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A corrupt countess A spy in danger And an assassin at large The fifth title in Genevieve Cogman's witty and wonderful Invisible Library series, The Mortal Word is a rollicking literary adventure. Peace talks are always tricky, especially when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae. As a neutral party, Librari A corrupt countess A spy in danger And an assassin at large The fifth title in Genevieve Cogman's witty and wonderful Invisible Library series, The Mortal Word is a rollicking literary adventure. Peace talks are always tricky, especially when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae. As a neutral party, Librarian-spy Irene is summoned to investigate. She must head to a version of 1890s Paris, with her assistant Kai and her detective friend Vale, where these talks are fracturing. Here, she must get to the bottom of the attack – before either the peace negotiations or the city go up in flames. Suspicions fly thick and fast and Irene soon finds herself in the seedy depths of the Parisian underworld. She’s on the trail of a notoriously warlike Fae, the Blood Countess. However, the evidence against the Countess is circumstantial. Could the killer be a member of the Library itself?


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A corrupt countess A spy in danger And an assassin at large The fifth title in Genevieve Cogman's witty and wonderful Invisible Library series, The Mortal Word is a rollicking literary adventure. Peace talks are always tricky, especially when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae. As a neutral party, Librari A corrupt countess A spy in danger And an assassin at large The fifth title in Genevieve Cogman's witty and wonderful Invisible Library series, The Mortal Word is a rollicking literary adventure. Peace talks are always tricky, especially when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae. As a neutral party, Librarian-spy Irene is summoned to investigate. She must head to a version of 1890s Paris, with her assistant Kai and her detective friend Vale, where these talks are fracturing. Here, she must get to the bottom of the attack – before either the peace negotiations or the city go up in flames. Suspicions fly thick and fast and Irene soon finds herself in the seedy depths of the Parisian underworld. She’s on the trail of a notoriously warlike Fae, the Blood Countess. However, the evidence against the Countess is circumstantial. Could the killer be a member of the Library itself?

30 review for The Mortal Word

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica ☕

    Any time a new book in this series is announced, there should be an international holiday of celebration and reading. What a treat. Fans of Investigator Vale will be happy to know that he is back and center-stage. When an assassination takes place at a fae-dragon peace conference, he is the natural choice to find the killer. However, there are political considerations involved, and he is given a team of one librarian, one fae, and one dragon work together. Irene is, of course, the assigned librar Any time a new book in this series is announced, there should be an international holiday of celebration and reading. What a treat. Fans of Investigator Vale will be happy to know that he is back and center-stage. When an assassination takes place at a fae-dragon peace conference, he is the natural choice to find the killer. However, there are political considerations involved, and he is given a team of one librarian, one fae, and one dragon work together. Irene is, of course, the assigned librarian, and Kai, as a dragon prince, is able to insert himself wherever he'd like. Irene, Vale, and the team must determine who is trying to derail the peace conference, and try to stay out of the path of a new sadistic enemy. I daresay this was my favorite installment. Also, the author confirmed on her website that she has a publisher for books 6-8! arc received from the publisher

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for offering me an advanced copy in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. If you haven't picked up The Invisible Library, stop reading RIGHT NOW and go pick it up. It's a clever world of time-travel-adjacent adventures with dragons and fae and even a magic language of sorts. It's like Doctor Who meets The Chronicles of St. Mary's, and it's a BLAST to read. So go pick it up. This one is book five, so reading any more now will just spoil all your fun Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for offering me an advanced copy in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. If you haven't picked up The Invisible Library, stop reading RIGHT NOW and go pick it up. It's a clever world of time-travel-adjacent adventures with dragons and fae and even a magic language of sorts. It's like Doctor Who meets The Chronicles of St. Mary's, and it's a BLAST to read. So go pick it up. This one is book five, so reading any more now will just spoil all your fun. Okay, to business. After the crazy rogue Librarian has caused so much trouble, the two major powers in all the universes are set to make a peace treaty, and of course, this means things will NOT go smoothly. Even more, Vale has been called to the world where negotiations are being held to run an investigation of the murder of a high profile member of one side of the treaty. Of course, Irene is to go as the Librarian representative on the team. For the first time, we get LOTS of dragons, LOTS of Fae, and LOTS of Librarians, all in one story. Multiple major players on every side make this a mystery of Agatha Christie style - lots of potential suspects, and lots of tangled webs woven that need to be un-spaghettied. Yes, I realize that's not a real word. Too bad. My biggest gripe is that Vale and Silver are yet again relegated to minor characters. I really want them to have the chance to play a key role, but they almost felt like filler in this one yet again, especially since Irene takes over the investigation almost immediately upon arrival. The story seems to revolve around Irene and Kai -- which is great, as they're both fantastic characters, but I think Vale and Silver both have so much potential and are wasted as plot points. Overall though, this one is a fun romp through the Paris of yesteryear, with heavy doses of Fae chaos and dragon order and Librarian wit, so 4 out of 5 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    I NEED this book. Love this series so freaking much it hurts, y'all. It. Hurts. (Please go read the first 4 books so you can feel my pain and join me in the wait for book #5!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    I really wanted to like this one more. I liked it well enough but to be honest it was rather bland. it was so bland that a week later I still have no real opinion on it. I remember the main points but everything else is a blur which makes it a mediocre book in my opinion at best. Still I liked the path the series is taking and hopefully I will still care enough to pick up the next book when it's published.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    THE MORTAL WORD is the fifth book in The Invisible Library series. I've read every single book in the series and I could not wait to read this book. Irene's job is to steal rare books from different worlds for the Invisible Library. She loves her job, the adventures, the books. After a job in Germany, Irene learns about a secret Dragon-Foe peace conference that the Library is overseeing. But when a high- ranking Dragon is murdered, the peace talks come to a halt. Irene and her friend, private d THE MORTAL WORD is the fifth book in The Invisible Library series. I've read every single book in the series and I could not wait to read this book. Irene's job is to steal rare books from different worlds for the Invisible Library. She loves her job, the adventures, the books. After a job in Germany, Irene learns about a secret Dragon-Foe peace conference that the Library is overseeing. But when a high- ranking Dragon is murdered, the peace talks come to a halt. Irene and her friend, private detective Vale, are ordered to go to 1890s Paris and investigate the murder and find out who killed the dragon, and why? READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melindam

    Oh, Happy Daaaaaaay..... My favourite character, Peregrine Vale (alias fantasy Sherlock Holmes) IS be back! YESSSSSS!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. This was another great installment in the Invisible Library series. I have really enjoyed all of the previous books in this series so I was really excited to read this new installment. This is the fifth book in the series and I do think that this is a series that is best read in order. I had a great time jumping back into this complex set of worlds and thought that the story was very well done. In Paris of a neutral world, peace talks This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. This was another great installment in the Invisible Library series. I have really enjoyed all of the previous books in this series so I was really excited to read this new installment. This is the fifth book in the series and I do think that this is a series that is best read in order. I had a great time jumping back into this complex set of worlds and thought that the story was very well done. In Paris of a neutral world, peace talks are being held between the dragons and Fae with the Library's help. When an important dragon is found murdered, Vale along with Irene are asked to travel to that world to investigate the murder. Kai goes ahead to help and be with his uncle, a Dragon King. They are quickly buried in a complex and far-reaching mystery that will have a great impact on the peace talks. I think that I grow to love this group of characters a little bit more with each book. Irene is amazing. She is dedicated to doing what is right and getting the job done often at great risk to herself. I was happy to see that Vale plays such an important role in this book. He is such a skilled detective that is able to see what most others would miss. He insists on doing the job in the best manner possible and will not compromise himself for anyone else in any circumstance. Kai is incredibly strong but often underestimated. He is very supportive of Irene and has no problem deferring to her judgment. I thought that this mystery was very complex and well executed. Since the murder occurs at a political event, there are a lot of Fae, dragon, and Library politics wrapped up into the mystery. There were so many factors at play and individuals that seemed less than trustworthy. I love how original each book in this series is since they are all set in worlds with their own set of rules. The special abilities of the Fae, dragons, and Librarians always seem to keep things interesting. I really enjoy the way that Irene is able to apply the use of the Library's Language to each situation and think on her feet. There are a whole lot of exciting scenes to keep this one interesting. I would recommend this series to others. It is such a well-done series with great characters and remarkable world-building. I cannot wait to read more of Irene, Kai, and Vale's adventures in future installments. I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley. Initial Thoughts Another great installment in the series. Irene finds herself trying to solve a murder along with Vale, Kai, and others. The mystery kept me guessing until the very end and there was plenty of action along the way. I did enjoy the progression of the personal relationships in the series as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Why am I so Meh about this series? There are a lot of things that I like about this series. -Irene, Vale and Kia are all pretty likable characters who have a decent number of flaws to make them interesting - The various worlds with different levels of order and chaos we travel to are also interesting. - I idea of the library and it’s ambiguous involvement in each book’s crisis. I still have no idea if it is a mostly good or bad place. - Each individual book plot. They are all different and episodic Why am I so Meh about this series? There are a lot of things that I like about this series. -Irene, Vale and Kia are all pretty likable characters who have a decent number of flaws to make them interesting - The various worlds with different levels of order and chaos we travel to are also interesting. - I idea of the library and it’s ambiguous involvement in each book’s crisis. I still have no idea if it is a mostly good or bad place. - Each individual book plot. They are all different and episodic in nature. But…I want to feel more attached to the characters at book five and it just isn’t happening for me. I think part of the issue is that it does feel episodic in nature and so this could be any three people each new book. I don’t feel like I have emotions for the characters carrying over from the prior books. Then there is the feeling that we don’t every really dig any deeper into the characters beyond the surface layer. For example, we find out something about Irene’s parents in book two that I’m dying for her to have a conversation with them about. But now it is book 5 and even though they are physically close to Irene there is still no contact with them in this book. I feel like there are multiple things like this just thrown in and then never resolved. The premise is a good one. Irene is the Library’s investigator to a secret delegation trying to work out a peace treaty between Dragon’s and the Fae when one of the Dragon’s is killed. Vale is also tapped to be in the mix because of his great detective skills and Kai finds a way to be close by as well. I love that the team is all back together for this. There is a murder to be solved and a peace conference to save. Even Silver gets to make an appearance at the Fae representation in the investigations. The thing I liked the most in this book was probably the Fae Princess and how her architype worked. I enjoy how the Fae interact in the world like the Fairy Tales they are pulled out of. The Dragon culture is interesting but it isn’t nearly as playful and fun as any of the Fae characters that we have seen. At least the who will win Irene for the time being is answered in this book and I appreciate that even if I would have liked a smidge more depth to that as well. Overall I enjoy the series and it is an easy read but I’m just looking for a little more connection to the characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    The Invisible Library series is one of the most imaginative series in existence at the moment  – especially for those of us who are absolute book addicts-  it’s a heady mix of Literary adventures, magic, multiple worlds and books that hold the universe together. There’s dragon’s too. Just saying. Oh and Fae, must not forget them. Well unless they want you to of course… Irene is a librarian, a spy, a kind of thief if you like and quite often saves the world(s)… Over the course of the novels Genevie The Invisible Library series is one of the most imaginative series in existence at the moment  – especially for those of us who are absolute book addicts-  it’s a heady mix of Literary adventures, magic, multiple worlds and books that hold the universe together. There’s dragon’s too. Just saying. Oh and Fae, must not forget them. Well unless they want you to of course… Irene is a librarian, a spy, a kind of thief if you like and quite often saves the world(s)… Over the course of the novels Genevieve Cogman has built a beautifully complex and hugely addictive mythology, the library and its power, the multiple worlds Irene visits, there is a vivid brilliance to all of it that just immerses you into the stories. The Mortal Word finds Irene on the hunt for a killer, one determined to destroy the already tenuous peace negotiations between Dragon and Fae. With political machinations, multiple possibilities, Fae chaos and Dragon anger, she’s got her work cut out for her. With magic and mayhem afoot, she and her cohorts, Vale (Sherlock Holmes pretty much) and love interest Kai (who just happens to be a dragon) must face down all the odds. Once again this was an amazing read, intelligent, multi layered, adventurous and an absolute page turner. You just never know what’s coming next, from possessed felines to poisonous apples – it is wonderfully unpredictable, you just get hypnotised by it all from first page to last. Loved it again. Every story opens up the possibility for more and I can’t imagine ever getting bored with Irene’s world – let’s hope she has many more adventures ahead. Highly Recommended. Read them all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bonne

    Another adventure with Irene, Kai, and Vale? Yes, please!! I was extremely excited to receive this ARC ebook from the publisher. I hate waiting for Invisible Library novels from the library because the queue is always long, and for good reason— they are full of action and adventure. Our favorite series characters are assembled to investigate the murder of a dragon advisor during peace negotiations between the dragons and fae. If you haven’t tried this series yet, you are missing out. I can’t wai Another adventure with Irene, Kai, and Vale? Yes, please!! I was extremely excited to receive this ARC ebook from the publisher. I hate waiting for Invisible Library novels from the library because the queue is always long, and for good reason— they are full of action and adventure. Our favorite series characters are assembled to investigate the murder of a dragon advisor during peace negotiations between the dragons and fae. If you haven’t tried this series yet, you are missing out. I can’t wait for the next installment of Irene’s adventures! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melindam

    Amazon.com has just sent me an email that Book 5 will be available in November + there is a cover and blurb. And my favourite character Peregrine Vale will be back! YESSSSSS!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I've been reading and enjoying   The Invisible Library series  since the beginning.  The world-building is almost a fresh start in each book since Irene travels.  She has been assigned a home world where she lives and has some regular friends and frenemies. There are a few Library characters who are around throughout the series. This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I've been reading and enjoying   The Invisible Library series  since the beginning.  The world-building is almost a fresh start in each book since Irene travels.  She has been assigned a home world where she lives and has some regular friends and frenemies. There are a few Library characters who are around throughout the series. There's a long-time villian. But the primary contacts for Irene are the detective, Vale and the dragon, Kai.  I thought at one point she was going to have a romance with Vale but it now looks like she will be with Kai. I'm not very invested in any romance. I'm more involved in learning about the overall universe and what the heck is going on with the Library. The Mortal Word is the most exciting to date.  The Library is hosting peace talks between the dragons and the fae. One of the dragons is murdered.  A team is brought in to investigate and Irene is the defacto leader. It includes Irene (library), Vale (human), Silver (fae) and Mu Dan (dragon). It's ironic since we see the world through Irene's eyes how she knows so little overall about the Library and so much about various worlds, the fae and the dragons.  Irene has become an accomplished adventurer using her knowledge and skills to find the truth in every situation. The mystery here was complex with many attempts to frame others for the murder. The politics are extremely difficult and put their lives in danger. I loved every minute of learning even more about the dragons and fae with Irene; this was brilliant!   I can't wait to see how things go next time and I'm more than curious to finally learn more about the Library itself.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sionna

    I don't even need to know what this is about to be overly excited to read it. The last book has left me feeling so many emotions and I will be overjoyed to jump back into this series when this book comes out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    I was so excited when I got approved for the ARC of this book, especially because I was rejected same time last year for The Lost Plot and it felt like an affirmation that I’m now a capable blogger 😉😉😉 And I’m so glad to have read this book because it has all the wonderful elements that I have loved in the series with an extra dose of politics that I really enjoyed. Irene is such a strong female character that I’m surprised she is not talked about more in the book community. She fights with the t I was so excited when I got approved for the ARC of this book, especially because I was rejected same time last year for The Lost Plot and it felt like an affirmation that I’m now a capable blogger 😉😉😉 And I’m so glad to have read this book because it has all the wonderful elements that I have loved in the series with an extra dose of politics that I really enjoyed. Irene is such a strong female character that I’m surprised she is not talked about more in the book community. She fights with the tools she knows best – words, language, knowledge, manipulation and the resilience to seem unaffected even during the most desperate of situations. In this installment, she is called on to use her quick wit even more because she has to deal with the intricacies of politics between the Dragons and the Fae and even a small misstep can have grave consequences for the fate of humankind. She juggles being deferential towards the dragon royalty, trying not to get caught up in the stories of the fae, dealing with the possibility of betrayal from Librarians – all while trying to be an impartial investigator and find the true culprit (even when no seems to want her to do that). She has to fight off the Blood Countess, possessed cats, poisonous apples, gas filled cakes and so much more to ensure that the peace treaty is signed and the Library remains neutral. I was doubly excited in this book because Vale travels alongwith Irene to investigate the murder and I really wanted to see him again in his element but in an environment he doesn’t know well. We get to see glimpses of his genius, his ability to conduct his investigation with conviction and never swaying in front of the dragons or fae. He also comes to the right conclusions as Irene even if by different methods. However, what disappointed me was the it’s still Irene who takes the lead and after a point, Vale becomes a sidekick who shows up on page when the story needs it. I would have loved to see more of them working together. The plot is even more action packed in this book because there are always assassination attempts or kidnappings happening and Irene has to think on her feet and get out of all these tricky situations. Her immense talents are on full display and it was truly a delight to read. We also get to know so much more about the court politics of the dragons and how much the dragons and fae can’t stand each other. Every page in the story felt so significant because I was very invested in the outcome of the peace conference and was wondering how Irene’s findings would impact it. The end battle was very intense and on a scale not seen in this series before. The ending really expands the scope of this universe and I can’t wait to see what Irene and Kai will do in their new roles. If you love books and mysteries and adventures featuring a strong female character, I recommend you leave everything else aside and pick up this series. Every book in the series expands the scope of this universe and it has been a wonderful journey. And I’m very happy to know that there might be a couple more upcoming in this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality In this version of the multiverse the Library serves to provide the balance between the fae worlds of chaos and the dragon worlds of order. Humans don’t do well at either extreme, and it’s the Library’s function to guard and preserve the middle ground where human beings thrive. Just because the Library serves as a point of balance does not mean that the lives of any of the Librarians that serve it are remotely balanced in any way. It could be said that the L Originally published at Reading Reality In this version of the multiverse the Library serves to provide the balance between the fae worlds of chaos and the dragon worlds of order. Humans don’t do well at either extreme, and it’s the Library’s function to guard and preserve the middle ground where human beings thrive. Just because the Library serves as a point of balance does not mean that the lives of any of the Librarians that serve it are remotely balanced in any way. It could be said that the Librarians are like that metaphorical duck, “calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” Librarian Irene Winters’ life feels more like the old adage about jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire – except that for Irene, it’s frying pans and fires all the way down. When I first started this series, all the way back with The Invisible Library, it felt a lot like the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, because both stories are all about the power of words, especially the power of words in books. But now that we’re five books in, that resemblance has faded. As much as I loved The Eyre Affair, the first Thursday Next book, the series as a whole felt like a one-trick-pony, or a story that was only “funny once” and not “funny always”. It seemed as if the story was more interested in being incessantly clever than in telling a story – or that there wasn’t nearly enough worldbuilding underneath the gimmick to sustain a series. What makes The Invisible Library different – and better as a series – is that there is plenty of worldbuilding below the madcap adventure. And you really, really need to start with the first book for the world to make sense – because the scaffolding of that worldbuilding becomes more solid with each story. And they are absolutely oodles of fun – every single one. That there will be at least THREE MORE after this one is excellent news. Because while this book does have a story that wraps up within the volume, as does every entry in the series so far, it is equally clear that the author is not done with either the world of the Library or the life and adventures of this particular Librarian. And neither are the readers. Escape Rating A: This is a complex story in a complicated world. I can’t imagine it making much sense without having read the previous volumes first. And possibly recently. Certainly this is a series that rewards readers who have knowledge of how our heroine got into the fix she’s currently in, and how much her previous fixes – and the fixes for those fixes – have contributed (or conspired) to put her in the awkward, uncomfortable and dangerous place she now finds herself. I also have the distinct impression that one of these days Irene is going to stop being expendable to the Library and become a power within it, but that day is not yet. And first she has to survive her expendability. That’s never an easy task, as Irene has a tendency to be the fool that rushes in where the angels quaver to tread. One of the things that I have found fascinating about this series is its treatment of good vs. evil, because there really isn’t one. Individuals commit terrible acts in the service of their particular perspective on the eternal argument, but the eternal argument in this world is between order and chaos, and explicitly not between good and evil. The plot in The Mortal Word is essentially that of a murder mystery with political overtones. The dragons and the fae are meeting on a neutral world in order to forge a peace treaty. Or at least a non-aggression pact. The Library will take whatever it can get, and it is the Library that is brokering this attempt at detente. In the middle of the negotiations, someone is murdered. As much high tension as is in the air, it’s not actually surprising that someone ends up dead. However, the victim was the most trusted lieutenant of the dragon monarch who represents that side of this equation. While said monarch wants to blame his arch-enemies the fae for the murder, he also claims that the victim implicated the Library in a possible plot to sabotage the negotiations. Events are at a standstill until the perpetrator is discovered, and that’s when Irene is brought in. Yes, because she’s expendable. She’s always aware that she will take the blame if anything goes wrong – or if the solution is not satisfactory to all the parties involved. Which is far from the same thing. She is both shadowed and assisted by agents from both of the courts, and there is treachery at every turn, as well as an entire city full of red herrings – some of them still bloody. But Irene’s adventures, as she doggedly – and very, very dangerously – follows the clues to their unpopular but necessary conclusion, are always worth following. Every twisty step of the way. I can’t wait for her next adventure!

  16. 4 out of 5

    ☕ Kimberly

    While each book contains a clever, suspenseful mystery this series is best read in the order of its release. Complex story arcs, relationships and incredible world building are built upon in each title. A couple of things you need to know. Worlds ruled by or where Dragons dwell tend to be filled with order. As one would expect worlds where the Fae live or dwell tend to be filled with chaos. The Librarians collect books that are dangerous or need protection to keep the balance between order and ch While each book contains a clever, suspenseful mystery this series is best read in the order of its release. Complex story arcs, relationships and incredible world building are built upon in each title. A couple of things you need to know. Worlds ruled by or where Dragons dwell tend to be filled with order. As one would expect worlds where the Fae live or dwell tend to be filled with chaos. The Librarians collect books that are dangerous or need protection to keep the balance between order and chaos. Dragons and Fae by nature are sworn enemies. There are many different alternate worlds to the one that you live in, each slightly different based on the level of order or chaos. The Librarians, Dragon royalty and Fae royalty are holding secret treaty talks in a Neutral version of Paris and the Library is acting as overseers. When a dragon is found murdered, and both the library and Fae are suspects a team is put together consists of one librarian, dragon and Fae. Vale, a "Sherlock" investigator from Irene's current world is asked to investigate. Irene heads up their team. Irene Winters, our brilliant protagonists is fearless and clever. A female Sherlock but one who is capable of working with the temperaments of the supernatural and navigating the political world. She is one of my favorite fictional characters. All of the secondary characters are developed and have unique personalities. As the series progresses we learn more about each. Kai, being a dragon is the most mysterious, but we know and understand the important things. The stakes are high and the suspect list could tip the balance and end possible talks of peace. Oh, the excitement of it all. I loved the magic, the villains and even the creepy sweet princess of the Fae. Red herrings, twists and intense magic filled action-scenes held me captive. Cogman's stories are magic and she completely pulls me into the stories she creates. I find the abilities of the librarians, Fae and Dragons most intriguing. The author has done an incredible job of putting her own twist on things. Without bogging the story down, Cogman brings the world(s) and action to life much like Rowling's Harry Potter Books but for adults. Brilliant and addictive with a well executed murder-mystery, The Mortal Word left me hoping we will have more adventures with Irene and her motley crew. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Wiggins

    This series is so fun! The author manages to keep it fresh and exciting, with an ever expanding world(s). I’m not at all biased because the main character is a librarian. Really, I’m not.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I received a free netgalley from the publisher. I am in no way obligated to provide a review. My review is completely unbiased. I was very pleased to have received an advanced copy and happy to report Cogman has delivered another awesome fun fantasy with Irene and company. This time Vale is called upon to use his super sleuthing skills to assist Irene in solving a murder that has occurred at Peace Talks taking place between the Dragons and the Fae. My favorite thing about the book is Irene. She I received a free netgalley from the publisher. I am in no way obligated to provide a review. My review is completely unbiased. I was very pleased to have received an advanced copy and happy to report Cogman has delivered another awesome fun fantasy with Irene and company. This time Vale is called upon to use his super sleuthing skills to assist Irene in solving a murder that has occurred at Peace Talks taking place between the Dragons and the Fae. My favorite thing about the book is Irene. She is so plucky. She's not the most flashy shoot em up heroine, but she keeps calm and carries on every time with a little help from her friends. She always gets the job done, she thinks first with her big librarian brain and uses force as a last resort. We could use a lot more of that thinking today. I mean the woman can talk herself out of any corner. Vale, Kai, and Silver make for compelling co-stars, they could each, in my opinion, carry their own series. I have a soft spot for Silver! Cogman introduced a few new characters in this book so, potential for new storylines. I also appreciate that she wrapped up this book without a big cliffhanger ending, but of course their are enough unanswered questions about The Invisible Library, Irene and Vale, Kai, to name just a few, that I see a number of books in our future. So all in all just another excellent book from my favorite author. Do pick up the series from the beginning. It's quirky and fun. Action and mystery check, World building check, great characters check, librarian spies check, The Fae check, Dragons check, Alternate worlds check, saving books check, brainy women check, brainy guys check. This book and series has it all.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    This is an incredibly enjoyable read that's full of twists, political intrigue, magic, and the complex world and character-building that Cogman has perfected. It's a mystery wrapped up in a historical outfit with dashes of magic and action. It's a mix that's hard to ignore. The signing of a peace treaty between the ever-warring factions of Chaos (Fae) and Order (Dragons) is in the hands of a neutral party (the Library), but the murder of a dragon endangers things and Irene, Vale, Kai, Silver, an This is an incredibly enjoyable read that's full of twists, political intrigue, magic, and the complex world and character-building that Cogman has perfected. It's a mystery wrapped up in a historical outfit with dashes of magic and action. It's a mix that's hard to ignore. The signing of a peace treaty between the ever-warring factions of Chaos (Fae) and Order (Dragons) is in the hands of a neutral party (the Library), but the murder of a dragon endangers things and Irene, Vale, Kai, Silver, and others are brought in to investigate and keep things from falling apart. Political machinations, power-hungry plotting, and natural distrust between the factions keep getting in the way of the investigation, but if this series has proven anything is that life can set obstacles in Irene's path but it can't keep her from getting to the bottom of things.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maja

    This series is super great y'all should read it

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I love the Invisible Library series so much. Such a unique universe! I enjoyed how The Mortal Word was more of a "traditional" detective novel than previous books, but have a serious bone to pick about the fade to black between Irene and a certain handsome someone. Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.

  22. 4 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE MORTAL WORD, the fifth installment in the Invisible Library series, is as delightful as the rest of the series. Mixing fantasy with historical locales with a murder mystery continues to be a successful combination of elements to showcase Cogman's character development and wit. As I've mentioned before, Irene is one of my favorite fantasy characters, for a number of reasons. However, I've come to realize that a lot of how I feel is based on how other Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. THE MORTAL WORD, the fifth installment in the Invisible Library series, is as delightful as the rest of the series. Mixing fantasy with historical locales with a murder mystery continues to be a successful combination of elements to showcase Cogman's character development and wit. As I've mentioned before, Irene is one of my favorite fantasy characters, for a number of reasons. However, I've come to realize that a lot of how I feel is based on how other characters treat Irene. Other than in situations where it is historically accurate (the detective in 1890s Paris giving her a side glance every so often, for example), the characters in the books do not treat her as if she is "less" because she is a woman. Sure, she runs into prejudices based on other reasons, but gender does not play into her ability to do her job and what actions she decides to take. Plus, that I can recall, there's not the threat of rape as a result for some scenario. Death and/or dismemberment, maybe, but not rape. And honestly, in our media today, having a woman character that is not scared of rape is refreshing. Anyway, enough about Irene. Kai, Vale and the rest make me so happy. The gang's all back together here, and it is everything I would have liked. The way that Irene gets the investigative team together and coordinates between dragons, fae, humans and librarians is masterful (here I am going on about Irene again #sorrynotsorry). Though a bit madcap at times, that's to be expected when it's been established that the fae play into archetypes and storylines, and some of what they do can't help but be cliche. I also love how though fae represent chaos and dragons order, neither is wholly bad, nor wholly good. It's clear that there needs to be a balance between the two for the humans to flourish. THE MORTAL WORD is adventurous, escapist fun, with a dash of politics, a dab of literary references, a bit of romance, and exceptional wit. While slightly less suspenseful than THE LOST PLOT, as Irene comes more into her own and becomes more confident in her abilities, it still offers the twists and turns as the reader puts the pieces together with her and the rest of the characters. Also, since THE MORTAL WORD deals less with specific fae or dragon politics, I find it was very accessible in terms of not requiring me to remember various alliances or allegiances held and therefore might be a good entrance point for a new reader of the series. Though some context might be lost related to relationships, I think somebody picking up this installment of the Invisible Library series would be fine. Definitely recommend for new readers, and also readers who already know the joys of the series. Sexual content: Blink and you'll miss it possible allusion to sex

  23. 5 out of 5

    Piper

    I love books, and recent books about books have been my fiction bread and butter... I have been faithful to this series and will continue to be, I had to reduce my rating because, in all honesty, I don't think that THIS installment was ready, that is, it was published prematurely. The pacing felt wrong, Irene is depending less on other people, which is great, but more and more she is the damsel in distress product of her own rash actions. The First and the Second books were something special, an I love books, and recent books about books have been my fiction bread and butter... I have been faithful to this series and will continue to be, I had to reduce my rating because, in all honesty, I don't think that THIS installment was ready, that is, it was published prematurely. The pacing felt wrong, Irene is depending less on other people, which is great, but more and more she is the damsel in distress product of her own rash actions. The First and the Second books were something special, and I sincerely hope that Ms. Cogman returns to her roots as the story carries on. I want the main character that isn't perfect, that isn't the 'Final Solution' to every problem, I want to see her figure out the answers with the help of friends and allies, not through author fiat. It would also be nice to see Irene not as some "Chosen One" but as the person that can find the answers, maybe find that 'other' Librarian that can make it all come together. In this books, we were the closest we have ever gotten to her 'Parents' and they weren't even introduced but talked about the way one discusses doing the dishes. I figured out Irene's Origins by the midpoint in Book 3, I truly hope that I am still in for some surprises. My Advice to Ms Cogman... Make me ask questions. Don't feed me the answers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steph De Mel

    While I love this book series, it does feel as though Cogman is beginning to run out of steam; while "The Invisible Library" was bursting with fresh ideas (almost to the point of being overwhelming), the plot of this latest installment is rather formulaic and lacks the energy and creativity that made the first few novels so entertaining. On the other hand, the Blood Countess is a great villain (and deserved a larger role in this novel, in my opinion), and I enjoyed the murder-mystery sub-plot (a While I love this book series, it does feel as though Cogman is beginning to run out of steam; while "The Invisible Library" was bursting with fresh ideas (almost to the point of being overwhelming), the plot of this latest installment is rather formulaic and lacks the energy and creativity that made the first few novels so entertaining. On the other hand, the Blood Countess is a great villain (and deserved a larger role in this novel, in my opinion), and I enjoyed the murder-mystery sub-plot (although I felt it was rather convoluted in places, and there weren't enough clues to make me feel like I could formulate a whodunit theory until the very end). I was also happy to see Irene and Kai's relationship develop further, and to see Vale return to a position of (relative) prominence in the narrative. Overall, then, a satisfying - but not outstanding - installment in a series that I will certainly continue to read and enjoy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Siobhán

    HOT DAMN. I do not know how I did it or who is at fault, but I received my copy of the fifth instalment of the Invisible Library Series yesterday, almost two weeks before the actual publication. Thanks, postman, I love you! And what a ride it was. Y'all are in for some highly entertaining, exciting and nerve-wracking story involving our favourite characters. I won't spoiler anything here, but does Irene has time to sleep or eat or relax EVER? I don't think so as she is too busy so safe the day ( HOT DAMN. I do not know how I did it or who is at fault, but I received my copy of the fifth instalment of the Invisible Library Series yesterday, almost two weeks before the actual publication. Thanks, postman, I love you! And what a ride it was. Y'all are in for some highly entertaining, exciting and nerve-wracking story involving our favourite characters. I won't spoiler anything here, but does Irene has time to sleep or eat or relax EVER? I don't think so as she is too busy so safe the day (and Paris, and the balance between chaos and order, and worlds). You can all look forward to dragons, fae, 1890s Paris, anarchists, murder, a famous detective, the Library and an almost insolvable case for Irene. ENJOY!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I've said this once and I'll say it again: this series just keeps getting better. The Mortal Word is one of my anticipated releases for the year so when my copy reached me yesterday, I couldn't help but jump straight into it ... even though it's been a very long time since I've read the previous books. But unlike with other books/series, I found it was surprisingly easy to reacquaint myself with the characters and the world as a whole. And boy was it fun to find ourselves mixed up in a murder my I've said this once and I'll say it again: this series just keeps getting better. The Mortal Word is one of my anticipated releases for the year so when my copy reached me yesterday, I couldn't help but jump straight into it ... even though it's been a very long time since I've read the previous books. But unlike with other books/series, I found it was surprisingly easy to reacquaint myself with the characters and the world as a whole. And boy was it fun to find ourselves mixed up in a murder mystery during a top secret summit between warring dragons and Fae. There're some things that I didn't see coming (even though I probably should have) and a lot of excitement in between the conspiracies, action and tension. I can't wait to see what's coming next.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Another exciting installment in "The Invisible Library" series. Librarians are mediating peace talks between Dragons and Fae. When a delegate is murdered, junior librarian Irene Winters as well as master detective Peregine Vale are summoned to solve the case in an alternate Paris during the Belle Epoque. Several characters from earlier books appear, including dragon/former library apprentice Kai Strongrock (who just happened to be in the area, really, nothing to see here), and new characters are Another exciting installment in "The Invisible Library" series. Librarians are mediating peace talks between Dragons and Fae. When a delegate is murdered, junior librarian Irene Winters as well as master detective Peregine Vale are summoned to solve the case in an alternate Paris during the Belle Epoque. Several characters from earlier books appear, including dragon/former library apprentice Kai Strongrock (who just happened to be in the area, really, nothing to see here), and new characters are introduced. I especially liked Mu Dan. This book continues exploring the themes of order and chaos, and how they affect the humans in the middle. As always, Irene is incredibly practical, though not necessarily tactful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Science Fiction, Time Travel *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Mortal Word, by author Genevieve Cogman, is the Fifth installment in the authors The Invisible Library series. The series follows Junior Librarian Irene Winters who works for the mysterious Invisible Library. Her objective, most of the time, is to acquire one of the books that is necessary to keep the balance between order and chaos. For the past several books, Irene has been stationed in an alternative Victorian Eng *Source* Publisher *Genre* Science Fiction, Time Travel *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Mortal Word, by author Genevieve Cogman, is the Fifth installment in the authors The Invisible Library series. The series follows Junior Librarian Irene Winters who works for the mysterious Invisible Library. Her objective, most of the time, is to acquire one of the books that is necessary to keep the balance between order and chaos. For the past several books, Irene has been stationed in an alternative Victorian England world with steam power, Zeppelins, libertines, and great detectives such as Peregrine Vale, nemesis to criminals in England. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Once again, Genevieve Cogman has drawn me into her fantasy alternate worlds peopled by mortals, Fae, and dragons. There are librarians and books, and a real-life woman infamously known as a vampire because she bathed in virgins’ blood, a Parisian underground, and much more. She has proven again that librarians make the best heroes! Read the rest of the review at http://www.ismellsheep.com/2018/11/bo...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: If It Ain’t Broke ... BFF Charm: Single White Female Swoonworthy Scale: 1 Talky Talk: Detective Fiction Bonus Factor: Fae Relationship Status: Long Haul Read the full book report here.

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