November 20, 2017 by TinyNavajo
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
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I love libraries, I love dragons, I love books, I love languages, and I love magic! This is such a wonderful amalgamation of all the things I love and I can’t wait to keep reading this series. I actually need to own this series for my own library! Now, onto the review!
The Invisible Library starts out with our main character Irene “taking” a book for The Library, her place of employment, the hub for the many worlds, where they collection important works of fiction that could influence different worlds and the worlds where these books come from. Not usually the best introduction, but for those of us who collect books and see the point of view that “saving books” is of utmost importance, this is a great introduction.
For her next mission, Irene is sent to a different form of London in order to find a very specific version of Grimm’s fairytales. An assistant by the name of Kai is also fobbed onto her, to her reluctance. In this version of London, there is extreme chaos energy and the book they are to retrieve has already been stolen…lovely. As Irene and Kai struggle to find out where the book has walked off to, how to find it, and who they can trust in this version of London, things start to go wrong, especially once an infamous Librarian proves to be more than legend and seeks the book as well.
As Irene, Kai, and the friends they’ve made this in world chase after the book, all while trying to figure why everyone else wants the book. Irene just wants to do her job…and everyone else making it harder and harder to do. But she must do this, she must retrieve the book she was sent for, else it’s not just her job and reputation that’s on the line; it’s life, the world, and the Library as she knows it.
I loved this book and the magic and everything else in it. If I could be a librarian at The Library, I totally would. I would love to be a spy, traveling to different worlds, looking for rare and different versions of all the books! Let me live here! The world Genevieve Cogman created with this book and hopefully the next in this series is amazing. I love the fact that their magic, in The Library, is the Language. Simple, but in such a way as to get things to obey you. And I love that, as far as we know, the mission of The Library is to save the books of the worlds. Not save the world mind you, but save the books. Save the stories, save the ideas of that world. I love it, and I can’t wait to keep reading these books!
Have you ever read a book where you wanted to jump right in and live there? What was it and what world would you live in? Comment below and let me know!