The Masked City (Invisible Library Series #2)

The Masked City (Invisible Library Series #2)

by Genevieve Cogman


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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....


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101988664
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Invisible Library Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 48,689
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author who has written for several role-playing game companies. She currently works for the National Health Service in England as a clinical classifications specialist. She is the author of the Invisible Library series, including The Mortal WordThe Lost Plot, The Burning Page, The Masked City, and The Invisible Library.

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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.

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The Masked City 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. While it is a sequel you do not have to read the previous book. It occurs after the previous book but could be considered stand alone. The characters are well rounded and the plot is well done. This is a parallel universe setting that Irene and the others are moving through. The author does a good job of describing each universe in enough detail to place you there without bogging down on description. Read this one then good back and get the first one.
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TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman, book two in The Invisible Library series. Irene and Kai are still working together as senior and junior librarian. This book gives more background information on the characters, which is helpful in understanding them and the story. Kai is kidnapped and Irene spends her time trying to find and rescue him. Detective Vale helps Irene in this endeavor. One of my favorite lines in the book describes a prisoner so ominous that Irene knew she could not free it because even the fae were afraid of the creature; " letting them out might be the sort of really bad idea that finished with a scream and a crunch." This statement made me laugh and cringe at the same time. The "language" librarians use helps with the rescue of Kai. In fact, Irene and Vale couldn't have saved Kai without it. I enjoyed the sections "Irene's Top Five Book Heists" and "Legends of the Library" at the end of the book. These sections were both charming, entertaining and enlightening. The author interview, after these two sections, was insightful into the author's mind and creativity, as well as the library background for this series. I rate this book 4 stars for an enjoyable, clean read!
monnabeth More than 1 year ago
This is a successful follow-up to The Invisible Library. I just finished it and I'm on to buy the third book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
The Masked City takes up where The Invisible Library leaves off. Irene and Kai are living in Vale's world investigating a mysterious fae that was after the same book as they. Attacked by thugs, then separated as she follows a lead, Kai ends up being abducted and taken to another world, chained in a dungeon. As his mentor and friend, Irene ventures into this chaotic world to help save Kai before his dragon family decides to eliminate the fae who took him and the world they were living in, including the innocent humans inhabiting it. As I stated in my review of The Invisible Library, I would love to be a super spy Librarian! Irene is a female James Bond, though at times her sense is less than desirable and a bit grimier. She has a magical use of language, fluent in many languages as well as speaking Librarian. Her sense of loyalty is one of my favorite things about her. The fact that she is willing to deal with Kai's scary family and face danger for him reveals how much she cares for and values him. We find out a lot about Kai in this book, even though he isn't present on every page. His background is revealed and he becomes a little less mysterious, and a lot more desirable, in my eyes as well as Irene's. In a city where everyone wears a mask, it is surprising how much is revealed about all of these characters, and how much I enjoyed learning their secrets. Though I think Genevieve Cogman has a few more secrets left to be revealed. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, through NetGalley for my honest review.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. This series has so many things going for it. There are dragons, the fae, werewolves, and librarian spies along with nearly non-stop action. This story started with a bang and kept me guessing until the very end. I love how unique this series really is and I enjoyed every part of this second installment. Kai is kidnapped early on in the book leaving Irene to figure out what to do to get him back. When her normal methods of traveling to different dimensions won't work, she has to make plans to get to where Kai is being held. All of the great characters from the first book are back plus we meet some ones including member of Kai's family. Even the villains in this story are fun to read about! Not only is Kai's life in jeopardy, there is a threat of war if Irene isn't successful. She is on her own in a chaos filled Venice trying to figure out how to save her apprentice. She relies on her quick thinking and ability to blend in as she works to rescue Kai. Her power of voice is pretty handy in quite a few situations as well. As the story progresses, the excitement builds and I couldn't wait to see how everything would work out. I would highly recommend this book to others. This is such a fun and fast paced series with wonderful characters. This is the second book in the series and I do think it is best to try to read this series in order so that you have all of the background information. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Roc via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
As this is the second in a series, the first of which I fell madly in love with straightaway, you’d think I’d be falling all over myself again. Especially given that I enjoyed this even more than the first! Yet, I feel less excited about it. It’s a strange sort of feeling and I can’t keep my head wrapped around the why of it. I’d wholeheartedly recommend The Masked City (given you’ve already read The Invisible Library). The storyline is immensely entertaining, even smarter than the first, goes deeper into the overall world building of the series, and we start to see some relationships changing, two in particular (is there a chance of a love triangle in the future?!?) that I’m very excited about. But I’m not wanting to put on my party pants, so I’m guessing it’s a state of mind thing. In this second installment, Kai is kidnapped to a different world, one that is heavy on chaos and therefore antithetical to Kai’s dragon nature. As such, his family, powerful though they may be, cannot assist in his rescue, leaving Irene, and eventually Vale, on a mission to save Kai from whatever dastardly plans the Fae have for him. In so doing, she may have to break some rules, perhaps even Library rules, but Kai’s life (and the life of many others) is on the line, and she will stop at nothing to set him free. The storyline is more complex than the first, and a great deal more is learned about the nature of Fae and dragon alike. A much more immersive experience than the first (and I basically fangirl’d about the first, remember?). It being the end of the summer (in other words, my kids have been off school since end of May!) and having just started up a new semester myself, I suspect my brain was simply too tired for such cleverness. Which is a count against me, not against Ms. Cogman. My non-tired brain loves cleverness. Since the third in the series is scheduled to be released in the US in January 2017, my brain has lots of time to gear up for what I’m sure will be the best yet – The Burning Page. And in the meantime, I suspect I might sneak in a reread, in the pursuit of the thrill my tired brain cheated me out of this time. Definitely recommend it, especially if you have an interest in continuing the series (as I do), because reading the third book without having read the second would be kind of weird, right? Note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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KimHeniadis 7 months ago
Cogman did a fantastic job, once again, expanding on the fantasy world, she began in book one of the Invisible Library series. As I mentioned before, touches of steampunk, and the way she set up the series means she can write about whatever genre she wants in future books, and it will fit in perfectly. And the way she ended this one, made me excited to see how the series continues in book three. She developed her characters very well in the first, book and we continue to get to know them even better in this one. Cogman also brings in new characters that have as much depth as already familiar characters. I was so happy that she was able to expand on Kai's character. I've always enjoyed stories with dragons, and this one does not disappoint! And she once again, does a fabulous job in describing the architecture and sense of place in an alternate Venice. I do appreciate the main character, Irene's, level-headedness. It's a nice break from main characters who are ditzy. But with her steadfastness, comes a character who acts slowly. Whether it been in situations where she needs to help someone, or with the budding romance. While it was okay for me in book two, I hope Cogman speeds it up with the next book. There is also a central mystery that runs throughout the book, and Cogman does a terrific job of dropping little hints along the way. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, The Burning Page, and seeing how Cogman continues to develop the universe and characters.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
How lucky could a blogger get? I was happily approved for The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman which I enjoy quite a bit and then the publisher surprisingly approved me for book two, The Masked City, which I delayed reading for no good reason. Where The Invisible Library fell short—lots of world building explanations that drug down the action bits—The Masked City soared. The Masked City doesn’t waste anytime jumping right into the action with Kai and Irene who are immediately swept up in dastardly Fae plot to start a war. Kai, Irene’s apprentice, is missing for most of the book and this allows Cogman to explore Irene’s character and motivations in a deeper fashion. Throughout the story, Irene is challenged and becomes quite resourceful in this latest installment in The Invisible Library series. There are just two bits about this latest installment still niggling in the back of my head. 1. In book one, I caught hints that the Library’s power was perhaps too powerful—that there was a bigger story behind the story. I was hoping Cogman would explore that a bit more in book two, but it was missing. 2. Sometimes Cogman uses big words that are archaic. It is almost as if she is showing off her knowledge of the English language. I wouldn’t mind this so much if one of the Library characters, such as Irene, was using these words, but since it happens in the general text and not character dialogue or thoughts, it feels snooty. Despite these two points, I did thoroughly enjoy Cogman’s romp through a magic-infused Venice with its gondolas, masks and conniving Fae. Irene is becoming a fleshed out strong female character who is starting understand her power and place in the world. And with the world building out of the way, The Masked City flies with action and adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago