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The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library series) (edition 2019)

by Genevieve Cogman (Author)

Series: Invisible Library (6)

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"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"--… (more)
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Title:The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library series)
Authors:Genevieve Cogman (Author)
Info:Pan (2019), Edition: Main Market, 352 pages
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Irene and Kai, while on a quest to recover a book that will help stabilize the world where Irene attended boarding school, are roped into being members of a group who are executing a heist for a fairy who is straight out of a Bond film. However, the item being stolen reveals new information about dragons that threatens to shatter the fragile peace treaty that Irene and Kai are working so hard to preserve.

Another solid entry in the Invisible Library series that kept me highly entertained throughout. ( )
  MickyFine | Sep 29, 2022 |
I liked the book, however, I've felt that the last couple of books just haven't been as good as the first ones. I like Irene, I find her to be a great heroine and The Library is a fabulous place. I just don't find the stories as good as the previous ones. Also, Irene and Kai together, sigh, boring. I suspect that's one of the main reasons I find the books to be less interesting now. And this book had way too little Vale in the story...

Still, the humor in the book is great and I love to learn more about Irene and I will continue reading the books... ( )
  MaraBlaise | Jul 23, 2022 |
I enjoy the occasional heist story, and Cogman's version is delightful. I still get a kick out of how clever and book-nerdery these books are. ( )
  AngelClaw | Jan 7, 2022 |
Another fun romp in chaos! There's such cleverness in Cogman's plotting; deal-making and high-stakes ops in The Secret Chapter made me think of Monty Python and Monte Hall helping 007 save the galaxy. I wish Kai and Irene had more of a romantic respite to wrap this adventure, however. ( )
  bardbooks | Nov 11, 2021 |
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To my godparents – Judy, James, and Angela. Thank you for everything.
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A truce has finally been agreed between the dragons and the Fae.
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'Anyhow, after that period there's a constant stream of supernatural incidents. An attempt by vampires to take over the Conservative Party in Great Britain, a rampage by werewolves down Los Ramblas in Barcelona, some sort of cabal of blood sorcerers in Belgium—' (p. 132)
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'Very strongly tied to Europe, which is why CENSOR has an English name and acronym. It did attempt to leave the European Union last year, but apparently that was prompted by demonic interference. A lot of politicians were subsequently tried for treason and beheaded at the Tower of London.' (p. 133)
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"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"--

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A Fae arch villain
A deal to steal a painting
An explosive twist
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Only Irene could
be involved in a James Bond
pastiche with dragons!
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