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Publisher's Summary

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 stand-alones.

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.

©2021 Genevieve Cogman (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic Reviews

"Captivating story with animated characters...cracking pace." (Guardian)

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  • 06-13-21

Love Kristen Atherton’s Narration!

I must have come into the series after the narrator was changed to Kristen Atherton. While I can’t say how good the previous narrator was I can say that Kristen Atherton’s narration has really impressed me and has kept me coming back.

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Love Characters and Kristin Atherton

I did not happen upon reviews until after my 5th book in the series. I just came to these books recently. I was so concerned to see reviews of the 6th book bemoaning a new narrator - because I have been soooo enjoying Kristin Atherton’s narration. Her characters are so defined, I seldom have any question which character is speaking. (And if so, it’s occasionally a minor character). I was relieved to realize she is the 2nd narrator and amazed to read or others saying her characters are dull! (Having not heard the others narration). I wonder how much has to do with what you grow accustomed to. Anyhoo - very much enjoying the series as written, and as read by Atherton.

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  • 12-13-21

Heck the blood countess is terrifying

Absolutely thrilling throughout. And the performer is excellent with a range of consistent and interesting voices.

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  • 06-02-21

This would make a great film

Well done Genevieve. Another great piece of fiction well narrated by Kristin. I am really invested in the characters you have developed over the series. Looking forward to the next book