Another Mysterious Library in a Steampunk World

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The Invisible Library
by Genevieve Cogman

From now on, let it be known, that I am no longer searching for Narnia when I open doors. I am searching for the Library as invented by Genevieve Cogman in The Invisible Library series. This magic library exists between worlds and between times and contains more books than the most accomplished bookworm or book dragon could hope to acquire.

The Invisible Library, book one in this debut series by Genevieve Cogman, is a setup book. The narrative is a bit heavy and there were points where I felt the action was dragging and other points I was a bit overwhelmed. But this is the first novel in a series and the world is complicated. It takes a bit to get settled in and get used to the rules. Cogman reveals many details about the universe, inside and outside of the Library including the Library’s own special magic that requires mastery of The Language. I was fascinated by the secrets of the library (apparently you don’t age when you are in the Library), however, there are hints throughout the novel that perhaps the Library isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

There’s a little bit of everything in The Invisible Library—mystery, magic, fae, vampires, werewolves, books and of course, DRAGONS. I am intrigued enough with the world of The Invisible Library to give book two, The Masked City, which releases soon a chance. I can’t seem to resist decent books about libraries, fellow bookworms and dragons.


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Another Mysterious Library in a Steampunk World

The Invisible Library

Author: Genevieve Cogman
Published on: January 15, 2015
Pages: 329
Series: The Invisible Library #1
Genres: fantasy, adult, mystery
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: The Masked City, The Burning Page, The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library, #4)


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Genevieve Cogman

Genevieve Cogman got started on Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes at an early age, and has never looked back. But on a perhaps more prosaic note, she has an MSC in Statistics with Medical Applications and has wielded this in an assortment of jobs: clinical coder, data analyst and classifications specialist. Although The Invisible Library is her debut novel, she has also previously worked as a freelance roleplaying game writer. Genevieve Cogman’s hobbies include patchwork, beading, knitting and gaming, and she lives in the north of England.

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2 responses to “Another Mysterious Library in a Steampunk World

  1. I keep reading good reviews for this one! I think books about libraries really do have an allure for us bookworms lol! Add in dragons and fae and I’m so in! Hope to get to it sooner than later. Great review 🙂