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The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel) (edition 2016)

by Genevieve Cogman (Author)

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Member:kmartin802
Title:The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel)
Authors:Genevieve Cogman (Author)
Info:Roc (2016), Edition: 1st Printing, 352 pages
Collections:Your library, 2016
Rating:*****
Tags:Fantasy, Time Travel

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

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This was a fun, engaging fantasy that hit my heart because its main character is a librarian. Her career path is much more exciting than mine though. I've never been sent to an alternate Earth with a dragon as my assistant in order to retrieve a particular book. Irene is up for the challenge. Only, when she and Kai arrive, they find that the book has already been stolen and many, many people are looking for it.

Between trying to find the book, dodging the evil librarian who wants to pervert the purpose of the library, dealing with a jealous rival, working with this alternate world's great detective and dealing with steampunk gadgets loosed by another set of villains, Irene is kept busy and we readers are kept entertained.

Luckily, this book is the first of a series because I am eager to follow Irene on further adventures. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jun 16, 2017 |
Irene is a Librarian who retrieves valuable books from alternate Earths. Her tasks are usually routine, but this assignment is dangerous. Her adventures with her student Kai in an Earth with Fae, chaos, zeppelins, and a rogue Librarian are VERY dangerous! ( )
  EvaW | Jun 9, 2017 |
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  tifhayes | May 22, 2017 |
"Irene felt a desperate surge of nostalgia for her Library. Her life was more than just airship chases, cyborg alligator attacks, and hanging out with this alternate universe's nearest analogue to Sherlock Holmes. She was a Librarian, and the deepest, most fundamental part of her life involved a love of books. Right now, she wanted nothing more than to shut the rest of the world out, and have nothing to worry about, except the next page of whatever she was reading."

This book is everything I've ever wanted. A strong Sherlock Holmes vibe but with a fantastic and literary bent. Great detective hijinks, librarian spies, a secret book collecting order, bewitching dragons, cyborg alligators, zeppelins, alternate realities... The Invisible Library was an absolute riot, a rollicking steam punk adventure.

Irene is a Librarian. As a spy for the Library, she travels between realities on secret missions to retrieve rare books and spirit them back to the Library for safekeeping. Sent to a Victorian London rife with the chaos of vampires, werewolves, Fae, and cyborg monsters, Irene's one mission, with the help of her charming but enigmatic new assistant Kai, is to retrieve a highly coveted edition of the Brothers Grimm collection of fairy tales. But this version of London is much more chaotic than they were expecting. Hurtled into an explosive drama, the hunt for this text is constant havoc, as they join forces with a legendary detective and bring down upon themselves the wrath of several devious and dangerous organizations.

Irene is crafty and witty, and The Invisible Library a constant adventure with ridiculous plot twists and fascinating new characters at every turn. It was as clever and absurd as it was satisfying and nothing short of the perfect steam punk detective story. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
Not only is this very good, it is *surprisingly* good. The book begins with a short acknowledgement paragraph that gushes like a "wow, golly, I wrote a book," and repeatedly calls all her friends "awesome." This Valley Girl effusiveness sets one up with low expectations, but turns out to be in stark contrast to the quality of story telling to come. There are other book series about secret libraries; perhaps only the Shadow of the Wind books are better. ( )
  dono421846 | Apr 27, 2017 |
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Thank you to everyone who helped with this book. Thank you to my agent, Lucienne Diver, who is awesome and whom I still can't quite believe I got as an agent, and my editor, Bella Pagan, who is fantastic and turned this into a much better book than it was originally.

Thank you to all my readers, supporters, and friends, including but not limited to Beth, Jeanne, April, Anne, Phyllis, Nora, Walter, Em, Jennifer, Stuart, Elaine, Lisa, Hazel, and Noelle. You are all cool and awesome.

And thank you, now and always, to my parents.
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Irene passed the mop across the stone floor in smooth, careful strokes, idly admiring the gleam of wet flagstones in the lantern-light.
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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.-- Provided by publisher.
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These Librarians
not only acquire books
but also kick ass!
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