The Mortal Word is part of Genevieve Cogman’s witty and wonderful Invisible Library series, which can be enjoyed as part of a sequence or as standalones.
A corrupt countess. A spy in danger. And an assassin at large.
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?
The Mortal Word is perfect for fans of Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. Continue the bookish magic with The Secret Chapter.
'Captivating story with animated characters . . . cracking pace' - Guardian
Following on the heels of The Lost Plot, Cogman's exciting fifth Invisible Library adventure finds Librarian Irene Winters, who travels through time rescuing rare and dangerous books and hiding them in the interdimensional Library, called to a version of Paris where peace talks between dragons and Fae have been interrupted by the murder of one of the principals in the dragon delegation. Also summoned to investigate is Peregrine Vale, "the nemesis of criminals across Great Britain," and rounding out the team are Mu Dan for the dragons and Lord Silver for the Fae. As keepers of the balance between the chaos generated by the Fae and the order promulgated by the dragons, the Librarians have been brought in as arbitrators, but the deceased mentioned "a mysterious book," leading some to suspect the Librarians of the murder. There are also rumors that the powerful and malevolent Blood Countess is involved, and Irene sees connections with the death that she and the dragon prince Kai investigated in The Lost Plot. Cogman ably combines sleuthing with politics, magic, and a bit of romance for a satisfying tale.