Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book. Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own. Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.
Bubby: Oh, my heavenly stars and garters. I loved The Invisible Library so much. I want to just climb into this universe and live there for a while. If only this was a real thing! If only I could spend my life harvesting books from various realities – and not age very much in the process – I’d so do it. Now if only I could eat whatever I wanted and not get fatter, my life would be perfect!
Sissy: Perpetual librarianhood? Or kickbutt magical spy lady-ness? Which appeals to you? And the eating thing…well, welcome to our stinking reality.
Bubby: Perpetual librarianhood, please. I’m too much of a chicken to be a spy. But I’ll take the magical abilities!
Sissy: The kickbutt magical spy librarian thing appeals to me in some ways but the thought of infinite alternate worlds, chaos, dragons, vampires, werewolves, wizards, creeptastic other people’s skin-wearing villains and deadly automatons propels my anxiety into high gear. I would end up being the hiding-under-the-cupboard librarian.
Bubby: You forgot the sadistic yet beautiful Fae and the ex-librarian who wants to kill you…
Sissy: Precisely. But Irene, our heroine, is awesome! A true bibliophile like unto ourselves, she courageously and calmly hies off to realities unknown and does what it takes to preserve the written word. There is a bit of moral ambiguity concerning the library’s motivations that she has to deal with, but I’m sure we’ll hear more about how this develops for her in the sequel, The Masked City, coming out in September of 2016. What I truly love about The Invisible Library is that it is something different and new. Yes we have seen all the elements I mentioned before, but never altogether in the context of a universe spanning library. The cliche of the spectacled, quiet, mousey, school marmish librarian is shattered here and replaced with adventurous, time traveling, magic wielding spy librarians.
Bubby: I was excited to read The Invisible Library just from the cover and the synopsis. The content absolutely did not disappoint. It is far and away one of the most interesting and unique books I’ve read in a long time. I can’t wait for The Masked City to come out. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves magic, fantasy, and books.
Sissy: This story is not driven by a romance, like many fantasies we review. It is driven by magical, fantastical adventure. I kinda like that! There are, however, hints of possible romance to come. Will it be with Kai, Irene’s interestingly gifted (that’s all I can say without spoilers) intern, or with Vale, our intrepid Sherlockian sleuth from the steam punky Victorian London reality? It’s all too exhausting on the one hand, but way too exciting to miss on the other! If you are bookish, geeky, and weird like Bubby, you will love The Invisible Library. Even if you are only bookish and weird like me you will still love it!
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