The Masked City
The second title in Genevieve Cogman's The Invisible Library series, The Masked City i s a wonderful read for all those who enjoyed Mr Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair or Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London.
Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers h...more
Someday, someone is going to enthusiastically mention this series to you, and you are going to find yourself making that scrunched-up-nose-face that means either the dog has gas or someone is cooking asparagus again, and you probably won't remember why. Actually, let's call it like it will be; you won't.
But why? you will be asked. It has a librarian as the Strong Heroine .™ There's a Great Library that helps connect and stabilize the human worlds. There's a shapeshifting dragon! A det ...more
This has been another great read, absolutely on par with the first book with even more action, world-building that goes deep & lots of fun.
The story picks up where it left off at the end of Book #1. Irene works as Librarian-in-Residence in an alternate, steampunk, Victorian London with Zeppelins, Faes, werewolves & most importantly Peregrine Vale (an alternate Sherlock Holmes with better-developed social skills, lots of money and a title).
When Irene's ...more
There's a bit of romance, a lot of steampunk train-heist-y stuff, and talking. It's fun.
My only complaint is that there's not enough meat. I mean, the potential is there for some really wild and imaginative dive ...more
When life gets complicated, my reading needs simplify. Ms. Cogman’s Invisible Library series had seen me through a challenging week of no running water and cat care duties.
TMC is an excellent follow-up to TIL, where we get to know much more about the Fae in general and Lord Silver in particular. Needless to say, Irene is up to the challenge, teaming up with Vale to rescue Kai from a high-chaos world. We also learn about the awesome power of the royal Dragons and about Kai’s backgroun ...more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. This series has so many things going for it. There are dragons, the fae, werewolves, and librarian spies along with nearly non-stop action. This story started with a bang and kept me guessing until the very end. I love how unique this series really is and I enjoyed every part of this second installment.
Kai is kidnapped early on in the book leaving Irene to figure out what to do to get him back. When her normal ...more
An interdimensional Library, located outside the reach of Time's Arrow, hires minions to acquire by fair means or foul certain texts out there in the Multiverse for safekeeping or sequestration within its eternity-defining and -defying walls.
The idea of this series is compulsively readable to me. The experience of reading Author Cogman's thoughts about books, reading, stories and their effects and affects is addictive. But this second entry into the series suffers from ...more
In this episode, Librarian/transdimensional-spy Irene, to her great dismay, finds her junior assistant Kai missing. Kai was under her tutelage, and was her responsibility, so she feels it's up to her to get him back. Raising the stakes is the fact that Kai is the scion of a notable, and immensely powerfu ...more
Honestly the only reason I didn't DNF this novel was pure stubbornness on my part. Also for god sake the concept has so much freakin potential it is like THE PURGE of urban fantasy novels. Great concept - poorly executed.
I thought the first novel for a urban fantasy series at least was usually exposition city then the books following ease off the info dumping so you can enjoy the characters and storyline. The Masked City revolved around Dragons and Fae so numerous chapters w ...more
On page 2 we find out that Kai has been kidnapped. If like me you tend to read a couple books (or more) in-between books in a series to keep things fresh then you might also feel like page 2 is a bit abrupt and sudden ...more
The Masked City is another fantastic adventure chronicling the exploits of Irene Winters, a secret agent for an interdimensional library. I literally cannot find anything to dislike about the last part of that sentence. In fact, the only reason I’m not rating this higher is because of the reduced time we get to spend within the said interdimensional library, as well as some of the supporting characters (and if you recall ...more
Just a great second book following The Invisible Library. It felt like a Tommy and Tuppence (yes, Agatha Christie's detectives) meet a fantasy version of McGyver.
The book takes stereotypes and shakes them, uses amazing locations to their fullest and it has worthy criminals. It is a great "lighter" read yet the author shows an impressive skill in the use of English - the words are used with a particular attention to details - and an amazi ...more
“The Masked City” is the second novel in Genevieve Cogman’s “The Invisible Library” series. In this novel, Kai (Librarian Irene’s apprentice) is kidnapped, and Irene must travel to an alternate Venice (where all patrons are masked for a twisted version of Carnival) where she must battle the Fae that hold Kai captive, while trying to prevent a catastrophic war.
This novel lacked the presence of books and literature tha ...more
I quite liked this additional insight into the worlds and the politics. Irene is a great character and I still love the idea of how words have such power and force.
What I liked very much about this book is the constant play upo ...more
Hoping for a quieter assignment than the last one, Irene is now working in an alternative London. All seem to be well until her assistant, Kai, is kidnapped. She quickly discovers his abductors are a faction of the fae. Given Kai’s dragon heritage, this could be considered an act of war by his Royal family and the impact for entire worlds could be devastating.
Irene feels completely responsible for him bein ...more
“I plan for the worst,’ Silver said. ‘That way, at least I’m dressed for the occasion.”
It is nice when there is a change up to the normal damsel in distress scenario and the person who needs to be rescued is the Dragon instead. Kia has been abducted by the Fae and taken deep into a chaos world to be sold off to the highest bidder. Irene will need to ride a magical train and create a narrative of epic scale if she is going to save him.
For a series about Libraries and Librarians they s ...more
Cogman’s The Invisible Library was a refreshingly fun fantasy caper with an interesting magical premise and silly action. It had its share of weaknesses, most of which I chalked up to the inexperience of a debut novelist. Unfortunately, The Masked City is neither as fun or interesting as its predecessor while the prose issues have either grown worse in the second attempt or I simply put up with them less now that Cogman ought to know better.
Even a book two generally has the reputation of missing target, it did not disapoint.
Dragon hunting in a chaos infested Venice was an interesting experience.
What starts out as a relatively simple task of acquiring a book, suddenly turns much more serious when an aristocratic Fae couple enter the scene.
The course of events take dramatic turns and suddenly Irene is all alone in a very strange version of Venice.
With the muscle of "The ...more
We left Irene at the end of the last book just as she took on a permanent position of a "Detective" (Undercover Librarian) in one of the alternative Londons and she and Kai began working alongside their old friend Peregrine Vale. Things are going as well as they can be expected when you have a thirst for solving crimes, have taken the names of two very cunning heroines of classic literature (Irene Adler and Lady Winte ...more
The begining was very slow, but I kept reading, true, after a while, things started to move and got very interesting.
Two reasons The Masked City didn't do it for me:
First: "Irene", she's not the same librarian I knew in book one. Maybe the conditions weren't the same, Kai's life being at stake, but this doesn't mean going into ...more