Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently… Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book. Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own. Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.
I’m still not entirely sure what I think of this book. It started off interesting, the middle got a little bit blah, the end picked up, but the conclusion was strange. The characters are obnoxious and mostly unlikable, the plot is good, but the writing could be better. There was more drama between the characters than there was in the adventures which made the book some what unreadable at times and made me roll my eyes all the time. I don’t really care about any of the characters, but I’m still curious about the library itself and the plot held me enough that I was entertained. “The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!” Sounds interesting right? Not so much. They compare the book to the Doctor Who series, but being a serious Doctor Who fan I fail to see the resemblance. Just because there is time travel doesn’t make it comparable to to Doctor Who. I’m not sure if I’ll pick up the next book or not. I’ll have to see what the plot ends up being.