“Irene made a private mental resolution that if she ever became a queen, her throne would incorporate a cushion. Also a convenient bookcase.”
Here we are again with Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series. This is the fourth book in the series that I have read and reviewed and Cogman never disappoints. We are once against back with Irene Winters and her friend/coworker/dragon/assistant/whatever Kai. They both work for The Library whose employees go between different worlds and dimensions in search of rare books to bring back and add to their collection. This Library exists between worlds and is only accessible after years of training to become a Librarian.
In this fourth installment, Irene and Kai are tasked under the table with stopping two dragons in a power struggle from A) involving the Library in their bid for power and B) from destroying a world. The world in question resembles 1920’s prohibition era America, mainly New York City.
One thing I have to say is that the descriptions in this book are fantastic. I could easily see the colorful flapper dresses, slick zoot suits, and tommy gun toting gangsters that Irene and Kai encounter. Cogman also carefully wove in the speakeasies that were illegal yet common during the era.
Onto the plot. As the two Librarians navigate this world, attempt to rescue a fellow Librarian, and try to stop two dragons from turning the world on its head they are hounded by the local police force and a group of gangsters. Every page and every chapter is packed full of action, cunning, and adventure.
Trying to talk about this book without giving too much away is difficult. Also, if you haven’t read any of the previous installments of the series, this book may be a little difficult to follow. The pair make several references back to their previous exploits and Irene uses something called The Language that, if you haven’t read the prior books, won’t make a lick of sense.
Know that there is mayhem, humor, intelligence, planning, disaster, and fun in this book. Above all, it is fun. You are sucked in to each moment, each obstacle they must overcome, and can’t help but root for our hero Librarians. If you haven’t picked up this series, and this book, I cannot recommend them enough.
Here lies what was planned as a witty and interesting review but ended up being a disaster. I’m blaming my cold and cold medicine. Go read the book. Go. Now. Scurry off, you.
My reviews of the prior books in this series: