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The Lost Plot

(The Invisible Library #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  11,036 ratings  ·  1,022 reviews
After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find
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Published December 14th 2017 by Pan Macmillan (first published November 30th 2017)
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Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another excellent entry in this very enjoyable series. And what a sweet ending. It left me with a smile on my face!

I have loved the concept of a hidden library between many different worlds since I read book one and now it is even better because we have dragons! In this book there are a number of dragons doing dragony things and when two adult dragons fight in the air over the Hudson River watch out!

I like that the main character is a librarian called Irene. This conjures up a vision of a stuffy
Richard Derus
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, returned
Real Rating: 4.75* of five

The Publisher Says: After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young
".....And if X gives Qing Song the book that lets him get Minister Zhao’s position, then Librarians become tools for hire. They become servants. And they become generally known as allies of the dragons, which means they’re automatically enemies of the Fae. Not to mention that if we support one dragon family or faction, then we make enemies of the others. The Library survives in the middle. We are not on anyone’s side. If X exists and has done what Jin Zhi says they have, then X has just put Libr ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
After the last books thrilling plot was I eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. The Lost Plot takes librarians Irene and Kai to an alternative world set in 1930s America with gangsters (and dragons). They have to save the life of a librarian who has been caught up in a fight between two dragons. And, Irene and Kai most try to fix this situation since librarians have to stay outside conflicts like this.

Now, this book was absolutely alright to read. I love Genevieve Cogman's writing style
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had such a good time reading this book! This is the fourth book in The Invisible Library series and while it tells its own story, I do think that this series is best if read in order. One thing that I love about this series is that each installment can be completely unique and the types of worlds that they visit really has no limits. This was a very strong story that was incredibly entertaining from beginning to end.

Irene finds her
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Now that the Invisible Library series has become firmly established, the storylines are just getting better and better. Thematically, The Lost Plot is more mysterious and adventurous, drawing heavily from Dragon vs. Fae politics, and there are also strong attempts to involve as many world-building elements as possible. That said though, I do feel this installment takes a step away from series arc that has been developing f
Auntie Terror
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban
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Jessica Rodrigues
I love these books.

This is a rare situation where each book in the series is better than the last.

What begins as a straightforward action adventure story becomes more of a mystery that is not easily solved. Dragon politics has taken a nasty turn, and evidence points to the involvement of a librarian, violating their neutrality pledge. Irene and Kai must find this rogue librarian and try to restore balance, but must do so without the institutional cover of the library; if they are discovered, th
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update: 3.5 stars. Still really good, but it feels slightly different from the other books in the series. Though I loved the progression in Irene and Kai's relationship!

I'm so excited for this! There's now a cover for it, and the title has been revealed!

The summary is intriguing:

"Their fourth adventure takes our intrepid pair of Librarians to a 1930s-esque Chicago. Prohibition is in force, fedoras, flapper dresses and tommyguns are in fashion, and intrigue is afoot. Irene and Kai find themselves
2019 Re-read

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.

Ah, the dragon intrigue volume! This is where the rubber meets the road for Irene and Kai. Not to mention whether the Invisible Library will be able to maintain it’s neutrality. Plenty of mysterious happenings, complete with gangsters and over-head dragon duels.

This is the “diplomacy is hard” volume too. As Irene
4.5 stars. Possibly the best yet! Really enjoyed the dragon politics and the visit to Prohibition America.
Jacob Overmark
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

Just as we´re getting used to books gone missing, it is happening to Librarians as well …
And, “who ´re you gonna call …? Irene!”

After an installment # three which showed a wee bit weak in the storyline, Genevieve Cogman (and Irene) is doing a worthy come-back.

Lots of action, intrigue and fight-to-the-end-for-honor takes place in Chicago and New York during prohibition at a pace only fit for well-shaped dragons.
When we previously came to believe that the Dragon race were the upholders of Order
Alex Cantone
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-2019
(Irene) looked around the room they were standing in one last time. It was stacked full of westerns from A-658. The covers were festooned with lurid pictures of stern-jawed cowboys, rearing horses and women falling out of bodices. She hoped she never had to go anywhere like that. Horses weren’t one of her enthusiasms…

In a universe where worlds are dominated by the forces of order (dragons) and chaos (the fey), the Invisible Library holds the balance of power through remaining impartial, its oper
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 prohibitive stars

Every book the in the invisible library series is a story in and of itself. You almost don’t even have to read them in order and from what I can see so far you could maybe even get away with skipping one and then jumping back in at a later point so far. I say this because I think that is why I don’t have a stronger emotional connection to the characters yet. It feels almost like a new story every time starting from scratch than a series where you are building from book to bo
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

The Invisible Library series consistently provides an entertaining and enjoyable reading experience. I love Irene and Kai, and I love the concept of the Library. While THE LOST PLOT felt like a side quest to the main, overarching plot of the series (no super evil librarians in sight here, or questions answered from previous books), it was still a great deal of fun to read.

THE LOST PLOT was full of danger around every corner for Irene and Kai, and I can
Maria Dimitrova
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buddy read over at BB&B

The Invisible Library is one of those series that get better with each new instalment. The style evolves, the story gets better and the characters develop over time. In the beginning both Irene and Kai were a bit two-dimensional but over the last 3 books they've fleshed out into genuine sentient beings. I particularly like the change in Irene, whos whole priority system has changed now that she has some real meaningful connections with other beings. I blame Vale for that c
Anybody who loves books simply must love Irene Winters and the Library. In this fourth installment of The Invisible Library, Irene once again finds herself tangled in a mess. The setting? 1920s America. The players? Two dragons who are keen to steal a book and win a place of honor in their court. What follows can only be madness and mayhem, as well as all the delights followers of Cogman’s series have come to expect in these books.

I would like to preface the rest of my review by confession a gra
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampires, fae, and dragons all give Irene fits in The Lost Plot. Two dragons are tasked with a quest. The one who completes it gains favor with the Queen, and the one who does not faces a disgrace that will require sacrifice to atone.  When a new Librarian finds himself tangled up in their quest to retrieve a book, Irene and her young dragon apprentice Kai must travel to an alternate 1920s New York to save him and protect the Libraries neutrality. Once again, Cogman pulled me in as we traveled t ...more
Elizabeth McCoy
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All evidence points to this being a great book. [/in-joke]
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
Cogman already proved that her series has staying power with the previous volumes, and at this point each additional book is an added treat. In some ways this was the best one yet; the action was snappier and the new continental setting of 1920's New York was a welcome departure from the thus-far Euro-centric multiverse saga. Gangsters! Prohibition! Molls! Tommy guns! Bathtub gin! Oh, and dragons and wolves.

Irene Winters is an incredibly British protagonist. I can't not hear a Brit accent while
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is yet another great continuation of a wonderful series. Cogman has created such a fascinating world, with endless possibilities... and in exploring this further she never disappoints.

This time around we travel to New York in the 1930s, complete with mobsters, guns, booze and dragon politics. In all her stories so far Cogman draws on the cliches, but still managing to create an unique world out of them. In doing this she makes the setting instantly recognizable but still incredibly interest
Mary Catelli
Book 4 of the Invisible Library series. Spoilers ahead

Irene tries to get a book in a fair book exchange, and finds herself in a lair of vampires. Extricating herself, she meets up with a dragon who tries to make a deal. And notes this was carefully timed to ensure that Kai would not be with her.

When Kai returns early, he can tell her some things, but exposes her to danger because now the other dragon knows.

Consequences touch on Irene's mysterious past, taking the train from Boston to New York,
I love these books so much 😍 Irene goes total Columbo at the end of this one too. Brilliant stuff.
This book was on all of my anticipated books lists of 2018 last year but I just lost track of it among all the other hyped novels, but I'm so glad I finally got the chance to get to it. Though I didn't plan this as part of my Five Star Readathon, I thought this would be a perfect book for the "Old Anticipated Book" challenge and it did not disappoint.

It's so much fun to see Irene in her element again. She is so calm, cool, collected and resourceful - it's just damn impressive. Her quick thinking
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Terri Wino
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2018
3-1/2 stars.

Another entertaining entry in this series. I enjoyed the time period this one took place in, as it is more "modern" times than previous books.

It felt like there was more action throughout this book, rather than in spurts here and there. This made the story move along at a quicker pace.

I also enjoyed that Kai and Irene were separated during a lot of the story; showing the reader how industrious each had to be to get themselves out of sticky situations without the benefit of relying o
Stephen Richter
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better. Irene and Kai are put in harms way as they are sent on a mission to find a possible Librarian who has broken the rule of staying out of Dragon politics.
Beth The Vampire

I’ve had to have a long think about this one.

This series has had highs and lows, with The Masked City a massive disappointment after the joys of the first book in the series, and then returning with a vengeance with The Burning Page. The settings of these books is what makes them, and in a Library where you can enter any number of alternate worlds, the possibilities are endless. The setting for The Lost Plot is 1920s America during prohibition. Great, huh?

My main problem
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This felt very leaden and had an awful habit of explaining what Irene was going to do then doing what Irene planned to do. It felt tired and repetitive

But the ending breaks up the format a LOT and we find out a lot more about the Dragons. The next book bizarrely is my favourite to date
4.5 Stars.

I think this might be my favorite book of the series so far.

When Irene and Kai find themselves in the middle of dragon political intrigue that threatens the neutrality of The Library, they must travel to an alternate world where it's 1930's America complete with gangsters and speakeasys.

Already under threat from conniving dragons, now Irene must deal with over zealous police who think she's a British gangster and local gangsters who want her dead in case she's trying to take over thei
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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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