The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman is the seventh novel in the Invisible Library fantasy series featuring a feisty librarian, her dragon prince boyfriend and motley crew of allies who protect the worlds. You’ll want to curl up on the sofa and escape to this magical world filled with books, explosions and adventure.
by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #7
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A professional spy for a mysterious Library which harvests fiction from different realities, Irene faces a series of assassination attempts that threaten to destroy her and everything she has worked for.
Irene is teaching her new assistant the fundamentals of a Librarian's job, and finding that training a young Fae is more difficult than she expected. But when they both narrowly avoid getting killed in an assassination attempt, she decides that learning by doing is the only option they have left - especially when the assassins keep coming for them, and for Irene's other friends as well...
In order to protect themselves, Irene and her friends must do what they do best: search for information to defeat the overwhelming threat they face and identify their unseen enemy. To do that, Irene will have to delve deeper into her own history than she ever has before, face an ancient foe, and uncover secrets that will change her life and the course of the Library forever.
I am so glad I caught up on this series with the Finish a Series in a Month challenge. I also tied it to the Library Love Challenge by snagging these copies from my local library.
When our story opens, we discover that Irene, Kai, and her young Fae apprentice are all part of an assassination attempt. Indeed, from the very first page, their life is in peril. Their allies are also in danger from an unknown assailant.
I loved the tale that unfolded from a nemesis they thought was dead to a debacle villain they have faced before. We travel worlds and have to deal with Kai’s brother, poison, and plenty of explosions. The team is separated much of the time as they gather intel and try to remain hidden.
Vale and Inspector Singh are present, as well as others. I am hoping for more page time with Vale. Catherine, our young fae apprentice, proves to be resourceful, but also gets Irene into some tight spots.
This tale was fast-paced with plenty of twists and reveals. The ending has me counting down the days until my library hold comes in for the final book.
Fans of libraries, spies, mystery and magic will want to devour this story. It is really quite clever. Even prickly characters will grow on you as Cogman peels back their layers.
As with most fantasy, I recommend reading this series is the order of its release. Character interaction and overall series arc while revisited enhance the series. However, each tale deals with a particular case/problem and Cogman does a solid job familiarizing new readers.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2023 Library Love Challenge
- COYER 2023 Upside Down
- COYER Upside Down Chapter 1: It's a Cold Summer
- Finish A Series In A Month