The Masked City

The Masked City

An Invisible Library Novel

Book - 2016
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Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this "dazzling"* book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library.

The written word is mightier than the sword--most of the time...

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....

Publisher: New York, New York : ROC, 2016.
Edition: Roc trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781101988664
Branch Call Number: FANTASY COGMAN G
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 02, 2017

It's a Library novel. Upbeat, and fun. I enjoyed this and will seek out other volumes in this series -

Aug 27, 2017

A true must read for anyone interested in books, libraries, Fae, dragons, RPGs, fantasy, multiple universes, Sherlock Holmes, and/or strong, fearless, smart, clever, brave female protagonists. I don't want to spoil this if you haven't read it, and you really must start with The Invisible Library! So stop reading now if you haven't read it already!!!

.............. Okay.... are you ready?.... The tagline for this book should be "Damsel rescues Dragon."

Jul 17, 2017

Second in the "Invisible Library" trilogy

Jun 23, 2017

Irene and Vale set out to rescue Irene's assistant, the dragon-prince Kai, who has been abducted from their alt-Victorian world. In a Fae dominated, Venice-like world teetering on the brink of chaos, they discover that a plot's afoot to start a universe-wide war between the proponents of order and chaos.

Apr 13, 2017

As the 2nd book in the series, this has the luxury of expanding concepts in a known universe so it hangs together better than the 1st book. Cogman focuses on blurring the lines between representative characters while portraying their factions as polar opposites. Cogman's ability to introduce Chekhov's gun with subtlety is weak and some character interactions seem forced at points but on the whole I'd recommend the series.

Oct 31, 2016

This series, beginning with "The Invisible Library," is partly plot-driven adventure, partly fantasy, and partly post-modern puzzle that rewards literary knowledge and tantalizes with references to Piranesi and the Carceri. (Sidebar: I had a carefully shaped lecture on both of these, dovetailed into a journey through Foucault's Discipline and Punish, that I delivered with great success for many years. But I digress.)
But most importantly, both of these books reveal Cogman to be a writer of great skill, above average vision, and with a fondness for humour and word play. Both books are definitely worth the time spent, and do have me firmly in line for the next installment.

Taku Dec 22, 2015

When I read “The Invisible Library” a few weeks ago, it was a purely pleasurable read: A darkly humerous and incredibly clever tale of a super Library overseeing a range of worlds, all of them different in their own way – and followed the story of Irene as she went after a particular book in a particular place (yes I’m trying to NOT with the spoilers) . Highly imaginative, if you love reading and books generally then you can’t possibly go wrong here, these are stories that speak to stories and as such are better than chocolate.

The follow up – The Masked City – if anything is even better. We know the eclectic and highly entertaining cast of characters and due to the mythology Genevieve Cogman can do with them as she likes – and she does! Kai was one of my favourites from The Invisible Library and this time he is in peril, Irene is determined to go to his rescue no matter the cost and it is a rich gallop of a tale that absorbs you into a magical yet often brutally realistic world and engages you utterly.

Irene is a kick ass super heroine when it comes to the books and she is not too shabby when it comes to the physical either, she has a great depth to her character and as such is the perfect anchor for such a mystical and fun tale. We fairly race along to an ending that had me absolutely desperate for more.

Overall, this series (which I hope will run for a while) is really superb ESPECIALLY as I say if you are a total bookworm as many of us are. You can nod along sagely at the lovely little book asides and overall I’m just a little in love with these.

Highly Recommended.


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