The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman
**We received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We’d like to thank Genevieve and Ace for the opportunity. This book comes out on Dec 29th and you can get it here or at your local independent bookstore**
What I drank: i started with a Crowler of beer called Lemonade Stand from a local brewery (Im gonna go back to get more, its a really nice sour) and then ended the night with some red wine.
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.
Drunk Overview: First off, major preps to Sam for requesting this book for me from Netgalley. This is one of my favorite ongoing series and Im always thrilled to get a new one. Okay. So (spoilers for previous books) Irene is in charge of ghe treaty betweem Fae and dragons. The dragon rep. Is Kai, her once trainee and now kinda bf. The Fae rep. Is Catherine, a niece of a quasi-alli and Librarian archetype. This book goes across worlds and deals with enemies-thought-dead and so many plots that Irene and co must solve.
Drunk Thoughts: like I said, I love this series. Irene feels very relatable to me. But this book was super focused on a mystery, which Irene usually solves really well. I kind of enjoyed her being behind the ball on a number of things.
- Catherine, a new character, has the potential to grow on me. I found myself frustrated by a few of her choices, but also completely understand why she made them
- Kai’s siblings continue to suck.
- I love how Vale keeps getting pulled into the Sherlock trope.
- I def calledbthe return of at least one character
- And a twist including thek
- I don’t want to spoil anything so Im not saying more (unless you ask me to).
- I think Irene as a mentor is fascinating, if only looking at the difference betweem her interacting with Kai vs Catherine.
- I want an entire book aboit the history of the science convention.
- I spent way too much of the book going “Ive been to La Sagrada Familia. Its so cool!”
- Seriously though, Shan Yuan sucks big time.
- I gotta admit, reviewing this book without spoilers isbhard
- This book continues the trend of books that have a lovely amount of description until it would have been detrimental.
- The world building also continues to be great. All it takes is a chapter or so before I want an entire book about a new world (reminds me a little of the Wayward Children series in that I love all of thr worlds introduced).
What I’d Pair it With: pinot noir. Its a full bodied book that absolutely coats your worldview while you’re drinking it.