Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Invisible Library, The Masked City, and The Burning Page, by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library.
As a bibliophile, there are very few things more appealing to me than a magic system based on language, and a group of librarian spies. Add to that the diverse and intriguing cast of characters and this book is definitely a win. This book is well-written and engaging, and left me wanting more of this world and the characters. The series is about a group of librarian spies (yeah, librarian spies, how awesome is that) whose goal is to collect rare books or editions of books that are specific to particular dimensions in order to tie the Library to those dimensions. Along the way they encounter Fae, dragons, wizards, and all sorts of other interesting characters. The type of magic we become most familiar with is the Language, (which is similar to me to the concept of being able to manipulate an object or person if you know its true name) which changes based on the grammar and idioms of specific worlds. 

The Masked City
The Masked City was a great continuation of the Invisible Library series. It's just as fast-paced and well put together as the first one, with intriguing new characters and places. I wish we'd gotten to experience more of the actual culture of alternate Venice than we did, but I enjoyed the little glimpses that we got.

The Burning Page
I got an ARC of the Burning Page through Goodreads Giveaways, and was not disappointed. We get more of the actual Library in this book, which I found really interesting, and a bit of background on Irene, plus a few new mysteries, which keep the book from feeling like it wrapped up the series. The Lost Plot is planned for release next  year, and I'm hoping it will be just as good as the first three!  

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