cover image The Invisible Library

The Invisible Library

Genevieve Cogman. Roc, $15 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-1-101-98864-0

The first entry in Cogman’s debut fantasy series follows the adventures of feisty spy Irene. She’s employed by the mysterious organization known as the Library, which exists across space and time, to find unique works of fiction across alternate realities and store them for posterity. Her latest mission is to find a tome in a version of London populated with vampires, werewolves, and Fair Folk while training one of the Library’s newest recruits, the enigmatic Kai. She gets more than she bargains for when the book is stolen and she’s thrust into a dangerous underworld where magic and intrigue meet. Cogman writes with a vivacity and wittiness that breathes new life into the genre. Marrying political and academic intrigue with high-stakes battle scenes, the plot moves at a fair clip, with a captivating cast of characters. The relationship between Irene and Kai omits clichéd romantic tension, and the banter they share is quite refreshing. Reminiscent of the works of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman, Cogman’s novel is a true treat to read. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (June)