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Steampunk Fantasy Audiobook Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #1) 


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Synopsis from Goodreads
The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

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 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.
 


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8.5/10

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 One of the pleasures of being subscribed to Daily Deals on Audible is that you can try books which you otherwise won't read at a ridiculously cheap price. The cover of The Invisible Library is unassuming yet elegant, and in my head I firmly associated it with cozy historical mysteries and put it out of my mind when I first heard about it. Oh boy, was I wrong!


This book is an absolute delight. Part urban fantasy, part steampunk adventure, it follows Irene, a perky, sharp and bossy librarian/thief/adventurer, whose job is to jump between worlds and acquire rare books which would tether those worlds to a mysterious Library, existing between the alternate realities and worlds.

Irene has been a junior librarian for 20 years (the Library is suspended in time), and when she returns from her latest venture she is given an apprentice, suave, handsome Kai, and a dangerous task - to retrieve a rare manuscript from a chaos contaminated world. By chaos, the Library means anything paranormal - fae, vampires, werewolves. Such worlds are unstable as their mythology and thus reality changes constantly because of fae influence.

Irene and Kai arrive into an alternate reality Victorian London full of fabulous steampunk inventions, and get thrown into the deep end of the pool. The book they are after has many others vying for it, including an ancient foe of The Library and a fae Lord, Silver. There are wild dirigible chases and werewolves attacks, dangerous, vicious magic and a famous detective Lord Vere, who will have to join forces with our unfortunate duo. If you still aren't convinced, let me tell you this:

There will be dragons.

Not only the plot is fabulous, the narrator does a fantastic job. The characters effortlessly leap off the page, - they are animated, flirtatious and so damn entertaining, that I went looking for the second book in the series straight away. Kai, Vere and Irene make for an amazing team, and I can't get enough of them. Highly recommended!

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Одно из удовольствий подписки к предложениям от Audible это то, что иногда они присылают предложение купить книгу, мимо которой я в противном случае пройду мимо, по такой смешной цене, что отказываться глупо. Вот так я и приобрела Невидимую Библиотеку, которая мне своей обложкой напомнила комфортный исторический детектив. Боже мой, как же я была неправа!

Книга эта просто прелестна и вызывала у меня дикий восторг с первых же страниц. Во-первых, рассказчица замечательная, во-вторых в главных героев не влюбиться невозможно, а в-третьих, сюжет ну очень увлекательный.

 Ирин, назвавшая себя по имени мифологического ирина, - младшая сотрудница невидимой Библиотеки уже 20 лет (в Библиотеке время стоит на месте) и покупкой, кражей и прочими уловками добывает для неё редкие манускрипты в различных параллельных мирах, привязывая их к Библиотеке и порядку во вселенной более прочно.

Возвращаясь с очередного задания она обнаруживает, что её непосредственная начальница готова всучить ей подмастерье, стильного красавца Кая и опасное задание - вытащить книгу сказок из мира, поражённого хаосом, выполнение которого потенциально даст ей повышение.

Миры хаоса очень нестабильны, так как насыщенны паранормальными существами: фэйри, вервульфами, вампирами, которые создают собственную мифологию, которая искажает реальность этих миров. Ирин - решительная, серьёзная, деловитая и чертовски умная дама, однако она незадачлива и у неё немного скандальная репутация. Оба и она и Кай попадают из огня да в полымя, приземляясь в альтернативном стимпанковском варианте викторианского Лондона и охотясь за книгой, приобрести которую пытаются сразу несколько серьёзных игроков, включая лорда фэйри, Силвер, и древнего, могущественного врага Библиотеки.

Если вас не убедят погони на дирижаблях и драки с вервульфами, у меня для вас есть три волшебных слова:

там есть драконы.

К Ирин и Каю присоединяется знаменитый детектив Лорд Вер, и это колоритное трио просто великолепно работает вместе среди кровавой магии и сюжета, наполненного адреналином. Серьёзно, читайте! Написано превосходно, а продолжение даже лучше.

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