Book Review – The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Kindle Prime Reading Book (at the time of purchase)

Genre: Sci Fi, Mystery, Fantasy

Number of Pages: 329


Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

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.


I had seen this book around and then it came up on Prime Reading. I was very excited by this and downloaded it onto my Kindle immediately! Whilst it was a good book there were bits that confused me a little bit so I couldn’t give it the full 5 star rating. I will say though that it is one of the better sci fi books that I have read, possibly due to the fantasy and literature content. 

The writing was as clear as it could possibly be. As I said above, there were bits that confused me, but I am not sure whether I would understand it even if it was written another way. I think that you either get it or you don’t. I just glossed over the intricacies and got the main gist (I think). I don’t especially like doing that as I like to have a thorough understanding of what I am reading, but it is what it is. I loved the whole concept of there being a Library that linked alternate worlds via literature. I also enjoyed the fantasy element and the different characters involved. 

The chapters were fairly long so you got quite invested in what you were reading. The chapters were interesting in that they really just followed the story, there was no major shift of perspective or mention of what was happening in the story elsewhere. I think that this made the story easier to follow as there were quite a lot of things happening. There was a good pace to the story and with all the different things going on my interest didn’t waver, even when it got a bit complicated. 

The characters in the story were great. You were never quite sure what the different characters were after, but that made them all the more interesting. I loved the strength and determination of the main character. She kept within her Senior Librarian role as best as she could and I enjoyed being able to read her thoughts as she presented herself differently to the other characters and only us as the reader saw her real inner thoughts and feelings. 

The settings were great. A Library, museums and an alternate world?! I loved the imagination that went into it and enjoyed being on the journey with the characters (even if it was fairly stressful most of the time!).

Overall an enjoyable book. There were complicated bits in there that made you think. Even if I didn’t quite get all of it, I got enough that it didn’t completely ruin the story for me. 

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

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