The Untold Story

By Genevieve Cogman

Rating: 5 stars

In the last Invisible Library book (for now, at least), Irene and her merry band of followers are back on the trail of the traitor Alberich – a trail that leads to the door of the Library itself, and a conspiracy therein. I have loved these books since the first time we met Irene, hard at work stealing books and I think now, eight volumes in, Irene has become one of my favourite fictional characters of the century so far.

I love Cogman’s writing, which is pacy, exciting and humorous. Every time I sit down to read one of these books, it feels warm and comforting, with just the right amount of danger, to give it a bit of spice. This book had the core cast working together well, and although Catherine hasn’t been around for as long as Kai and Vale, she’s got a solid place in my heart already.

Vale was always my favourite supporting cast member, and while he doesn’t get to shine quite as much as he did in earlier books, he did get possibly my favourite line of the book: “You must surely know by now, Winters, that a leader’s authority is limited to giving her followers orders that they will actually obey.” My heart swelled three sizes at that, as he, along with the others, made it clear that they’re not going to let her go into danger alone.

It’s always difficult to end a long-running series, but this brings the mysteries and concerns that have been bubbling about the Library to a satisfying conclusion that leaves the reader on a high. I’d love to see more adventures for Irene in future, but in the meantime, I hope she can relax with a cup of tea and a good book.

Book details

ISBN: 9781529000634
Publisher: Pan
Year of publication: 2021

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