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The Secret Chapter

(The Invisible Library #6)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  5,771 ratings  ·  633 reviews
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 infor ...more
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Ace (first published November 12th 2019)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I liked the book, however, I've felt that the last couple of books just haven't been as good as the first ones. I like Irene, I find her to be a great heroine and The Library is a fabulous place. I just don't find the stories as good as the previous ones. Also, Irene and Kai together, sigh, boring. I suspect that's one of the main reasons I find the books to be less interesting now. And this book had way too little Vale in the story...

Still, the humor in the book is great and I love to learn mor
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2021
This is book six in the Invisible Library series. I read book five at the end of 2018 and for some reason forgot about the series altogether. Anyway here I am in 2021 picking the series up again and loving it!

In The Secret Chapter Irene and Kai are involved in a heist to secure a book for the Library with the assistance of several Fae and another dragon. What could possibly go wrong? The answer - everything.

Just as enjoyable as the previous five books, this series is proving to be well written,
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 hin
Richard Derus
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindled
Rating: yep, the Full Five


My Review
: 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 resc
KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews
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
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
The Invisible Library series is pure junk food for me - roughly equivalent to the chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe's. It's possible to eat too many of those highly addictive nuggets in a setting, and I think book 6 might be right at the edge of my tolerance. The Secret Chapter is more of what I've come to expect from the series: a heist, big stakes, nonstop peril and narrow escapes, complex politics involving dragons, Fae, and Librarians (with a capital L) on the horizon ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This book was fantastic! I remember reading the first book in this series, The Invisible Library, right around its publication date and knew that this was going to be a very special series. I have looked forward to each installment and have yet to be disappointed. One of the things that I love about the series is that the possibilities are endless. This book was my favorite in the series to date.

You would think that Irene and Kai wou
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, worri
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
I liked book #6, maybe just my mood, I wanted a bit more? Irene and Kai were great, I think just the other characters were not as well written? The story was good, possible it went slower here or there? Again, it could just be my mood? I do hope there will be a book #7!
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
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 wan
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 att ...more
Anne - Books of My Heart
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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 Cha
Rina ~abbyalliterally~
Take Six of Crows but cut the flashbacks and half the romance, add dragons and living story tropes, and make it bookish – then you get the The Secret Chapter, the latest instalment in the Invisible Library novels.

Meet the half-dozen – not six! – misfits, who each have their very own unique skillset:
Tina, Fae: disregarding speed limits
Ernst, Fae: having the name of a middle-aged Austrian but a Russian accent
Indigo, Dragon: disappointing parents
Jerome and Felix, Fae: being shippable due to one hal
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not a huge fan of the heist trope, so although this was just as crazy and action packed as usual I didn’t enjoy it quite as much.
3.5 stars

"The Secret Chapter" was an exciting, twisty read, full of politics, action and adventure, some family drama, and a challenging heist.

Irene has fond memories of the world where she grew up so when it's threatened, she is determined to save it. She'll do anything, even make deals with a mastermind thief, Mr. Nemo, who reminded me strongly of a Bond villain, and work with strangers she doesn't trust. The team Nemo puts together takes time to gel, and there are some misunderstandings alon
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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
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
Beth The Vampire

This book had a very hard task to begin with. It followed possibly one of the best reads I’ve had in years; The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

But I have always enjoyed this series and found it fun to follow Librarian Irene Winters on her adventures to find books integral to different worlds. This addition to the series, while entertaining, was missing a few keys things.

Irene and her dragon friend/lover/colleague Prince Kai are finding their way around this new truce bet
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Invisible Library series is one of my favorites, and I was eager to dive into the latest book as soon as I could. Genevieve Cogman has crafted an intricate multi-dimensional world filled with supernatural beings, including fae and dragons, and, of course, our favorite magical Librarians. As the Library's representative lead for the treaty between the fae and dragons, Irene, knows how tenuous the situation is during its early days. When word comes that the world she spent much of her school y ...more
I always find myself slightly disappointed with these books. They're entertaining, for sure--great setting, intricate plots--but I find the characters rational to the point of emotionless. The most anyone ever shows is a flash of anger here and there.

Even the supposed relationship between Irene and Kai is tepid. I'm not entirely sure when it happened either. One book they were calmly discussing the implications of potentially hooking up, and the next they were talking about their relationship a
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 hone
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 la
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..... ;)
Meh.... I’ve grown a little bored with this series. The heist was lackluster and really uneventful. The characters seem so... flat. Even Irene and Kai... are still just the same as they were in book one, which is ridiculous considering this is 6th installment. And I’m not a fan of Vale, but I find it extremely amusing that she has basically abandoned this character.
Sarah  Loves Books, Books and More Books
I can't wait for this to come out, I absolutely adore this series. ...more
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.
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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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