disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via berkley publishing group in exchange for an honest review.
libraries are fascinating places. full of books, yes, but there are worlds in a library. worlds of wonder, worlds of love, worlds of passion, worlds of hate, worlds of terror, worlds of chaos, and worlds of order. now imagine a library where you could simply step through a door and be in one of those alternate worlds. that’s what genevieve cogman has given readers in the invisible library. a library that can access any world, at any time.
i really enjoy the idea of alternate worlds and the idea of worlds that connect to each through the simple expedient of a door is a wonderful. it’s not new (see, for example, neil gaiman‘s neverwhere) but cogman’s take on it is original and she gives her characters not only an interesting and potentially dangerous task to complete but also a few “are they evil or not” people to work with while completing the task.
cogman’s writing style makes this a fast read, not because it’s easy but because it flows well and doesn’t wander into unimportant territory. everything in this book is here for a reason and the payoff is worth each kernel of information. this is the first book in a series and it will be interesting to see where cogman takes her characters and her readers.
three out of five stars