• The Mortal Word

  • The Invisible Library, Book 5
  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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By: Genevieve Cogman
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
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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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Still a fun series...but

Over a few books, Susan Duerdan became the voice of this series to me, especially after multiple readthroughs. Kristin Atherton does a great job, but the switch halfway through a series does not engender a coherent transfer. She does a great job, but the feelings from Mz. Duerdan don't feel as fleshed out, (and this is nothing against Mz. Atherton) because I have spent so much time with the previous narrator.

I will continue this series because the writing is fun, the narration (even if it is different) is great, the stories and characters are engaging, and the worldbuilding is fantastic.

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A good story and powerfully yet sensitively read.Fortunately I've already the bought the next one so I don't have to wait long for it.

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  • 11-24-22

Kristen Atherton is a triumph

I've been listening to the whole series, and I have to say that this is her best performance. The story, as always is fun and rambles along like a roller-coaster and Atherton's narration keeps it all together.

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  • Lorna
  • 11-09-22

Just wonderful listening!

I absolutely love this series. It is everything I adore about fiction. There is a Dragon, a Detective similar to Sherlock Holmes and a unique Librarian. This book was another interesting tale about a possible peace conference.
I have thought for a little while that Irene is Albreicht's daughter. It will be interesting to see if I'm right.
Stunning series most definitely recommend.

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  • Mrs S Price
  • 08-18-22

Brilliant Narration and fantastic book

I have adored this series so far, I'm glad I still have some to go and hope that the author continues with this series or another series. Her writing is so good!

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  • t
  • 06-06-22

just keeps getting better and better

brilliant, well written, well spoken, another "page turner" cant wait for the next book to listen to.

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  • Jessica
  • 03-30-22

Great series!

Most interesting, imaginative, amusing fantasy series I’ve come across in a while! Exactly what I was hoping for, and every book in the series so far has delivered! Excellent narration and overall a great experience!

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  • Sezbet
  • 03-03-22

Improving all the time!

Naturally this is entirely subjective - I enjoy this series a great deal, though I’d never argue for it to be placed among the greats. This is my favourite so far, it’s more complex and Irene is finally beginning to believe in herself.

In this book the stakes are higher, and Irene needs to be cleverer, more subtle and more politically savvy - peace talks are happening but someone (or more than one) powerful definitely wants to make sure they go down in flames, and possibly trigger a war. Irene needs to marshal all sides to investigate, hold on to her surety that truth is the only way a lasting peace can be attained and ensure a successful end to the negotiations.

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  • ella wilder
  • 03-01-22

Kristen Atherton is phenomenal

Loved the story. Bonkers as normal, but addictive. Kristen is an amazing narrator. For petes sake give her an award ( or a job on tv). Can’t wait to listen to the next story

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  • asha willder
  • 02-08-22

loved it!

loved it X as exciting as ever. interesting to identify with the characters Faye and dragon and librarian

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  • samuel
  • 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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  • Jax
  • 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