Title: The Untold Story
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #8
Release Date: 9/12/2021
E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 49
(see below for breakdown)
I received a free finished copy from UK Tor ,via Black Crow PR in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Librarian Spy Irene is heading into danger. Not for the first time, but could this be her last? She’s tasked with a terrifyingly dangerous solo mission to eliminate an old enemy, which must be kept secret at all costs. But even more troubling news emerges. Multiple worlds are disappearing – and the Library may have something to do with it.
Determined to uncover the truth behind the vanished worlds, Irene and her friends must descend into the unplumbed depths of the Library. And what they find will change everything they know. This may be Irene’s most dangerous assignment of her hazardous career.
This was a fantastic ending to a fantastic series! It is always difficult to write a review for an epic series as if you are picking up the 8th and final book you have already fallen in love with the Characters and the world(s) they inhabit. Again Irene and Kai have a fantastic relationship as well as partnership and it always fun to read about how they work together. Albarach is such a fun villain and the reveals from Book 7 and how his story arc continues into this book was really satisfying.
I loved that we got much more of Vale in this book. He is such a fun side Character and I like that he has moved a little way from his Sherlock interpretation so that he becomes a distinct character but not enough to loose the charm and essence he had as a reflection of Holmes. Catherine is a great addition to the gang. She pulls the series back to its love of books and literature and away form the world of politics that it had moved into and she does an excellent job of reminding Irene and the reader about that love of literature of all kinds. Making some very well timed references, some of which were hard to spot and most of which I am sure I have missed.
Cogman throughout this series has been amazing at playing with the architypes and troupes that we love to see. I loved the play on ‘the chosen one’ that we have seen here. I really enjoyed the build to the reveals and how the writing leads you into a false sense of security about where you predict the plot is going to twist it out in directions you just couldn’t see coming.
I am deeply sad that this series has come to an end but I am really satisfied with that ending. Getting to explore the origins of the library, the Library’s story, which we were all itching to know with out realising we did. I am glad that the loose ends got tied up to make tis feel like an ending for these characters, with just the right level happy ending. If you haven’t started this series I highly encourage you too and if you are holding off on this one don’t it is a worthy ending.