The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #5
Reviewed by Ginny
A corrupt countess
A spy in danger
And an assassin at large
The fifth title in Genevieve Cogman’s witty and wonderful Invisible Library series, The Mortal Word is a rollicking literary adventure.
Peace talks are always tricky, especially when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae. As a neutral party, Librarian-spy Irene is summoned to investigate. She must head to a version of 1890s Paris, with her assistant Kai and her detective friend Vale, where these talks are fracturing. Here, she must get to the bottom of the attack – before either the peace negotiations or the city go up in flames.
Suspicions fly thick and fast and Irene soon finds herself in the seedy depths of the Parisian underworld. She’s on the trail of a notoriously warlike Fae, the Blood Countess. However, the evidence against the Countess is circumstantial. Could the killer be a member of the Library itself?
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: white wine. I went and got a massage so Im kind of relaxed lump of human being right now.
Spoiler-free Overview: well, im writing my fifth review for this series so I think you’ll need to read those dor some background. Irene has been called to mediate a dispute between dragons and the Fae. Kai is no long her apprentice but she has to work with silver l, another dragon, and Vale (her fav universes Sherlock Holmes). Its all happening during truce conversations so things are tense.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm this book is basically my happy place
Characters: I love the way this series has grown. There were only a few new characters added in this book which meant that the plot could be front and center. I comtinue to love our main characters. Irene is brilliant and knows how to work with people while still having the flaws that make her oh so realistic. I do wish Vale had been in this book a little more but what can you do.
Plot: I love a mystery where all the clues are given early enough that tou can figure out what happened but still dont… This is a straight up murder mystery and the characyera who act as ted herrings are delightful. I really enjoyed reading about Irene having to fight the compulsions of the various sides and the additional information about thw Fae playing their roles. I don’t want to say too much here
Writing Style: … pass?
World Building: delightful. The characters are developed enoigh that the world building really works. I l oi ved the hints that showed how this world was different.
What to pair it with: apple cider with fireball. Its winter in the world and a hot drink sounds perfect. Backup drink would be a hot toddy