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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 under
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Paperback, 329 pages
Published January 15th 2015 by Tor UK
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Paige  Bookdragon
Reread as of 01/03/2016: Still as good as ever. Now, I'm ready for the book 2.

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Dear Invisible Library,

Are you guys hiring?

I saw your book and I was highly interested in the position of a junior librarian. If I was correct,and assuming that I am because I'm rarely wrong when it comes to my obsessions, your job descriptions are as of follows:

1. To be able to retrieve (or steal, whatever) a certain book assigned to a particular mission.

2. To assist The Library at all times.

If so, what are the
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9/30/17 - ON SALE for $2.99:



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So I'm only 12% into this thing, but as far as I can tell, it's about librarians. SPY librarians. Spy librarian THIEVES. Spy librarian THIEVES who can travel to PARALLEL DIMENSIONS for the express purpose of stealing books unique to that world.

And depending on how much chaos exists in an individual world, DRAGONS might show up to breathe firey order into said chaos. (<------I don't actually know yet how the dragons correct the balance, just
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Carol.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: libarians, YA adventurers
Titles with 'library' and 'bookstore' are irresistible to readers. Add in a cover that looks like faded and cracked leather with gilt lettering and it is like leaving a plate of freshly baked cookies in a work breakroom. Sure, you may have started a January diet, but really, just one won't ruin anything, right? I'm often adverse to YA, but a friend's enthusiastic review (thanks, Mikhail!) had me reconsidering. Plus, there's that cover. I gave it a shot and am pleased with how it went. Like a Pix ...more
Melindam
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! It earned its place on my favourites shelf.

Yes, I am sucker for books about books and/or libraries and this novel very much satisfied my every need in this department. Throw in a bit of steampunk & dragons & sprinkle with detective fiction and an alternate-world Sherlock Holmes type of character & you have me floating on air with happiness.

It struck the same chords as The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde and the magical Library of the Unseen University of the
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Liz Barnsley
This was absolutely the best fun I’ve had with a book in ages. Brilliant characters, magical world building and a whole load of adventure.

Irene is sent into one alternate London to retrieve a dangerous book – shadowed by new assistant Kai, this mission is anything but straightforward and what follows is a rip roaring race to find the book, involving Vampires, Werewolves, Fai and, well, alligators….

I absolutely adore the world the author has created here – it is a brilliant mix of mundane and mag
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/06/09/...

Speaking as someone who loves to read, I just can’t help but get these warm fuzzy feelings for books about libraries. After all, what could be better for an avid bookworm, than being immersed in a story about a place filled with books, books, and more books?

Well, Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library does one even better.

Oh, this book has libraries, all right—interdimensional libraries, established across multiple wor
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Cait • A Page with a View
Think Doctor Who meets The Infernal Devices + that tv show "The Librarians." There are faeries, dragons, detectives, wizards, creepy skin wearers, and werewolves all thrown together in a sort of steampunk alternate world with zeppelins.

So basically the Library exists outside of time & space to house unique fiction books from alternate dimensions, which in turn reinforce the library's links to those worlds. Scientific discoveries are the same in every world while creative works of fiction can
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Lois Bujold
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers who like a steampunk vibe or Awesome Librarian tales
Recommended to Lois by: assorted random internet recs
This was fun. A librarian/secret agent for a library that exists between dimensions (and rather outside of time) is sent in pursuit of a rare edition of the Grimm tales in an alternate steampunk world; hijinks ensue. An alternate Sherlock-Holmes avatar from the local world and the librarian's apprentice who is more than he seems add a lot of interest.

While sequels could obviously go to many alternate worlds if the writer gets bored with this one, I gather the immediate sequel returns to this fir
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Tinka
“I am a librarian. I am a servant of the Library.”

With great ideas, comes great responsibility. Said no comic book character ever, but probably should have. Think about it as an avid reader. You see a book cover that looks gorgeous, you turn it around and read the summary and it tells you the story of a young woman, working for a secret library that recovers books from alternate realities. Add a Doctor Who comparison to the mix and you have one of the most interesting sounding books in a sort
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Aristea
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-on-shelf
I am really impressed by this book. It is a solid 4 stars, impressive in its flow and writing.

The book (view spoiler) feels like a tribute to two extremely relevant British authors, Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
To some extent is a book about i
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Carolyn
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun start to a new series that I know I am going to love (four books so far with the promise of a fifth soon!).

Irene is an undercover librarian in a secret library that exists between alternate worlds. The role of the library is to collect important books from the worlds to compare and protect them. Irene is sent into a dangerous world where chaos is unregulated, steampunk rules and the Fae are attempting to take control. The owner of the book she is to find (a vampire) has just
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Eilonwy
Irene is an agent for The Library, a timeless place balanced among many parallel universes. Their goal: to collect all the stories ever put into print, everywhere … by whatever means it takes. When Irene and a handsome young newly-minted agent are assigned to seek a collection of Grimm’s fairy tales from a steampunk Victorian London replete with vampires, werewolves, and Fae, it seems like a standard run -- until the Library’s arch-enemy appears, seeking the same book, and chaos ensues, literall
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Richard Derus
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled
Rating: 4* of five

I want to be a Librarian.
The atmosphere of the place soothed her automatically; the rich lantern lights, the sheer scent of paper and leather, and the fact that everywhere she looked, there were books, books, beautiful books.
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She was a Librarian, and the deepest, most fundamental part of her life involved a love of books. Right now, she wanted nothing more than to shut the rest of the world out and have nothing to worry about except the next page of whatever she was reading..
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY is a book that I've been curious to read for a while now and I was quite happy when I got the chance to read it. I mean how can you not, if you are a bookworm, find the description of the book tantalizing? A Library that collects fiction from different realities. The book is intriguing right from the start as we get to know Irene who is on a mission to retrieve or rather steal a book. Finding rare books is what Irene and others that work for the Library do, they blend in an ...more
Nick T. Borrelli
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm really bummed about how this one turned out. When I first picked it up it seemed like a book that would be right up my alley. I was under the impression that it would be a combination of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and Death of a Necromancer. Add the library aspect and I should have enjoyed this so much more than I did. As it happens, I did not care for it very much. For me, the writing was just so-so and I felt that the library served as simply a vehicle where the author could introduc ...more
Althea Ann
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
'The Invisible Library' feels like the author made a conscious effort to Include All The Cool Things. Starting with, of course, a secret extra-dimensional library with All The Books, connecting parallel universes, and librarians who are secret agents traversing these worlds in search of rare manuscripts. I mean, would it be POSSIBLE to write a book with that concept and have it be a bad book? I'm not sure, but it would be Very, Very, Difficult. This is absolutely a very enjoyable book.

Cool as a
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Phrynne
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
The existence of a secret library set between alternate worlds is a very pleasing idea and it made for some great fun and games. This story has a bit of everything-magic, dragons, werewolves, vampires, fae and more. I enjoyed the book and read it pretty fast but felt that it trailed off a bit by the end. There were pages of Agatha Christie type denouement and then it just fizzled out. Nevertheless I will be back for more because I have to find out what happens next to our intrepid librarian and ...more
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Wanda
While not perfect, this book was certainly enjoyable for me. It had many of the things that appeal to my reading sensibilities—libraries, book collecting, an urban fantasy vibe, espionage, detectives, and it was not overloaded with romance. It reminded rather strongly of Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files, which in my books is a good thing.

It was kind of overloaded with concepts, however, which prevents it from reaching the pinnacle of 5 stardom, in my opinion. So many different kinds of creatures/people
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Mike
I like books. If you are reading this you probably like books too.

A lot.

You also probably realize that there is not nearly enough time in the world to read all the amazing books out there. We have to pick and prioritize what books we spend our precious free time indulging knowing there will always be another series or author we will never actually get to as our TBR shelf grows exponentially. Reality can be so aggravating like that.

But Irene, the heroine of this story, doesn't have to worry about
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Bradley
This is a wild mashup if there ever was one. Just the list of elements is freaking weird and the way it's pulled off makes it a really fast read.

Multidimensional library association, linking texts to fulcrum points across worlds. Check.
Spies and thieves and detectives, a heist novel focused on a book. Check.
Dragons and Fae and chaos necromancers and Library Words that function as Words of Power. Check.
Worlds of magic and worlds of steampunk and worlds of cybernetics and mixtures all in-between.
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Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Firstly, big thanks go to the wonderful Gordon at Grab This Book and Tor Books for my copy of The Invisible Library. Gordon kindly suggested I should be introduced to this series, and Tor Books agreed so I was thrilled to be sent a copy.

The Invisible Library is brilliant. It’s so far removed from anything I would normally read but I found myself completely and utterly immersed in it from the beginning.

An excellent cast of characters, magic, mystery and so much bookish wonderment make The Invisib
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Alexandra
Public Service Announcement: This book is not Steampunk. It's Fantasy.

Liked it, but am not a fan of the narrator for the audiobook. She did ok, and her voice is pleasant enough, but she reads in a breathy style with inflections that seemed wrong sometimes. I got used to it though. Just an FYI if you're considering the audio version, might check the sample first.

Lauren Stoolfire
Irene is a librarian spy for the Library, an monumental, ancient, and mysterious organization. She and her fellows collect important works of fiction from alternate realities for them. This time around, Irene and Kai, Irene's newly assigned trainee to mentor, have been assigned to retrieve a dangerous book from a supernatural creature and magic filled steampunk-esque world. The only problem is that once they get there they discover that it's already been stolen - and many people are willing to d ...more
Rebecca Carter
Irene works for the library, a mysterious society based between alternate worlds. She is sent on missions to retrieve books from different worlds for her superiors and faced with a variety of obstacles.
As the book begins we are thrown in at the deep end of her world, without knowing anything about the library, librarians, the alternates, or the people and beings that occupy these places. It's all very mysterious and the reader only starts to discover more as the book unfolds, which could be why
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Gergana
Loved the first half, disappointed with the second half.

I'm so torn apart with this book. I absolutely adored the first 50%! Not only was I planning on adding The Invisible Library to my list of favorites, but I was also determined to get a hard-cover copy from Amazon too! (By the way, this book is absolutely gorgeous!)

So what do we have:
- An immortal female librarian, named Irene, who travels between dimensions and specializes in "acquiring" books for the Invisible Library.
- Multiple alternati
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life

I loved this book! I have been having a really hard time deciding if this is a a four star book or a five star book for me. I would probably actually somewhere in the middle but I hate leaving half stars so I am going with four. Either way, it is a very good book and I have to tell you that I am incredibly excited about where this series will end up going. Seriously, the possibilities are endless. I think I may have accidentally stumbled upon
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Sherwood Smith
Jun 08, 2016 added it
Shelves: fantasy
Copy received courtesy of NetGalley

This discussion is going to be somewhat spoilery.

“Then what is the purpose of the Library?” Vale asked.

“To save books,” Irene said firmly.


I have to confess that it’s taken me weeks to read this book. Though the writing was clever, and the idea—a Library that reaches across dimensions, promising zeppelins and dragons and vampires and werewolves, among other magical and steampunkly razzle-dazzle—seemed designed to appeal to me, I’d read a scene or two, lay it asi
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Mimi
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mimi by: VF and S&L book pick
A combination of The Rook, which I liked a lot, and The Eyre Affair, which I didn't really care for. This one falls right in the middle.

So what we have here is a secret library hoarding books that has immortal secret agents who are sent out to steal books, multiple alternate worlds and timelines in which these agents enter with the sole purpose of stealing books and bringing them back to the library (for safe keeping and language evolution, as we're told). Then there's a much sought after altern
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Ezgi Tülü
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aynı zamanda @ Athena'nın Güncesi

Daha düzgün bir yorum yapmak isterdim fakat bugün çok vaktim yok ve eğer bu yorumu şimdi yazmazsam, biliyorum ki geri dönüp bir daha da yazmam. Kitabı gerçekten çok beğendim ama içimi acıtan, "Keşke böyle olmasaymış," dedirten yanları da yok değildi. (Ne olur bir tane de her şeyiyle beğendiğim bir kitap okusam? Olmaz mı? Peki.)

✓ Son derece orijinal bir kurguydu. Düşünsenize: Bir kütüphane var ve bu kütüphane var olan boyutlar arasında durarak, çeşitli boyutlard
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