Books are the greatest weapons in the world as they are a source of knowledge and offer new perspectives of life, but mostly because they provide an opportunity for people to think for themselves. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman demonstrates the vital importance of books in a library between a multitude of worlds.
Irene is a junior Librarian tasked with locating and obtaining important, often rare, books for the Library’s collection. Traveling between alternate versions of the world, Irene gets to experience different cultures and technologies, as some worlds are more dependent on magic and others on scientific developments. In her latest task, Irene is given a student to train, the somewhat mysterious Kai, while seeking out a rare Grimms fairy tale book in a chaos-infected alternate London that has both Fae magic and technological prowess. Upon entering this version of London, Irene and Kai learn that the book they’re after has been stolen already. In trying to locate it, they become part of a far larger reaching scheme by a corrupt former Librarian, Alberich.
The idea of a secret library hidden away between alternate worlds is incredibly fascinating and something that I immensely wish we could actually experience. The story was an intriguing combination of a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes, steampunk, supernatural, and fantasy, which even if overwhelming at times in how MUCH was going on, worked fairly well as a whole. The plot of this book, though light and enjoyable, was fairly simple and many of the characters presented were more surface level sketches that could be developed further, and perhaps might be in subsequent installments in this series.
Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.