The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman intrigued me from the synopsis. I love books set in and around libraries and couldn’t wait to see how they would employ spies. Irene is a Librarian for the shadowy Library, an organization that exists outside of normal time and space. Set between dimensions, it collects books that it deems important from these various realms. Irene is sent into a dangerous version of London, complete with clockwork centipedes and marauding werewolves, to find a specific version of Grimms’ Fairy Tales.
So who knew that book collecting is a life or death task? Cogman crafted a tale rich with details and filled with wondrous creations and people. The beginning was a bit jarring to me, as the story almost seemed to pick up right in the middle of a scene. However, as I began to get a grasp on the characters and the settings, I knew why the author began the book in that way. I enjoyed the journey Irene took and wondered right long with her what the end game was. The nuanced setting with zeppelins flying overhead and animatronic beasties skulking about was fantastic. This is a series that has endless possibilities among the varied dimensions and I can’t even imagine where the next in the series will take us.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.