Monday 27 November 2017

Cogman, Genevieve "The Invisible Library"

Cogman, Genevieve "The Invisible Library" - 2015

I found this book because of its title. I knew right away that it wasn't really my kind of literature, it's about spies etc. However, I realized soon enough, that it was even worse, it's more a fantasy/science fiction type of book. And a very easy read, very easy indeed. So, if you like that kind of genre, this might be the book for you. It wasn't one for me and I am not going to read the next titles from the series.

I try to be objective if a book is not my genre but I doubt that this is one of the greatest books ever written even if you like this genre. The story does not really flow, facts are just mentioned in between without any connection to the story, I would have expected more about books and libraries in a book where the title says just that. In my opinion, too many dragons, not enough books ...

Lesson learned, the next time I find the word "mysterious" on a book, I have to check whether it is a book for me. The answer is probably NO.

From the book cover:

"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."


  1. I read this one because the author is a friend of my daughters. and she gave me a copy of it. I like fantasy, but not fluffy fantasy. I didn't expect to like the book figured it would be pretty light weight. I told my daughter it was better than I expected, but I was being kind. I won't read further in the series either.

    1. So, maybe don't show her my review. ;)

      It's just not a book a serious reader would enjoy. Having said that, I have read books that were not my genre but I appreciated them for the writing or even the contents but here ... Well, it's always tough when you read a book by someone you know, or in this case, you know someone who knows the author.

      Let's draw a veil over this one, a very dark one.

      Have a good day,