When book dynamite hits your desk, you know about it. And this is that book. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman wowed me within pages, and I made it my mission to make this compulsory reading for the company. And now we've bought these books, it's your turn (or will be in January 2015!).
These are a romp from beginning to end -- clever and so much fun. Our resourceful protagonist Irene is a dimension-hopping ‘book spy’ for the secretive Library. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, they're sent to an alternative London to retrieve a book. But some will kill to retain it. Irene must be on her game or she'll be off the case. Permanently.
You can find our press release below, along with some in-house praise below that, and I hope these clues intrigue: Alternative London, Secret agents. Book geeks. Rogue magic. Stolen books. Dangerous knowledge. Flirtation. Hidden societies. Sherlock Holmes. Political machinations. Pure entertainment. Enjoy . . .
Pan Macmillan’s Tor imprint is delighted to report the acquisition of The Invisible Library by debut UK novelist Genevieve Cogman. Senior Commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought World rights in this novel and two others by Cogman from Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency. These were acquired in an enthusiastic pre-empt.
The concept behind these hugely entertaining books has inspired comparisons such as ‘Doctor Who with librarian spies’. The redoubtable Irene is a secret agent for the ultimate inter-dimensional library, a covert organization that gathers knowledge from parallel worlds. Irene’s latest assignment posts her, and her enigmatic assistant, to an alternative Victorian London. Their goal being to retrieve an extremely dangerous book. But when she arrives, it’s already been stolen – and soon she’s up to her eyebrows in thieves, murderers and secret societies – with a dash of the supernatural in store.
‘I'm incredibly excited that Tor will be publishing my books – I still can't quite believe it's true. I'm honoured to be in the company of authors such as Paul Cornell, Charles Stross, and other brilliant writers. I really hope that other people will enjoy this series, and be entertained by the Library.’
‘This book brings a new urgency to the term ‘must read’ – hugely entertaining, clever and a lot of fun. I just fell in love with the writing, which reminded me of Jasper Fforde by way of Gail Carriger’s Soulless, with the humour of Ben Aaronovitch.’
And award-winning genre author N. K. Jemisin is already a fan:
‘I absolutely loved this … flavored with truly unique mythology and a dash of the eldritch. Such clever, creepy, elaborate worldbuilding and snarky, sexy-smart characters!’
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'The concept is great, and I think there's loads of potential. The 'going after an artifact' setup reminds me a bit of Indiana Jones too'
'It's very lively and fun.I think it's bound to carry on being great fun and the Invisible Library is a rich framework for a long and lively series'
'I am thoroughly enjoying this. I love the idea of skipping though worlds chasing down books. The author has brought her characters and worlds to life with ease and I am really enjoying the mix of fantasy elements. I can't wait to get home and finish it'
'This is brilliant! Cross that I'm working the bank holiday and can't stay in reading it with a cup of tea. Really like the tone'
'Am also thoroughly enjoying this, It has all the imagination and cleverness of Jasper Fforde, but feels more female'
'I love the feisty, intelligent heroine. There's definite elements of Harry Potter in the beginning and then, to me, it feels like it becomes more Doctor-who-ish, and would definitely have that feel across the series if the characters move between worlds'