I fell behind with the Invisible Library series when I was ill and caught up during the Finish A Series in A Month challenge. I borrowed The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman from my local library and dove right back in to this suspenseful fantasy world. I forgot just how much I enjoy Librarian Irene and the dragon prince Kai.
by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #6
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Time-travelling, dimension-jumping, Librarian-spy Irene and dragon-prince Kai will have to team up with an unlikely band of misfits to pull off an amazing art heist—or risk the wrath of a dangerous villain with a secret island lair.
A Librarian’s work is never done, and Irene is summoned to the Library. The world where she grew up is in danger of veering deep into chaos, and she needs to obtain a particular book to stop this from happening. Her only choice is to contact a mysterious Fae information-broker and trader of rare objects: Mr. Nemo.
Irene and Kai make their way to Mr. Nemo’s remote Caribbean island and are invited to dinner, which includes unlikely company. Mr. Nemo has an offer for everyone there: he wants them to steal a specific painting from a specific world. But to get their reward, they will have to form a team, including a dragon techie, a Fae thief, a gambler, a driver, and the muscle. Their goal? The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, in an early twenty-first-century world, where their toughest challenge might be each other.
Now that Irene and Kai brokered a treaty between the Dragons and the Fae, they must tread carefully when gathering books for the library. As the liaisons of said treaty, it wouldn’t bode well for them to be caught stealing a book from someone who signed the treaty. This is how they ended up traveling to a remote island to broker a deal with a mysterious Fae, an information broker and trader of rare objects: Mr. Nemo.
The tale that unfolds has them agreeing to join a team of thieves on a heist at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in an alternate Vienna. The museum is on an early twenty-first century world. Something is wrong in this world. They have to work with strangers, but also deal with the locals who seem to have a supernatural problem.
This was fun and a pleasant diversion after the previous book. Irene has to do some quick thinking with lots of double crosses, blackmail, and dragons to contend with. We learn more about dragon history, and meet some of Kai’s family.
The motley crew of thieves were interesting, and all agreed to Mr. Nemo’s request for personal reasons. Sharks, high-speed chases, and brilliant double crosses kept me engaged.
Cogman brought the characters and world to live in vivid 3-D. Fans of historical mysteries, suspense, and fantasy will enjoy this series. I love the magic and the library itself, with portals into different versions of our world.
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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