Book Review: The Invisible Library


Author: Genevieve Cogman

Publisher: Tor

Genre/s: Fantasy, steampunk

I thought this book was so promising when I started reading it. The first few chapters were unique and gripping, and it seemed like a quirky and unique concept despite the writing style not being to my taste. Unfortunately, the more I read the more that originality unravelled. There were too many things going on at once, and nothing was really explained in detail. There were Fae, vampires, dragons, steampunk elements, other worlds, magical Librarians, a magic system based on language, mechanical alligators… it sounds great in theory, but the poor execution and lack of plausible world building made all of this seem more ridiculous than believable. There were great chunks of info dumping in an attempt to explain certain elements of the world like the magic system, but these were rushed and unnatural and only left me scratching my head in confusion.

I also didn’t really care for the characters. Irene had potential, but sadly the cast overall were under developed and lacked charisma, and the slight hint of romance between Irene and Kai only came across as forced. Quite often, the dialogue was cliche, especially during moments of action, which only distanced me further from the characters and plot.

Sadly, this wasn’t one for me. There was a lot of promise here in terms of the idea, but the execution didn’t quite work.

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