The Dark Archive

The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman is the 7th book in The Invisible Library series.

Irene is back and in more trouble than ever. After several assassination attempts threaten, not only her life, but her position within the Library, she is determined to find the source of these attempts.

Meanwhile, Irene’s new Fae assistant is proving to be more difficult than she anticipated. When yet another assassination attempt threatens, Irene is forced into bringing her assistant directly into the fray.

In order to stop these attempts, Irene, Val and Kai must search for the truth and uncover the real threat waiting in the shadows. But when an old foe returns from the dead, will our band of protagonists overcome the shock or will they buckle in the face of a seemingly unbeatable force?

The Invisible Library is just a fun series. Each book could passably stand on its own, but it is even better when read in sequential order, following our protagonists through each adventure. Even though each book is its own mystery/run in for Irene, Kai and Val, you can see that there are pieces coming together for a eventual end game. When that end game is coming, who knows but I am enjoying the ride.

I have to say, I have been waiting for “the bomb to drop” and we finally get it in this book. Religious followers of the series, know what I am talking about. I can’t wait to see how Irene reacts to this in future books, especially in light of the epilogue.

I also enjoyed the additional of Irene’s Fae assistant. It seems apropos for Irene to have a rebellious teenage as an assistant, and a Fae one at that. I was not as big of a fan of Kai’s brother and hope he isn’t going to be a big regular to the series.

The only thing that could have made this one better is more Library time. We didn’t get much of the Library and I missed Irene’s interactions with her peers and supervisors.

This one gets 4 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

The Secret Chapter

The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman is the sixth book in the Invisible Library series.

A very fragile truce has been made between the Dragons and the Fae and somehow Irene and Kai have become the ambassadors of this truce. But when Irene’s home world is in trouble, they put their duties aside to join up with an odd mix of Fae and Dragons for a special heist.

Can Kai and Irene maintain their positions as ambassadors while negotiating with Fae, Dragons, and technology in a high ordered world? And will bargains struck, stick?

Man can Cogman churn these out! And she has a day job too. I enjoy this series a lot. Each book has it’s own incident that Kai and Irene have to deal with, while slowly introducing more long ranging issues to come.

The first two books, I could not put down; I had to finish them right away. The rest, are these lovely little reads that I can pick up and put down and enjoy whenever I want. Some people may think that this is a bad thing but I enjoyed not being pressured to finish. And it’s nice for a change, not having a book deadline; they could keep coming as long as Cogman keeps writing them. It doesn’t feel like the characters are running on a clock. I like having at least one of these series in my back pocket.

One thing I keep waiting for is for Alberich to come back. He’s like Irene’s Moriarty and I just can’t believe that he is done with her.  I also missed the Library and Vale in this one. They weren’t as prevalent in the story as they normally are; but I guess that is to be expected.

I did liked the characters introduced in this book and hope they pop up again as the stories continue.

Overall, this was a fun read and I hope they keep coming. This one gets 4 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

The Mortal Word

The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman is the fifth book in The Invisible Library series.

An unprecedented event is about to occur and as usual, everything could come down to Irene. The Library has been chosen as mediators between the Dragons and the Fae, in the hopes of starting a path toward peace. But when one of the dragons from the peace party is murdered, what looked like peace could actually end up in war.

Now Irene, Val and Kai must locate the murderer all while navigating dangerous egos and tricky politics. Can Irene muster her wit to save these peace talks and keep the library neutral?

I just love this series. The first three books were definitely my favorites but these past two have still been great. I think it is this world Cogman has created. It is full of magic and action, competing personalities and literally anything can happen. Irene is full of ingenuity and has just enough snark and realistic reactions, that she just makes for a fun character.

I do wish we got a little more of Val and Kai in The Mortal Word. For a “mission” that would totally be up Val’s ally, I thought Irene really did all the heavy lifting. But we did get a very long awaited for moment that was perfect in its hinted simplicity behind the scenes and some teasing of whats to come.

This is a series that I think could go on and on. There’s enough side plots that could be explored and the politics between the three factions of power will always be around for the added drama.

This one get 4 stars from me! Keep ’em coming Cogman, I’m a fan!

That’s all for now!

-M-

The Lost Plot

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman is the fourth book in The Invisible Library series.

Our favorite librarian, Irene, is back with her dragon apprentice for another book loving detective adventure. The Library is once again in trouble but this time from the inside. The Library is a neutral entity; it survives and it’s librarian’s are able to do their work because they do not interfere between the politics of the Fae and the Dragons. Now a junior librarian has gone missing and his actions are suspect, risking the neutrality the Library lives by.

Irene has been thrown into this altercation and must now find the missing librarian and clear the Library’s name all while dodging dragons, mob bosses and the fuzz. Irene and Kai must do all this without rumor of the Library’s tainted neutrality becoming gossip or worse fact. But doing so may come with a steep cost.

Can Irene maintain the Library’s neutrality without losing everything she holds dear?

This is such a guilty pleasure series for me. Librarian’s, books, dragons, fae, chaos and order—alternate worlds all held together by this secret librarian and the librarian’s who run it–what more can a fantasy lovin’ bookworm ask for!

This fourth book in the series, gives our main villain a break. Instead of Irene and Kai fighting the Library’s archenemy, our duo is sent on what one might consider and average mission… to save the library. Very much like a television series has a giant overarching plot but some of the episodes only brush against it. That is The Lost Plot. But this isn’t a bad thing because (and I won’t spoil anything) the reader finally gets something they’ve been waiting for out of the series.

Even so, this one is full of the same savvy action, excellent world building and a character driven plot. I just love the way Irene thinks. How we go from no hope to winning the day through logic, guts, and a little luck, is just excellent.

I’d have to say, this is probably my least favorite of the four and only because I missed Vale and I though Kai got a little lost here and there. But I am in it until the end. This is one of those series that could have 10, 11, 12 books and I’d still want to read them. Love it!

This one gets 4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

The Burning Page

Hi Guys,

Oh yes. It’s here. The new Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. And YES, I got my friend to send me the pretty version from the UK because the American cover is just not as impressive.

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman takes us back into the world of The Invisible Library with it’s bad-ass librarians, dragons, fae and Holmes-esq detectives. Irene, Kai and Val are back from their adventures in a high-chaos world and now they must deal with the consequences. Irene is on probation at the library, getting the worst missions; Kai’s pride is hurt and he is on edge and over protective of Irene; and Val’s nature is being threatened by chaos and no one knows how to help him.

What’s worse, Alberich is back and his threats against the library may just succeed. Now Irene must figure out a way to save the library, save her friends and her own life. All in a days work right?

Can Irene face an avalanche of problems? Will betrayal break her? And will she be able to stop Alberich once and for all and save the library?

I just love this series. It’s got all my favorite fantasy elements and there’s lots of action and interesting characters. This is one of those books where you are in it for the long hall no matter what happens.

In The Burning Page we learn more about the library itself and we get to see some of the politics going on behind the scenes. There are also many hints toward future mutiny. I feel like we get a better grasp on Alberich and the difference between order and chaos and where humans, dragons and fae fit in.

Cogman has created this plot where good world building is a must because in each book we visit many alternate worlds. Each alternate can be majorly different or it can have small changes and yet, you know you are in a completely different place. I just loved the dark, twisted world she created for the final battle scene in this book.

The characters have such an interesting dynamic. Between Val, Irene and Kai there’s trust and mistrust, loyalty and a higher good, there’s attraction, humor and so much more that keeps this trio interesting. Although, I feel like we are heading toward an awkward love triangle and I’m not sure how I feel about that. And poor Irene, she needs to get over how (I’m paraphrasing here) “striking Kai is in rags and how he can make anything look good because he’s an aristocrat through and through and she’s a mousy nobody.” Irene’s internal dialog about this happens just one too many times for me in this one.

Overall, this was a great read and I will continue to be a die-hard fan of this series. It’s fun, there’s a bit of mystery, action and adventure… what more can you ask for? A good read. So hop on The Invisible Library train and enjoy the ride!

That’s all for now!

-M-