Title: The Invisible Library
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Published by: Tor UK
Publication date: 15th January 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy fiction, Steampunk, Mystery
When I first came across this book, I thought it was a very unique concept. I mean, can you imagine a secret alliance of librarians who travel to parallel universes to find (and if necessary, steal) unique books and manuscripts?
One of these librarian spies, Irene, is paired with a new and peculiar assistant, Kai, and when they’re sent to an alternate dimension for a revised manuscript, they find it’s already been taken by somebody else, leaving behind a murder investigation. They’re immediately on the hunt to find the culprit and also figure out what’s causing so many rifts in the magic of their current dimension.
I’m happy to say that this book lived up to my expectations. It wasn’t flashy, as many YA adventure/mystery books are. The world building was fantastic and Cogman easily manipulated my feelings for all of the characters just the way she wanted to. I imagine Irene was in her twenties but really, I found it pretty impossible to gauge the ages of any of the characters (time works differently in the library, anyway). The dialogue is a little old fashioned, but I think that was a nice addition to the story. I would definitely recommend The Invisible Library, especially to fellow bibliophiles who can relate to wanting to dedicate their lives to finding and restoring uncommon books.