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The Secret Chapter

(The Invisible Library #6)

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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,473 ratings  ·  211 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Ace (first published November 12th 2019)
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Release Day!!!

4.5 'He who controls the present controls that past' Stars

You can also see a different joint review done with Anne at Books of My Heart

I’ve enjoyed the invisible library series so far. It is one of the smarter series I read and I’m always interested in what new shenanigans Irene and associates are going to get into. Irene is usually trying to steal one book or another from some world but now she needs to steal something much larger to get the book she needs and she has some new
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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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Sahitya
Every new book in the Invisible Library always brings me delight and it was no different since the time I got to know the series would be extended. And obviously receiving the ARC made me very happy. What a great way to have some fun on a weekend.

The one thing guaranteed in this series is that the story moves at a great pace, throwing one sticky situation after another at the characters, not giving them time to get complacent. This ensures that we as readers are always on our toes as well,
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Steven
Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.


Not gonna lie, I adore this series. I love the dragons. I love the Fae. I love the Library. I love the Language. But do you know what I'm tired of? Heists. There's been this non-stop barrage of heists in the book world the last few years, and meh, starting to be over it.

Luckily for us, this heist involves Irene Winters who, like Max from Chronicles of St. Mary's, runs headlong into trouble but
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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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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
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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Anne - Books of My Heart
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coyer, 2019, ng-pub-author
4.5 hearts

This is a joint review between Robin and me.

We both are big fans of The Invisible Library series since the beginning. The world-building is exceptional, with new worlds in each book since Irene travels. Irene is an awesome character, and all the characters are very well-developed. The writing in these stories is excellent, more complex in the worlds and characters along with mysteries and thrilling action. The main thing Robin likes about the characters in this series is they are
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Maria Dimitrova
I read the first several books back to back so by the time I finished the previous book in the series I had gotten a bit fed up with it. But after a few months I was happy to jump back into the fray.

This story takes a step back from politics and I couldn’t be happier about it. Irene has a task to secure a book. Nothing new there. But for the first time the world of origin and thus the world it will help stabilize is near and dear to Irene. To get it, she has to deal with a powerful Fae which
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Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Fitting
BFF Charm: Heck Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Heisty
Bonus Factor: History?
Relationship Status: Iron Anniversary

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Marlene
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

This series is pretty much frying pans and fires all the way down, but this entry has an added fillip of archetypal James Bond movie villains to put a bit of extra zing into this increasingly wild ride of a story.

And there are dragons. There are definitely dragons. In this particular entry in the series, there are dragons on all sides. Irene is, of course, accompanied by her own personal dragon, her apprentice-turned-lover Kai.

While dragons in this universe
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Rina
Aug 24, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Why does this sound like Six of Crows
Wulf Krueger
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0_wk_read_2019
Stories matter – telling them, sharing them, preserving them, changing them, learning from them, and escaping with and through them. We learn about ourselves and the world that we live in through fiction just as much as through facts. Empathy, perception and understanding are never wasted. All libraries are a gateway into other worlds, including the past – and the future.


It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that featured a passage good enough for an opening quote. And the above passage is
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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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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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Kelly
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Invisible Library is series is super fun, and I loved this installment as much as the rest. The characters are smart and interesting, and I enjoy the world building. The Secret Chapter is a real treat.
Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Science Fiction / Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*FTC*

Interesting plot hole left unanswered. Seems there is a literal bomb waiting to explode and turn this universe upside down. The Epilogue is especially telling. Good Luck, Irene!
Mary Catelli
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Invisible Library book 6. Spoilers ahead for the earlier books.

As in, Irene and Kai are at a party of Lord Silver's being introduced as as the representatives for the treaty from the last book.

But then, when they return home, her parents have shown up. To show they are well, and to give her a message for a straightforward job from the Library. Irene must contact a Fae wheeler-and-dealer who has the only copy of a book they need to protect a world, and make a deal.

This involves a Caribbean
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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
Jessica ☕ Rodrigues
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure I sound like a broken record by now, because every time a new Invisible Library book is published, I say something along the lines of "wow I can't believe this series keeps getting better with each book!" But it's true, so...

Wow! I can't believe this series keeps getting better with each book!

If you have loved the other books (and if you've read them, you've certainly loved them) then you absolutely cannot miss out on Irene and Kai helping some nefarious bad-guy types pull off an epic
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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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Ken
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, what grand fun! Part James Bond (lots of nice references and imagery), part caper/heist (think Oceans 11), but with dragons, Fae, and Librarians. We are slowly (oh so slowly) learning more about the origins of those three components of the basis of Cogman's world, with hints of much more to come. You could start reading the series with this book, but it would just make you want to go back and read the entire series in order.

So, what are you waiting for?
Shelley
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-release
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Science Fiction / Time Travel / Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*Thoughts*

The Secret Chapter, by author Genevieve Cogman, is the Sixth installment in the authors The Invisible Library series. Librarian Irene Winters and her assistant, Dragon Prince Kai, travel through time and dimensions, fighting supernatural creatures of chaos, to track down the most important books in all of the worlds. But, this time out, there is something different. There's a truce in place between the Fae and
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Sophie (RedheadReading)
A lot of fun, as always! This one is like a heist narrative merged with James Bond, which is already a high-stakes good laugh, but throw in some extra info about the dragon's history and there's some pretty interesting plot threads developing for the series as a whole.
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.)
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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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“Stories matter - telling them, sharing them, preserving them, changing them, learning from them, and escaping with and through them. We learn about ourselves and the world that we live in through fiction just as much as through facts. Empathy, perception and understanding are never wasted. All libraries are a gateway into other worlds, including the past - and the future.” 3 likes
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