My first finish of 2018 and what can I say? I really really enjoyed it!
I think this book first came to my attention on one of the book blogs I follow when I read the blurb and found it had tons of things I enjoy. Books, libraries, undercover agents, secret societies, magic and chaos.
The main character is Irene, a journeyman Librarian, or as she's described in the afore-mentioned blurb - a professional spy for the mysterious Library. I liked her. She was competent in her job, yet not infallible. She was likable and funny. And while she was clever and able to get out of some bad situations, there were times when she made mistakes and bad assumptions and needed a hand. There's a lot more of her to discover, I think, in further books, and I'm looking forward to doing that.
I also loved the character of her assistant, Kai. He's a tad mysterious and is definitely not coming clean on some stuff, but I never got the sense or feeling that he was one of the baddies. There's also a lot more of him to discover in the books to come.
The plot was complicated and interesting once we got into it. Lots of twisty-turnies and surprises. It kept me turning the pages, that's for sure. And the last couple of chapters had some intriguing questions set up that weren't answered and some outcomes and explanations that I wasn't quite expecting.
So in the end, this Christmas gift from my son, Michael, was a winner. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the ongoing adventures of Irene and Kai and the others. A good way to start of the reading year of 2018!