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I've always been a sucker for bibliomysteries, stories involving books, lost, real or apocryphal and Cogman's science fiction baroque fantasy ticks all my buttons. Irene is an undercover spy for the mysterious and wonderful Library, harvesting fiction from different realities as part of her job. Alongside her enigmatic assistant Kai she is assigned to find a book in another version of London and this sets her on a frantic path of wild and fantastic adventures which never relent, unpeeling layers and layers of conspiracies within conspiracies. A colourful world (or actually series of worlds), endearing characters, supernatural navigation with not a hint of fey, and a plethora of guilty pleasures make this splendid entertainment of the first degree.
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 absolutely loved this ... flavoured with truly unique mythology and a dash of the eldritch. Such clever, creepy, elaborate worldbuilding and snarky, sexy-smart characters!' N. K. Jemisin
Publication date: 15/01/2015
Publisher: Tor an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||15th January 2015|
|Publisher:||Tor an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Fantasy,|
Genevieve Cogman 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.More About Genevieve Cogman