Series: The Invisible Library

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

Posted January 5, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Burning Page by Genevieve CogmanThe Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #3
Published by Roc on January 10, 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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 of finding 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...


This was fun and easily kept me reading. The Burning Page is the third in The Invisible Library series.  Each story was consistently good with interesting adventures and characters. Somehow the overall feeling was different in each. The Invisible Library  (book 1) had its world-building and introduction to characters we would know and come to love. The Masked City took us on a wild adventure beyond our Irene, Kai and Vale’s experience. That is part of their world; they travel to different times and places with varying levels of order and chaos. The Library, seems to try to hold the status quo, so the world has a balance somewhere in the middle.

The Library, even with Irene working there for a time, is still quite the mystery. The politics and function are not clear. There are also challenges to its purpose and continuance. Has The Library, perhaps wrongly, kept information from worlds and people? The fae and the dragons have their own battles but this is in the background here.

And there is more to learn about Irene. Why do we know so little of her family? Here, she was in the forefront using her abilities. I loved her perspective and bold handling of the situations. Irene was smart, thoughtful, compassionate and organized while dealing with vague facts and life-threatening crises. Her kick-ass defeat of any and all comers appealed to me more than having her rescued by the guys. She did work as a team with Kai and Vale but Irene was in charge.

I can’t wait to see what happens, with at least two more books in the series, and learn more! I feel the characters now, whether it be their triumphs, puzzlement, sorrows or jokes. Next up is The Lost Plot, unfortunately, about a year away.

Giggle-worthy quote:

“Honesty was most unhelpful; it got in the way of a satisfying whine of complaint at their over-protectiveness and made her feel like the one at fault.”




About Genevieve Cogman

Genevieve Cogman got started on Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes at an early age, and has never looked back. But on a perhaps more prosaic note, she has an MSC in Statistics with Medical Applications and has wielded this in an assortment of jobs: clinical coder, data analyst and classifications specialist. Although The Invisible Library is her debut novel, she has also previously worked as a freelance roleplaying game writer. Genevieve Cogman’s hobbies include patchwork, beading, knitting and gaming, and she lives in the north of England.

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The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

Posted September 8, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

     The Invisible Library sounded exciting. I mean who doesn’t like libraries and books and adventures with spies? And I liked it.  But The Masked City was better – a fast paced, thrilling ride from start to finish.  The two seem very different in some ways.  The first had the initial world-building, a large cast of developing characters,  and lots of book stuff, in addition to the mystery and action adventure.  The latter was full-on action adventure which barely stopped to take a breath. Our knowledge, as well as Irene’s knowledge, of the world continues to expand as she travels to a new dimension which is far on the chaos spectrum.  The Fae are the chaos; the dragons are the order.  War is being […]

The Invisible Library by  Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Posted June 14, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

   I love books of every type and nearly every format. I love libraries and the way they smell. There is a sense of comfort and happiness every time I visit one. So a book called The Invisible Library is a natural choice. The setting feels Victorian but science fiction. I wouldn’t call it steampunk, more like fantasy. The world building is rather complex and feels a bit slow. Or maybe I was just slow to grasp it. I had trouble getting going but at about 25% in, finally it took hold.  There is very little humor or romance but lots of action. This is primarily a sort of mystery.  Part of it is solved by the end with the larger world questions remaining for […]