Review – The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman

Posted December 29, 2020 by Carole in 2020 New Release Challenge, Book Reviews / 7 Comments

The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #7
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group – Ace
Publication Date: December 29, 2020
Date Read: September 24, 2020
Length: 336 pages
Source: Publisher / NetGalley

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.

My Review

I loved this!  I was so excited to have the opportunity to read an early copy of this book and I was not disappointed.  I remember thinking that was going to be a fun series with limitless possibilities when I read the first book in this series and seven books in, I believe I was right.  This is a series that I would recommend reading in order if at all possible since the character relationships have grown and changed and there are a few ongoing story arcs.  Each book has been a lot of fun so you wouldn’t want to miss one anyway!   

It looks like an assassin is out to get Irene.  At the start of the book, Irene and Vale are off on a quick mission together when things get messy.  Irene sets through a magical door only to discover a man that she thought was dead.  Meanwhile, Kai and Catherine are facing challenges of their own.  Irene, Kai, Vale, and Catherine must work to find out who is behind the assassination attempts and learn exactly what is going on.  
This book was exciting and the mystery kept me guessing.  There were several times that I wondered if Irene would be able to find a way out of difficult situations.  I had no idea who was behind everything which made the book very hard to put down.  I liked what Catherine added to the story.  I wasn’t quite sure if she would be trusted but I thought that she grew a lot over the course of this story and eventually proved herself.  
I would recommend this book to others.  I found this to be a very exciting and entertaining read filled with fantastic characters that I have grown to love.  There were some pretty big revelations in this book which have left me incredibly eager to get my hands on the next book in this fantastic series!

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

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 – My Review
Book 7 – The Dark Archive – 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

7 responses to “Review – The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman

  1. Barb and I just finished The Masked City, review this week. I am really curious about The Burning Page and I am glad you are still enjoying them!