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The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #7
Published by Ace on December 1, 2020
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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 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.
The Invisible Library series is a favorite series with its adventures and the continuing development of some characters. While Irene and Kai are now on the treaty council, The Dark Archive is one long escape from assassination attempts. Of course, they can’t just run, they have to figure it out so they can go on with their work and so humans won’t be injured. Who better to investigate and solve a mystery than Vale? I was so happy to see him again, more active in this story.
There is also the matter of Irene’s new apprentice, the Fae representative, Catherine. Catherine is Lord Silver’s niece. She is young and idealistic and very annoying. More than once, she disobeys orders and causes trouble. No Fae has ever been able to enter the library with their chaotic natures so that is one of Irene’s challenges because Catherine wants to go to the Library. Her ideal is to read books, care for books, and recommend books to others. She is dismissive of Irene’s normal duties.
The investigation, constantly interrupted with assassination attempts, seems to point towards old enemies who are dead. But there does appear to be a revenge aspect because it is Irene and Kai as well as their friends targeted. So relatives of their former foes could be involved. Irene does an amazing job as usual in outwitting threats and saving her life and others. Although, things are dire more than once.
I highly recommend this smart, high-action series (read them in order). The romance is definitely in the background and not a focus in any of the books which is just the way I like it. Both Irene and Kai learn more about their families and each other in the continued development of their characters. I’m always fascinated to learn more about the library, the fae and the dragons who make up the primary aspects in these worlds.
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