The In­vis­i­ble Li­brary

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Books -

Raiders Of The Lost Books

Re­lease Date: 15 Jan­uary

330 pages | Pa­per­back/ ebook Au­thor: Genevieve Cogman Pub­lisher: Tor

This de­light­ful

steam­punk fan­tasy has so much fun with its cen­tral premise that we can only guess at the glo­ri­ous ideas that didn’t end up on the page be­cause there wasn’t enough room – but that’s what se­quels are for, hope­fully.

The In­vis­i­ble Li­brary is the tale of a li­brar­ian named Irene who em­barks upon quests to al­ter­nate worlds to bring back im­por­tant books for safe­keep­ing in a mag­i­cal li­brary. Each world is dif­fer­ent: there are dragons, Fae, ro­botic al­li­ga­tors, Zep­pelins, de­tec­tives who could give Sher­lock Holmes a run for his money...

The only down­side is a slight ten­dency to keep ex­po­si­tion scenes drag­ging on for too long, but that’s a small is­sue in an oth­er­wise mar­vel­lous de­but. Jayne Nel­son

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