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Summary

Summary

Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this "dazzling"* book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library.

The written word is mightier than the sword--most of the time...

Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai--a dragon of royal descent--is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.

Kai's abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local Fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnival--and save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war.

But navigating the tumultuous landscape of Fae politics will take more than Irene's book-smarts and fast-talking--to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear....

INCLUDES AUTHOR INTERVIEW


Author Notes

Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author, who has written for several role-playing game companies. She currently works for the NHS in England as a clinical classifications specialist. She is the author of the Invisible Library series, including The Masked City and The Invisible Library .


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Following her adventures in The Invisible Library (2016), Irene was appointed Librarian in Residence to an alternate Victorian-era earth. With the help of her assistant, Kai, the youngest son of dragon royalty, and the deductive skills of the great detective Peregrine Vale, she continues to retrieve books for the mysterious, multidimensional Library. When Kai is kidnapped by a Fae Lord and whisked off to a world deep within the chaotic end of reality, Irene intends to rescue him herself. The dragons are threatening war, and to save Kai, she will have to do two things no Librarian should even consider: work with the impulsive Lord Silver (another Fae) and cross over into a magical city infested by chaos. Irene may have also lost the friendship of Vale, who is deeply offended by her determination to go alone. Series fans will be thrilled to learn more about dragon-kind and the capricious Fae, and will be eager for Cogman's third in the series.--Lockley, Lucy Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The second installment of Cogman's whimsical fantasy series (after The Invisible Library) follows the career of Irene, a spy for the international organization called the Library, and her dragon protégé, Kai. Irene has grown complacent in an alternate Victorian London, but her world is disrupted when Kai is kidnapped. She must retrieve him before a war erupts between the dragons and the Fae. Irene's quest takes her to opulent Italy, rendered in rich, alluring detail. Cogman keeps up with the voice and pacing established in the first installment as she delves deeper into the nuances of Fae politics and power. The inclusion of the Student Librarian's Handbook, however, overlaps with information revealed during the course of the novel, at times feeling redundant. Irene and Kai are faced with new challenges as the plot moves forward, buoyed by Cogman's fabulous imagined Europe. This installment lacks some of the verve of the first book, but it's still intelligent, inventive fantasy that anyone familiar with or new to the genre will enjoy. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Librarian-in-residence Irene should be happily settling into her role in the slightly magical Victorian world to which she has been assigned, with her dragon assistant Kai. When Kai is kidnapped and taken deep into the magical realms of the fae, Irene will do anything to get him back. Her ties to the Library will protect her to some extent from the fae's powers, but their chaotic environment is poison to Kai. Getting drawn into a power play among fae nobles will require Irene to use all the talents at her disposal. From her introduction in The Invisible Library as a secret Library agent tasked with rescuing obscure novels from alternate versions of Earth, Irene has proven to be a charming, resourceful heroine. VERDICT Fans of this series and its mix of adventure and wit will be pleased that Book 3, The Burning Page, is due in January 2017, with Cogman signed to pen at least two more. [See Eric Norton's SF/Fantasy Genre Spotlight, "Imagined Multiverses," LJ 8/16.-Ed.]-MM © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

The London air was full of smog and filth. Kai's senses were better than those of a human, though he tried not to be too smug about it. But even he couldn't see down a dark alley any better than the average Londoner. And even native Londoners walked carefully in the narrow streets behind King's Cross Station.   But where crime flourished, so too did detectives. And he was here to meet Peregrine Vale, friend and fighter of crime.   He paused to inspect a pawnbroker's window, trying to gauge the street behind him. While he couldn't see anyone specifically following him, there was something in the air that set him on edge, a foretaste of danger. But there were very few humans who could challenge a dragon, even in his human form, and he didn't expect to meet any of them in the back alleys here.   Vale was in a warehouse just round the corner. Almost there, and then Kai could find out what kind of assistance Vale needed with his case.   And then someone screamed nearby. It was a woman's scream, genuinely terrified, cut off in the middle with a coughing yelp. Kai turned abruptly, peering into the swirling fog. Two men and a woman were huddled at one end of a particularly dank passageway. The woman had her arms pinned behind her back by one aggressor, while the other was drawing back his fist to strike again.   "Let her go," Kai said calmly. He could handle two humans easily enough. Even if they were werewolves, they weren't a significant danger. But this would make him late.   "Back off," one of the men snarled, turning away from the woman to face him. "This isn't none of your business, nor your part of town, neither."   "It's my business if I choose to make it my business." Kai advanced down the alley towards the group, automatically assessing them as his father's arms-masters had trained him to. The men were muscular in the shoulders, well built, but both showed signs of a paunch and dissipation. He could take them, just as he'd taken others of their kind a few days before.   The free man advanced towards him, fists up in a crude boxer's stance. He was lighter on his feet than Kai had expected, but not fast enough. He bluffed with his right fist, then tried a straight left at Kai's jaw. Kai sidestepped, slammed his hand sideways into the man's kidneys, kicked him in the back of the knee to take him off balance, and ran his head into the wall. The man went down.   "Now, don't be like that," the other man said, backing deeper into the alley and holding the woman in front of him like a shield. Panic was starting to show in his eyes. "You just walk away and nobody gets hurt . . ."   "You just let go of that woman," Kai corrected him, "and you don't get hurt." He walked forward, considering his openings. A dodge to the side and a strike to the man's neck might be the least risky option for the woman, and yet--   "Now," a voice said from above.   Doors slammed open on either side of him and behind him, and at the same moment something fell from above, tumbling down towards him in a knot of shadows. Kai dived to one side on instinct, but then there were too many men in the alley with him. A dozen of them, the combat-trained part of his mind noted, and more behind those open doors. He had no room to dodge, and it looked like a trap. They didn't even hang back and let other people take the first blows, in the normal manner of thugs. They came charging in, most of them barehanded, but a couple with knuckledusters or small weighted saps.   He had to get back and out. There was no shame to it. Part of a warrior's training was acknowledging superior force and reacting appropriately. An arm came around his neck from behind. He grabbed it, went down on one knee, and flung the man over his head and into the ones closing in on him. Staying low, he pivoted, bringing a foot round and scything another combatant's feet from under him. He used the momentum to turn and rise. Four men were between him and the way out. Four obstacles to remove.   Vale's case must be important to warrant this sort of interference.   Kai noted the coils of the net, which had barely missed him, tangled on the street. It was a nasty piece of work, with metal woven into the ropes. Curious. Why go to this trouble to snare him personally? If they had already caught Vale, they would regret it.   He slammed an elbow backwards, feeling the jolt as it connected with a chin, and started forward at a swinging run. At least one of the men in front of him should back away . . .   He didn't expect them to all come at him at once, like a sudden human tidal wave. He struck high for a throat, and then low to a groin--disabling blows. But they weren't going down. They felt the pain, they grunted, they staggered, but they were still in his path.   A blow took him across the back of the head, causing a sudden burst of pain, and his attempted nerve-strike lost its force as he went down on one knee. He knew that he was a sitting target, but for that moment his muscles wouldn't respond.   Another man hit him in the face. He spat blood.   A man behind him threw himself on top of Kai, bringing him down to the filthy pavement. Kai struggled for breath, sparks still dancing in his vision. He could feel pure fury running through his veins now. How dare these humans assault him like this?   There was no room in him for fear. It was not possible that this scum could win.   He felt his natural body assert itself, his hands becoming claws, scales beginning to trace their way across his skin as his true nature rose with that fury. He would call up the river against them; he would scour them from this London; he would make them pay for this insolence.   Across London, he felt the Thames and all its tributaries stir in response to his anger. He might be the least and youngest of his father's sons, but he was still a dragon of the royal house. With an uncoiling shove, he thrust backwards, forcing the thug from his back and away, and pushed himself up, teeth bared in a snarl.   More bodies hit him and took him down, heavy hands pinning his wrists to the pavement. His claws left marks in it as he struggled for leverage. For the first time he felt a prickle of doubt. Perhaps it would be wiser to fully take on his true form, one that they could not possibly restrain. It would alert all London that a dragon walked in their midst, but if he should lose . . .   A hand snarled itself in his hair, pulling his head back, and he felt cold metal snap shut around his neck. And now abruptly there was the ferocious, electric tang of Fae magic in the air, locked around him, binding him. He cried out in sudden shock as the distant rivers faded and were gone from his senses, as his fingers, now purely human, scraped against the concrete.     "That should do it." That cold voice was the first time that anyone had spoken during the whole attack, and it was the last thing Kai heard. There was one final blow to his head, and then he surrendered to unconsciousness. Excerpted from The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.


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