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The Bookish Owl – The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Ladies and gentlemen, I will now be reading The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.

Let’s hope it’s not filled with invisible words.

This series was recommended to me on Twitter (see, Twitter is good for something) and the author is new to me… meaning I don’t really have anything to write for this post. It’s so much easier to come up with stuff when you have expectations.

So I’ll just give you a random owl fact:

Did you know that you can tell whether an owl is nocturnal or diurnal by the eyes? If they got those scary, totally black eyes, they’re nocturnal. If you can see a yellow iris, they’re diurnal. Meaning Artemis, the fellow featured on all my book photos, is diurnal.

However, no one’s told him that, so I still have to deal with night hooting.

The Invisible Library
by Genevieve Cogman

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…

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

9 thoughts on “The Bookish Owl – The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

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  4. Interesting owl fact! I always assumed that all owls were nocturnal, so now I’m going to have to do some searching to find out which of my favorite owls are which.

    I’ve been meaning to read The Invisible Library for a while now. I hope you like it! (I hope I do, too!… eventually…)

    1. Many people assume all owls are night owls, and it is true that all of them have amazing night sight 🙂

      I’m only one chapter in to the book, but we have already had a chase involving animated gargoyles and hellhounds, so I’m pretty much on board.

      1. I did some research after, and discovered that my favorite owl (the Barn Owl) is nocturnal, so maybe I was also attributing their traits to other owls. 🙂

        Sounds like a great book! I’ll have to read it soon.

        1. Barn Owls are gorgeous in a certain ever-so-slightly creepy way. There’s just something about their expression-less eyes and faces I find unsettling and fascinating at the same time.

          1. When I was young, my Girl Scout troop frequently visited a wildlife rehab center, and one of the permanent residents there was a barn owl who’d been injured and wouldn’t survive int he wild. She became a teaching owl, and I’ve loved them ever since.

            1. That sounds great! It’s good to see that the rehab centers work to educate people on wild animals.

              Most of my experience with owls and birds of prey are from falconers, and unfortunately Danish falconers aren’t allowed to keep Barn Owls, since they’re a native breed.
              I did, however, see some in Budapest Zoo just last week!

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