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Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #2
Published by Roc on September 6, 2016
Length: 10 hours, 39 minutes
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Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai, a dragon of royal descent, is kidnapped by the fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.
Kai’s abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnival—and save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war.
But navigating the tumultuous landscape of fae politics will take more than Irene’s book-smarts and fast-talking—to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear...
The Invisible Library sounded exciting. I mean who doesn’t like libraries and books and adventures with spies? And I liked it. But The Masked City was better – a fast paced, thrilling ride from start to finish. The two seem very different in some ways. The first had the initial world-building, a large cast of developing characters, and lots of book stuff, in addition to the mystery and action adventure. The latter was full-on action adventure which barely stopped to take a breath.
Our knowledge, as well as Irene’s knowledge, of the world continues to expand as she travels to a new dimension which is far on the chaos spectrum. The Fae are the chaos; the dragons are the order. War is being provoked between them. The Library sits in the balance, being Switzerland. Kai, Irene’s apprentice, is a dragon.
Primarily, we learn mostly about Irene with some development of Kai, Vale, Lord Silver, and the Library. There is a bit more about the Fae and the dragons, their politics and SOP (standard operating procedures). Irene is one determined lady with some mad skills. I love this. I was terrified much of the time and rightfully so.
The ending was too fast. It’s not a cliffhanger but I want to know more. What is going to happen to Irene now? I plan to review the next book, The Burning Page in December. Happily , there are at least two more books, as yet untitled, planned in the Invisible Library series. I’m excited to continue these adventures.