The official blurb: 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.
OK, you know me. If it has anything to do with books, bookstores, libraries, I’m THERE! Well, here we have Librarians who travel to different dimensions to retrieve special books which are to be kept in the Library which exists out of time and space, or between time and space, or something like that, so that those books will not be lost. The Library is so vast that it can take days to travel from one section to another. Kind of puts me in mind of The Library of Babel by Argentine author and librarian Jorge Luis Borges. Yeah. So anyway, our Librarian, who is really just a trainee, although an advanced trainee, is sent on a somewhat dangerous assignment to ahem acquire a special book. Her sub-trainee who is foisted on her, is a strange, but terribly handsome, dude. Turns out he is a dragon. Yeah, dragons have all kinds of powers. They don’t just breathe fire and smell like char.
Anyway, a fun book, fantasy, of course, interesting and clever premise, and it is the first of a trilogy. I doubt I will search out the other two books. Once all the fun surprises are revealed in this volume, I think remaining volumes would only be storylines. I enjoyed learning about the Library and its world, but one is enough.