by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #3
Published by: Penguin
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...
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman is the third book in the Invisible Library fantasy series. Cogman once again took us on a maddening adventure as Librarian Irene and her loyal friends faced down danger. Imaginative and suspenseful with a touch of magic and science fiction the worlds of the Invisible Library are ones I want to visit again and again.
Irene, our Librarian, is currently on probation but she and her apprentice Kai, have been kept busy retrieving books. At the end of their current mission, they are almost killed when a door to the library fails to open. It leads to a harrowing escape and sets the tone for Burning Pages. Librarians are called into the library via special transport and informed that Alberich the Library’s nemesis had issued an ultimatum, “Surrender the library or all will fall.” Irene is giving a new assignment. She must retrieve a book from the Crystal Palace in Saint Petersburg.
Cogman weaves colorful worlds spread across the universe and within it is a secret library where rare books are collected in an attempt to balance or protect the worlds. The premise of these worlds is fascinating. Each is similar, and yet vastly different. Some are ruled by order and others chaos. Within these worlds are humans, FAE and even DRAGONS! The author weaves in familiar elements for the reader from books, events, and secondary characters. In the world Irene is assigned as a librarian, she has friended Vale, the world’s greatest detective who resides on Baker Street. He has aided them throughout the series. Vale is currently suffering from Chaos contamination after events in The Masked City.
Irene finds herself receiving messages from Alberich and someone is attempting to kill her. I loved the creative ways they tried to do away with her. Of course, our librarian is talented, and her abilities shine in The Burning Pages. Kai, her assistant, the dragon prince continues to be both stubborn and heroic. Li Ming his uncle is present. I liked that we see Kai and the Dragons offer a stronger role, and I’m curious to see how this progresses throughout the series. Silver, a powerful and influential FAE Lord, helps them when it suits him. He is a colorful character, whom I envision as Crowley from Supernatural.
Fast paced, with fascinating creatures Cogman had us traveling through portals, and dimensional streams as we raced to save the library. It was rather brilliant. The current story along with the overall ARC threads kept me guesses. I’ve grown attached to the characters and appreciate their growth and seeing their friendships strengthen.
What makes this series magical are the incredible scenes and creative imagination of the author. The creatures, portals, attacks and investigation are all surrounded by a feast for your mind’s eye. Unimaginable creatures in an underground market, shifters for hire, the language of the library, and the worlds we travel to all from the comfort of our reading chair. The battle scenes are delivered in vivid 3-D and will have you holding your breath.
Books, Dragons, Secret Spy Librarians and book thieves…pure magic. The Burning Pages provided a satisfying ending, but the Invisible Library story is far from over. Hints have been laid, nests have been stirred, and I am anxious to read the next book. At this time, there are two more books scheduled to release. The Lost Plot will release in December 2017.Incredible scenes and creative imagination await you in The Burning Pages by Genevieve Cogman Click To Tweet
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