This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #3
Also in this series:The Masked City
Also by this author: The Masked City
Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
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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 of finding 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 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...
Irene, Kai and Vale are back in this action-packed installment of The Invisible Library series, Honestly though, I think that all the stories are full of action 😉 and I love it. After reading two out of three books from this series I can say with sincerity that these books are best read in order. This story is heavily tied back to the plot from book number one with a few tie-ins to book number two. You can read it as a stand-alone as there is enough story building to give you the backstory of the previous books but having read the first two books will give you a greater level of story immersion.
So, what can you expect from this story? You will get a deeper level of understanding about the mechanics of the Library. This in turn will also help you better understand how books create the connection between the Library and the alternate worlds. I enjoyed the depth that the Author delved to in explaining high chaos worlds versus high order worlds and everything in between. In book two there was detailed explanations about the dragons that exist in the order worlds, in book three you will learn more about the background of the Fae, what motivates them and how they operate.
Irene was an absolute rockstar in this story. She starts off the story under probation being handed some of the worst jobs that the Library has to offer. Kai her apprentice is as always by her side. There are a few scenes where he is in his dragon form and I love that! Vale is experiencing side-effects of the high chaos fae world that he entered in book two and therefore his role feels rather limited when compared to the other books. The absolute best part of this book surrounds Irene and a showdown with the previously introduced character, Alberich. He is a nasty piece of work and he has a rather dirty little secret to share. Intense, immensely satisfying and well worth the read.
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of The Burning Page*