampunk literature, however, the over-complication of everything (plot, number of characters, narrow escapes, etc.) pushes the pace past fast and into Frantic. Hope this author learns to control the pace - I'd be willing to come back and try again.

Oct 06, 2016

I love the premise of this story, but I didn't love the writing. Overall, I was disappointed with this book and have no plans to read the next in the series.

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