The Mortal Word

Ace: Berkley. (Invisible Library, Bk. 5). Dec. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780399587443. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780399587450. FANTASY
Librarian/spy Irene returns from Germany after retrieving a full copy of the Heiland, hoping to enjoy a little downtime with her former apprentice Kai. But Bradamant, her erstwhile trainer and rival, gives Irene and her friend the great detective Peregrine Vale the assignment to find the killer of a high-position dragon at a secret dragon-fae peace conference. The Invisible Library is mediating this talk, and the balance between order and chaos is at stake. Vale and Irene head to 1890s Paris to solve the crime, only to discover tension among all the groups and that anyone—fae, dragon, or librarian—could have committed the murder. Librarians are held hostage in both the dragon and fae courts, as Irene seeks to uncover the truth. Her parents' lives are also in danger, as is any chance of peace between the two powerful factions. But what if the betrayal lies among the librarians themselves?
VERDICT Cogman's witty follow-up to The Lost Plot once again provides a historical mashup of detectives, libraries, and fantasy characters revolving around time-traveling librarian spies. A delicious mix for a range of readers.
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