Thanks to NetGalley and Roc for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: September 6th, 2016
Synopsis: Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the Fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.
Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people–and the forces of order and chaos themselves.
Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armegeddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.
Speaking as a former librarian, can I just say we’re not appreciated nearly enough? We’re fierce fighters for truth and justice:
And while we may be involved in the occasional mishap:
In the end we persevere!
Ahem. I do apologize for going off topic. *looking sheepish* Anyway, The Masked City is a more than worthy sequel to last year’s Invisible Library. In some respects it’s actually better than the previous book because Genevieve Cogman seems to have the full measure of her characters and her world-building. Irene continues to grow in her role as librarian-spy, and I love that she’s a kick-ass woman who has confidence in herself and plays the part of hero perfectly. Cogman deliciously turns the tired old theme of alpha-males rescuing helpless females on it’s head by having Irene doing the rescuing. Of course the fact that she knows the power of words just adds to her appeal. Kai, the Sherlock-esque Vale, and even the villainous fae, Silver, also add to the excitement, but make no mistake, Irene is the one in charge here. The plot is fast-paced with plenty of action and loads of detail about the different worlds. My only disappointment is that there wasn’t as much about the Library itself as there was in the first book. In the end, The Invisible Library and The Masked City, are an ode to the power of books. They richly detail a world in which there’s a fabulous and seemingly limitless library with people who have dedicated their entire lives to books and are determined to protect the worlds they visit. If you’re a fan of fantasy and a lover of books and libraries I encourage you to try this series. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book, The Burning Page, which is set to release in December.