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The Mortal Word
By (author): Genevieve Cogman
9780399587443 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel Nov 27, 2018
$20.00 CAD
Active 5.51 x 8.25 x 0.9 in 448 pages Ace
In the latest novel in Genevieve Cogman’s historical fantasy series, the fate of worlds lies in the balance. When a dragon is murdered at a peace conference, time-travelling Librarian spy Irene must solve the case to keep the balance between order, chaos…and the Library.

When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Germany, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, and that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death. Tasked with solving the case, Vale and Irene immediately go to 1890s Paris to start their investigation.

Once they arrive, they find evidence suggesting that the murder victim might have uncovered proof of treachery by one or more Librarians. But to ensure the peace of the conference, some Librarians are being held as hostages in the dragon and Fae courts. To save the captives, including her parents, Irene must get to the bottom of this murder—but was it a dragon, a Fae, or even a Librarian who committed the crime?

Story Locale: Belle Epoque Paris (1890s)

Series Overview: Librarian Irene and her assistant Kai travel through time and dimensions, fighting supernatural creatures of chaos, to track down the most important books in all of the worlds in this fun and adventurous fantasy series.

FIFTH IN A FUN SERIES, about time traveling, dimension jumping librarian spies that started with The Invisible Library

TIME-TRAVELLING LIBRARIAN SPIES: This is an action-filled, timey-wimey fantasy, a Doctor Who but with books, that will wow fans of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series and Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy

THIS IS A GREAT SERIES TO BINGE ON: The first three books of the series were released within six months and readers were able to devour these adventures quickly, and get hooked

WIDE APPEAL FOR MANY READERS: Filled with historical settings, supernatural creatures, romantic entanglements, and heart-pounding secrets, this is a book that can appeal to almost any reader

THE INDEPENDENT BEST FANTASY BOOK OF 2015: The Invisible Library was #2 on The Independent’s Best Fantasy Books of 2015 list

READERS WHO LOVE BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS will adore these high-stakes bibliophilic adventures, making this a perfect book to sell to book clubs and libraries

ALSO A HIT ACROSS THE POND: With strong sales and rave reviews, The Invisible Library has taken the UK by storm and charmed US fans as well

RAVES AND PRAISE ABOUND: newspapers, blogs, and readers rave about the series

Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author who has written for several role-playing game companies. She currently works for the National Health Service in England as a clinical classifications specialist. She is the author of the Invisible Library series, including The Mortal Word, The Lost Plot, The Burning Page, The Masked City, and The Invisible Library.

Author Residence: Leeds, England

Author Hometown: England

Marketing: Online advertising campaign

Promotion at conventions

ARC distribution and giveaways

IndieBound campaign

Goodreads campaign

NetGalley campaign

Early reader review campaign

Social media campaign

Library marketing campaign

Feature on Unbound Worlds

Publicity: National print publicity

Online reviews and author interviews

Blog outreach campaign

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Author Social Media:; Twitter @GenevieveCogman

Praise for the Invisible Library Novels

“Surrender to the sheer volume of fun that appears on every page.”—Starburst

“A breath of fresh air….A book in which to wallow.”—The Guardian (UK)

“Such clever, creepy, elaborate world building and snarky, sexy-smart characters!”—N. K. Jemisin, author of The Fifth Season

“A dazzling bibliophilic debut.”—Charles Stross, Hugo Award Winning Author of the Laundry Files series


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