I actually bought this book for my mum two years ago. I decided to read this book after seeing multiple reviews on the second in the series and it seemed like my kind of thing… so I raided my mum’s bookshelf!
Irene is a librarian for The Invisible Library, she gets sent to alternate worlds to collect books for the library. The books strengthen the link between the library and the alternate and acts as a ‘central safe’ to preserve the books even if they get lost in their own world. What’s really cool is every alternate is based on our world so you’ve got thousands of the same country, thousands of the same city and thousands of the same people… but they all live and act slightly differently – hence why a book with the same title can exist in every single alternate, only the contents will differ.
Irene is sent on her most dangerous mission yet… and she’s been given a sidekick (a student) named Kai, who has his own secrets to hide. Right from the start Irene’s arch enemy; Bradamant, tries to steal the mission off her. Irene and Kai have to work hard to complete the mission and stop anyone else interfering, if that wasn’t enough to handle – deadly Alberich has pitched up to cause chaos.
My first instinct when I finished this book was… anyone who loves the series created by Ben Aaronovitch – Rivers of London – would love this story! It’s got that same modern and witty feel to it that I just loved. I have always been a fan of the Harry Potter series… and that’s where my love for books that incorporated magic began. The older I got, the more I wanted stories which I could relate to, which covered aspects of life further than school. When I discovered Rivers of London, I knew I’d found it – I’d found a story that felt real and relatable to where I was currently in my life… AND had magic! So imagine my surprise when I began The Invisible Library and found another series which had the same qualities – sheer joy!
I’d recommend this book to all – it packs a punch – it’s full of great characters, it’s unique and it flows beautifully.
Until next time, Chloé x