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A professional spy for a mysterious Library which harvests fiction from different realities, Irene faces a series of assassination attempts that threaten to destroy her and everything she has worked for. Irene is teaching her new assistant the fundamentals of a Librarian's job, and finding that training a young Fae is more difficult than she expected. But when they both nar A professional spy for a mysterious Library which harvests fiction from different realities, Irene faces a series of assassination attempts that threaten to destroy her and everything she has worked for. Irene is teaching her new assistant the fundamentals of a Librarian's job, and finding that training a young Fae is more difficult than she expected. But when they both narrowly avoid getting killed in an assassination attempt, she decides that learning by doing is the only option they have left - especially when the assassins keep coming for them, and for Irene's other friends as well... In order to protect themselves, Irene and her friends must do what they do best: search for information to defeat the overwhelming threat they face and identify their unseen enemy. To do that, Irene will have to delve deeper into her own history than she ever has before, face an ancient foe, and uncover secrets that will change her life and the course of the Library forever.


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A professional spy for a mysterious Library which harvests fiction from different realities, Irene faces a series of assassination attempts that threaten to destroy her and everything she has worked for. Irene is teaching her new assistant the fundamentals of a Librarian's job, and finding that training a young Fae is more difficult than she expected. But when they both nar A professional spy for a mysterious Library which harvests fiction from different realities, Irene faces a series of assassination attempts that threaten to destroy her and everything she has worked for. Irene is teaching her new assistant the fundamentals of a Librarian's job, and finding that training a young Fae is more difficult than she expected. But when they both narrowly avoid getting killed in an assassination attempt, she decides that learning by doing is the only option they have left - especially when the assassins keep coming for them, and for Irene's other friends as well... In order to protect themselves, Irene and her friends must do what they do best: search for information to defeat the overwhelming threat they face and identify their unseen enemy. To do that, Irene will have to delve deeper into her own history than she ever has before, face an ancient foe, and uncover secrets that will change her life and the course of the Library forever.

30 review for The Dark Archive

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    How can someone rate this book if it hasn't come out yet? How can someone rate this book if it hasn't come out yet?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    I RECEIVED A DRC FROM ACE BOOKS VIA NETGALLEY, AT THE BEHEST OF MY GOODREADS FRIEND STEVEN. THANK YOU! I mean! Let me sit and catch my breath for a bit. Gracious me, this one was exciting times eleven. So are they all, yes, but there are stakes then there are stakes and the superlative of stakes is what we experience in The Dark Archive. Comme d'habitude, Kai and Vale and Irene are in pursuit of a Book on Vale's home, and Irene and Kai's adopted favorite base-world, B-395. New character Catherine I RECEIVED A DRC FROM ACE BOOKS VIA NETGALLEY, AT THE BEHEST OF MY GOODREADS FRIEND STEVEN. THANK YOU! I mean! Let me sit and catch my breath for a bit. Gracious me, this one was exciting times eleven. So are they all, yes, but there are stakes then there are stakes and the superlative of stakes is what we experience in The Dark Archive. Comme d'habitude, Kai and Vale and Irene are in pursuit of a Book on Vale's home, and Irene and Kai's adopted favorite base-world, B-395. New character Catherine (where's Heathcliff, Author Cogman?) is a Fae (and the niece of powerful adversary Fae Lord Silver) who is to be trained as a Librarian. Hence her presence here. But, I hear fellow fans complain, Fae can't go into the Library! They're Chaos on legs, they would be extinguished or combust or something! And you're correct, they can't. Catherine's tried with no success and a good deal of pain. Now she's on a Librarian spycrafty expedition, nursing a distinctly adolescent sense of being Hard Done By and making poor Kai pay for her inner crappy mood. Irene and Vale? Elsewhere. Being, in fact, booby-trapped into a submarine explosion and a major, major discovery. A Certain Someone is not as dead as Irene left him, and his Lady Wife seems to be ready to take on the Library to get revenge for Irene's dastardly nerve in killing him in the first place. These are but the opening notes of the symphony. And I can assure you that the pace doesn't slacken, the chases are truly cinematic (one B-395 London library is *begging* to be filmed with its multi-story Guggenheim-esque open atrium architecture, only 18th century and marble not 1959 concrete), the characters constantly going to extremes in service of their families, their peoples (Fae, Dragons, Librarians...the odd human tempest-tost in the deep end of a cosmic pool they never suspected existed), and the Treaty that our intrepid gang damn near died to bring into effect. After all, a multiverse of opposing sides defined by antithetical modes of being needs rules or there's going to be lots of casualties. I don't for a moment expect anyone who hasn't read the first six books to know what much of that really means. I hope you'll take this, the release day of The Dark Archive, to look over my reviews of The Invisible Library, The Masked City (alt-Venice!), The Burning Page, The Lost Plot, The Mortal Word, and The Secret Chapter to see if anything in those reviews grabs you. You know my taste by now...I don't tolerate boredom well, I don't want to read about eye-rolley majgickq that makes not one whit of sense, or kiddie-kinses as they Find Their Snowflake Selves...so you already know there's none of that here. There's also no sex, and apparently no one in the multiverse is queer, but nothing made by humankind can be perfect. What I look for that Author Cogman delivers book after book is a group of people whose honor is stronger than their fear, whose shared values hold them up when they're so battered by enemies they just want to lie down and rest, and whose relationships adjust to Earth-shattering new information. That last one? That's the Big Reveal. You'll think, "oh THIS is what he was on about!" And it will most definitely NOT be. And you won't know it until a book falls on your metaphorical head and rings your bells. It's worth it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I love this series, mostly because of the really intriguing world building. The dragons and order, the Fae and chaos, the Library and their Language.... it's all so fun! You know what wasn't fun? The first 60% of this book. I struggled through it. To be fair, it could have been my reading mood, but I always love these, even when I'm in a slump, so I don't think that was the case. I think Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I love this series, mostly because of the really intriguing world building. The dragons and order, the Fae and chaos, the Library and their Language.... it's all so fun! You know what wasn't fun? The first 60% of this book. I struggled through it. To be fair, it could have been my reading mood, but I always love these, even when I'm in a slump, so I don't think that was the case. I think it was just the slow start. Luckily, the last half of the book kicked it up a notch, and really threw things into the fun chaos that follows Irene like a stalker. She's a trouble magnet, and the end of this book finally gives us a reason why. Cogman, you wily minx, you've done it again. You upped the ante, raised the stakes, brought the thunder. Overall, I give it four stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maja Ingrid

    What'd you expect? I rate a book in this series anything below 5 stars? I love Irene, Kai and Vale (especially Kai). Catherine, bless her soul, grew on me as well as the book progressed. A retrieval of a rare book that should have gone smooth but ends with assassination attempts and a resurface old enemies. Pacing is as fast as ever. These books are such a blast to read. What'd you expect? I rate a book in this series anything below 5 stars? I love Irene, Kai and Vale (especially Kai). Catherine, bless her soul, grew on me as well as the book progressed. A retrieval of a rare book that should have gone smooth but ends with assassination attempts and a resurface old enemies. Pacing is as fast as ever. These books are such a blast to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. 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 fe This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. 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. Initial Thoughts I loved this! I was so excited to have the opportunity to read an early copy of this book and I was not disappointed. Irene, Kai, and Vale are on the case once again and this time they have a couple of additional characters along to help. The story was exciting and intelligently written. There were some pretty big revelations toward the end of the story that has left me quite eager to see what will happen next in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    The Dark Archive is the seventh instalment in the magical and utterly beguiling (The) Invisible Library series by critically-acclaimed and mightily talented fantasy writer Ms Cogman, and despite the worry that the series may be beginning to flag by this point, I needn't have been concerned as this is the perfect escapist treat and antidote to these troubling times; it is every bit as enchanting as the previous books, if not more so. A professional spy for a mysterious Library which harvests fict The Dark Archive is the seventh instalment in the magical and utterly beguiling (The) Invisible Library series by critically-acclaimed and mightily talented fantasy writer Ms Cogman, and despite the worry that the series may be beginning to flag by this point, I needn't have been concerned as this is the perfect escapist treat and antidote to these troubling times; it is every bit as enchanting as the previous books, if not more so. A professional spy for a mysterious Library which harvests fiction from different realities, Irene faces a series of assassination attempts that threaten to destroy her and everything she has worked for. Irene is teaching her new assistant the fundamentals of a Librarian's job, and finding that training a young Fae is more difficult than she expected. But when they're the targets of kidnapping and assassination attempts, she decides that learning by doing is the only option they have left. In order to protect themselves, Irene and her friends must do what they do best: search for information to defeat the overwhelming threat they face and identify their unseen enemy. To do that, Irene will have to delve deeper into her own history than she ever has before, face an ancient foe, and uncover secrets that will change her life and the course of the Library forever. I cannot recommend this highly enough to fantasy fans, those in need of a richly-imagined world to run off to and/or those who enjoy books about libraries—the palaces of wonder and the gateways to our imagination and portal to alternate worlds; I couldn't think of a book I would've rather read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lanie

    This is the seventh book of an ongoing series. For those that have not read the previous books... Start at the beginning or you won't know who anyone is. For those that have read the previous books... You will love this one. It has everything you expect and then some more. There are Books, Librarians, Dragons, Fae, Explosions and Revelations. Excellent fun. This is the seventh book of an ongoing series. For those that have not read the previous books... Start at the beginning or you won't know who anyone is. For those that have read the previous books... You will love this one. It has everything you expect and then some more. There are Books, Librarians, Dragons, Fae, Explosions and Revelations. Excellent fun.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Littlebookworm

    As a Librarian, Irene is more than used to her fair share of danger. But when she and her friends find themselves facing one attack after another, it is clear something out of the ordinary is at play. Is it another attempt to bring down the delicate peace treaty between the Dragons and Fae, or is it something more personal? I discovered the Invisible Library series last year and eagerly devoured all 6 books, since which I have been highly anticipating this 7th instalment. Cogman has created a del As a Librarian, Irene is more than used to her fair share of danger. But when she and her friends find themselves facing one attack after another, it is clear something out of the ordinary is at play. Is it another attempt to bring down the delicate peace treaty between the Dragons and Fae, or is it something more personal? I discovered the Invisible Library series last year and eagerly devoured all 6 books, since which I have been highly anticipating this 7th instalment. Cogman has created a delightful heroine in the enterprising Irene Winters and over the course of the series, built up a stellar central cast with larger than life characters, as well as some great world-building. Furthermore with the mysterious Library at the story's heart, this series is a must read for all book lovers! That said, I have to say The Dark Archive, for me personally, was not amongst the series' best. In many ways this felt like a necessary stopgap in the longer narrative, and I'm not sure the story was satisfying enough in itself. It was quite a short read, and much of the plot was driven by Irene and her friends being constantly threatened and having to escape, until the 'big reveal' at the end. Said 'big reveal' was actually something I'd worked out from the end of the very first book in the series, and sometimes I do think authors drag out these sorts of secrets for longer than is necessary. As such the plot really wasn't meaty enough for me here. On to the positives, as always the story is action-packed and fast-paced, each chapter ending on a cliffhanger that has you eagerly moving onto the next. The central characters remain engaging, and by now returning to them is rather like meeting old friends, in that you just enjoy time spent in their company. Cogman does shake things up a little too, with new characters and dynamics. The main new character was Catherine, Lord Silver's niece and Irene's new apprentice (unfortunately Lord Silver himself didn't make an appearance in this book, and was missed). Catherine has dreams of becoming a librarian, in more of an archetypal way than Irene, and their student-mentor relationship is not always plain-sailing, not to mention of course that as a Fae, there are tensions between her and Kai. I have to say it took me a little while to truly like Catherine, as for much of the story I found her a little too much the 'angsty teenager', however, by the story's end I had warmed to her. The other new character was Kai's brother, who I actually enjoyed, in terms of his dynamic and interactions with Kai. Vale, who sometimes features more prominently in books than others, was quite central throughout this one. I liked that we got more chapters from Kai's perspective, as I do enjoy sometimes being privy to his point of view from a dragon perspective, as it can be quite humorous. Perhaps there wasn't as much of Irene and Kai together in this one, as they were working separately for large chunks of the story, though we did still get some sweet moments between them. Still they work so seamlessly together as a duo, that I did feel the story missed something having them apart for so much of it. The nature of the plot made aspects of this story quite repetitive, and just how many times is Irene going to talk her way out of dangerous situations? We didn't actually get that much time inside the Library this time either, or any other Librarians (I suppose technically we got one) featuring in the story, which again I missed. What did really intrigue me was the epilogue, as this linked in with the interesting discovery in the 6th book, and tied in with some of the old mysteries of the Library itself, in terms of how did it come to be and who does it serve, is it truly as neutral as it purports to be and why did Alberich betray it? The book ends so teasingly, as we finally seem on the verge of these questions being answered, that I'm now frustrated at the wait till the next book. I actually don't know if the 8th book is the last to the series, but it certainly seems as if we are approaching end-game. Overall, I can see why this book may have been needed as a stop-gap to the next and I'm still hugely invested in the series overall. It's fun and doesn't take itself too seriously and makes for great escapist adventure. 3.5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Science Fiction / Time Travel *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Dark Archive, by author Genevieve Cogman, is the Seventh installment in the authors’ The Invisible Library series. Before I start my review, I need to issue a warning. While the author does a good job of telling you who key characters are, she doesn’t explain what those characters have been through. Second, sometimes authors choose to return previously killed off villains from previous novels going back 4-5 books. S *Source* Publisher *Genre* Science Fiction / Time Travel *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Dark Archive, by author Genevieve Cogman, is the Seventh installment in the authors’ The Invisible Library series. Before I start my review, I need to issue a warning. While the author does a good job of telling you who key characters are, she doesn’t explain what those characters have been through. Second, sometimes authors choose to return previously killed off villains from previous novels going back 4-5 books. Some authors like Cogman have apparently chosen to plan things out long before we reached this installment and therefore one could call it author's prerogative in why villains don’t stay dead. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Rodrigues

    This book is dedicated to librarians and I FEEL IT. <3 *** Irene continues to be my literary role model with her quick thinking, intense bravery, and stoic wit. She is remarkably unruffleable for someone who is frequently an assassination target. The book begins with violent shenanigans that erupt while Irene and Vale are out on a shouldn't-be-especially-dangerous adventure. In her escape, Irene discovers an unexpected and magical door, which opens to reveal someone dangerous who should already be This book is dedicated to librarians and I FEEL IT. <3 *** Irene continues to be my literary role model with her quick thinking, intense bravery, and stoic wit. She is remarkably unruffleable for someone who is frequently an assassination target. The book begins with violent shenanigans that erupt while Irene and Vale are out on a shouldn't-be-especially-dangerous adventure. In her escape, Irene discovers an unexpected and magical door, which opens to reveal someone dangerous who should already be dead. Much more violent shenanigans ensue. Spectacular escapes. Verbal sparring and fisticuffs. If Vale is fulfilling a Sherlock archetype, his Moriarty is emerging. And of course, Irene, Kai, and Vale now have Lord Silver's niece Catherine tagging along as an apprentice. New characters into established series can be a gamble, but I'm looking forward to Catherine's contributions. Overall, this adventure was another engrossing read with new and old characters and villains, and a big reveal at the end that helps propel the plot forward. If you're not reading this series, you're missing out. arc received from the publisher

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I know I am biased when it comes to this series, but I just loved The Dark Archive. Every time I think I've figured out the storyline, something unexpected happens and I just gobble it up. With the treaty in place from the previous books, Irene, Kai, and Vale are now joined by Catherine, the Fae niece of Lord Silver. When they go on a retrieval mission, everything goes to pieces and old enemies resurface. This was nonstop fun and mayhem and I am going to be in misery until book 8 comes out in a I know I am biased when it comes to this series, but I just loved The Dark Archive. Every time I think I've figured out the storyline, something unexpected happens and I just gobble it up. With the treaty in place from the previous books, Irene, Kai, and Vale are now joined by Catherine, the Fae niece of Lord Silver. When they go on a retrieval mission, everything goes to pieces and old enemies resurface. This was nonstop fun and mayhem and I am going to be in misery until book 8 comes out in a year. Fantastic read! I received an advance reader copy of this title from the publisher.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    This most recent book in the Invisible Library series features Irene, Kai, Vale, Irene's new apprentice (Catherine), and Kai's brother. It's a very Sparks Will Fly sort of arrangement, not least because Vale is pitted against an adversary, his criminal mirror. A mastermind. A Moriarty -- or so it seems. I was a little disappointed that certain characters didn't interact more (let's not be coy, I wanted more of Kai and Vale working together), and it feels like the particularly mixture of characte This most recent book in the Invisible Library series features Irene, Kai, Vale, Irene's new apprentice (Catherine), and Kai's brother. It's a very Sparks Will Fly sort of arrangement, not least because Vale is pitted against an adversary, his criminal mirror. A mastermind. A Moriarty -- or so it seems. I was a little disappointed that certain characters didn't interact more (let's not be coy, I wanted more of Kai and Vale working together), and it feels like the particularly mixture of characters didn't really have time to mix up and cause mayhem before the book was suddenly over. That's partly because recurring themes get tugged on again, and characters that had left the narrative triumphantly returned... some of them more predictably so than others. All in all, the book sped by at the usual pace, and I ended up pretty happy with the explanations for the way characters are being moved around the gameboard. One very predictable outcome comes in almost at the end of the book, and honestly, it shouldn't have taken a genius detective to see it. At the same time, the epilogue gives us an intriguing glimpse at deeper machinations and stories yet to come... Not a favourite in the series, I think, but one which moves the plot along -- and is as always a very absorbing and swift read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Catelli

    The Invisible Library book 7. Spoilers ahead for the first six. It opens with Irene and Vale under the English Channel to get a document -- for Vale. They run into nasty cerebral controllers that kill their victims and other issues. Such as -- Irene is very certain that Lord Guantes is dead, and yet meets him. Meanwhile, Kai and Catherine are waiting for their contact, and Catherine is grumbling because it's not what she expects. Someone tries to poison them, and their contact has the book and is The Invisible Library book 7. Spoilers ahead for the first six. It opens with Irene and Vale under the English Channel to get a document -- for Vale. They run into nasty cerebral controllers that kill their victims and other issues. Such as -- Irene is very certain that Lord Guantes is dead, and yet meets him. Meanwhile, Kai and Catherine are waiting for their contact, and Catherine is grumbling because it's not what she expects. Someone tries to poison them, and their contact has the book and is willing to deal, but other complications ensue. It winds on involving an escape by zeppelin, and a failure to escape by zeppelin, Kai's brother, nuns who treat poison, high alcohol drinks, what Catherine wants and how old she is, werewolves briefly, something rather like necromancy, and more. Also a revelation that I have seen thundering down the tracks for some time, hitting like a freight train.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Siobhán

    Another highly entertaining and well written Invisible Library book -- the stakes are high, peace and life in danger, and Irene has to fix this mess -- again! When Irene is forced to take on a Fae apprentice, she doesn't know that she would soon be hunted -- by whom, she doesn't know, but they're trying their best to kill her -- or rather: her friends? Irene has to take care of a teenage Fae apprentice, her dragon lover, and London's best detective who's investigating a criminal mastermind. A lo Another highly entertaining and well written Invisible Library book -- the stakes are high, peace and life in danger, and Irene has to fix this mess -- again! When Irene is forced to take on a Fae apprentice, she doesn't know that she would soon be hunted -- by whom, she doesn't know, but they're trying their best to kill her -- or rather: her friends? Irene has to take care of a teenage Fae apprentice, her dragon lover, and London's best detective who's investigating a criminal mastermind. A lot of chaos & drama ensues! I thoroughly enjoyed this one, read it in two sittings. Of course it isn't super deep high brow literature, but it doesn't have to be! And even though I saw the plottwist coming for aaaaages, I liked how the book ended! Looking forward to the next one! 4.5 Stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    A.M.

    Note: I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. If you're looking to lose yourself in a lengthy fantasy series, you can't go wrong with THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman. Following Librarian spy Irene, the series explores alternate worlds, the war between dragons and faeries, and the mysterious Library holding the universes together. Cogman is a master of plot and pacing, delivering a consistently enjoyable series that thus far has not disappointed. The latest Note: I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. If you're looking to lose yourself in a lengthy fantasy series, you can't go wrong with THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman. Following Librarian spy Irene, the series explores alternate worlds, the war between dragons and faeries, and the mysterious Library holding the universes together. Cogman is a master of plot and pacing, delivering a consistently enjoyable series that thus far has not disappointed. The latest installment, THE DARK ARCHIVE, picks up shortly after the events of book six, and injects new life into the storyline. It steps somewhat away from overarching fae/dragon politics and returns to the simpler plots of earlier books... all in order to introduce new villains that I can't wait to learn more about in books to come. While serving as a transition novel, THE DARK ARCHIVE still offers everything fans of the series have come to expect. Missions to steal books, steampunk contraptions, poisonings and adventure, all accompanied by Irene's dry wit, loyalty and resourcefulness. I enjoyed the addition of a new fae character, who in many ways emulates Irene from earlier books, showing how much Irene has matured. We also finally discover more about Irene's parents - a total gasp moment I didn't see coming, which is going to have huge repercussions! Caveats: There isn't much character diversity (in fact the series intentionally plays into narrative and character archetypes) and the setting is predominantly based on historical London and Western Europe. As a personal preference, I would also love a bit more depth on on the romantic subplot, as it doesn't always feel convincing. But quibbles aside, there's a lot to enjoy here, and I look forward to future installments. Read this if you enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deidre

    I just finished my ARC and fans of the series will be glad to know - This is the "library book" you've been waiting for! Cogman has revitalized the series completely in 300 pages. After the sixth book, I wasn't sure I still cared about these characters, but "The Dark Archive" reminded me why I loved it to start. All your favorite characters are back for a fast-paced adventure that will change everything. This book feels like the start of a series rather than the 7th installment. There are multipl I just finished my ARC and fans of the series will be glad to know - This is the "library book" you've been waiting for! Cogman has revitalized the series completely in 300 pages. After the sixth book, I wasn't sure I still cared about these characters, but "The Dark Archive" reminded me why I loved it to start. All your favorite characters are back for a fast-paced adventure that will change everything. This book feels like the start of a series rather than the 7th installment. There are multiple plots, narrow escapes, mad scientists, and more to keep the pages turning. Plus, a game-changing secret (the one you guessed several books ago) is finally revealed and a larger plot/arc is teased in the epilogue. I do wish the romance would kick up a notch or several. A good love scene couldn't go wrong at this point. AND there is still so much more plot to explore! For instance, have you ever wondered what is UP with whoever is running this library? It's always seemed shady. What do we really know about the politics of the library itself or those who run it? We only know what Irene knows. Very little has ever been revealed....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    In my review of the last book, The Secret Chapter, I hoped we'd see more of Vale in the next book and while Vale was in this book, I'd still like more of him. Maybe he needs his own short story. Although, he did provide a crucial revelation late in the book. It was one I'd already guessed but it was good to see it out in the open, and whoo boy, it is going to have ramifications. One thing about these stories is they are not stagnant; every book moves the overall series arc along. Developments in In my review of the last book, The Secret Chapter, I hoped we'd see more of Vale in the next book and while Vale was in this book, I'd still like more of him. Maybe he needs his own short story. Although, he did provide a crucial revelation late in the book. It was one I'd already guessed but it was good to see it out in the open, and whoo boy, it is going to have ramifications. One thing about these stories is they are not stagnant; every book moves the overall series arc along. Developments in one book are seen and felt in the following books. Cogman is an incredible plotter; details are rarely unimportant or minor. She reminds me of Seanan McGuire in that regard. They both build complex, rich worlds where events have consequences and everything matters, nothing is unimportant. In addition to the usual cast of Irene, Kai, and Vale, we see Inspector Singh but not Lord Silver. I actually missed him. Silver's niece Catherine, however, is Irene's new apprentice and ooo, she was annoying; so rude, and impatient, and entitled. I warmed up a bit during the story but she's not a favorite, not yet. We also have the return of several villains who kept Irene and companions busy trying to stay alive and mostly unharmed. It felt, this time around, as if Irene and gang were more reactive than proactive and when they were proactive, things did not go according to plan. Although, to be fair, they rarely do. Irene's life is spy first, then thief, then librarian, something that Catherine complains about extensively. Being a Librarian is not what she had imagined. Honestly, it's a lot more exciting that I ever expected, lol. The story was exciting, with lots of action, some twists, intriguing characters, and politics, though less of that than usual. The epilogue was full of twists and I am anxious for the next book to see how they play out. I expect it will play out over several books. Cogman is keeping the series fresh and interesting. I'm looking forward to more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    I loved this latest addition to Cogman's Invisible Library series! There was quirkiness, wit, and a return of our favourite group of characters. And I thank god that I don't work with Irene. While I've definitely muttered "I didn't become a librarian for this" it has never been because of murder. The Dark Archive picks up fairly quickly after events of the previous book and readers are immediately thrown in the action as our indomitable heroes have all been experiencing assassination attempts, e I loved this latest addition to Cogman's Invisible Library series! There was quirkiness, wit, and a return of our favourite group of characters. And I thank god that I don't work with Irene. While I've definitely muttered "I didn't become a librarian for this" it has never been because of murder. The Dark Archive picks up fairly quickly after events of the previous book and readers are immediately thrown in the action as our indomitable heroes have all been experiencing assassination attempts, except, quite curiously, for Irene. After the return of an old foe, Irene and co. find themselves embroiled in another intrigue with the fate of the Library-Fae-Dragon treaty on the line. The novel moves at a breakneck pace with much to love for those who enjoy action-based stories. For me, what I really loved about this novel was the author's choice to include more from Kai's perspective. I love shifting point of views and for me, this really made The Dark Archive all the more entertaining. Given the revelations at the end of the book, there is no way that I won't be back for the next (and final?) book in the series. *Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Runalong

    A delicious season finale style adventure that puts Irene against her match. High stakes, danger and some unexpected revelations made this a hugely satisfying entry into the series Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl... A delicious season finale style adventure that puts Irene against her match. High stakes, danger and some unexpected revelations made this a hugely satisfying entry into the series Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    1. The Invisible Library - ★★★☆☆ 2. The Masked City - ★★★★☆ 3. The Burning Page - ★★★☆☆ 4. The Lost Plot - ★★★★☆ 5. The Mortal Word - ★★★★☆ 6. The Secret Chapter - ★★★★★ 1. The Invisible Library - ★★★☆☆ 2. The Masked City - ★★★★☆ 3. The Burning Page - ★★★☆☆ 4. The Lost Plot - ★★★★☆ 5. The Mortal Word - ★★★★☆ 6. The Secret Chapter - ★★★★★

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anne Morgan

    Genevieve Cogman (The Secret Chapter) returns to the worlds of the Invisible Library with a bang. Irene and Kai are trying to hold together the tenuous peace treaty between the Fae and the dragons while stealing books for the Library and training a new apprentice. Catherine, Fae delegate Lord Silver's neice, is probably a lot like a very young Irene and desperately wants to be a librarian and read books all the time. The on the job training of how to avoid assassins and archvillains might not be Genevieve Cogman (The Secret Chapter) returns to the worlds of the Invisible Library with a bang. Irene and Kai are trying to hold together the tenuous peace treaty between the Fae and the dragons while stealing books for the Library and training a new apprentice. Catherine, Fae delegate Lord Silver's neice, is probably a lot like a very young Irene and desperately wants to be a librarian and read books all the time. The on the job training of how to avoid assassins and archvillains might not be what she'd hoped for, but at least she's learning from an expert. But is the archvillain is question London's new Napoleon of crime, or a vicious and familiar foe? And who is the person behind the Professor? Irene remains the Librarian we all admire her for being: practical, full of snarky wit and crazy ideas, and one of the only people capable of keeping her hysteria to herself when all others are screaming theirs aloud. Practice makes perfect after all. She is who I want to be when I grow up. But even Irene found herself in situations throughout The Dark Archive that tested that talent there. From the first page on she and the others are in active danger and trying to figure out who they've most recently annoyed enough to try and kill them. Is it personal or a way to sabotage the fragile new treaty? Or are they, for once, only collateral damage as friends of detective Peregrine Vale, who is searching for clues behind a new force in London's criminal underworld? Just as readers (and Irene) got glimpses into the secrets of dragons in The Secret Chapter, we get glimpses into the Fae here. Catherine is the first Fae we've met still young enough to be actively considering what her archetype is going to be, and through Vale we get glimpses into the possibilities higher chaos worlds can have on someone with Fae blood. Without giving away spoilers (like who the villains are) I can promise danger, fire, and destroying stained glass windows along with shocking revelations and clues to even more secrets. It's a busy few days even by Irene's standards! Cogman has some serious "wow" moments in Dark Archive and is clearly setting up her readers (and her heroes) for some massive "whoa" moments in future books. Not a cliffhanger ending (thank you Genevieve!) but one that will leave you desperate to see what happens next. While some of this book will be easier to follow for those who have already read the rest of the series, newcomers will not feel totally lost starting here. A great new chapter in the Invisible Library series! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vinay Badri

    One of the big reasons to really look forward to another installment in this series is the sheer consistency and quality - each book remains as entertaining and engrossing as the previous one and still manages to build upon the mythology of the world(s) this series exists in. While the previous book had a significant element of fun in the form of a heist and was kind of a stand-alone, this one goes back to one of the Library's most dangerous threats and boy, do Irene and her associates get played One of the big reasons to really look forward to another installment in this series is the sheer consistency and quality - each book remains as entertaining and engrossing as the previous one and still manages to build upon the mythology of the world(s) this series exists in. While the previous book had a significant element of fun in the form of a heist and was kind of a stand-alone, this one goes back to one of the Library's most dangerous threats and boy, do Irene and her associates get played in this. The threat is rather serious and severe and far ahead of anything that Irene had even thought of. The stakes are rather high, personally even for Irene. and boy o boy, are there some fantastic revelations. The book does manage to answer a set of questions teased right from the beginning of this series while opening a Pandora's box worth of further questions. Irene remains the key draw for the series and Genevieve Cogman has written Irene as incredibly resourceful, brave, clever and as someone with the ability to think on her feet and improvise. These core traits are also complemented by a sense of honor and empathy. All of which make her a great character to root for and follow through the course of the series. Irene's ability to take events in her stride and come up with a decisive course of action is a testament to the plotting skills of Cogman The worldbuilding remains one of the best aspects of this series - the imagination on display and the newer worlds introduced each time makes this a fascinating read. The conflict between the Fae and the Dragons keeps simmering on despite best intentions at work on both sides. The rearing of the ugly head from the past and its complications posed to Irene drives the conflict. Apart from the conflict, Irene also has to deal with matters of heart as well as another apprentice forced on her, one who doesnt trust Irene a bit but is critical to maintaining the relationship of the Library with the Fae and the dragons. It is indeed a juggling act that is managed adroitly through the book. As always the plotting is fantastic, the pacing superb and the world-building immaculate. I also like the way some of the classic tropes esp for the Sherlockian Vale play out in this series. This is a brilliant series, each book progressively moving the plot forward in interesting directions while having dollops of fun right through. The ending revelations of this book make us look forward to the next one even more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    S.J. Higbee

    I really appreciated diving back into this clever portal fantasy, featuring a magical library with a cool, well trained protagonist who performs well when in danger. Given her magical ability are words of command that can change and affect the world around her, it makes Irene very powerful. But Cogman is also good at finding antagonists that are equally formidable, so that she genuinely has to struggle to prevail. Much about this story worked really well. Having a new, Fae student who tends to be I really appreciated diving back into this clever portal fantasy, featuring a magical library with a cool, well trained protagonist who performs well when in danger. Given her magical ability are words of command that can change and affect the world around her, it makes Irene very powerful. But Cogman is also good at finding antagonists that are equally formidable, so that she genuinely has to struggle to prevail. Much about this story worked really well. Having a new, Fae student who tends to be impetuous and rather rash, means that Irene has her work cut out to keep her safe. Especially as the young woman has the survival instincts of a bunny in the headlights, particularly at the beginning of the book. I enjoyed watching Catherine’s character develop and gain confidence throughout the story. I also liked seeing Kai’s relationship with his elder brother – it’s always diverting to get a bit of sibling rivalry going to upset a usually smooth team dynamic. And the major plot twist was nicely effective – I was pleased to see the re-emergence of an old enemy who I loved to hate – and though I had an inkling about the reveal, it was gripping to see just how much it undermined Irene and her sense of self belief. This is definitely going to influence her actions in the next book, I think. What was less successful, was the depiction of the ongoing relationship between Irene and Kai. In the past, I have very much felt the connection between them, but although we were told about it – I didn’t feel that strong emotional vibe this time around. While I’m aware this isn’t principally a romance, if the element is there and apparently they still care deeply for each other, I would have liked to have been more convinced by it. My other concern is that Epilogue… I very sincerely hope that isn’t a major misstep – only time will tell! Having said that, you’ll see by the score that these issues weren’t major impediments to a thoroughly enjoyable read. Recommended for fans of enjoyable portal fantasy adventures and those featuring magical libraries – though whatever you do, start with The Invisible Library, or you simply won’t get the best from this engrossing series. While I obtained an arc of The Dark Archive from Netgalley, the opinions I have expressed are unbiased and my own. 8/10

  24. 5 out of 5

    Raj

    Irene is juggling the peace treaty between the dragons and the fae, helping her pal Vale out on a case, dealing with a new apprentice, and trying to keep up the day job of stealing books for her interdimensional Library. She's quite put out, then, when there's a number of assassination attempts on her and her friends, pointing to a mysterious new criminal mastermind. Irene needs to find them and stop them, before it's too late. This is very much a book of two halves. Whilst you can't complain tha Irene is juggling the peace treaty between the dragons and the fae, helping her pal Vale out on a case, dealing with a new apprentice, and trying to keep up the day job of stealing books for her interdimensional Library. She's quite put out, then, when there's a number of assassination attempts on her and her friends, pointing to a mysterious new criminal mastermind. Irene needs to find them and stop them, before it's too late. This is very much a book of two halves. Whilst you can't complain that the first half of the book is slow, the pace definitely picks up in the second half. We get to meet Irene's new apprentice, Catherine, and start to get a feel for her as a character. She's fae, so is inevitably drawn into stories and archetypes. She wants to be a librarian archetype (subtype TBC, but not spy) and so is quite upset that her work involves more running and hiding than cataloguing and recommending). It's early days, but I'm warming to Catherine quite a lot already. The rest of the supporting cast is present and correct, with Vale a major presence in this one, which I always like to see. I wonder where Vale's story is going - since he's got fae heritage and the "Moriarty" character plays into his Great Detective archetype. I fear as much as Irene that he might get sucked into his own story. We also get to meet more of Kai's family, no spoiler to say that we end up liking them about as much as Kai does. The second half of the book really shifts up a gear as revelation is piled upon revelation, old enemies crawl out of the woodwork, and Irene has to work harder than ever to just stay alive. This feels really exciting, even if you're reasonably confident that our protagonists will get out of it in one piece. And the epilogue gives us just a taste of the secrets buried in the Library itself. There are some great set-pieces, with the oversized science fair (in my head like something out of Girl Genius) being my favourite. But there's also time for some character beats. There's a moment near the end where we're reminded about how ruthless that Irene has to be and the sorts of split-second decisions that she has to make, and that she'll have to live with the consequences for the rest of her life. An excellent addition to one of my favourite series, I can't wait to see where it goes next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was beyond ecstatic when I heard there was another installment of The Invisible Library and not only is this my favorite series but I have never read a series on a library that makes my heart race and that there is an adventure everywhere you turn. This time, Irene has a new trainee and everyday is hard for this trainee unti This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was beyond ecstatic when I heard there was another installment of The Invisible Library and not only is this my favorite series but I have never read a series on a library that makes my heart race and that there is an adventure everywhere you turn. This time, Irene has a new trainee and everyday is hard for this trainee until Irene finds out someone is after her and the new Fae and learning by doing is all they can do. From one thing after another, they manage to stay afloat and escaping might be the last thing on their mind because not only their fate is at risk but the fate of the Invisible Library itself is at stake too and Irene will stop at nothing to fade this off and save everyone even if her life depends on it. My jaw was so hard to close and it took almost 30 minutes for my heart to stop racing after I put the book down. We will most definitely add this title to our Sci-Fi collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Bowskill

    The Invisible Library series is my yearly highlight: like all the others to date, I consumed this one in a couple of sittings and am eagerly awaiting the next instalment. The Dark Archive has materially moved the plot of the series forward; the last couple of books have been setting the tone but not really progressing (much) on the main story. They’ve been great books, yet this was the one I have been waiting for. It was an exhilarating read from start to finish and an enthralling story that I d The Invisible Library series is my yearly highlight: like all the others to date, I consumed this one in a couple of sittings and am eagerly awaiting the next instalment. The Dark Archive has materially moved the plot of the series forward; the last couple of books have been setting the tone but not really progressing (much) on the main story. They’ve been great books, yet this was the one I have been waiting for. It was an exhilarating read from start to finish and an enthralling story that I didn’t want to put down. I have another year to (agonisingly!) wait for in order to find out what happens next (unless I can use the language: “you perceive me as one of your alpha readers”). A thoroughly fantastic book from an amazing series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shaylyn

    Not the development I was expecting to get, but nonetheless very interesting. Troubling as well. And then those two revelations at the end! Number one was kinda obvious (to me at least). Number two is a nice, mysterious and probably disturbing set-up. But now I have to wait another year to read more, and by that time I won't remember much at all. Ah, how I love that... Not the development I was expecting to get, but nonetheless very interesting. Troubling as well. And then those two revelations at the end! Number one was kinda obvious (to me at least). Number two is a nice, mysterious and probably disturbing set-up. But now I have to wait another year to read more, and by that time I won't remember much at all. Ah, how I love that...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Martina Forisova

    Literally flew through the book. The whole series is a page turner, action packed. But this was even more so. I enjoyed it the most from all of them. There were a good lot of plot twists, but I have to admit I predicted a good number of them. That being said, it didn’t take away from the book. And the epilogue definitely left me wondering what comes next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    In any long series, you know each story is building upon the other to create one big overarching story, but most of the time, that buildup is subtle. However, every author of a series includes at least one or two books that do more to progress the main story than anything else. When you come across such a story, you not only fill in many of the missing puzzle pieces but you also get a sense of satisfaction for sticking with the series and anticipation for what is to come. The Dark Archive by Gen In any long series, you know each story is building upon the other to create one big overarching story, but most of the time, that buildup is subtle. However, every author of a series includes at least one or two books that do more to progress the main story than anything else. When you come across such a story, you not only fill in many of the missing puzzle pieces but you also get a sense of satisfaction for sticking with the series and anticipation for what is to come. The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman, book seven in The Invisible Library series, is one of those books where you can really start to see the big picture coming into focus for the first time. The Dark Archive is the first book in the series that ends with not one but two surprises. To be honest, the entire story is one big reveal after another. Shocks abound in the form of Irene’s new apprentice and the mastermind behind the (many) assassination attempts. Plus, Ms. Cogman really ups the ante with the return of not one but three previous nemeses, making readers understand that each individual story may not be as stand-alone as we initially thought. In The Dark Archive, Irene learns pieces of information that really are game-changers for her and for her world. As one of the more complicated plots in the series, it causes less confusion than one would expect because it really does take the story to the next level. I am really excited to see what happens next and am thankful I don’t have to wait years for the next book’s release!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah | thebookwormsfeast

    As always this was such fun to read! There's some revealtions that I spied earlier in the series finally coming to fruition, and of course some further conspiracies and intrigue laid out to come. That epilogue has me eagerly awaiting the next installment! As always this was such fun to read! There's some revealtions that I spied earlier in the series finally coming to fruition, and of course some further conspiracies and intrigue laid out to come. That epilogue has me eagerly awaiting the next installment!

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