Monday, September 23, 2019

Book Review: The Invisible Library

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had been told by many, many people (in particular my 'buddy' Mary S.R. comes to mind!) that I needed to read this series. They were all so very right! Let me start this review by saying if you like fun, clever fantasy novels that feel a little like a Doctor Who episode then go read this immediately! Don't even read the rest of this review; just go get The Invisible Library.

Like Doctor Who
I don't know if it's because the opening description of the Library made me think of the Doctor Who episode in which we first encounter River Song (my favourite character ever on this series) or that there are multiple dimensions that feel like time travel in their own way? Whatever the reason I had immense Doctor Who vibes within the first couple chapters.

Humour and Sarcasm
There is a humour that Genevieve Cogman has injected into each of her characters that reminds me of the banter on any good sci-fi show (ie: Firefly, Doctor Who, etc.) that helps to relieve some of the intense moments that are liable to happen. Much of the comedy included in The Invisible Library is sarcastic (my fave kind!) and requires you to appreciate how complex this world of multiple 'worlds' is. Whether it's Irene, Kai or (yummy, yummy) Vale keeping the reader on their toes with quick witty comments it doesn't even matter. The overall feel is just wonderful!

Don't let the laughs you may have at moments dispel from the fact that this is an action-packed, psychopathic starring story. Our villain(s) are complex and hard to anticipate. A nice change from the usual black and white you might get from others in a similar story format. There is nothing simple or easy about The Invisible Library's characters, plot or set-up. Yet it's a quick and enjoyable read. I know it sounds like this isn't possible; but truly Cogman conjures magic unlike most other authors and makes her novel one that is good to pick-up no matter mood you're in.

I'm sure everything has been said about this series already as it's been around (and beloved by many) for a few years now. So if you don't believe me then believe the thousands of others who've read and loved The Invisible Library. This book was so good I immediately (literally the next day) went out of my way to stop in at a bookstore and pick-up the next two books. I've since acquired the whole series.
Which leads me to my last point about The Invisible Library. It's a series that is COMPLETE! (woohoo!) Which makes it a great choice if you're fearful of never ending narratives or tired of waiting for the next book in a series to be published. These are my two biggest exhaustions about reading today and I'm so glad to start a new series that is fun, exciting, inventive, sexy (did I mention yummy Vale?) and at the same time smart.

I did previous have a note in here about how exciting it was the series was complete as well. But I’ve since found out there is a 7th book planned (thank you Leonore for pointing this out!) . I will say that based on this first books format (and my reading into the second book) each one seems to have its own plot and it’s just some character arcs that carry forward. So I’m hopeful that means no major cliffhangers that create issues with waiting for the next book to be released. 

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Leonore Winterer said...

I got so excited when I saw your review on this, I actually jumped ahead in my reading queue a little to get to it. I'm so glad you liked it! Reading your review, I'm actually a little surprised you gave it 'only' four stars. You usually talk more about the flaws when you do that.
I really need to get on reading the rest of this series, I think I do own at least the first four...(are you sure about the series being complete, though? Goodreads does list a 7th, as of yet untitled, book...)

Sandra B. said...

I'm currently rereading the first book, that I read a couple of years ago, and I already have book 2 and 3 purchased, but I haven't read those before.