Review – The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman

Posted February 7, 2020 by Carole in 2020 New Release Challenge, Book Reviews / 24 Comments

The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #6
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group – Ace
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Date Read: January 30, 2020
Length: 336 pages
Source: Publisher / NetGalley
★★★★★

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.

My Review

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 be more difficult 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 little more by 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 read more of this wonderful series!

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.

The Invisible Library Series

Book 1 – The Invisible LibraryMy Review
Book 2 – The Masked CityMy Review
Book 3 – The Burning Page – My Review
Book 4 – The Lost PlotMy Review
Book 5 – The Mortal WordMy Review
Book 6 – The Secret Chapter – Now Available!
About the Author

Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author, who has written for several role-playing game companies. She currently works for the NHS in England as a clinical classifications specialist.


Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

24 responses to “Review – The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman

  1. I’ve never even heard of this series but it sounds totally unique and fun! And it’s encouraging to see that it’s still just as good six books in. So glad this was a hit for you, Carole!

  2. I really liked the first two then I just go behind and now there are six!! UGH. I will need to start over as I have forgotten most of it. Glad to hear it's still really good.

  3. I am drawn to the plot itself and it sounds really interesting, but the fantasy-aspects give me pause. It is not a genre I have been interested in before, so I am not sure if I would end up liking it? But who knows, maybe I'd love it. Guess we can find out once the TBR is under control!

  4. Wow #6 already. I loved the first one but haven't read any of the others yet. I guess it's good though that I can binge 'em! Glad this was good. The fact that you thought it the best one so far has me definitely looking forward to it.