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The Burning Page (Invisible Library Series #3)

The Burning Page (Invisible Library Series #3)

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by Genevieve Cogman

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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


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 Library. But trouble has a tendency to find 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...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cogman’s third Invisible Library novel (after The Masked City), which centers on the enormous interdimensional Library that connects various alternate versions of our world and the doughty Librarians who hunt down rare and magical books, opens with the series protagonists, Irene, a Librarian turned spy, and Kai, her dragon apprentice, placed on probation by the ruling forces of the Library after some unfortunate events involving the dragons and the Fae. Then Irene’s arch nemesis, rogue Librarian Alberich, returns with the intent to disrupt the many worlds he has control over, as well as the Library itself. Irene must intervene, though she fears there may be a double agent in her circle who’s conspiring against her. As in previous installments, Cogman’s writing is fresh, with a rich tonality ranging from the whimsical and witty to the suspenseful. Cogman’s alternative worlds are richly detailed, and her depiction of an alternative Russia is quite magical. The stilted “will they or won’t they” love triangle of Irene and the male leads feels clichéd and tacked on. Apart from that, the story is buoyed by the fast action scenes, and readers will be fascinated by the ever-growing complexities of Cogman’s world. Fans will enjoy immersing themselves in the latest installment of this playful, entertaining series. (Jan.)
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Praise for the Invisible Library Novels
“Surrender to the sheer volume of fun that appears on every page.”—Starburst
“Such clever, creepy, elaborate world building and snarky, sexy-smart characters!”—N. K. Jemisin, author of The Fifth Season
“A dazzling bibliophilic debut.”—Charles Stross, Hugo Award–Winning Author of the Laundry Files
“A breath of fresh air....A book in which to wallow.”—The Guardian (UK)
“Written in a similar vein to Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy...contemporary meets fairy-tale in this novel.”—The Big Issue
Library Journal
Librarian Irene Winters is on probation after the events of The Masked City, but when rogue agent Alberich threatens to destroy the Invisible Library, it's all hands on deck, and that includes Irene and her dragon assistant Kai. She and Kai are sent to St. Petersburg to steal a book when they encounter Alberich, and it is up to Irene to stop this power-mad former librarian. Alberich has a personal vendetta against Irene, using people she thinks she can trust to further his plans. VERDICT This enjoyable series, of which three initial volumes came out in 2016, reliably combines adventure and fantasy. Clever dialog, time-hopping through fun locales, plenty of action, and hints of fresh plotting will have readers looking forward to further library missions.—MM

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Invisible Library Series , #3
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5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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 Burning Page, The Masked City, and The Invisible Library.

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The Burning Page (Invisible Library Series #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 10 days ago
This was a completely fun read. Perfect for by the pool. Sometimes the best reads are relaxed and not demanding of the reader.
AuthorPamelaKKinney 4 months ago
Librarian Irene is on probation suddenly finds herself the subject of an attack while on a fetch and retrieve job for the Library. It takes her apprentice Kai in his true dragon form to fly them out of the world and to the world where detective Vale lives. Vale is going through being Chaos infected, due to their last adventure on a chaos fae world in the second book in the series, and worse, Irene finds it is her enemy, and ex-Librarian Alberich who is behind her attacks, plus what is happening to other librarians and the Library. What can you expect from this story? There is a deeper level of understanding about the mechanics of the Library, which in turn will also help the reader better understand how books create the connection between the Library and the alternate worlds. I enjoyed the depth that Ms. Cogman explains about high chaos worlds versus high order worlds and everything in between. Of you enjoy the TV series, “The Librarians,” on TNT, or The Librarian movies that proceeded that, then this book and its proceeding novels will be something you’ll like. It’s full of adventure and excitement, an entertaining page turner that you won’t put down the book, not until the last sentence is read.
Myndia 4 months ago
This is turning out to be one of my favorite series. It’s just so much damn fun! Once again, we find ourselves even deeper into the world that the previous books have begun to build for us. Irene has grown closer to Kai and Vale, and the romantic questions of “if” and “whom” come further to the front. Her skills as a Librarian are once again put to the test as she faces her nemesis Alberach. As is par for the course, we traverse a few alternate universes, face all types of death and dismemberment scenarios, face off with werewolves and Fae, and learn more about Irene and the Library itself. We’re also presented with information (or misinformation?) that leaves us wondering if there isn’t something the Library might be hiding. And we learn a little more about Alberach and his past crimes. For me, aside from the funtastic adventure I’ve grown to expect from this series, this book was a lot more introspective. Irene is a character who has always been very sure of who she is, what she wants, what her purpose is, and in the past, she’s been relatively inflexible in that regard. However, as she cultivates relationships outside of the Library, she begins to question the truth, not just about the Library, but about herself. As she is repeatedly faced with tough decisions throughout this installment, she is forced to confront her real priorities. Watching her grow and flex was immensely satisfying. A wonderfully entertaining book. By far my favorite in the series, and I cannot wait for the 4th book, The Lost Plot, to be released in the US! Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life 4 months ago
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 would be a lot of fun to read. Irene and Kai are in trouble again and things look pretty serious. The library is in danger and a lot of that danger seems to be aimed directly at Irene. To make matters worse, someone is trying to kill Irene and Vale is in danger of losing his mind. There is no shortage of excitement in this book but there is an equal amount of smart problem solving that adds a nice element. I love the characters in this series. Irene is smart and isn't afraid to make decisions. She is tough and can quickly analyze a situation to figure out the best option to achieve her goals. Kai is amazing. I mean he is a dragon so of course he is amazing just because of that. He doesn't hesitate to follow Irene's lead. He is highly competent and sometimes add the key piece to their plans. Each of the characters in this series are well developed and quite colorful. The world building in this series continues to be top notch. We get to see some parts of the reality that Irene and Kai spend most of there time in that we haven't had a chance to see before. We also get a chance to see how some of these realities are connected in a way that I had never imagined. One of the best things about this series is that every time Irene and Kai go on a new assignment, we get a chance to see a unique world. I would highly recommend this book to others. This is the third book in The Invisible Library series and I do recommend that this series be read in order. This book does have its own plot but so much is built upon events from the earlier books that I think readers new to the series will be at a disadvantage if they haven't read the earlier books. I can't wait to see what happens to Irene and Kai next! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.