Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Published by Tor on January 15, 2015
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Also by this author: The Invisible Library, The Masked City
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.
Barb and I wanted to buddy read a new series and both of us had started this series but never kept up with it and so we decided to dive in again. Head over to Barb blog at Booker T’s Review after checking out my review!
Here is what I thought
This was a reread for me and it surprised me what parts I could remember and what I couldn’t…lol. It was interesting to see if I still liked this one as much as the first time. I found that pretty much the same problems I had the first go around was still the problems I had with it the second time, but still found it very enjoyable!
The Invisible Library doesn’t really exist in any world, but it holds the door to alternate worlds. It’s huge because it could take you days to get to certain section of the library. The Librarians goals are to collect valuable books from alternate worlds.
It starts us off with Irene finishing up an assignment and having a narrow escape. She is hoping that when she gets back to the library she will get a break but that doesn’t happen. She is given an assignment right away and also a apprentice, Kai. Where they have to go is an alternate London that is field with chaos magic. Irene is not a fan of going to those types of places so she hopes it will be an easy in and out but nothing ever goes that smooth.
Soon as she gets there she finds out that the man..err vampire who had the book has been killed and the book is missing. Finding the book means she is going to have to do things that are not exactly how a Librarian is suppose to do things and put her trust in someone that she doesn’t know, Vale, a detective. Irene loves stories about Great Detectives and so she kind of likes getting to work with a detective.
Things go from bad to worse when she finds out that a long time adversary of the Library is after the book too and he is not afraid of using chaos to get what he wants. This case is going to push Irene to the brink and could take those with her as well. It’s going to take everything she has, plus the help of her acquaintances to get the job done.
This story took a bit to get into as it was kind of slow going for me at first. It wasn’t until they really start getting into what happened to the book and trying to figure things out that it picks up and then gets really adventurous and fun. I really enjoyed Irene, Kia and Vale and can’t wait to start the next one to see how things go!
I think this is a fun book for fans of the tv show The Librarian as it kind of gives me that vibe. 🙂