Book Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library cover

Image from panmacmillan.


The Invisible Library
Lena’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: January 2015
Copy: Bought


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.”panmacmillan


Hnnng, NEW FAVOURITE BOOK! This book is a magical and fun adventure, that will transport you to a completely different world. The story starts out with a sort of Harry Potter feel that then morphs into a Doctor Who (as the publisher wrote) meets Sherlock Holmes type of mystery, with a mysterious Library, books, zeppelins, evil faeries and dragons.

The strong points of this novel were the story and the characters and how their relationships develop. With Irene, Cogman created a practical heroine who is able to think for herself. And like her male companions, she seems to carry one or the other secret with her, which only makes me hope that we will get to see more of everyone’s past in the future books (that I hear there will be *squeal*). Add to that mix a healthy dose of magical creatures and steampunk surroundings, paired with a Sherlock Holmes-like mystery about a vanished book, that various powerful groups of that world seem to be after, and you have yourself an action-packed (not in the exhausting way) adventure.

This book pressed all the right buttons for me and gave me a serious book hangover. I loved the world that Genevieve Cogman created and I cannot wait to learn more about its secrets. The author didn’t give too much away about her universe and made me only more curious about the workings of the Library and what might be found on its endless shelves. I missed this world as soon as I finished and I wanted more! I almost started rereading this novel on the spot but I seldom reread, so I tried to fill the void with another book with dragons. Instead I ordered a copy for my mom as well.

As I already wrote in my January Wrap-Up, if you like Harry Potter you will probably enjoy The Invisible Library as well! And really, I’m trying hard not to make this review all fangirly because that’s what’s really going on in my mind. I loved this book. I want more now. And I’m sure anyone who doesn’t hate fantasy with a passion would enjoy this book as much as I did.

The Invisible Library does not yet have a US publisher but you can order your copy directly from the publisher.

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1)

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