The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Posted June 14, 2016 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Invisible Library by  Genevieve CogmanThe Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #1
Published by Roc on June 14, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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...


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I love books of every type and nearly every format. I love libraries and the way they smell. There is a sense of comfort and happiness every time I visit one. So a book called The Invisible Library is a natural choice.

The setting feels Victorian but science fiction. I wouldn’t call it steampunk, more like fantasy. The world building is rather complex and feels a bit slow. Or maybe I was just slow to grasp it. I had trouble getting going but at about 25% in, finally it took hold.  There is very little humor or romance but lots of action.

This is primarily a sort of mystery.  Part of it is solved by the end with the larger world questions remaining for the rest of the series. The characters have captured me now. I appreciate the intelligence and courage of Irene and her allies.

There are at least 2 more books. The next one has already been published in the UK; the third looks like it will release everywhere at the same time.


The Invisible Library series



The Masked City
Sep 6 2016
The Burning Page
Dec 15 2016




About Genevieve Cogman

Genevieve Cogman got started on Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes at an early age, and has never looked back. But on a perhaps more prosaic note, she has an MSC in Statistics with Medical Applications and has wielded this in an assortment of jobs: clinical coder, data analyst and classifications specialist. Although The Invisible Library is her debut novel, she has also previously worked as a freelance roleplaying game writer. Genevieve Cogman’s hobbies include patchwork, beading, knitting and gaming, and she lives in the north of England.

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Posted June 14, 2016 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

4 responses to “The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

    • It is very different. And I like that in a book. Now that I’m into it and the characters, I’m very excited for more. It even has dragons! Anne

  1. I’ve already added this one to my wish list. It certainly sounds wonderful! Almost anything about books makes me want to read it. It’s good to know that it can take some time getting into the story.