The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman

The Mortal Word

Genevieve Cogman

Vale and Irene travel to 1890s Paris to investigate the murder of a dragon at a peace conference. Once they arrive, they find evidence suggesting that the murder victim might have uncovered proof of treachery by one or more Librarians.

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In the latest novel in Genevieve Cogman's historical fantasy series, the fate of worlds lies in the balance. When a dragon is murdered at a peace conference, time-travelling Librarian spy Irene must solve the case to keep the balance between order, chaos...and the Library.

When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Germany, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, and that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death. Tasked with solving the case, Vale and Irene immediately go to 1890s Paris to start their investigation.

Once they arrive, they find evidence suggesting that the murder victim might have uncovered proof of treachery by one or more Librarians. But to ensure the peace of the conference, some Librarians are being held as hostages in the dragon and Fae courts. To save the captives, including her parents, Irene must get to the bottom of this murder--but was it a dragon, a Fae, or even a Librarian who committed the crime?

Advance Galley Reviews

This new chapter in the INVISIBLE LIBRARY series has Irene Winters, Librarian, Kai Strongheart, Dragon, and Peregrine Vale, Detective, off to avert another crisis. The representatives of the Fae World and the Dragon World are meeting in a neutral alternative Paris for a peace conference. But before any type of peace treaty can be forged, a high dragon official is murdered. Since the Library is the official neutral party it asks Vale to investigate along with representatives from all three groups. Red herrings abound with the Blood Countess trying to thwart the peace treaty, the head of security for the Library having his own agenda and anarchists causing havoc throughout the city. It takes Irene through twists and turns to finally get to the truth. An exciting and entertaining story, with alternative worlds that can only be accessed though a library and the mysterious language of Librarians. Thank you First-to-Read for this free e-copy of "The Mortal Word".

An excellent entry in one of my favorite fantasy series. It was a little slow to start, but once I got into the story, I couldn't put it down. I just love Irene and Kai and Vale so much.

A bit of preface ... I requested this advance copy as I had read and liked it. What I did not realize until First to Read notified me I'd been selected was that I'd not yet read three sequels! So I had some catching up to do... Ms. Cogman has matured in her writing and this series has also matured (not always a necessary consequence). I thoroughly enjoyed this book - setting it sadly aside for those life annoyances like work, chores,...{sigh} sleep. It, and the previous three that I hurriedly ate up to get to here, suggest that I need to go back to the first again and fill in some understanding gaps. There are subplots and subplots, intricately woven into a story that begs for more. As I'm given to understand, there will be! But now I'll have to wait...

This is my first time reading this series, and I loved it. This is just the kind of fantasy I love- historical.

I was not aware this was part of a series when I requested it. I have been wanting to read this series since it started and never got around to it. While this may be the 5th in the series, it hooked me. The world is well developed and imaginative. This story makes sense all on it's own. I can't wait to read more.

The newest addition to the series was excellent. Irene and company never disappoint! What I most love about the series is Irene. She is a relatable heroine. She may not be a super splashy, but she keeps calm and carries on and gets the job done every time with a little help from her friends. Irene uses her diplomacy, ability to talk herself out of any and all situations, and backbone of steel to get of scrapes instead of replying on punching/kicking her way of a jam. She uses her big librarian brain first and force second which I appreciate. Cogman manages to deliver a complete enough book each time which satisfies the reader, while avoiding those dreaded cliffhanger endings. There remains enough unanswered questions about The Invisible Library and its inhabitants that I anticipate many more books to come! At least I hope Cogman has more books planned. I love this series, I have questions, I need answers!

I LOVE this series. Seriously. I'm scared when I start to read the beginning of every book that Ms. Cogman will wrap up the series, and excited at the end of every book that there's a chance that she will keep writing. Irene is so witty but humble, you can't help but keep reading late into the night to find out how she will get out of the next predicament that comes along. How do I sign up to be a Librarian??

Another fantastic story about Irene and her companions as they try to salvage the peace talks between the Dragons and the Fae. Full of humor and intrigue, each book in this series manages to deliver a fulfilling storyline as well as leave just enough unanswered questions about The Library that you can't help but desperately await the next installment. The Mortal Word is no exception and readers will be delighted by the return of old favorites and the introduction of new blood to the series.


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