Review | The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library 8)

A great final (for now) book in this highly enjoyable series. 4/5 stars.

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I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher (Pan Macmillan) via NetGalley in return of an honest review.

The blurb:

Return to the world of the Invisible Library for Irene’s most perilous mission yet . . .

Librarian Spy Irene is heading into danger. Not for the first time, but could this be her last? She’s tasked with a terrifyingly dangerous solo mission to eliminate an old enemy, which must be kept secret at all costs. But even more troubling news emerges. Multiple worlds are disappearing – and the Library may have something to do with it.

Determined to uncover the truth behind the vanished worlds, Irene and her friends must descend into the unplumbed depths of the Library. And what they find will change everything they know. This may be Irene’s most dangerous assignment of her hazardous career.

The Untold Story is the unputdownable eighth book in the Invisible Library fantasy series by Genevieve Cogman.

My take:

I’ve been a fan of this series since I read the first book, The Invisible Library, back in 2015. Over the past six years I’ve become so attached to the characters I would happily read a story about them going on a non-eventful holiday. A break they have more than earnt but which would no doubt leave them all incredibly bored!

But readers looking forward to more high-stakes Invisible Library adventure from this book needn’t worry. As with all the previous books in the series, The Untold Story is packed with intrigue, action and peril. And, as the author has decided this is the last of these books for the foreseeable, it does wrap up most of the over-arching story threads very nicely.

You really do have to have read the earlier books before you pick up The Untold Story. The characters have such detailed back stories and so much has happened over the course of the previous seven books, I’d recommend you go back to the beginning and stick with it. The series gets better with each book as you become more attached to the recurring characters and familiar with the intricacies and quirks of the world that Cogman has created.

Overall: If you’re looking for a fantasy adventure series to try, I highly recommend The Invisible Library. And you can embark on the adventure safe in the knowledge that it will all come to a satisfying conclusion in The Untold Story.


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WWW Wednesday 13th January 2016

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Review | The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #2)

A fun fantasy adventure which improves on the first installment. 3.5/5 stars.

The Masked City by Genevieve Cognman Invisible Library 2 cover

I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher (Pan Macmillan) via NetGalley in return of an honest review.

The blurb: Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.

Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.

My take:

I read The Invisible Library (Book 1) in early 2015. On the whole I found it enjoyable, if over-ambitious and a little confused. The writing was good and I expected the sequel to improve on the first installment now the author had got a lot of the complex world-building detail out of the way. And I was right.

This series is definitely for existing fans of fantasy adventures. It’s crammed full of magic, fae, dragons, steampunk, alternate worlds… However, The Masked City is better than The Invisible Library because the plot is more streamlined and we are already familiar with most of the major players. In the highly-capable hands of Irene, we skip between the Library and other worlds easily, taking all orders of dragons and fae in our stride. In this sense, I would recommend reading The Invisible Library before The Masked City. For although Cogman does a good job delivering subtle and necessary reminders of the key events in Book 1, the action in Book 2 kicks in straight away and a reader completely new to the series could easily get lost.

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