The Mortal World
The Invisible Library #5
Fiction, Alternate History, Sword and Sorcery, Fantasy, Female Sleuth
November 27, 2018
A corrupt countess. A spy in danger. And an assassin at large. The fifth title in Genevieve Cogman's witty and wonderful Invisible Library series, The Mortal Word is a sparkling bookish adventure. Peace talks are always tricky . . . especially when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This murder rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae, so Librarian-spy Irene is summoned to investigate. In a version of 1890s Paris, Irene and her detective friend Vale must track down the killer - before either the peace negotiations or the city go up in flames. Accusations fly thick and fast. Irene soon finds herself in the seedy depths of the Parisian underworld on the trail of a notoriously warlike Fae, the Blood Countess. However, the evidence against the Countess is circumstantial. Could the assassin - or assassins - be closer than anyone suspects?
Just when you think you know who did what and why, the author throws in another twist and off we go again.
Irene manages to logically deduce all from the minutest of inklings and fails to get herself killed, several times, by the skin of her teeth – usually as she uses them to help her pronounce The Language.
This universe and world building gets ever more complicated in its political scheming and skulduggery, and fast pace action follows.
A very satisfying read with much philosophy about truth and reality to contemplate and ponder.