The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #6)
Reviewed by Ginny
What I drank prior: wine wine wine wine. Went up to PA. Ended the work day with bubbly and then white wine.
In the latest novel in Genevieve Cogman’s historical fantasy series, Irene and Kai have to team up with an unlikely band of misfits to pull off an amazing art heist—or risk the wrath of the dangerous villain with a secret island lair.
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. 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. He swears that he will give each of them an item from his collection if they bring him the painting within the week.
Everyone 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.
Drunk Overview: Irene gets pulled into a heist to help secire one of the worlds she was partially raised in. Its mostly fae with a fee dragons. Its goes as well as yoi might expect
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this is the perfect series to have a heist book. I wont say this book has Oceans 11 vibes because there are some major differences but this is definitely the Oceans [# of your choice] for this universe.
Characters: the various, mostly Fae thieves were a delight. This book didnt do much to grow Kai’s character, and for all of the hints about Irene’s past, this book didnt do much for her. But the new characters they introdiced were delightful. The gambler and the beater are bith characters I would love to seebpopnup in the future or either as a character in other things. I love a smart “beater” who is playing dumb to fit a role (if anyone has seen Leverage I love Eliot and really enjoy the plotlines where people underestimate him)
Plot: im normally not the biggest fan of heist plots in books, but this plot had a twist at the end that made the book so so sweet to read. This is a fairly typical heist with the “who can we trust” with at least one obvious and inevitable betrayal, and Ill get into it more vut this book has so many implications for the greater world
Writing Style: good. I dont know what anyone expects from me at this point
World building: fucking wild. This book did a lot to grow the wilder world especially where the dragons are concerned (which is especially nice after the previous book focused on the Fae). But this book causes some major ripples and I cant wait to see what happens next.
learnint about the dragon counter culture was pretty darn fascinatint. The idea of bring able to research the beginning of an “endless reign” is sonfuckiny cool!
What to pair it with: Martini. I know this is a heist and not a spy novel but it feels like it fits.
Rating: 4.55/5 Shot