Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another "tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure" (A Fantastical Librarian), third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City.
Never judge a book by its cover...
Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But trouble has a tendency to find both Irene and her apprentice, Kai - a dragon prince - and, before they know it, they are entangled in more danger than they can handle...
Irene's longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library – and to make sure Irene goes down with it.
With so much at stake, Irene will need every tool at her disposal to stay alive. But even as she draws her allies close around her, the greatest danger might be lurking from somewhere close - someone she never expected to betray her...
©2016 Genevieve Cogman (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Thoroughly enjoyed the narrator, and the twists and turns in the story. A great addition to the series, and the development of the characters/ friendships
No mega cliff hangers but there is still a lot of unfinished buisness.
Our heroine is at peace mostly by the end of this book. Still I enjoy the characters SO much!
I recommend this and the previous two books two anyone into adventure, fantasy, fae, magic, and scf-fi
Also, the same narrator improves dramatically from the monotone delivery you hear through most of book 1 to an exceedingly better delivery in books 2 & 3. If you handle it, definitely listen to all 3 books
A reviewer on Nocturnal Book Reviews since 2011. Love fantasy of any kind, contemporary fiction, kick butt heroines & antiheroes.
I admit that I've enjoyed The Masked City much more than The Burning Page which in comparison felt muted. Still, there was plenty going on for the reader or listener not to get bored.
Alberich is a much more prominent character in this book, and there are several confrontations between him and Irene which kept me on the edge of my seat.
Irene is still the star of the show, but she's lost some of her flair. I only saw a glimpse of her old self when she was confronting the weres, otherwise, she was keeping a fairly low profile.
Kai and Vale were more in the background to my disappointment, I felt that their brilliance could have been better used than just for the roles of Irene's flunkies. However, there is a good reason for their subdued roles. Kai is suffering from PTSD after what he went through in the previous book, and Vale is fighting off chaos infestation which tries to turn him into an archetype figure.
The foray into alternative Russian Empire with Catherine The Great's court was a lovely side story and a colourful one, but again the chances to interact with dragons who were prominent in that world weren't used.
The narrator was wonderful as usual, but the book itself was a series of lost opportunities to truly shine. So, we went from spectacular book #2 to a decent book #3. No matter what, though, I'll be continuing this innovative and utterly lovely series, and hope you'll do the same.
the story was excellent
It is hard to listen to this narrator. As she speaks, all I can picture is a heaving breathy bosom as she speaks. I really do not like this particular type of speech
Overall, this is an excellent edition to the series. Ideally, I would love to see more about Vale - maybe his own series even!
This novel is amazingly written. The author has a wonderful style influenced by greats like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and classical spy greats.
Loved the story and hope for more exciting things in the future from her!!!
"Great story ruined by TERRIBLE narration"
I love the Library stories having read them in the traditional format up to now and was really looking forward to listening to the latest on audio.
Alas! Does the narrator get to listen back to their recording? Surely they would notice the same intonation repeated over and over and over for every sentence!
Actually, the producer is probably more at fault - they should be sacked for allowing this travesty to be published.
But most of all I feel sorry for Genevieve Cogman who's great stories have been completely ruined, none of the subtleties and humour in the writing were represented at all.
What a shame.
"Great story, poor narration"
Considering that this story is about the Invisible Library and about every second sentence has the word library in it, it's ridiculous that the narrator seems to be unable to pronounce it as anything other than libaree! She has a rather stilted and disconnected narrating style, rather flat and with peculiar inflections. Shame that the book has been spoiled by this, please get someone else to narrate the one that's due out this!year
"Great book, shame about the narration"
As usual, the invisible library series is fun and entertaining. Unfortunately the narration really lets it down. Constantly over dramatic, voices of characters too similar and the uplift at the end of each sentence is incredibly annoying. What a shame.
"Doesn't really go anywhere"
I really enjoyed The Invisible Library, found The Masked City a little strange and am struggling to see the point of The Burning Page.
The writing is interesting and I like the style and overall concept, but don't really feel the story went anywhere.
Probably won't buy any further books in the series
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