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The Burning Page

(The Invisible Library #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  9,317 ratings  ·  948 reviews
"The third title in Genevieve Cogman's clever and exciting The Invisible Library series, The Burning Page is an action-packed literary adventure!

Librarian spy Irene has professional standards to maintain. Standards that absolutely do not include making hasty, unplanned escapes through a burning besieged building. But when the gateway back to your headquarters dramatically
Paperback, 358 pages
Published December 15th 2016 by Pan
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Chris Cohen I recommend reading the first two, in order, before beginning the third. They are certainly worth it, and very fast reads. The story builds, and…moreI recommend reading the first two, in order, before beginning the third. They are certainly worth it, and very fast reads. The story builds, and relationships are forged, and some of the intricacies may be lost without the background of the first. (Truth be told, I sort of like the first book best so far...)(less)

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"Panic is the antithesis to good organization. Panic is messy. I am against panic on a point of principle.


Another fantastic book by Genevieve Cogman in the Invisible Library-series with the extraordinarily ordinary, uncommonly common, exceptionally unexceptional, anti-kickassly kickass (or is it all the other way-round?) Librarian-Heroine, Irene.

Alberich, The Library's arch-enemy is back on the scene with an Ultimatum: If they don't hand over the management/leadership of The Library to him, he
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
This is turning into an excellent series. Our super smart librarian/spy manages to survive through another frightening ordeal involving magic, double crossing fae, dragons and of course the acquiring of rare books from other worlds.
It sounds outrageous but is actually good fun. It is well thought out by the author too with a very clever magic base and good world building. I like the feisty female main character. She keeps the men in their place and gets herself out of her own pickles. Mostly.
I a
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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This was a great book! The whole series has been wonderful so far. Librarian spies, dragons, and alternate worlds are just some of the things that make this series great. This book gave me exactly what I have come to expect from this series. There was so much going on and I couldn't wait to see how things would turn out.

This book starts shortly after the events of the previous book. The action starts right away and I knew that this story woul
Richard Derus
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, returned
Real Rating: 4.75* of five

The Publisher Says: 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 Librar
I was so frustrated with the ending of The Masked City, I could hardly wait to get my hands on this, book three of the series. The Burning Page answered the hanging questions from TMC and plunges the reader into more Library adventures with Irene and Kai.

Thankfully, this volume ends on a better note for me—the story is wrapped up, although there is definitely room for more adventures (which I shall await impatiently). This installment has fewer Fae in it (a minus for me) but gets Irene back to t
Mariana  Nguyen
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-the-wait
Me after finished The Masked City: I WANT MORE!!!

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Me found out about The Burning Page: Ooooh, more troubles.... MY TYPE!

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Me realized me still have to wait till December: 9 more month?! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THAT TIME??

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A solid 4.5 star for me. Even if some parts seem a bit slower than I would like. The witticism and the characters draw me in and I am always left wanting to read more. The possibilities of the worlds are endless and I love the creative little details that Cogman adds into them, Such as air flight by reindeer and the different alternative timelines depending up9in chaos/order ruling of each location!
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The third volume in Cogman’s excellent Invisible Library series sees the return of Irene’s archnemesis and librarian-gone-wrong, Alberich. While Irene struggles to save the Library from total destruction, she also has other problems to contend with, mainly that someone is trying to kill her. And there’s a whole host of drama revolving around Vale–Irene’s alternate world version of Sherlock Holmes–her apprentice, Kai, and an all-too-convenient visitor from their last adventure. While I didn’t enj ...more
Beth The Vampire
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
They were safe in the Library, and the Library would endure.

The Burning Page was a return to form with this series, and had everything that I didn't like about The Masked City, mainly that there was more of the actual Library.

The Library is a place outside of time, it is neutral, and is home to millions of different books stolen across thousands of different worlds. What I love about this idea is that the possibilities are endless in terms of story, but more than that, it is the idea that books
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I would have preferred to read book two, The Masked City before I read this book. But, it just didn't turn out that way. Did the mentioning of the events from The Masked City make me want to read that book? Oh yes, so I will definitely try to get the book one day.

I found this book's story just as captivating as the first book in the series The Invisible Library. All my favorite characters are back in this book Irene (of course), Kai and Vale. Vale has been to a chaotic world in the previous book
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I have to say this series is really starting to grow on me. While it’s still true that the books are more about the entertainment factor over the substance—not that there’s anything wrong with that, I might add—there’s no denying how great it feels to watch a series evolve over time. I for one can always go for a bit of fluffy fun, but I’m also enjoying how the story and characters have all come such a long way, making The
Jacob Overmark
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Installment # 3 ...
Irene and Kai on new adventures in time and space alternate.

Still a fine and well written experience, but... the plot wears thin.
I was looking forward to a tour de force in St. Petersburg while picking up - well stealing - "The Manuscript Found in Saragossa", a book I could have handed over to The Library against a handsome sum, paid i gold.
It didnt go that way. Of course a lot of other interesting things happened, but some nicely wrapped YA ethical questions sneak in along t
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best book of the series just yet. Irene is such an incredibly interesting character, the villain is to die for and mystery after mystery they plot thickens and makes this book as incredibly entertaining as I hoped!
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
This is most definitely my favorite of the series, so far.
Irene is really coming into her own as a confident and capable agent. Kai and her have formed a much more cohesive (if not overly-protective) partnership...the only cog slightly out of alignment is Vale. I'm hoping this is just a plot hiccup and will be solved in the future book...four books is WAY too long for my heroine to wait for some action....just saying.

Alas, I realize this is not a romance...and that this book is adventurous, smar
Shaun Hutchinson
Meh. I'm done with this series. In the first book, it had hints of Jasper Fforde's excellent Thursday Next series, but it's kind of burned itself out. Aside from a somewhat lackluster plot this time around, this is the second book where the author has brought in a non gender-binary character (the character in question identifies as male and requests the use of male pronouns, but looks physically female, according to description) and then treats that character with disrespect. This happened in th ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this book, the more I read of the series the more it reminds me of another favorite of mine, Zelazny's Amber Series, with multiple alternative worlds. In this book (view spoiler) ...more
Maria Dimitrova
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There isn't much to say about this book without spoiling one thing or another. So let's just say that it has everything I liked and have started expecting from The Invisible Library books. Actually I enjoyed this one more than the previous one, mostly because it included more Kai and Vale. Also Alberich makes a much better adversary than the Guantes. Everything else you will need to find out for yourselves!
Leigh Hecking
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017, fantasy, ya
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Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great as always! Looking forward to the next adventure.


I am beyond excited for this!!!

And books 4 and 5 have already been confirmed!

Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
While I'm not ready to declare abandonment of this series, I am going to have to break-up with it for a while. It's not you, it's me. I need to spend some time with other books.

The main issue I have with this book has leaked into a problem I have with the entire series, up to this point: I really want to like it, but between roughly 25-85%, I find the book to be fairly boring and disappointingly predictable.

The premise of the series, the overlay of the project, is—at a distance—so intriguing an
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
WOW! That was a tale of two halves, that's for sure.

The Burning Page reminded me how much I have missed Irene, Kai Strongrock, Peregrine Vale...and yes, even Alberich! The third installment follows Irene as she sets out to retrieve a book from the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg but encounters werewolves, a deceptive Fae and a fantastically thrilling showdown with Alberich along the way.

I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed with the beginning half - usually I can plough through a book th
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I guess the first one of these didn't blow me away but I enjoyed. I enjoyed that one enough to make me read the 2nd one. I enjoyed that one enough to make me read this one :) And I'll read the 4th one sometime too.

I like Irene as a character though she is probably the only really good one. Alberich is getting more and more interesting though. Not my favourite in this genre - I guess the Thursday Next early ones would be that - however these really are very readable. Well paced and tense enough w
Mrs. Europaea
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do very much enjoy this series. That said, while I do enjoy the fast-paced plot I feel like sometimes all those plot twists and mysteries take away from character development and world building.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, fantasy
Genevieve Cogman’s The invisible Library series is one of my favourite series of the past years. I love the setting and sensibility of the books, which in many ways reminds me of Emma Newman’s Split Worlds books, which is one of my favourite series of all time. Getting to spend more time with Irene and Kai is always a treat and on that note The Burning Page definitely didn’t disappoint. 

The book dealt with some interesting fallout from the last book, The Masked City , what with Kai’s nature r
Erin Clemence
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
“The Burning Page” by Genevieve Cogman is the third installment of the Invisible Library series. This was a series I immediately fell in love with- it had everything you would expect from an action-adventure YA novel, except it also included libraries (lots of them!) and the recovery of rare novels from strange and exotic worlds.
In “Page”, Irene (along with her dragon protégé, and friend, Kai) travel to St. Petersburg to “remove” a special edition novel. Time is of the essence as it seems ev
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Full disclosure: I did receive a review copy of this, but I also bought a copy.

I was really, really looking forward to this book, and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. It continues to be a fun romp, centring around that idea of an interdimensional library preserving all kinds of variant texts. The warmth and love of books is still a key feature, and the characters are the same group we’ve come to love. While the last book was a bit of a break from overarching plot, this one returned to i
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Another enjoyable installment in the Invisible Library series.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Invisible Library series is so much fun. It follows the adventures of Irene, a spy/book thief working for an organization existing outside of time and space known as the Library. She's a great heroine: practical, resourceful, and competent, and she handles the absurd situations in which she tends to find herself with aplomb.

The Burning Page picks up some of the dangling threads from the first book: the former-Librarian-turned-traitor Alberich is back and determined to destroy the Library sin
Terri Wino
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2017
I'll round this up to 3-1/2 stars.

So far, I have enjoyed this series. These books are "lite" reads that are great when you need something entertaining that won't tax the brain waves too much. However, much as I have enjoyed each book, there is just something lacking that keeps me from raving about them. I don't even know what it is or how to define it, but it certainly hasn't stopped me from continuing with the series.

Having said that, so far I think this was my least favorite, only because I fe
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good, very thrilling continuation of the series. Kept me up way too late on a work night.
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Genevieve Cogman got started on Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes at an early age, and has never looked back. But on a perhaps more prosaic note, she has an MSC in Statistics with Medical Applications and has wielded this in an assortment of jobs: clinical coder, data analyst and classifications specialist. Although The Invisible Library is her debut novel, she has also previously worked as a freelance ...more

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The Invisible Library (5 books)
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“I have spent most of my life preferring books to people,’ Irene said sharply. ‘Just because I like a few specific people doesn’t change anything.” 20 likes
“We also wish to make it absolutely clear that Librarians should not attempt to use the Library to transport dinosaur eggs. And if they do disregard this rule, under no circumstances should they draw official in-world attention while doing so. In fact, we wish to remind all Librarians that they are here to collect books, not dinosaurs. Those Librarians who have problems distinguishing between the two should take a refresher course in Library basics.” 14 likes
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