This month is a review of a relatively new series called The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. The series currently has three books published, The Invisible Library, The Masked City, and The Burning Page.
I’ve included the synopsis of the first book:
Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author. One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction… Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested–the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something–secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself. Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option–because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself…
I haven’t read any but the first book yet, they are so popular I haven’t been able to get my hands on them, but I really enjoyed it. It has a little of everything: fantasy, steampunk, mystery, faeries, order vs. chaos, and parallel worlds, all featuring a cast of likable characters. If you are looking for a fun read, with more than just the one book, this is it. According the the author, she is editing book 4, and writing book 5.