The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As a fellow book nerd, you're probably a sucker for any novel that has to do with books or libraries. I'm assuming that anyway. I feel like anyone who goes out of their way to read a blog review about a book is likely on the same reading wavelength as I am. Otherwise you wouldn't be here.
The Invisible Library has, in one book, become my next favorite series. I feel confident in saying this despite the fact that I've not actually read the other books in the series yet. Amazon (good ol Amazon), recommended the fifth book to me, so naturally I had to try and find the first. Luckily, my local library is pretty well stocked in random ebooks and I was able to borrow this one (and soon the next four) relatively quickly.
The Invisible Library is a parallel universe type story. The concept is that there are multiple universes and thousands of books in each. In order to preserve all written word, the Library collects different versions of different books. Or singular copies of whatever books are unique to each world.
The main character is Irene and she is given a mission and a trainee. They are sent in search of a Grimm's Fairy Tales collection in one of the Londons. Naturally, nothing goes well otherwise there would be no plot.
The author weaves such an intricate world together in this novel. First novels in a series can be quite daunting to read. So much world building must occur if you're not going to set your story in modern times. Here we have magic, dragons, werewolves, etc. We have a language specific to the Library itself that follows very specific rules. Add to that the fact that we're coming in to the story in the middle of Irene's life. We're introduced to her backstory a little at a time, all while ensuring that nothing is lost in this web of plot.
I don't want to give away too much on this because there is so much going on. It's not what I would call an edge of your seat type book, but it does a very good job keeping the pace and ensuring that you're never bored. The only books I would know to compare it to would be the City of Dark Magic series. But only in scope.
Highly recommend this book if you like book and magic related adventures.
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