Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Crime, Fantasy, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Paranormal, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc on September 6th, 2016
Source: Provided by Publisher
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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....
In the sequel to the incredible The Invisible Library, we have our favorite Librarian spy on the hunt for the abduction of her apprentice, Kai, which could unfold a war between the reality loving Dragons and chaotic Fae. Armed with her wits and skills, Irene will have to travel between dimensions, face off formidable foes, and perform a rescue mission. Reading a book in a cozy chair would be preferable.
The Masked City has all the elements I loved in The Invisible Library but adding more intrigue and mystery to the recurring characters and bigger plot in the series. We have characters such as the Detective Vale, the Fae Lord Silver, dragon Kai, as well as newer ones that help build up the tension. Each one flies off the page with their unique personalities, purposes, and interactions that make it simple to hold them close to heart or stab them in theirs.
One of my favorite things about this series is that it follows a lot of the classic Detective Fiction rules while bending others. There is also my absolute favorite, Irene, who is extremely brilliant, independent, loyal, kind, cunning, and fearless. Even if she is in the direst of situations, she overcomes possible nausea and panic to get back to work and get things done. She is admirable and inspiring, as well as easy to relate to.
I have to applaud Genevieve Cogman in her brilliance in descriptions. The vivid imagery would make it effortless to recreate the settings, characters, and other fantastical things from the story. I particularly loved the descriptions of the Chaos-filled world of Venice. The architecture, the smells, the sights, the people, I could feel myself between those streets admiring it all or running for my life behind Irene.
But the very best among these is the Library itself. Intriguing, bewildering, fascinating, and complex. Where can I sign up as a Librarian? It is not on a physical plane like our own world, and it allows, through the acquisition of certain books, to connect other worlds and realities. If you are passionate about books, you will love this unique and creative idea Genevieve Cogman created.
Tensions are running higher from beginning till the end, and I was quite literally at the edge of my seat dreading the worst. One-of-a-kind, adventurous, and gripping, The Masked City is a must-read. Its variety of settings, periods, intrigue, and themes will keep you entertained for long hours and desire long after for it to be real. Who knows, maybe it is.
Rating: 5 stars
You can check out my review for the first book in the series, The Invisible Library, by clicking here!
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