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The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library series) (edição: 2019)

de Genevieve Cogman (Autor)

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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"--… (mais)
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Título:The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library series)
Autores:Genevieve Cogman (Autor)
Informação:Pan (2019), Edition: Main Market, 352 pages
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: Glory be. This is an *epic* tale, taking us mere humanses out to the Deep End, tilting the deck, and saying, "whoopsie-daisy, hope y'all can swim!"



More thoughts after I can remove the oxygen mask and IV fluids the paramedics put on me. (That was written at the end of March after COVID withered my body and rattled my brain.)



Imagine meeting your intended's parents after rescuing her, being rescued by her, heisting multiple valuable items together, negotiating Multiversal Peace with her, and having them be like "~meh~ that's just life as a Librarian. Oh BTW there are some facts we've never told you, daughter dear, and there's this job...." Was it that surprising that a daughter of spies had developed trust issues? {Irene} thought wryly, as Author Cogman puts it. In conversation with her mother later: “Life was much easier before I had to worry about everyone else worrying,” Irene muttered. “It’s called growing up, dear. It comes with staying alive.” And that the extent of Mothering the lady can do! But "everyone else" includes a certain deeply treasured Dragon....

More will appear like magic tomorrow, 17 December 2020, at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud. ( )
  richardderus | Dec 16, 2020 |
Stepping back into the world of Irene Winters in The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman is like sipping your favorite beverage at the end of a long day – relaxing and comforting. Irene is just so familiar with her love of reading and The Library, her desire to spend cozy nights with her loved ones, and her determination to do her job to the best of her ability. It is a bit like reading about yourself if you happened to live in a world where Fae and Dragons coexisted, and a magical, mystical Library kept the two from gaining too much power.

The best part about The Secret Chapter, and the entire series, is the fact that Kai’s and Irene’s adventures never become old or predictable. Each story sheds just a little more light on the big picture. This time around, we learn something rather unexpected about the origins of dragons. We also see more dragon interactions as well as Kai’s relations. Plus, we get to see Irene’s parents as she confronts them about the origins of her birth. There is no doubt all of this is going to come back to haunt Irene and Kai in future stories.

In The Secret Chapter, Irene learns some things about herself which highlight those changes, even as she recognizes that some of those changes might not be the most positive. Ms. Cogman is not afraid to put her characters through dark times, and more importantly, she is not afraid to show the negative impact such dark times can have on her characters’ personalities.

The Invisible Library series remains entertaining and creative. Each story stands on its own while also moving forward the overarching story. The characters never remain stagnant but always growing and learning from previous experiences. It remains a favorite series, especially as I never know what to expect from one book to the next other than the fact that nothing will ever go to plan, which makes up half the fun. ( )
  jmchshannon | Dec 15, 2020 |
A great installment in the series. Cogman continues to write lovely, convoluted plots with interesting arcs for Irene, the main protagonist.

I am HIGHLY INTERESTED to see where this story goes next. ( )
  m_mozeleski | Aug 22, 2020 |
Librarian Irene is summoned to the Library and tasked with negotiating with a Fae for a very specific book needed to stabilize a world Irene has fond memories of. Accompanied by the dragon prince Kai, in human form, the two travel to the Caribbean and find themselves part of an unlikely team comprised of Fae, dragons, and a Librarian charged with stealing a painting from a museum in Vienna on yet another world. Promised anything as a reward, the group sets off to a world where supernatural beings are actively hunted and a trio of dragons hold power. As they puzzle out how to steal the painting, the bigger question becomes whether or not to trust each other.

This is part of the Invisible Library series, something I was not aware of when I requested it from NetGalley. I thought the idea of a librarian teaming up with a dragon and Fae sounded interesting, and was pleasantly surprised to realize I hadn’t necessarily needed to read the previous books, though I also sensed it would have helped make more of the book make better sense. Still, this was an interesting novel, though I do feel like I was missing some pieces of information to paint a richer picture.

The Characters: Interesting Characters, But I’m Missing Something
I liked the characters, but I wouldn’t say I loved any of them. As a matter of fact, I easily confused most of the Fae all the way through the book. I did enjoy how sharply different the Fae and dragons were from each other, though. It was interesting to read how this motley group managed to work together.

It’s a little difficult to comment on the characters when I know this book is the most recent in the series and I haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know them over several stories. I’m a little confused about the relationship between Irene and Kai, but I liked how close they seemed, being able to maintain a friendship and still be able to work together professionally. Still, I felt I was missing out on a few things, so I’ll keep it to I enjoyed the characters, I thought they were interesting, the relationships were amusing to read about, but I was unable to know them well.

The World Building: Fascinating Interconnecting Worlds
I was most impressed by the world building. Even though this was just my first introduction to the series and I haven’t read the books that come before, I was very interested in how the worlds were developed and how they functioned. The idea of multiple parallel worlds whose histories and designs differed by a shade from another was quite interesting, and I would be willing to read the other books just to explore more worlds.

The world in this book involved supernatural beings being hunted by a sort of police force. Of course, the world also contained a few secrets and twisty relationships, and those were fun. It was lovely to see how the world unfolded. I most particularly loved that this was a world that was new not just to me, but to the characters. It was one thing we could all explore.

My favorite part was that the city of Vienna was grounded in the real city, making it easier to jump right into it. Though it differs, greatly, it was still nice to have a springboard to make the transition into another world easier. I especially liked that it was something familiar and it was easy to see how this world could have developed considering I haven’t had the benefit of reading the prior novels, so have little idea of how these worlds function and how they developed.

The Plot: Fascinatingly Criminal, But Way Too Convenient
The thing that most frustrated me with this book was the story. I thought it was interesting in that librarians are little more than thieves and spies, so Irene’s shady dealings and deeds made sense. I liked the idea of having to steal something that added to the greater fabric of the series in order to obtain a book. It was fascinatingly criminal, and I really liked the spin on librarians and libraries.

At the same time, I was annoyed at the way the story moved forward. As interesting as I found the plot, which was why I requested it in the first place, I felt everything was a little too convenient and other parts were seemingly thrown in. It was irritating when Irene and Kai would get into trouble so easily, only to be able to use magical powers to magically spring free. It was too easy, and made the trouble parts feel like their sole purpose was to either pad the story or serve as tension. By the end of the book, I had caught on to the pattern, so felt very little to no tension when I should have. It was too easy to roll my eyes and just tell myself one or both would use their powers to get out.

I think it’s safe to say I like the idea behind the story. I did not enjoy the execution.

Overall: A Mixed Bag
This book felt like a mixed bag to me. There were things I liked and things I clearly did not enjoy. I loved the idea of there being humans, Fae, and dragons and having them intermingle both on friendly and antagonistic terms. I enjoyed the worlds and the idea between them. I did not enjoy the execution. Overall, though, it was a fun, readable book for someone who hasn’t read the prior books.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group – Ace, for a free e-copy. All opinions expressed are my own. ( )
  The_Lily_Cafe | Jun 28, 2020 |
Our heroine has to go to a moderately high-Chaos world to help a dangerous fae with a dangerous heist in order to save a world that means a lot to her. Many shenanigans follow, including insights into the secrets of the dragons. Tootling along fine! ( )
  rivkat | Mar 17, 2020 |
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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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