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The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel) (original 2014; edition 2016)

by Genevieve Cogman (Author)

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Title:The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel)
Authors:Genevieve Cogman (Author)
Info:Ace (2016), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (2014)

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Loved the worldbuilding. Enjoyable adventure story. ( )
  macthekat82 | Sep 25, 2018 |
This book began in a fantasy setting, with Irene the Librarian there to steal an important book. When she succeeds, she returns to the Library out of place and time. Her next assignment takes her to another alternate world, this time a steampunk London with vampires and its very own Great Detective. I was charmed by this book and by the Librarians and their mission to collect and protect all the books.

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And at that moment the alligators burst into the room. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
Irene's life as a Librarian has rarely been quiet or sedate as she travels to alternate universes to collect books relevant to the research of other Librarians or of such vital importance to their world that they need to be preserved in the Library. When Irene and her brand new apprentice, Kai, are assigned to retrieve a collection of Grimm's fairy tales from a universe with a high chaos infestation (Fae, vampires, werewolves, and zeppelins are just the beginning of the oddities of this particular universe) she is less than enthused. When all hell breaks loose and a rogue Librarian surfaces, she begins to wonder why the Library really needs this particular book.

Such a fun fantasy universe. With elements of steampunk, urban fantasy, and a dash of good old-fashion bibliophilia, this book has endless appeal for readers who like an action packed but also mildly ridiculous fantasy novel. I enjoyed absolutely every second of this book and I look forward to my further encounters with Irene, Kai, and company in the future installments. ( )
  MickyFine | Jul 4, 2018 |
(First of 5?: Invisible Library series. Fantasy/ alternative worlds)

Intriguing premise of alternate worlds connected via the Library.

What if alternative universes do exist? And each alternative Earth differs by how much it runs on magic and/ or technology and all points between. So what would link the different versions? Well, their unique literature which the Invisible Library collects and which thereby strengthens the worlds' links to the Library.

The Invisible Library "... wasn't about a higher mission to save worlds.It was about finding unique works of fiction, and saving them in a place outside of time and space. ... And if there were rumours that the Library did have a deeper purpose - well ..."

Irene is sealed to the Library and, while she would love nothing better than to get lost in her favourite books or pursue her research, as a junior Librarian she is periodically sent out on missions to acquire books from alternative universes. We first meet her as she is about to complete one such mission.

When she returns to the Library, instead of getting a well-earned break, she is sent out on another mission, this time with an intern called Kai in tow. They travel to an alternative London which corresponds to Victorian times but where Fae, vampires and werewolves as well as airships and a Holmesian detective (known as Lord Vale in this incarnation) are part of everyday life. Suddenly, what should have been a simple extraction turns into something more dangerous as the book is missing and a rogue Librarian (not to mention cyborg alligators) enters the mix.

I quite enjoyed this romp through an alternative London, chaos-touched though it may be. This is the first book in the series, with the ending hinting at further adventures - which I am planning to go on. I am reliably informed that the series gets better as it goes along.

4**** ( )
  humouress | Jun 28, 2018 |
I romped through this one so fast that it never made it up top in the "currently reading" category. I do love the intrepid librarian/bibliophile trope in fantasy and this is a sterling addition to the sub-genre. Irene is sent out to an alternate world on assignment to find and bring back a special edition, unique to this world, of Grimm's Fairy Tales. She's given an unwanted assistant, not the least of whose offences is that he is attractive and competent and seemingly devoted to her. Of course, complications ensue, a very bad baddie, fae--who cause chaos and dragons--who impose order and humans with their Library culled from the many alternate worlds in between. It's fun.**** ( )
  sibyx | May 22, 2018 |
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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.
Somewhere amidst the confusion he (Vale) had found time to rearrange his books, after the disorder Irene had inflicted on them, and neat piles of half-sorted literature sat around his chair like patient children.
Kai sipped his own tea (no milk, no sugar, black and brooding) and watched the two of them.
But the physical world wasn't shaken by a dragon's roar. Reality itself trembled.
Kai frowned and offered her his arm Maybe he really thought she was that badly injured. Or possibly possessiveness was a characteristic of draconian affection. They were supposed to be hoarders, after all. Not so different from Librarians.
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"As a Librarian, Irene spends her time traveling between worlds and acquiring books of power. When her supervisor pairs her with new recruit Kai and gives them orders to retrieve a Grimm manuscript from an alternate 19th-century London located in a "chaos-infested" world -- well, basically, anything can happen (and does)." - NoveList Plus description by Gillian Speace.
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These Librarians
not only acquire books
but also kick ass!

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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.."--… (more)

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