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341 pages, Paperback
First published December 15, 2014
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.
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...
And then they were inside, and out of the wind, and surrounded by comforting walls and walls of books. The rich, delightful smell of old paper, leather and ink permeated the place, washing away the pettier odours of blood and oil and smog.
A high level of chaos would mean that they could expect to meet the Fae, creatures of chaos and magic, who were able to take form and cause disorder on such a corrupted world. And that was never good news.
A Librarian’s mission to seek out books for the Library developed, after a few years, into an urge to find out everything that was going on around one. It wasn’t even a personal curiosity. It was a simple, impersonal, uncontrollable need to know. One came to terms with it.
And if she’d been able to choose her options a few hours ago, being trapped in a dead vampire’s private study with an angry Fae would not have been one of them.
Irene sighed. “So we have an incredibly glamorous female cat burglar who slinks around in a black leather cat-suit, who kills vampires in her spare time?”
“We have to report this."
Kai sighed deeply in relief. "I was afraid you were going to say that we had to investigate it ourselves."
"Don't be ridiculous," Irene said briskly. "We may collect fiction, but we are not required to imitate the stupider parts of it.”
“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,”
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, literally.Oh, Invisible Library, where did we go wrong? You’re exactly the kind of book I should love. An urban fantasy/steampunk/mystery/magic story, with ninja-wizard bad-ass librarians and plenty of literary winks and nods? We should have been a perfect match. And we had an enjoyable time, I can’t deny that. You were charming and clever. You had an adorably wry sense of humor. Your plot was tight, your pacing good. You managed to be both highly creative and comfortably familiar all at the same time. There was never any doubt that I’d make it to the last page with you.