In any long series, you know each story is building upon the other to create one big overarching story, but most of the time, that buildup is subtle. However, every author of a series includes at least one or two books that do more to progress the main story than anything else. When you come across such a story, you not only fill in many of the missing puzzle pieces but you also get a sense of satisfaction for sticking with the series and anticipation for what is to come. The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman, book seven in The Invisible Library series, is one of those books where you can really start to see the big picture coming into focus for the first time.
The Dark Archive is the first book in the series that ends with not one but two surprises. To be honest, the entire story is one big reveal after another. Shocks abound in the form of Irene’s new apprentice and the mastermind behind the (many) assassination attempts. Plus, Ms. Cogman really ups the ante with the return of not one but three previous nemeses, making readers understand that each individual story may not be as stand-alone as we initially thought.
In The Dark Archive, Irene learns pieces of information that really are game-changers for her and for her world. As one of the more complicated plots in the series, it causes less confusion than one would expect because it really does take the story to the next level. I am really excited to see what happens next and am thankful I don’t have to wait years for the next book’s release!