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The Secret Chapter A Librarian S Work Is Never Done, And Once Irene Has A Quick Rest After Their Latest Adventure, She 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 No Copies Of The Book Are Available In The Library, So Her Only Choice Is To Contact A Mysterious Fae Information Broker And Trader Of Rare Objects Mr NemoIrene 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 He Swears That He Will Give Each Of Them An Item From His Collection If They Bring Him The Painting Within The WeekEveryone Takes The Deal 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 A Early Twenty First Century World, Where Their Toughest Challenge Might Be Each Other


10 thoughts on “The Secret Chapter

  1. says:

    Release Day 4.5 He who controls the present controls that past StarsYou can also see a different joint review done with Anne at Books of My HeartI ve enjoyed the invisible library series so far It is one of the smarter series I read and I m always interested in what new shenanigans Irene and associates are going to get into Irene is usually trying to steal one book or another from some world but now she needs to steal something much larger to get the book she needs and she has some new hin Release Day 4.5 He who controls the present controls that past StarsYou can also see a different joint review done with Anne at Books of My HeartI ve enjoyed the invisible library series so far It is one of the smarter series I read and I m always interested in what new shenanigans Irene and associates are going to get into Irene is usually trying to steal one book or another from some world but now she needs to steal something much larger to get the book she needs and she has some new hinderanceshelpers for the task In the last book Irene became the Library s representative one the tentative peace treaty was signed and Kia was placed in a similar position enabling their relationship to change I was a little worried that the romantic aspect between them would take over a little since this is the first book they are officially together I was worried for nothing, there is the romance between them, but it is so in the background really that it is almost not there So, the tone of the story hasn t changed much from prior books, which means if you are reading this solely for the romance don t.Irene and Kia both go to meet with Nemo, a criminal overlord type Fae who has a book Irene desperately needs Irene and Kia both have very different reasons for going, they both have their own political agendas and those agendas don t always line up I respect that both Kia and Irene are still their own people with their own motivations and just because they are together that isn t going to change Each has secrets from the other and they respect that While each might do whatever they can to protect the other, they aren t blindly just letting the others agenda overshadow their ownShould I worry about him Does he matter to you Besides politically, that is Let s just say, whether of not he s in danger will affect my response to the situationA few of the things I loved We finally meet Irene s parents They are a trip and it was a pretty funny exchangeWas it a surprise that a daughter of spies had developed trust issues she thought wrylyWhile other story plot lines have really examinedof the Library and Fae this one had some bigger developments surrounding the dragons and their origin story I enjoyed learningabout how the dragons think and their political machinations Sadly, Vale didn t have much to do with this story but the good news is that I was so caught up in the quirky new characters and the heist that I didn t really miss him much.This was another very well written story with new information that will probably build into the next books I enjoyed all my time with Irene and co again and can t wait to see how the revelations about the dragons in this will play into future books


  2. says:

    Can t wait for this book to be released Although, I do hope detective Vale is in the story


  3. says:

    4.75 StarsThe Secret Chapter, by Genevieve Cogman is a delightfully fun read with absolutely wonderful descriptions and portrayals of Fae, Dragons, and Librarians The perfect choice for a feel good and exciting read Irene, a Librarian, has been tasked with securing a specific edition of a very specific book There is just one catch The book is held by a Mr Nemo, a mysterious Fae, who is hidden away on a private island Being the only copy of this book, Irene has to go and see Mr Nemo and hope 4.75 StarsThe Secret Chapter, by Genevieve Cogman is a delightfully fun read with absolutely wonderful descriptions and portrayals of Fae, Dragons, and Librarians The perfect choice for a feel good and exciting read Irene, a Librarian, has been tasked with securing a specific edition of a very specific book There is just one catch The book is held by a Mr Nemo, a mysterious Fae, who is hidden away on a private island Being the only copy of this book, Irene has to go and see Mr Nemo and hope she can make a satisfactory deal.Irene is joined by Kai, dragon royalty and her partner, who uses this opportunity to show off his diplomatic skills However, during their trip, and upon their arrival, they realise that this job may becomplicated than they first thought Irene and Kai find they are not the only ones who wish to deal with Mr Nemo, and Mr Nemo knows how to use this to his advantage He has a very specific form of payment required from the group, in exchange they will all receive what they were inquiring about.The only problem Mr Nemo wants the group to band together and perform and impossibly difficult heist, secure a specific item and return it to him without damage.As a result Kai and Irene find themselves working with a Dragon tech master, a Fae thief, a gambler, a driver and a fighter But how far does this trust go And will they succeed Disclaimer This is the sixth book in the series and while it can be read as a standalone characters from earlier books will appear Personally I read this as a standalone as I wasn t aware it was part of a series until it was too late However, I will be picking up the rest of the series as soon as possible Due to this though there may be inadvertent spoilers so I apologise in advance, it is unintentional if I do not mark one Witty And Interesting The Writing Style and Narrative Cogman s writing style is incredibly witty and interesting, it immediately pulls you in and really connects you with the story right from the start Genevieve Cogman manages to balance wit and sarcasm with the serious and thoughtful and it works wonderfully The writing style also allows you to know a lot of information without feeling too info heavy, and without information dumps, it is cleverly written and very organic.The Secret Chapter is written from the perspective or Irene, and it is amazing Using her perspective allows for you to have a lot of insight, particularly into the Library, the peace treaty, and Irene s thought process However, it means there is also an element of mystery and suspense Irene is intelligent and knows when things are suspicious or wrong, so do we as a result, but she doesn t know why or what the truth is This allows a lot of theorising and mystery for us The narrative is also extremely helpful for people who read this as a standalone as Irene is explanatory by nature as well as thoughtful so we learn a lot from her without meaning to The narrative is extremely fun to read and allows you to connect with the book and characters very well Fun And Exciting The Plot This plot is fun and exciting and unique and all around enjoyable A band of misfits coming together to pull off a heist or event is not inherently original BUT the story as a whole is incredibly unique in its execution and style Not only is it unique in execution but also in terms of the way the Fae and Dragons are used, the portrayal of the treaty, the alternate timelines and, of course, the Library I ADORED the way a Library is used at the core of the story, it is neither good nor bad, it is neutral but protective and is the key to stability Moreover, I thoroughly enjoyed the complicated rivalry between the Fae and the Dragons and how each fit into archetypes or general traits The contrast of chaos versus order added such an interesting dimension to the novel and story and aided the rivalry in a subtle but effective way.This rivalry made the story very intriguing as it had such unexpected effects on the way the heist played out and the group worked together It allowed for humour, anger and hostility to grow and develop and made the read through muchentertaining I don t want to say too much on the plot as it is very easy to spoil But, I also thought that it was paced very well, there was a great balance of action, magic, planning, discussion and character development Complex And Clever The Word Building Magic System This book had some complex and clever world building and an extensive magic system Firstly, let s talk about the Library and the Librarians First of all LIBRARIANS are awesome in this story, readers are portrayed as being awesome, and I adored thisthan words can say The librarians are a neutral party, mostly human, who are there to maintain the equilibrium, the Library is the signatory of the peace treaty and they are aiming to create a balance But they are morally grey, they steal for the greater good but are professionals at theft from others They have the ability to use a power called the Language, they can change change how you perceive reality and it is amazing But, magic has a cost, it has a physical toll on the body, particularly if you try to use it on too many people at once This adds some realism ad restraint to the magic which adds to the story.The next set of magic is that of the dragons Powerful royal dragons can control an element, only a specific one, and can take on their dragon forms at whim They are powerful, prefer order and have an in depth system of rules and loyalty they also dislike the fae However, their magic is also restricted, to use their element they must have access to it, i.e a lake if it is water, and they cannot take on their dragon forms in ares of high chaos usually areas with high fae activity This was incredibly interesting and unique as dragons are seldom used to such an extent or with an in depth and complex look in regards to other supernatural or mythological creatures.The Fae I simply adored the portrayals of the fae They are highly chaotic, flirty, and can be extremely vicious EXACTLY how fae are meant to be But, Cogman goes even further and creates a system of archetypes, specific personas that individual fae try to achieve, such as being a manipulator or gambler etc Each specialise in these areas and have skills pertaining to them However, their archetypes all have weakness that can be exploited.Each set of magic is incredibly different but works so well together in the novel, they each have their own limits, weaknesses and strengths allowing individuality and incredibly unique uses of the magic.The world itself is intriguing, areas are categorised as relying on either magic or technology, order or chaos, and have their advantages and disadvantages to each race, being fae or dragon, even the librarians The world is an incredibly complex one consisting of alternate timelines However, despite the jumps in time period, and timelines, it is never confusing and works magnificently I loved this world, especially the library, and will definitely be on the lookout for the prior books so I can learnabout it Realistic And In Depth The Characters Every character is well crafted, complex and interesting, they are realistic and in depth and so are incredibly easy to connect with Normally, I would split all my opinions on the characters but to avoid too many inadvertent spoilers I will keep it a little briefer than usual Irene She is a Librarian and she is amazing She is smart, headstrong, independent, determined, and absolutely dedicated to the library and what it represents She is loyal and honourable, but also incredibly witty and sarcastic, which adds so much amazing humour to the story Throughout the story she is observant but is unable to piece everything together and this is wonderful for the reader as it shows her intelligence but also allows us to theorise too Her relationship with Kai is realistic and breaks away from stereotypical cliches They are loyal to each other, but Irene puts the library fist, the world first, and Kai understands this Their relationship is balanced, kind, and full of understanding it is just a perfect adult relationship and is not over the top nor does it take over the story it just is and it works Kai He is a dragon, he is loyal to the dragons, his family and Irene But, the Dragons secrecy comes first He is clever, diplomatic and sweet, but quick to aggression He is a great character to read about and adds a lot of wit and interest to the story Being a dragon he often gets into disagreements with the fae and they are simply wonderful to read about and incredibly funny at times.Not only are the characters and the relationships realistic but there is diversity among them It is added naturally and adds realism to the story I loved the characters and cannot wait to seeof them The group that band together with Kai and Irene are so unique and have such individual personalities tat you cannot put the book down because they are so interesting The dynamics of the group are fun, witty and suspicious and were absorbing to read about An honorary mention to Silver creepy as he may be his characters is incredibly funny, flirty, witty, comical, sarcastic and everything I want from a fae A Feel Good And Exciting Adventure Overall This historical fantasy is a feel good and exciting adventure It is full of magic, comedy, action, sarcasm and wit with a dash of violence and a sprinkle of amazing The characters are complex and easy to connect with, the plot is fun, unique and well paced, and the magic is cleverly weaved throughout.Overall, I would recommend this to fantasy and magic lovers It is a great read, perfect for if you want something fun and light but also complex and action packed This series is a must read with magic, fae, dragons and magical librarians whatcould you want I received a free e ARC of TheSecretChapter, by Genevieve Cogman from Netgalley and PanMacmillan Panmacmillan in exchange for an honest review


  4. says:

    Rating yep, the Full FiveGlory be This is an epic tale, taking us mere humanses out to the Deep End, tilting the deck, and saying, whoopsie daisy, hope y all can swim More thoughts after I can remove the oxygen mask and IV fluids the paramedics put on me.


  5. says:

    Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.Not gonna lie, I adore this series I love the dragons I love the Fae I love the Library I love the Language But do you know what I m tired of Heists There s been this non stop barrage of heists in the book world the last few years, and meh, starting to be over it.Luckily for us, this heist involves Irene Winters who, like Max from Chronicles of St Mary s, runs headlong into trouble but Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.Not gonna lie, I adore this series I love the dragons I love the Fae I love the Library I love the Language But do you know what I m tired of Heists There s been this non stop barrage of heists in the book world the last few years, and meh, starting to be over it.Luckily for us, this heist involves Irene Winters who, like Max from Chronicles of St Mary s, runs headlong into trouble but has the wit and fortitude to kick its ass Irene is such a great character, and I really love her interactions with the dragons and fae I really like Kai as well, but I was hoping forLord Silver and Vale I miss them This one has a few twists and turns and quite a few betrayals, but most importantly, this one pushes the world building and lore past the huge changes from the last book to an even newer place, setting the stage for some serious ramifications This series, even with a heist thrown in, continues to be fun Can t wait for the next one


  6. says:

    This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.This book was fantastic I remember reading the first book in this series, The Invisible Library, right around its publication date and knew that this was going to be a very special series I have looked forward to each installment and have yet to be disappointed One of the things that I love about the series is that the possibilities are endless This book was my favorite in the series to date.You would think that Irene and Kai wou This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.This book was fantastic I remember reading the first book in this series, The Invisible Library, right around its publication date and knew that this was going to be a very special series I have looked forward to each installment and have yet to be disappointed One of the things that I love about the series is that the possibilities are endless This book was my favorite in the series to date.You would think that Irene and Kai would get a bit of a break after all of their work to secure a very important treaty but the fun never seems to stop for this pair After a quick assassination attempt, they must face Irene s parents which proved to be an eye opening situation Before long, Irene is summoned to the Library and given the task to secure a very special book Irene and Kai dealings with Mr Nemo prove to bedifficult than expected and they find themselves being put on a team to pull off a very big heist This was a very exciting book The action started in the few pages and really never let up Just getting to Mr Nemo was an adventure but the fun really got started once they made it to his island It was really interesting to see Irene and Kai work within a group Irene has a take charge attitude which doesn t always work with the group The task that they have seems almost impossible and they have to do it with a group that they don t completely trust I had no idea how they were going to make it work and I love that the story kept me guessing.The characters in this book were very well done I have grown to love Irene and Kai over the course of this series and I liked them even a littleby the end of this book I was a little sad that Detective Vale only made a quick appearance but there were so many new and interesting characters introduced in this book that I didn t miss him as much as I would have thought The crew that Irene and Kai must work with were all really unique individuals I wasn t sure who could really be trusted but there were a couple of individuals that really proved themselves in the end I would highly recommend this book to others This is the sixth book in The Invisible Library series which is a series that really should be read in order I loved the excitement of this story and thought that the task was incredibly unique Once I started reading this book I did not want to put it down I cannot wait to readof this wonderful series I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.Initial ThoughtsI loved this book This is my favorite book in the series so far which says a lot since I have really enjoyed all of them This is a series that is best when read in order if at all possible This story kept me guessing and I could have never guessed some of the things that happened Irene and Kai were amazing as always and it was great to see them in a new setting with a new group of individuals The task was both difficult and dangerous but it was also very exciting I can t wait to readof this amazing series


  7. says:

    Every new book in the Invisible Library always brings me delight and it was no different since the time I got to know the series would be extended And obviously receiving the ARC made me very happy What a great way to have some fun on a weekend.The one thing guaranteed in this series is that the story moves at a great pace, throwing one sticky situation after another at the characters, not giving them time to get complacent This ensures that we as readers are always on our toes as well, worri Every new book in the Invisible Library always brings me delight and it was no different since the time I got to know the series would be extended And obviously receiving the ARC made me very happy What a great way to have some fun on a weekend.The one thing guaranteed in this series is that the story moves at a great pace, throwing one sticky situation after another at the characters, not giving them time to get complacent This ensures that we as readers are always on our toes as well, worried what s gonna happen next and never wanting to keep the book down As always, there is another heist this time but involving a larger crew and I enjoyed seeing the typical heist tropes used so effectively We get a 80s style Bond villain who is the mastermind, a master thief, a muscle, a hacker and the one running the show on the ground It felt like watching a movie with lots of twists, not being able to guess initially who might betray whom, but ultimately figuring it all out and delighting in the knowledge We also get us a bitallusion to the dragon s history which has been going on for the past couple of books now And while I was enjoying an entertaining and predictable ride, the author completely blew my mind with the epilogue and I can only wonder what the long term consequences of those revelations are going to be Irene has always been a favorite character of mine and readingabout her only made me happy While she is her smart, witty and resourceful self when trying to get out of tricky messes, I liked getting to know her a bitpersonally this time around Her dysfunctional relationship with her parents and being involved in a task which means something personal to her showed us a bit of introspective and vulnerable side to her, and it definitely made me appreciate herfor being the kind and loyal person she is We see that her relationship with Kai is going well but as we ve come to expect, it s the slowest burn romance ever and I don t expect that to change anytime soon We also get quite a few Fae and Dragon cameos from the previous books, so that was fun but I missed having Vale again The rest of the heist crew was fun to follow as well, but mostly I enjoyed watching Irene try to work with such a diverse team and figure out how to handle each of their idiosyncrasies Finally, this is a thoroughly entertaining and sometimes predictable heist novel with an explosive ending and I promise you ll have fun reading it If you re a fan of the series, then I would obviously recommend you to continue on this journey If you have never read the Invisible Library series, but you love novels full of adventures and heists, supernatural creatures and an extremely smart Librarian protagonist, you should totally check this out From the way the story ended, I hope we ll get to know a lotabout the Library s origins in the later books and I can t wait


  8. says:

    I liked book 6, maybe just my mood, I wanted a bitIrene and Kai were great, I think just the other characters were not as well written The story was good, possible it went slower here or there Again, it could just be my mood I do hope there will be a book 7


  9. says:

    This was a blast to read as usual Fast paced, fae, dragons A heist A wayinteresting outcome of Brexit mentioned it was half a paragraph where politicians was discouraged from such ideas by public beheadings So without spoilering anything, this book brings out on yet another adventures with Irene and Kai This time to 21st century Europe to steal a painting in order to obtain a book And they have to work with other fae and a dragon in order to do that and all the obstacles that comes This was a blast to read as usual Fast paced, fae, dragons A heist A wayinteresting outcome of Brexit mentioned it was half a paragraph where politicians was discouraged from such ideas by public beheadings So without spoilering anything, this book brings out on yet another adventures with Irene and Kai This time to 21st century Europe to steal a painting in order to obtain a book And they have to work with other fae and a dragon in order to do that and all the obstacles that comes with it Sadly it was difficult to get to know the other characters in the team Other than Indigo I so love how Irene s and Kai s relationship has developed since the first book also I can t believe not even a year has passed since the start of the series Also I am weak for Kai s draconic and overprotective side It was also great fun to finally meet Irene s parents, however brief it was the books also needs to featureSilver andVale Especially Silver, he s so fae and I just love it whenever he has page time Kai also needsof his own PoV chapters


  10. says:

    The Invisible Library series is pure junk food for me roughly equivalent to the chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe s It s possible to eat too many of those highly addictive nuggets in a setting, and I think book 6 might be right at the edge of my tolerance The Secret Chapter isof what I ve come to expect from the series a heist, big stakes, nonstop peril and narrow escapes, complex politics involving dragons, Fae, and Librarians with a capital L on the horizon The Invisible Library series is pure junk food for me roughly equivalent to the chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe s It s possible to eat too many of those highly addictive nuggets in a setting, and I think book 6 might be right at the edge of my tolerance The Secret Chapter isof what I ve come to expect from the series a heist, big stakes, nonstop peril and narrow escapes, complex politics involving dragons, Fae, and Librarians with a capital L on the horizon but it s starting to feel a bit stale The setup is flimsy this time Irene is sent to retrieve a rare scroll that is necessary to keep the world she went to school in from tipping into chaos Unfortunately, the owner of this scroll wants a very specific and valuable painting in return, and Irene and her dragon companion Kai are roped into a ragtag army of thieves and gamblers as they attempt to steal a painting that is not what it seems Sharks are involved Duels Heroic driving Enemies who dress up our heroine in a bikini.Adventure and action are plentiful, and the heist goes as wrong as expected no one writes books about heists that go smoothly But the question that kept coming up in my mind was shouldn t I careabout these characters by book 6 Characterization is a major weakness for this series, and this entry especially so, as it introduces a substantial new cast and expects readers to maybe care a little about the newcomers Which is a problem, since I m not even particularly attached to main character Irene, intrepid and resourceful Librarian that she is There s some attempt to develop Irene as a character, especially regarding her relationship with her parents, but it feels cursory and slitherer out y Similarly, Irene and Kai are always too busy trying not to get killed to explore the interestingly ambiguous nature of their alliance, and so there s no progression either of characterization or relationship It s too bad better characterization would take this series from one I mildly and guiltily enjoy to being actually, well, good.I still appreciate the irreverent humor sprinkled throughout Kai, wake up We ve been kidnapped He groaned something, eyelids flickering open for a second before he relaxed into his doze Kai There s been a palace revolution and the peasants are attacking Kai gave a deep shuddering sigh and finally opened his eyes properly Execute them all in the public square, he mumbled, clearly still half asleep I ll probably read the next one I don t really expect the characterization to improve, but I ll be ready for another adventure in another year or so