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The Secret Chapter

(The Invisible Library #6)

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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Time-travelling, dimension-jumping, Librarian-spy Irene and dragon-prince Kai will have to team up with an unlikely band of misfits to pull off an amazing art heist--or risk the wrath of a dangerous villain with a secret island lair.

A Librarian's work is never done, and Irene is summoned to the Library. The world where she grew up is in danger of veering deep into chaos,
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Ace Books (first published November 12th 2019)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Can't wait for this book to be released. Although, I do hope detective Vale is in the story...
K B
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 Stars

The Secret Chapter, by Genevieve Cogman is a delightfully fun read with absolutely wonderful descriptions and portrayals of Fae, Dragons, and Librarians. The perfect choice for a feel-good and exciting read!

Irene, a Librarian, has been tasked with securing a specific edition of a very specific book. There is just one catch. The book is held by a Mr Nemo, a mysterious Fae, who is hidden away on a private island. Being the only copy of this book, Irene has to go and see Mr Nemo and hope
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Maja Ingrid
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a blast to read as usual. Fast-paced, fae, dragons. A heist. A way more interesting outcome of Brexit mentioned (it was half a paragraph where politicians was discouraged from such ideas by public beheadings).

So without spoilering anything, this book brings out on yet another adventures with Irene and Kai. This time to 21st century Europe to steal a painting in order to obtain a book. And they have to work with other fae and a dragon in order to do that and all the obstacles that comes
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Steven
Review to come upon release
Lou
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Secret Chapter is the sixth book in the magical, alluring Invisible Library series but each instalment can be read independently without any an issue although it is preferable to have read the previous instalments. It is the perfect time to release the book as the nights draw in and the cold returns; curling up of the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and reading this feels very comforting. This is effectively a heist novel and Irene and Kai team up with a group of shady individuals in an ...more
Rina
Aug 24, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Why does this sound like Six of Crows
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
I can't wait for this to come out, I absolutely adore this series.
Carol
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had this book on pre-order, so when I got the chance of reading it earlier via an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review, I could only say "yes, please!"

From the first book in the series, I've loved the adventures of Librarian Irene and Kai the dragon as they travel between alternate worlds collecting rare and unusual books for the Library in order to maintain the balance between Order and Chaos.

This time, the quest is more personal - they must retrieve a book from the world where Irene
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I adored this, the first I have read and didn’t realise it was a series when I requested, but it’s so well written and the world building so well done I didn’t feel lost in this world at all. In fact I felt welcomed from the first page, the characters are so well developed and three dimensional, each twist and turn in the story is a delightful journey, I can’t wait to read more and so happy I can go back at find more while I wait.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an
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Mrs. Morningstar
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep worrying that the next book will be less good than the previous but I keep getting proved wrong every single time.

I loved this one.
And I'm probably the only one who'll say this but I'd give anything to see some Silver and Irene action. Even if it's just for once. Kai doesn't have to know..... ;)
Roberta
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was wonderful to return to a favourite world - or universe, I should say, or possibly even multiverse! I have been looking forward to the next Invisible Library adventure, and it didn’t disappoint.

I really enjoyed the heist theme of this book, it was a marvellous adventure. It was fun to see Irene and Kai teaming up with new people - though obviously not trusting them. And the bits of information about the true history of the dragons were interesting - I hope that we will learn more in future
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Jessica Gilmore
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first discovered The Invisible Library, pretty much on the first one's publication date. I had that rare but amazing sensation of coming home, the sensation we all get when we find an author and concept that speaks to us. Any bookworm is going to love the idea of an invisible library connecting multiple worlds housing multiple versions of books, each of their world and staffed by dangerous kick ass librarians. Love it and immediately apply for a job there. The first book introduced us to ...more
Nikki
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really do love this series. They’re such amazing fun. And this had the delights of going back to the core of being a librarian - trading for books to stabilise worlds. In this case though, Irene has to go thieving. Eeeeeeexcellent

I do love a good heist. This had just the right amount of complications, threats and fun to be practically perfect. I really loved the world the heist was on, and want to know more about how it
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Karen Rós
Listen, I LOVE this series and I have been waiting a whole year for this book and I don't know what I'll do when this series eventually ENDS because I don't think I will be able to cope. These books are so much FUN and a staple highlight of my winter every year - I love seeing what Irene and Kai get up to THIS time, and also!! THIS BOOK! HAS A HEIST!! I love heists, just saying.

I've probably said it before in previous reviews of these books, but I love how this series plays with archetypes and
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Shaylyn
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful, as always. The ending, though! I'll just say, we probably have something huge coming for us in the next book.
Also, absolutely stunning cover design. The metalic effect of the blue colour is amazing!
(No, I did not receive a special pre-release edition. The book just arrived a bit early.)
Helen White
Hmmm dragons are complicated. There's a big hint of James Bond in this with villains, casinos and a shark infested pool to kill your enemies in.
Megan
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These books are perfection. Probably the only books I intentionally read slowly because I don’t want to miss anything and I want to spend more time in the story

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Gemma F
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully, epic and spectacular fast-paced addition to the Invisible Library Series!
Beth
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was fun, but the series is getting to that "too long" range.
Amelia
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yum 4 stars exactly
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

The Secret Chapter is the sixth book in The Invisible Library series. I will admit that I haven’t read any of the previous books. Of course, starting a series late means that I have missed out on the past stories, character backstories, previous events and the history/relationships that have developed between the characters throughout the series. However, the story in The Secret
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S.J. Higbee
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This latest slice of Irene’s adventures is essentially a heist story. Irene and Kai find themselves having to work alongside a team of rather dodgy characters – something she is far too used to doing. However, this crew are every bit as dangerous as the task they have been set by the shadowy Mr Nemo. I love the way Cogman plays with stereotypes – imagine a James Bond villain, complete with the Caribbean island setting and hungry sharks lurking in a hidden tank beneath their feet.

I am not going
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Gemma McGee
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secret Chapter is Ocean 11 and James Bond in an alternative universe, working was it a team of people you can not trust.

I love that even in an alternative universe, that Brexit is still in a problem the UK is dealing with. When I read the below quote I couldn't help but laugh.
"It did attempt to leave the European Union last year, but apparently was prompted by demonic interference. A lot of politicians were subsequently tried for treason and beheaded at the Tower of London."

One of my
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Raj
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The world in which Irene grew up is in danger of turning towards chaos, and she must retrieve a book from another world to stabilise it. However, that book is owned by a Fae who demands that she steal a painting for him in exchange for the book. Irene and Kai now have to work as part of a larger team to steal the painting, as long as they don't kill each other first.

I do love a good heist story, so I enjoyed the painting theft. It involved a classic trope of collecting experts in different
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The Book Sheelf
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest addition to a series that has very much enveloped me in a warm and comforting hug.

I love these books. On the surface they are light-hearted and easy to read, full of characters to root for and enjoyable little mysteries and twists. Beneath that lies the rich and complex multiverse that Genevieve Cogman has created for us to enjoy with each book peeling back another layer, revealing more nuance, more depth and more intrigue with every addition to the series.

I’ve described these books
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Bron
The Invisible Library series is sheer fun, it's the Faraway Tree for grown ups. The scenario is that there are multiple versions of the earth, many developing in similar but not identical ways. Their historical periods are not always aligned either. The Invisible Library allows access from one world to another. The powers are dragons who stand for order and the fae who stand for chaos. Some worlds are tilted more to order, some more to chaos, some are more or less in balance. The humans have to ...more
Rachel
All libraries are a gateway into other worlds, including the past — and the future.
We are six books into Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series and I’m loving the fact that we always get to embark on the wildest adventures that constantly delivers something new about this whimsical world. The Secret Chapter takes Irene and Kai on a mission where they have to team up with a band of misfits to pull off an art heist or risk the wrath of a dangerous villain with a secret lair.

For me, this is
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Meha
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the series of Invisible Library was a delight. esp for a book lover. it was imaginative fantasy, fun, great mystery and with great characters esp a kickass librarian heroine. The 2nd n 3rd ones I liked v much too, the world of faes and dragons; order and chaos were so interesting. But by the time I reached the 4th and 5th one I realised they all followed the same pattern. Irene, the dashing super hero librarian got an assignment for a book; during which she realised there was ...more
Meghan
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I am a huge fan of the Invisible Library series and I was thrilled to see the release of the secret chapter. I do believe that I am actually one of the few that think of Irene as a superhero. Being a librarian myself, I could appreciate the power and trust Irene had in all of her missions especially this one forming a band of
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Daisy Twizell
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew I was going to love this book because this is unequivocally my favourite series of all time, but I was absolutely blown away. Both the treaty and Irene's relationship manage to remain relevant and influential without becoming plot tumours for the actual story - which in turn, offers a host of new and very colourful characters.

Ernest and Jerome were both intriguing in different ways, and I loved seeing Irene play off them both. Indigo also provided a very interesting angle on one of the
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Genevieve Cogman got started on Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes at an early age, and has never looked back. But on a perhaps more prosaic note, she has an MSC in Statistics with Medical Applications and has wielded this in an assortment of jobs: clinical coder, data analyst and classifications specialist. Although The Invisible Library is her debut novel, she has also previously worked as a freelance ...more

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“The United Kingdom?’ ‘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.” 1 likes
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