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The Dark Archive (The Invisible Library Novel) (udgave 2020)

af Genevieve Cogman (Forfatter)

Serier: Invisible Library (7)

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Medlem:zenobia158
Titel:The Dark Archive (The Invisible Library Novel)
Forfattere:Genevieve Cogman (Forfatter)
Info:Ace (2020), 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:woman main, librarians, books, magic

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Warning, mastermind plot. I am not a fan of mastermind plots, and this is one, though not the worst kind, but ticks off many of the inevitable boxes. The Librarian aspects relieve the inevitable to a good extent and the book is a good read, so there's that. I could use a new base world though, Vale's is a bit shopworn. ( )
  quondame | Jan 25, 2021 |
I loved this! I was so excited to have the opportunity to read an early copy of this book and I was not disappointed. I remember thinking that was going to be a fun series with limitless possibilities when I read the first book in this series and seven books in, I believe I was right. This is a series that I would recommend reading in order if at all possible since the character relationships have grown and changed and there are a few ongoing story arcs. Each book has been a lot of fun so you wouldn't want to miss one anyway!

It looks like an assassin is out to get Irene. At the start of the book, Irene and Vale are off on a quick mission together when things get messy. Irene sets through a magical door only to discover a man that she thought was dead. Meanwhile, Kai and Catherine are facing challenges of their own. Irene, Kai, Vale, and Catherine must work to find out who is behind the assassination attempts and learn exactly what is going on.

This book was exciting and the mystery kept me guessing. There were several times that I wondered if Irene would be able to find a way out of difficult situations. I had no idea who was behind everything which made the book very hard to put down. I liked what Catherine added to the story. I wasn't quite sure if she would be trusted but I thought that she grew a lot over the course of this story and eventually proved herself.

I would recommend this book to others. I found this to be a very exciting and entertaining read filled with fantastic characters that I have grown to love. There were some pretty big revelations in this book which have left me incredibly eager to get my hands on the next book in this fantastic series!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Dec 29, 2020 |
Irene Winters and her companions might have thought it was time for a bit of normal Librarian book... Collection now a peace treaty between fae and dragon kind was in place. But it seems like someone wants them dead as assassination attempts abound, keeping them off balance. Irene finds that a foe she thought long dead isn't and another supposedly trapped is on the hunt once more! Cogman brings us another tale involving all sorts of wacky wonders ending in a painful confrontation and disturbing revelations. Highly recommended. ( )
  JohnFair | Dec 28, 2020 |
As part of her responsibilities as Library treaty representative, Irene has taken on a Fae apprentice. With Catherine, Lord Silver's niece, and Kai in tow, Irene is asked to do a book exchange in Guernsey, which – true to form – goes horribly wrong, and the three of them have to flee for their lives. But this is only the beginning, as several enemies Irene has encountered before make a reappearance, bent on revenge.

I thought that with The Dark Archive, Genevieve Cogman has managed to recall the breathless rollercoaster of the the early volumes, with never a dull page and imaginative set pieces, while still driving forward character progression. Unfortunately the so-called *big reveal* was anything but, as I had predicted this development for a long time; however, the epilogue raises the hopes that the stakes will now increase even more. I'm already looking forward to volume no. 8 in the series. ( )
  passion4reading | Dec 28, 2020 |
As of right now, I’m actually still undecided how many stars I’m going to award “The Dark Archive” as, unfortunately, I cannot do five stars but oscillate between three and four starts… Let’s get going and see where reflection leads me...

So, the seventh instalment of “The Invisible Library” lies behind me - and a whole new field of opportunities for further books has been opened on several levels.

That’s good because just as we change throughout life, so must a series of books as it evolves or it will outlive its welcome - at the very least with me.
Evolution does have its risks and drawbacks, though, and to get all the characters - new and old - to where they need to be; to set the stage for what’s to come, Cogman seems to have lost a little bit of the plot.

More on that later, though. Let’s start with the good news: This is, indeed, undeniably and recognizable “The Invisible Library” how we know and love it: Irene Winters, the protagonist, is at the height of her game and, as usual, chasing after another important book.

With her is Catherine, the woefully-absent Lord Silver’s niece, Irene’s new apprentice. Silver himself has fled London due to immediate threats. Catherine aspires to become a librarian - an archetypal one, of course, which leads to some… challenges... in her relationship with Irene.
While Catherine starts out as your “run-of-the-mill” Fae, she organically and believably develops throughout the novel which I truly enjoyed witnessing. This speaks highly of Cogman’s ability to create and nurture convincing characters.

Speaking of “development” inevitably leads me to Kai: Kai gets a few scenes only to himself which I liked and which were nicely integrated into the story as a whole. There’s not much outward relationship development between Kai and Irene - with the exception of one crucial point… Not perfect but I liked its unobtrusiveness.

Another welcome new addition to the cast is Shan Yuan, Kai’s older brother, whom Kai defers to but who, in turn, seems to loathe Kai. While I don’t like him as a person, Shan is an interesting character at the very least whose addition I enjoyed.

Vale is with us throughout most of the book as well: London’s great detective hunts “The Professor” - which is a lovely pseudonym, paying homage to both J. R. R. Tolkien (you can do, too, with the Tolkien Birthday Toast) and Sherlock Holmes’ greatest adversary, Moriarty, whom every devotee worth his salt will know.

Said Professor understandably doesn’t really enjoy being hunted and, thus, sends assassins after several of our heroes which makes for a fast-paced and action-loaded novel. It’s just like always when you’re enjoying a book - “just one more chapter” stole me quite a few hours of sleep (but fortunately, I’m on holidays right now!).

Cogman’s light-hearted and (mostly) friendly trademark humour is present as well, for example, when Irene and Kai philosophize about universal healthcare and other current issues. (Still unforgotten, last book’s witty reference to a certain hare-brained Prime Minister who is, unfortunately, still leading his country back into the bad old times…)

With so much light, there is some shadow as well: The plot itself is a bit thin for me. Yes, we do get a story but it doesn’t really hold water. There are no real “leaks” but in the heat of the action said water dissipates and once we’re in a calmer phase, we do get to wonder about what’s behind all this… The epilogue might hint at what lies ahead but, still, this is a small blemish on the otherwise great book.

A secondary blemish is one choice of Irene’s, a casual cruelty, which was not strictly necessary and feels out of character. Yes, she admonishes herself immediately for it and that somewhat relativises it but it still marred my picture of Irene.

Despite these blemishes, though, this is a fast-paced, enjoyable and oftentimes funny book that fits well into Cogman’s fictitious universe - and ours, of course.

Well, my reflection finished and all said and done, I’m now ready to decide upon the initial question of awarding stars: A slightly generous four stars it is.

Oh, and a huge “Thank You” to you, Genevieve, for writing this book - and for gifting me a copy! (In contrast to the former, the latter had no influence on this review!)


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